Week 4 of Welcome to My World blog challenge.
The wilted stem of a single purple poppy arched over then rested its fading blossom onto the potted primrose’s crown.
Who doesn’t love a place in which to rest?
I love the warmth of my grandma’s orange, green, and gold afghan, the comfort of our sofa pillows, and the coziness of the wicker loveseat that I retrieved from the side of the road. Most of us know that, “ahh, this-feels-so-good” moment when we sink into a comfy cocoon. Without thinking, you expect the same feeling every time.
We can also count on God to be our resting place. On good days, His presence feels like a calming haven. During tough times, His strength is ours to defeat depression, grief, disappointment, lack of direction… anything the enemy throws at us.
God is our everlasting cocoon in which we can receive forgiveness, guidance, and love.
The poppy and the primrose sit on my desk, artistic and graceful. I study the curves and veins of each as sunbeams float through the window, onto the petals. I’m amazed at the details.
There is nothing too simple or too complicated for God, even a worldwide-spread virus like COIVD-19.
He welcomes us to rest on His shoulder every day, at any time.
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Matthew 11:28-29 (KJV)
Rest is a promise but not always easy to embrace.
Here are five ways to help you rest on God’s shoulders:
1. Schedule time to talk with Jesus in a manner that is comfortable…on a walk or in a quiet, calming place.
2. Be still and listen.
3. Genuinely give your worries and reasoning to God.
4. Listen to gospel music to encourage and uplift yourself.
5. Start a gratitude journal for the many blessings in your life, past and present. Note when and how God answers, then review with thankfulness.
Thank you for this beautiful and practical post. I like the idea of keeping a gratitude journal. I tend to write my prayers down in my personal journal, and sometimes I go back after a period of time and read them again, only to be amazed at how God had answered or were busy answering them.
Madeleine, prayer journaling is a wonderful idea. Thank you for sharing this.
Thank you for this reminder and permission to rest with God in the middle of my day. I needed this reminder. God is the giver of peace to my soul, not worry. What a gift to read your post today!
Hi, Michele. I hope the middle of your day has been restful. That’s a hard time for me as well.
Thank you for your beautiful post. You are really a fantastic photographer. I once ran a full year of Thankful Thursday blog posts, and wow, was that a challenge? It wasn’t difficult to find things to be thankful for – or even things to write about. But finding the time (and the motivation) to do the post was another issue. The idea of a journal is a good one but the writer in me would make it too long winded and end up being the same problem. What I should do is post ONE WORD on FB each day. Good plan!!! Thank you. Watch this space . . . or rather, watch my FB author page!
Thanks, Shirley, for stopping by. You could always turn a journal into a book! Now, that would be a challenge.
Thank you Dianne for the reminder that we have a perpetual resting place in our wonderful Lord and Saviour Jesus.
Thanks for stopping by, Rob.
Thank you for your encouragement about resting on Jesus’ shoulder. That is such a lovely intimate picture.
Thanks, Deryn. I’m glad you enjoyed this.