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Watering Hole: Rest or Unrest?

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The Watering Hole is a virtual stopping space in the midst of our crazy, hectic, and wildly beautiful week to week lives, to breathe deep and take a drink at the well of the Lord.

Here is today’s drink:

Matt. 11:28-30 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

We are continuing to unpack this verse. Jesus, the son of God, who came down from heaven, spoke these words when He was with His disciples. He has felt how weary and burdened we can become in this life and He came to bring us rest. He knows how badly we need rest. It was so important that He modeled for us how to take a rest. Can you imagine it, the Son of God, took time to rest? He got away from the crowds, the hustle, and slipped away to a quiet place. He went to the mountains and to a garden. In Mark 6:30-32 Jesus left all the people, by boat, and took his disciples with Him to find a solitary place to rest.

Question Of The Day:
Do we really believe that Jesus has invited us to come to Him, or is this just a good piece of scripture story? Or is it the truth? And if it is, do we believe that He will give us rest if we come to Him? 

I believe it is the truth. So, how do we do that? How can we come to Him and find rest?

If we further unpack what Ken Roberts told us in Sunday2Monday: 5 Essentials of Rest. The first thing that helps us to rest is to know our identity. Ken says “If you don’t get your identity settled, you won’t find rest!” This identity is not just who we are but specifically who we are in Christ Jesus. There is a tremendous difference between knowing what I am, by recognizing traits and talents, and knowing who I am, based on who has created me. If all I know is self-knowledge, then my identity can shift and change. Why? Because I can grow and learn. I can change. However, my identity in Christ is unchangeable. My identity in Christ is who God has declared me to be. No one can take that from me. It does not change, not even when I’m a total screw up.

What is our identity in Christ?

  1. Loved – 1 John 4:10
  2. Valuable – Romans 8:32
  3. Adopted – 2 Thessalonians 2:13
  4. Holy and Pure – Psalm 103:12
  5. An Heir – Galatians 4:7

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it is mine. These speak directly to me. When we know without a doubt that we are loved, that we have great value to God, He has adopted us, we have been made holy and pure by Christ’s sacrifice and all that belongs to Jesus, as the Son of God, the Father has given to us also. This knowing roots and grounds our hearts in an unmovable rock of trust. We can stop putting so much weight on what people say about us.  Our hearts are no longer shaken by what people say or don’t say about us.  We find rest for our souls. This rest comes because our soul no longer runs to and fro throughout every face we meet looking for validation. We can rest because we don’t need validation.  We know we are loved, valued, adopted, holy, pure, and heirs of Christ. All the love the Father has for Jesus, He has given to us.

THAT IS AMAZING! And that is GRACE! It’s not earned, it’s given!

At the retreat this past weekend when Ken gave us the 5 essentials of rest, I was so glad because I had been taking a Sabbath on Mondays for almost a year, and it was routine. I had scheduled it. It had become work. It doesn’t feel like rest anymore. When I started out it was wonderful to designate a day to stop on purpose. Ken helped me to remember that everything is connected. Rest just isn’t rest if all these things aren’t working together. We can’t rest if we don’t know our identity. It’s not rest if our minds are full of worry, fear, and anxiety. Rest isn’t rest if we are not meditating on the antidote to unrest, the Word of God. Rest isn’t rest is we aren’t taking time to intentionally pause and we don’t rest if we don’t have a life management process. We can’t! The world will just keep pushing unless we become intentional.

Speaking of life management process, do you have one? If you do tell me about it in the comments. Your process may help someone else.

Here are a some helpful life management tools:

  1. Get control of your calendar, tasks and goals with Cherylanne’s calendar control training. I use this method. I have modified it, so that, it better fits my needs.
  2. Get control of home chores and keep the CHOAS (cant have anyone over syndrome) away with Flylady. I love Flylady. It is a simple way to keep on top of the home, so that, it doesn’t get out of control. I love the weekly home blessing.
  3. EXTRA: Need some great content to get control of your inner life. Check out Ken Roberts website.

Favorite quote from the retreat:

Most of our drivenness , worry, fear, doubt,

and anxiety comes from not trusting the Father.

      – Ken Roberts

Ken had us answer some simple questions that take more than a quick minute to answer. I knew my answers (below) because I am a deep soul thinker who wants to know how my mind, heart, and soul go together and function.

3 Questions to find out how unrest affects you:

  1. When I am living in unrest what does that look like?
  2. What is the hardest part about trying to rest?
  3. What areas of your life that challenge your ability to trust?

For me, unrest looks like a bossy girl who has a headache and a brain cramp, who is impatient with people and just wants to them to figure it out already. I am just being honest. It’s not pretty but it is how I behave when I am out of balance and functioning in fear. The hardest part of rest for me is that I have a hard time shutting my brain off and leaving all the many things in the Lord’s hands. The things that challenge my ability to trust, meaning I struggle to believe God in those areas, are relationships with people because my fall back is I fear what they think and wonder if I can trust them.

Now, why is it important to know this? These questions help us to become aware of when we leave the heart of trust and enter fear that leads us into unrest, so that,  we can return to the One who has come to bring us His rest.

Do you hear His call… “Come to Me, and I will give you rest.”

Thanks for listening,

Starla

 

 

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