Rest in Me

by Sep 18, 2020Article, Prayer Newsletter

Rest in Me

Pray continually.

1 Thessalonians 5:17

2020 rolls on. Summer is fading into fall and we still are feeling the effects. Strangely, as restrictions have loosened up, life seems to feel heavier.

The simplest things, falling asleep, staying focused, feeling peaceful have become challenging. Even my time with God has seemed stressful and scattered. I feel disconnected. Maybe you do too?

I’ve found in times when my mind seems to be my enemy the most effective strategy is to simplify. Taking everything back to basics;

Less screen time, more real conversations.

Less multitasking, more intentional single task work.

More outside time, less inside time.

More homemade meals, less fast food.

My time with God has also become felt stressful and burdensome. I realized this is not how it should be. So even here, in this most important area, I’ve simplified.

Less structure, more heartfelt conversation.

I’ve whittled my relationship strategy down to one verse:

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray continually.

That’s it.

The things I’d been doing are good things…Bible reading, guided Bible studies, prayer routines, scripture memorization. A lot of times, that is how I spend my quiet time. This is all good. In fact, I highly recommend all of these to deepen your relationship. In this season though, they are too much.

Recently, I’ve realized all I can do, all I need to do, is to pray. From my heart.

God keeps letting me know, it’s enough.

In fact, it’s more than enough. My relationship with Him should bring joy and peace. It shouldn’t be a burden.

2020 looks a lot different than years past. If you’ve been struggling, know that you are not alone. God is with you. Your simple conversation is enough. Your presence is what He desires.

Yesterday, I clicked on an app in my phone and the following message from Jesus Calling popped up:

Rest in me, my child. This time devoted to Me is meant to be peaceful, not stressful. You don’t have to perform in order to receive My Love. I have boundless, unconditional Love for you.

There is a season for everything and in this season, the key just may be to simplify.

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