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Resting

In a few days we will be moved into our new home. Yea God!!

Moving can be a stressful time and many of us have read statistics on the different ‘stressors’ people face. In looking at different websites, I found that there are different lists given, but generally I noticed that, moving is not too long down the list.

I must say that although I am not stressed about our move, but had to make choices about whether to get anxious, focus on how tired I felt or how long the `to do` list was. So as I went through the preparation, packing, making many notes (too many!), going over schedules, determining what we’ll need that we don’t have and more often, what we have that we don’t need… the word REST rose up.

Isaiah 28:12
menuchah (Hebrew) (place of stillness, peace, comfort)

-Resting place, place of stillness, repose, consolation, peace, rest a quiet place

Psalm 23:2: “He leads me beside the waters of menucha (the waters of quietness).

Some synonyms of rest:
Calmness, cessation, comfort, downtime, doze, ease, intermission, motionlessness, recreation, relaxation, silence,

Another word related to rest is abide, which means to “stop temporarily and wait for“.

In looking at the meaning of abide, John 15:7 comes to mind “If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you.“

We can`t do this very well unless we are in a place of rest.

Some antonyms (opposite) of rest:
Agitation, busyness, noise, labor, worry

Rev. 14:13 (cessation from toil, refreshing) anapauo (Greek)

  • To make to cease. The work describes a cessation from toil, a refreshing, an intermission.

The last scripture I would like to share with you is one of my favourites and I really speaks to me in The Message translation.

Jesus gives us the invitation to come to Him, to walk with Him to learn from Him…

Matthew 11: 28-30 (MSG)

…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.”

In closing I would like to say how much I have enjoyed sharing in these blogs this month. Enjoy the rest of your summer ladies as you rest in His love and amazing grace!

Below I have included a video for a song that I really have received from recently.

Love Mons

Comments(2)

  1. Sally Rogers says

    Ahhhhh rest. It often seems quite elusive as I look at endless lists and contemplate what I haven’t done yet (funny how I don’t notice what I have accomplished already). A teacher friend and I were discussing rest recently. We push and push some more, dreaming of the summer when we’ll rest and have time to do all the things we want to do that get put off for the other 10 months. At the end of June, exhausted from teaching school, the summer seems endless and we look forward to doing all these other things in July — take all these wonderful courses or workshops, gardening, settling into our new houses, going camping. We feel like we are invincible — we carry an impossible load all year, we think we can do anything and everything! As for rest? Yup, rest … Of course. In August I think there might be week or two before we switch back into school mode. I spent three weeks traveling in Europe and I only have three tutoring clients right now and I’m not waiting by my phone every minute for a call to go teach school tomorrow. Sometimes I don’t know if I know what rest looks like! Thinking about what you said here, Mony, I left all my work at home and did go to the beach yesterday and sit with my chair in the water and read a book. Ahhhhh … that was restful!

  2. Marie Sparling says

    Thank you Mony, in the midst of your busyness in moving, you took time out to write and encourage us. I love you so much for loving God and loving us so much to do this. You have so aptly given a wonderful insight into how to receive rest and refreshing for our body, mind, soul and heart.
    Today is the big move I believe. I pray for peace, rest, and protection for safety, and from the heat. If memory serves me when you moved from White Lake to Braeside, it was a sweltering day as well.

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