Day 5 – Rest – what is it really?


10711704 s 150x106 Day 5   Rest   what is it really?One of the things that I really depend on the Holy Spirit’s help for is my irritation levels. I get most irritated at myself and am really hard on myself when I do something that I perceive is silly or unproductive.

I seem to have this real fear that I will get to the end of my life and not have achieved all that I was created to achieve. So every day I am literally ‘driven’ by the need to be productive. This has had a serious effect on not only my own life but also on the lives of most of the people I come into conatct with. My husband makes me laugh, because he just looks at me and says, “I don’t want to do what you currently want me to do, so leave me to do it when I’m ready” – and that is the end of the conversation. Period.

This issue has both ‘up sides’ as well as ‘down sides’. I have achieved a great deal in my lifetime as I am busy almost all of the time. However, that also means that I hardly ever rest. I simply don’t know how to do that without feeling guilty.

Things have been getting better recently because I have begun to realise that this really isn’t the way that I want to live my life (and neither does God want it for me). So, I went to where I get all my answers – God. I started searching the Bible for His answers about rest and what that looked like – according to Him. He started opening my eyes to scriptures where He talks about rest, preachers who have been given wisdom on the subject and a close friend who lives from this amazing place, every day.

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Every day is a journey. Every day I ask the Holy Spirit to help me to learn to live my daily life from a place of rest. A scripture that has helped me so much recently is Hebrews 4:10-11 (Amp)

10 For he who has once entered [God’s] rest also has ceased from [the weariness and pain] of human labors, just as God rested from those labors peculiarly His own. 11 Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter that rest [of God, to know and experience it for ourselves], that no one may fall or perish by the same kind of unbelief and disobedience [into which those in the wilderness fell].

Isn’t that just beautiful – …he who has once entered God’s rest also has ceased from the weariness and pain of human labours…

Slowly, but surely, God is helping me to see His truth about this fear and helping me to get rid of it and live restfully. It’s a wonderful journey and I’m more at peace every day.

Whatever it is that you really struggle with, all I can say is that God’s wisdom, love and grace are the only things that I have ever found that can fix anything and everything. Try it for yourself icon smile Day 5   Rest   what is it really?



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