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A Call to Rest

Stop, listen, did you hear that?
A voice so sweet, but loud and clear.
“Draw near and hear.”

Pause, lean in, did you catch that?
A whisper so loud it practically screams
“Come closer and glean.”

Sit, turn your ear, are you ready for this?
A message so ancient, it newly awoke
“Linger here and soak.”

Matthew 11:28-30 The Message (MSG)

28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

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Morning Sky

Morning sky awakes

Gray, then red, orange, and white

Time for joyful praise!

Psalm 108:1 – 5 NASB

My heart is steadfast, O God;
I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul. Awake, harp and lyre;
I will awaken the dawn! I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; and I will sing praises to You among the nations. For Your lovingkindness is great above the heavens, and Your truth reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and Your glory above all the earth.

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Transitions: Peace for Fear

When I was a new believer, I would hear older “mature” followers say in response to troubles, “Jesus will make everything all right.” or “Just trust in God and all will be well.” This one really set my teeth on edge, “Give your heart to Jesus and He will take away all your troubles.”

I wondered the validity of those admonishments because I believed and I gave my heart. I said the prayer of faith. Why then did I have trouble? Why was I so afraid that things would never get better when a new problem arose? I even wondered if they knew what they were talking about.

Now that I am one of the “mature” believers, I catch myself before saying things like that. I never want anyone to think that trouble won’t come. Jesus promised that it would. He also promised that He would provide comfort and guidance through all of what life would throw at us (John 14 – 16). Jesus not only provided help in trouble, He prayed for our protection and for the Father’s love to be with us (John 17).

Trouble comes. Fear comes. Doubt rises. But our Champion is still praying for us. He is still watching over us. He is still loving us. He is our peace in every storm and when trouble rises, He is very near.

When Trouble Comes

Hebrews 7:25 (NIV)

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.