A friend recommended the book The Emotionally Healthy Leader by Peter Scazzero. It as a book influencing his life so he recommended it to me. I am grateful.
There is a chapter on Sabbath in the book that coincided with a podcast I finished on the same day. The podcast is an interview with A J Swoboda and it is well worth your time to listen.
Continue reading ““If they stop they’ll die…””
It’s only been a little over a week since leaving Heights Church. The time “away” has been quickly filled with prepping for my last semester of teaching. But there is also the need to pull away, read, and listen. My practice through my life has been to engage Scripture as I pray. The Lord leads me through that process. Continue reading “The need to come away”
In the work of creation, God came to a place of hallowing (making holy) a day. A day to pay attention to what God is doing. Continue reading “Watching God continually create”
Over the years I have watched the Lord lead me to so many victories. I have been amazed at the process. This is truly a “long obedience in the same direction,” as Eugene Peterson would put it. Yet, I keep struggling with one basic thing. Continue reading “My hardest struggle”
In my reading list, I moved from the end of Romans 8 to the beginning of Psalm 23. Continue reading “The blessedness of his presence”
27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:27-30)
The boldness I can have in prayer, and in my life, comes from the understanding that ALL THINGS have been handed to Jesus… and he then invites me to come to him!
All has been given to him… and all is mine as a result. The wisdom I need for this day, the strength, the discernment, the giftings… all of it. Today. It’s mine. I can REST in him and know that all I need for what is ahead is given. My call is to trust him. My call is to listen and obey.
So, when he says, “Pray bold prayers,” I can rest in that action. If I am to speak to someone, I can rest in the words that will come.
A key phrase I must keep in my heart all the time from this passage: “Learn from me.”
Jesus won’t “zap” me with all I need. I can learn from him as I walk.
In the new year and the new me, I am told when I work out it is best to work hard one day, then rest the next. The muscles need time to rebuild.
Spiritually this is just as true. Our lives are always in full tilt and it is hard to find time to stop. We need rest. The sabbath rest was built into Israel’s life because it was needed. Animals, land, and people… all needed rest.
If we do not find time for proper rest, our body will find that rest for us. It will break down causing us sickness in some way and we are forced into this rest.
Don’t wait for that time. Choose to renew through rest.