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Can You Sleep Like This? In the Rest of God

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Getting enough rest is no laughing matter—until you read Can You Sleep Like This? In the Rest of God, a witty, scripture-based book that will have you resting easier. An anecdote to the turmoil, restlessness, and exhaustion we all experience, Can You Sleep Like This? In the Rest of God, will help you discover why you’re not resting in God, how to build a routine, and, reflect on and put into action lessons learned.

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Be Brave

Despite what people might think, rest takes work. Switching off takes effort. And resting in God takes trust. To rest fully in God, you must surrender your mind, heart, and will to Him.

Sounds scary, doesn’t it?

Not when you remember that God will always be there to catch us, on the other side of the leaps of faith we take daily in His name.

Be brave. Have faith. Take the leap. Rest in God.

 

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Take a Break

Reflection: In honor of September being Self-Care Awareness Month, I share below an excerpt from, “Can You Sleep Like This? In the Rest of God”.

Response:
God knows what He is doing. Herein lies the problem—we can choose to take time off from our day job, but then there may be a host of other tasks on our plates, such as household chores, familial obligations, ministry work, and so on. All of these put a demand on our time, to a point where we still end up not completely shutting off. While all those things still need to be done, unfortunately they still constitute work. It is difficult to completely shut down to a point where we avoid doing much of anything. However, since God ordained rest, to do so must be worth it.

Secular research even emphasizes the benefits of taking a break from all work. The benefits include:

  • the ability to mentally relax, i.e., to woos-ah. 
  • time to refresh ourselves emotionally.
  • the opportunity to reflect on what we did, what we need to do, and where we need to go. 
  • focused and attentive time with God without distractions, rambling thoughts, or pressure to get started on work. 
  • to get a good night’s sleep that allows us to physically restore. 

Each of these align with benefits scientists specify too. For example, in an article published in INC magazine, credence is given for religions’ principle of rest. “A Day of Rest: 12 Scientific Reasons It Works” by Rhett Power(1) espouses twelve reasons, based on science, that rest works:

    1. Time out reduces stress. 
    2. Time out gives you a chance to move. 
    3. Completely divesting from your work on a regular basis reduces inflammation and the risk of heart disease. 
    4. Getting away from work boosts your immune system. 
    5. Speaking of sleep, you’ll do it better during time out of work. 
    6. Your active time off adds years to your life. 
    7. Taking regular time away from work restores mental energy. 
    8. When you take out time for yourself, you’re more creative. 
    9. You’re also more productive when you take time out from work. 
    10. You’ll focus better at work if you take your weekly rejuvenation time.
    11. Your day off improves your short-term memory.
    12. With regular time away from work, you might even love your job again.

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We need to intentionally seek rest on a regular basis. There will always be things to do and reasons we should not stop working, but ultimately, the benefits to recharge, refresh, and reset always greatly outweigh the costs. 

(1) Rhett Powers, “A Day of Rest: 12 Scientific Reasons It Works,” Inc., January 1, 2017, https://www.inc.com/rhett-power/a-day-of-rest-12-scientific-reasons-it-works.html

Only Trust

Reflection: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” Prov 3:5 

Response:
How much do you trust God? Do you trust Him unreservedly despite potential outcomes? Or does your trust in Him waver based on the situation

Our humanness can make it difficult to completely have confidence in God when our circumstances are distressing and stressful. It can be hard to trust the unknown or the absence of a clear path, especially when much variability exists for the future. EaseUS Mobisaver Crack

Trust can be an elusive word in that there are degrees of trust. You may trust to the extent it will not cost or cause potential to harm you. On the other hand, your trust level may drastically decrease if the stakes are high and can impact you negatively. 

 Do you trust God enough to obey Him even when disadvantageous?

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In God we live, move, and have our being. Renounce worry, stress, anxiety, and fear in your life today. Declare that you will walk in freedom from these hindrances. Then ask God for help and agree to fully trust and rest in His presence despite your situation. Obedience to God always brings reward!

Persistent Prayer

Persistent Prayer

*Updated and shared from May 2021

Reflection: So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Luke 11:9 

Response: 
Prayer is an essential means of communication to align us with God’s will and purpose. Yet, an unyielding pressure exists for believers. We experience daily resistance between our life issues, trials, and the quality of our devoted life with God. Distractions abound and compete with our time spent with Him.  IndiaFont Crack 

Consequently, in a time of much negativity and turmoil, it can take a lot of effort to block out “noise” to hear God. Our ability to discern spiritually from a natural viewpoint correlate to the extent of our intimacy with Him. Thus, we must be intentional in building our spiritual life.

How often do you speak to God, or sit and listen to what He wants to speak to you? Is your prayer time filled with thoughts of the day, scrolling on your phone, or multi-tasking? We might be like the friend in Luke 11 who gives many reasons why he cannot open the door for his friend. Is prayer inconvenient? Is it boring or feels too hard?

God stands at the door. He waits for us to put aside distractions and emotions—and let Him in. While God persistently pursues us, we in turn must persist in letting Him in. According to an online dictionary, persistence refers to “continuing in a course of action without regard to discouragement, opposition, or previous failure.” We must determine to actively pursue God despite interferences or life’s distresses. 

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God desires for us to persist in prayer even when we do not feel like it or, it feels as if He is non-responsive. We persist in prayer even when it may look like nothing is changing. We persist even when inconvenient, uncomfortable, or hard. Sometimes prayers fulfill quickly. Other times we travail and endure—maybe for weeks, months, or even years. But it is definite and a guarantee that God always responds!

Gifted to Love

Reflection: “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.” I Corinthians 13:1-3 

Response:

The gifts of the Spirit are needed as they are powerful for the edification and empowerment of people. The gifts were given for the unity of the Body of Christ for the equipping and building up of the saints for the work of the ministry. But operating in the gifts of the Spirit without them being motivated by love can defeat the gifts’ purpose and use. Advanced SystemCare Pro Crack

Love should be a motivator, which when in place prevents impure intentions and judging attitudes. Paul describes absence of it as a “noisy gong or a clanging cymbal”, i.e., all racket and clatter with no real meaning. If we possess spiritual gifts without the demonstration of Christ’s love, then we are less effective. Spiritual identity is not linked to the quantity or power of one’s gifts, but rather, linked to Christ’s love for us through the blessing of His gifts.

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Spiritual gifts strengthen and edify us, but they are only partial. They do not reveal everything but only in part. However, the fruit of love not only strengthens and edifies, but is absolute. Love is the only gift that is permanent and supersedes all others.

Follow Christ

Reflection: “Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.” Philippians 3:17 

Response:
Paul encourages the Philippian Church to follow him as He follows Christ. To follow means to go after or pursue after a lifestyle that is pleasing to God. A believer’s walk should reflect the love of Christ and the salvific work of Christ.  Paul warns the Philippians about the demise of those who do not follow a proper example or walk accordingly. 

We are each responsible to proactively walk in this standard. We cannot blame our circumstances or our emotions on other people. We still must show and represent ourselves as servants of God despite our circumstances. 

In everything we demonstrate Christ-like attributes such as, purity, patience, kindness, and genuine love. As true followers of Christ we die to our flesh and nature so that Christ’s ministry of reconciliation continues through us in everything—thoughts, desires, words, actions, and motives.

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The Lord’s desire is for every believer to be diligent in following Him so that we completely connect and sync with His divine will. He desires for our lives to mirror His purpose and call.

Let Us Return

Reflection: “Come, let us return to the Lord. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us.” Hosea 6:1 

Response:
A message of hope and a prescription for the unfailing love of God for His people is offered in this verse. Despite the Israelites’ history of disobedience and idolatry—God never changed in His love towards them even when He judged their rebellion. 

Though the Israelites had fallen short in their relationship with God, God still prophesied about a day for the fulfillment of blessings and God’s favor in their lives. This day would bring a new beginning filled with the joy of the Lord when they leaned on God. This bright future would come out of their trouble for a new hope through faith and confidence in God. God would be thought of and seen in a different light, not just as a giver of material blessing, but as the desire of their heart.

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Come, let us return to the Lord. Even when we fail and miss the mark, God’s love always prevails. His love is consistent, perfect, and never fails.

Give God Permission

Reflection: “Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered, and let those who hate Him flee before Him.” Psalm 68:1 

Response:
When we let go and let God work, victory is certain. When we allow God to arise in our thoughts, we give Him lordship over doubt, anxiety, and fear. Give Him permission.

Permit Him to be Lord of your life and in your circumstances. Allow the authority and majesty of His power to cover every aspect of your being and everything that pertains to it. 

Let God be your refuge and defense. Let Him be your deliverer, a present help in time of trouble. Let Him be your hope—hope for a better day and a brighter future.

God is exalted. The enemy is defeated. Who is the enemy? Anyone or anything opposed to the character, will, and way of God. Anyone or anything hostile to you is hostile to God. Anyone or anything that stands as your enemy stands as an enemy to God. 

God is exalted, and the enemy is defeated. The enemy of weariness; the enemy of depression; the enemy of lack; and the enemy of anxiety. Let God arise and enemies of fear, loneliness, and sorrow scatter. Give Him permission to arise in your life through prayer and worship. When God stands up, our enemy must retreat.

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The Lord our God reigns. Our enemies fall and perish in the presence of God, and He lifts us above our enemies. Let God arise.

Sing A Song

Reflection: “Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts, Whose name is the LORD, and exult before Him.” Psalm 68:1a, 5 

Response: 
There are problems all around. Nearly every day on the television, in the news, or when we just walk out the door, we hear of something shocking or negative.

Maybe we don’t have to look externally—perhaps our current circumstances mirror similar difficulty. Life may be hard, people in our lives challenging, and troubles inevitable for the predictable future. 

Circumstances and pressures may cause depression, heaviness, or for some to question the point of their walk with God. Answers to our prayers seem wholly ignored. And God’s promises seem hollow and unfulfilled.

We find ourselves in a quandary—in a position where we say we believe God, and our confidence is in God. But, in our minds and emotions, we reached the brink of “I can’t take anymore,” “I can’t go any further,” “Prayer doesn’t work,” or God forbid—”I don’t want to live anymore.”

Our heart towards God wavers, and we begin to lose faith and confidence in there ever being something different or better of who we are called to be God’s people.

The Lord wants to encourage and strengthen you today. His word: “Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up a song for Him…” The Psalms speak about the heart’s issues—what one feels or the secret places of one’s spirit. 

They are songs that are written to stir up, stimulate, motivate, or revive the believer’s convictions in the providence and promises of God. They also teach us to reflect on God and His word, i.e., controlled and right thinking about God’s character.

The Psalms invite us into prayer, praise, and worship as a guide to consider the works that He has done.

Psalm 68 indicates the general theme throughout most psalms: God is supreme and triumphs over all His enemies. Psalm 68 also uses the command “let.” It is a call for God’s people to praise God, and in this case, through singing.

Singing songs of victory stirs the soul and motivates the spirit. When we sing praises to God during trials, it calms our hearts. When we sing praises despite how we feel, it comforts our soul. When we sing praises regardless of our circumstances, it increases our capacity to be more grateful.

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If you’ve reached the brink of “NO MORE” before you do anything else—sing. Sing a song now. “Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up a song for Him…Whose name is the LORD…”.

Soul Satisfaction

Reflection: “For I satisfy the weary ones…” Jeremiah 31:25 

Response: 
Often the weight of our experiences, especially when very trying, overwhelms our ability to cope with emotional stress, anxiety, or pain. Thus, we may look for the easiest way to feel better in our weariness.

There are many avenues to obtain relief when we feel tired or drained. Comfort can be found in television, sports, social media, or other activities we enjoy. We also can discover cheer through the company of friends, family, or loved ones.

While all of these help us find some break from the drama and trauma of life’s challenges and the world around us, they only provide temporary solace. 

People are variable—sometimes inaccessible due to their issues and trials. Often time escapes the ability for connection and fellowship. And many times, the remedies for which we seek comfort insufficiently address loss, suffering, and other extenuating troubles.

In contrast, God declares, “For I satisfy the weary ones…”. He distinguishes Himself as a steady source of hope. His character is love, and He intends good and not evil for those that turn to Him.

Even when we fall short or misstep—He still loves us with an everlasting love and draws us back to Him with kindness. When everything around us may be flailing, He builds, keeps, and sustains us. 

God is like refreshing water that satisfies every thirst we need to quench. It is only through the guarantee of His presence that we find completeness. He leaves nothing missing, nothing lacking when we choose to rest in Him, and His rest is in us.

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Are you weary? Are you feeling tired? Be reminded today that God is active. When you are weak, He is your strength. When you think you can’t go on any longer, He gives you supernatural energy. Seek Him and in His presence—find healing, wholeness, and rest that satisfies your soul.

No Fear

Reflection: When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.” Proverbs 3:24 

Response: 
Fear relates to our discomfort to the unknown. We expect something bad or the worst to happen, or for events not to work out in our favor. Our trust in God is linked to our circumstances. The longer and more intense the trial, the greater the impact to our person, family, or overall life; it can all cause our trust to waver. We begin to think that things may not work the way we hope. Fear also relates to our knowledge of God’s character or ability to perform on our behalf. The more we know Him and His ways can contribute to increased confidence in Him. Sometimes fear is an indicator that we are not confident in Him.

But God’s character to do good for us never diminishes. The presence of God is peace, rest, and hope.

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Isaiah 41 says “‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will also help you, I will also uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ It is not God’s plan for us to walk in fear, anxiety, stress, or frustration.

What Keeps You Up at Night?

Reflection: “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.” Proverbs 3:24

Response:
Think about the things that you are struggling with currently. It may be the continued aftereffects from the 2020 pandemic. It may involve the death of  loved ones. Are your children causing you significant ire? Is your marriage on a downward spiral, and it seems unredeemable? A terminal illness for you or someone in your family? Maybe it is a job loss, foreclosure, bankruptcy, or even housing issues. Whatever we must face, often our circumstances can overwhelm us, and we feel ill-equipped to persevere and endure. Faith, hope, and peace escape us.

If you have problems resting because of those types of issues, incorporating God’s principles and wisdom consistently and persistently in your life will transform you.

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Proverbs 3:21-24 teaches us this: “Keep sound wisdom and discretion, So they will be life to your soul And adornment to your neck. Then you will walk in your way securely And your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; When you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”

 

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