Abiding

Taking Time to Rest

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Psalm 23:2b says, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures".

When writing this, I am resting in quietness in a screened-in patio in Florida. Outside is green grass and plant life of all kinds. The grass is prickly, not soft and smooth as some sodded yards in Missouri or for that matter, on the golf courses in Florida.

But I still feel like I am relaxing. Lying down in calmness with my Shepherd to guide me as I rest tranquilly. Without one care in the world.

My mind needs rest, and yet I hurry a lot. Not thinking on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, of good report or what is of virtue or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). Instead, I think on what is imperative and urgent. And God just wants me to lie down in green pastures and let Him have all my cares. Depending on Him and not worrying about what is coming next.

What a difference it would make to a lost and dying world if they just saw us resting and confidently trusting in our good Shepherd, no matter what!

Now I am not saying let’s get lazy and not work. But let’s slow down and see what God truly has for us today! We might be missing life in the green pasture if we don’t take the time to lie down, allowing the Lord provide for our every need.

And there you go!

But God...

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Mark 12:30 says, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength." Seriously?! 

Isn’t that a tall order? Impossible actually, without the Holy Spirit living in us.

My emotions, my mind, my strength, my very being are to love the Lord my God.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes my emotions get the best of me. My mind thinks thoughts that are, honestly, evil. My strength often fails. My person, who I am in myself, betrays me.

But God!

Isn’t that a wonderful phrase? But God. With Him in control, exchanging my strength for His, my will and my thoughts for His, and my identity wrapped completely in who He says I am, then I am able to truly love Him the way He asks. For it’s in abiding in Him, listening to Him, waiting on Him, that I exchange my strength for His. I run and do not grow weary. I walk and do not faint, and I love Him for He puts this love in my heart. It’s a wonderful trade-off. Please think on it today. And there you go!
 

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