Does life feel like a blur …

Have you ever walked through a season where your life feels like a blur ~ like you have been running here and there, trying to keep up with the pace (whether real or perceived) ~ where you believe you can’t think anymore or handle one more issue of life? That series of days, weeks or months where the work schedules/demands, family commitments, church commitments, special holidays and milestone events of life feel as if they have drained you of everything?

When I get into that ‘blur’ ~ feeling like life is out-of-control and there’s nothing left within me, I inevitably realize that I have disconnected from my priority ~ God first!   Because I realize that in the craziness of life, I have left little room for quiet, refreshing time with my Father God. I may pray as I run, but I have forgotten to seek His guidance and wisdom. I am no longer in the shadow of His comfort, His peace, His love! And as things are falling apart around me, I realize how much I miss HIM!

That is when I STOP everything, and reset my priorities.

Praise God, HE loves us so much! When I stop, I can sit, breathe, share my heart and concerns with Him, for He listens and hears them all (1 John 5:14-15). And, when I take that time, I am refreshed, I find clarity and everything else in life falls into place.

Oh, I encourage you. The saying may have been ‘stop and smell the roses’ but I encourage you, stop, reset your priorities, and reclaim your peace, your clarity, and most importantly, your first love in God.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand]. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!” Psalm 91:1 Amplified

“Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God.  And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].” Philippians 4:6-7

Be blessed,

Michelle
coachfromtheheart@gmail.com

Rest

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest.
[I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]”
Matthew 11:28 Amplified

Recently I became ill and hospitalized ~ twice within a week.  Curiously, during that time, different visitors brought me the same message ~ REST.  What was it about rest?  I guess truth be told, I’m not sure how to rest!  Do you?

So, during my recuperation time, I’ve searched the word REST in the Bible, and I found some nuances of its meaning ~

  • Rest ~ Sabbath ~ to stop, cease and end; “meditate on the glories of God..”*
  • Rest (anapauo) from Matthew 11:28 ~ cessation from toil; refreshment; intermission ~ relieving and refreshing our souls
  • Rest (menuchah) ~ a place of stillness; repose; consolation; peace; a quiet place; and condition of restfulness.  Isaiah 28:12 talks of causing the “weary to rest … yet they would not hear.”

Resting in the confidence of our Mighty God; trusting HIM; leaning against HIM and allowing HIM to refresh, revitalize, and inspire us!  How often do we rest?  More than likely, we keep running and accomplishing and striving … and meanwhile risk not hearing the still voice of our Lord’s refreshing, guidance and direction toward His great and wonderful plans for us.  “Cease striving and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10

This morning, a popular psalm came back to mind in a new light ~ Psalm 23 ~ I encourage you to re-read it slowly and intently ~ resting in the tender, loving arms of God:

“The Lord is my Shepherd

[to feed, guide, and shield me],
I shall not lack.

He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still andrestful waters.

He refreshes and restores my life [my soul ~ mind, will and emotions];
He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake. [meditating on all His glory]

Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil,
for You are with me [never leaving nor forsaking us];

Your rod [to protect] and

Your staff [to guide],

they comfort me [God extends deeply felt compassion ~ deep empathy toward you].

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.

[provision; favor and excellent hospitality]

Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love [grace] shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.”

As I walked through this health issue/hospitalization, I am so grateful to God that throughout, I knew HE was with me!  It was comforting to call out His name when fear came over me.  What a blessing to experience God through trials!  He is my anchor, my fortress and HE is my resting place.  I pray HE is yours as well.  If you need encouragement about your loving Father God, through Jesus Christ, please contact me!

God’s Love and Blessings,
Michelle Lord Samples
coachmichelle@charter.net

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*Exodus 16:30 “rested” described as “Israel rests and meditates on the glories of God’s creation..”  New Spirit Filled Life Bible