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Believing and Resting in God – February 20 Inspiration

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Believing and resting in God. Just the idea sounds comforting and peaceful. Like being surrounded by love and simply taking in serene, tranquil scenery or a precious family moment. Much better than feeling fearful, faithless, and completely stressed out.

 

It’s kind of like the example I’ve heard of two artists asked to paint a picture of a scene that represents trust and peace. One artist painted a tranquil scene of a meadow by a small stream; the other painted a scene of a bird in a nest on a tree limb, over a raging river during a storm–but the bird wasn’t affected by the chaos around it. The second artist’s painting was chosen, because trust and peace isn’t the absence of chaos-but the existence of trust and peace in the midst of chaos.

 

 

Here’s your inspiration for this Saturday…

 

“Believing God really is simple,

yet we make it very complicated.

Hebrews 4 teaches us that we can enter

the rest of God through believing (v. 3).

Those who have entered the rest of God

have ceased from the weariness

and pain of human labors (v. 10).

They are not tied up in knots;

they are relaxed, secure, and free to  be themselves.

We can enter the rest of God

concerning what people think of us

and whether they approve of us.

We can become so secure in Christ

that as long as we know our hearts are right,

we know whatever people think of us

is between them and God,

and not our concern.”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”

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My reflections:

Entering the rest of God, ceasing from weariness, and NOT being tied up in knots…all sounds like such a  welcome relief!

I also like the idea of being so confident in the rest of God that what anybody else thinks of me or says about me doesn’t bother me. I have to work to enter that rest and achieve that place!

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you find it easy to believe and be at rest?

What do you think about the concept of  the two paintings?

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Our Miss Cali needs oral surgery.

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12 Comments

  1. Elizabeth O.

    I love the message. It’s motivating. It always helps to think positive or to look at the good things you have, especially when it comes to your traits as an individual. You need that to be able to believe in yourself and in God.

    22 . Feb . 2016
  2. Nick #thisyearinmusic

    While I agree with not forcing things, sometimes you’ve got to be a bit forwrd, especially when its job related. Your dream job isn’t going to offer itself up to you, you have to put yourself out there and send emails no one asked for.

    22 . Feb . 2016
  3. Ana De- Jesus

    I believe we should do a bit of both, you need to put yourself out there but at the same time not force things!
    Ana De- Jesus recently posted..Free Kesha!

    22 . Feb . 2016
  4. linda(burlap+blue)

    Such an encouraging message! I always have trouble with the “rest” part…I always want to keep going! Thanks for the inspiration!
    linda(burlap+blue) recently posted..DIY Abstract Canvas Art {a tutorial}

    22 . Feb . 2016
  5. OurFamilyWorld

    I love the quote. I don’t know why we tend to focus on the misfortunes and weaknesses, while it’s easier to focus on our blessings and strengths.
    OurFamilyWorld recently posted..9 Of The Best Instagram Pregnancy Announcements Ever

    22 . Feb . 2016
  6. Mhaan a

    Such an inspiring post. Thanks for sharing dear 🙂
    Mhaan a recently posted..Mitsuyado Sei-men – The House of Tsukemen

    22 . Feb . 2016
  7. Tamason Gamble

    I like the idea of focusing on my blessings and strengths but I also think you need to think about your misfortunes and weaknesses – can you do anything about them? If yes, what, if not then OK move on.
    Tamason Gamble recently posted..10 Reasons for Visiting the York Literature Festival (2016)

    22 . Feb . 2016
  8. Terri Beavers

    I’ve been focusing more on my blessings lately because I really am blessed. There are things I’d like to have that I really don’t need but thankfully my needs are all met and some of my wants.
    Terri Beavers recently posted..Dark Circles and Puffiness? See What I’m Using. #GirlYouDontNeedMakeup

    22 . Feb . 2016
  9. Lieurene

    It’s great to look at the blessings and strengths especially if its someone that have come a long way. However, its the weakness that can help you become stronger too. Part of being human, we are not perfect. It’s ok to make mistakes but to trust in Him, He will lead us to the right direction. Sending you love and prayers for Miss Cali.
    Lieurene recently posted..Insecurities, let’s break up.

    23 . Feb . 2016
  10. Alana

    I have problems focusing on my blessings. It is time for me to write a gratitude post to remind myself that there is more to life than getting myself tied up in knots. That seems to happen too often nowadays, too. More peace, fewer knots, is what I need.
    Alana recently posted..The Demolition Begins

    23 . Feb . 2016
  11. Amber

    I always love your positive messages. I for sure need them lately. I have to say when I put my trust in God it takes a weight off my shoulders.
    Amber recently posted..Our Anniversary at Wilson Creek Winery

    24 . Feb . 2016
  12. Holly @ Woman Tribune

    I can really relate to the sentiment of finding peace and rest within the chaos, and often it’s really the only choice we have. Also, I’m sorry to hear about your kitty. I hope Miss Cali gets the oral surgery she needs and recovers quickly.
    Holly @ Woman Tribune recently posted..What’s Coming to and Leaving Netflix March 2016

    25 . Feb . 2016

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