He is the Good Shepherd

img_9352We continue looking at Isaiah 40:9-11. Yesterday we focused on verse 10 which speaks of Jesus, the Good News! He alone brings about salvation and one day He will return, coming in power and might, King of kings and Lord of lords. God’s purpose and plan for redemption are complete in Christ. But not only is Jesus the Good News, but as we see in verse 11, He is our Good Shepherd.

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Time on the Porch

What do you have planned for this weekend? It’s amazing how stressful and busy the week after a long weekend can be for me. We had a house full over Labor Day and I loved it! Our children and grandchildren made their first visit to our new home. We’d spent the summer preparing to move, packing, scheduling, sorting, purging, moving, unpacking and getting our home ready. As enjoyable as our time with family was, I am ready for a little quiet this weekend. Our new home has this great side porch, and even though we’re smack dab in the middle of a suburban subdivision, it’s so quiet and peaceful…our own little retreat.

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This weekend, I’m going to sit a spell (that’s Southern for take a break, rest and make yourself comfortable). Have a cup of tea. Read a good book. Flip through my last two editions of Southern Living that I have yet to read. And spend some quiet time reading, studying and meditating in God’s Word. I need some one on one time with Jesus! I’ve also got a new book, Humility by Andrew Murray that I’m looking forward to diving into once I finish my current read.

What have you got planned for the weekend? Take time to sit a spell, breathe deeply and relax.

 

 

 

Be still, and know that I am God. —Psalm 46:10

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.—Psalm 23:1-3

Come to me, all 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.  —Matthew 11:28-39

Rejoicing in Him!

Susan

 

 

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Stressed!?! Find Rest

We are a society that has become weary for lack of rest. We can relate to the psalmist who says, “I am weary with my sighing” (Ps 6:6). Weary can mean faint, having nothing more to give, ready to collapse. Do these words describe you? Are you weary emotionally, physically or spiritually?

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Too often our “to do” lists are longer than the hours in our day. If you are like me, much of the time, I create my own stress. I say “yes” when I should say “no” to a task or request. I fail to take time to pause and just be in the Lord’s presence; instead I fill my days and hours and the result is exhausting. Many times I create stress by taking on tomorrow’s worries today. I let my mind wander and worry. But God created rest. God desires we find rest.

Matthew 11:28-30 speaks to us about learning to find rest in the midst of our stress:

Come to me, all 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.

Come – deute – an imperative — come hither! come here! come! come now! —from a root word meaning urging and calling, here! come!

Rest – anapauoto cause or permit one to cease from movement or labor in order to recover and collect his strength; to give rest, to refresh; to keep quiet, of calm and patient expectation, an intermission.

Jesus beckons us to come to him to find rest. I love how the original word for “come” is so emphatic. It’s like he is saying, NOW! Not later, not if you feel like it, not when you’ve exhausted all other possibilities, but NOW! The rest He desires to give us is a pause to recover our strength, a quiet and calming of our souls. The great thing about learning to rest in Christ is that it can be done in the midst of whatever we have going on in our day.

Three ways I’ve discovered I can find rest instead of experiencing stress:

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