"Yet a time is coming
and has now come when the true worshipers will worship
the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the
kind of worshipers the Father seeks." - John 4:23

My Heavenly Daddy is healing
me from the inside out.

Transparency is Real.
Many times painful.

Daddy let me be secure in You only!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

REST THAT IS OFFERED


During the process of recovery we become aware of our need for a sheltered place in which to rest. The journey can be exhausting and disorienting. But we don't know how to rest. It doesn't come naturally to us. We don't know where to find a safe shelter.

Now imagine yourself resting in God's shadow. You are sheltered, safe, at rest. The heat of the desert will not consume you because of God's protection. You can sit and rest in God's loving presence. God is a shade, a shelter, a fortress. You can draw strength and comfort from God's presence. (excerpt from Dale and Juanita Ryan)


Ahhhh, to have rest in God! Sounds simply wonderful, doesn’t it? And it is there for the taking! Not to have to worry about the crap of every day life, and what we experienced growing up, etc. We should not be carrying these heavy burdens ourselves and wearing ourselves down anyway! God wants us healthy and clear minded. Definitely something we want right?!! God does want us to rest in Him and not in the world and not in our past! But, at the same time, God Does Know, for many of us it will take time to heal. But, He offers a resting place during our healing process, which is “in His loving presence.”

Lately, I am finding myself prostrate on the ground before my Lord crying out to Him to experience the love He has to offer each one of us and to Rest in His Arms at the same time. Even today at work, I felt an unsettling in my spirit. I was not at rest, but I did not know why. I had to make sure with a few other co-workers/believers if they were sensing anything in their own spirit. They replied 'no.' Which led me to believe this was between God and I. Once in a while I will get this so called "check in my spirit" that I know God is up to something. Not necessarily always a good feeling, but He knows best in the end. At this point, I just do not know what it is totally yet. I surmise it has something to do with "Rest." Duh, here now the blog......

So, as hard as it is for many of us to relate to love, let alone the love that God offers....... God Is Love! Here is where faith can be utilized. I struggle just as much as the next person with “love”, so that is why we need to constantly be reminded about how much God does love us unconditionally no matter what we perceive and think about ourselves, God’s love and the rest He provides will always be available!

20 comments:

  1. Sometimes I question my faith but the one thing I absolutely believe is this ... if there is a God then God is love

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  2. Interesting stuff. Hang in there!

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  3. Good post. I am working on a retreat with the theme God is Love! I agree that we all need to be reminded of God's unconditional love for us. Blessings!

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  4. I am agree that God is love. His love is unconditional and in fact He loves us so much that He sent His begotten son to die for us (to redeem our sin). His son had finished His work and we all are set free. Trust Him wholeheartedly and the peace will be with us. God bless you all,

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  5. Hang in there Just Be Real.

    I feel stressed and need rest too - I'm having to be assertive with my brother about how much I am prepared to do.

    I have been praying for you daily that you may experience God's peace and love.

    God Bless

    Amber

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  6. I love blogs concerning God--and meetings also! We had one tonight.

    For me, yes God is the source of love, because He IS love. In our Big Book Bill writes "God either is, or He is not." in Chapter to the Agnostics. Same chapter Page 55, it is written that.."we found the Great Reality deep down within ourselves......In the last analysis, it is ONLY there that He can be found."

    How simple! And if I didn't 'get it' early on, just wait it out. I'm not to become vexed or fretted about this subject, or any other.

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  7. The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
    Deuteronomy 33:27

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  8. When I was younger, I was taught that God is in all of us...the unconditional God's love you speak of is a reminder to me of that lesson; it is learning to love our own self (unconditionally) and respecting our own spirit with forgiveness when mistakes are made...that we honor that faith in a higher power...God

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  9. Hang on...you will make it....safe hugs to you, hon

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  10. God is love. That's for sure.
    Hope you find peace.

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  11. Thank you for reminding me that God is Love. I wholeheartedly agree.

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  12. Nice post about something that is on my mind. I think I'll read it again and soak it all in. Thanks.

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  13. It has been a long time coming - this peace in my soul. I'm still not there, but I am working on it. I question my faith daily, and I question God daily. I question everything... maybe that's why I do not rest as you speak of it. Thank you for stopping by! :)

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  14. Michele-Thanks for the visit. Glad you are too working on your peace of mind! I hear you when it comes to questioning, yes it is hard. But, faith is where it is at. Takes time dear.
    Jim-Glad you stopped by. Glad this post is helpful to you in some way! Blessings.
    Jena-Thank you for sharing God's love.
    Ana-I am on my way to peace. Thank you dear one!
    Rainbow-Always a pleasure to hear from you all. Blessings and safe hugs.
    Eva-Thank you for sharing about God's love. Blessings!
    T.Anne-Totally appreciate the scripture verse, thank you!!
    Stevie-Thank you once again sir for sharing your Big Book experiences! Blessings!
    Ambersun-Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support. Mean a lot and thank you for the encouragement to 'hang on.'
    James-Nice of you to drop by and thank you too for your encouraging words from the Lord!
    Colleen-How cool is that you have an upcoming retreat with the same topic. All the best on this. When is the retreat?
    C.Marie-Appreciate your visit, thank you!
    AD-It is okay to question and put forth questions to God! I certainly do daily. Thanks for the honesty dear one. Blessings.

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  15. I believe that is the softness of the Lord, guiding you to examine yourself. He loves you and He so wants the best for you. We all need to be on our knees and our faces. God bless you. I love taking this journey with you. Love Tanya

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  16. Tanya, yep something is going on! Tanya you are truly an inspiration. Thanks for coming along.

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  17. I relate to the love and blessing you show through this blog. That's why I tagged you with an award at my blog. (Just see that JIP did the same thing--I'm not surprised that you got tagged more than once. YOU are a blessing, dear person!) Oh well, come check out my blog and your award any way, okay?

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  18. Tabby-Ditto!
    Marj, I am completely honored and floored. Thank you kindly for considering "Just Be Real" for the awesome award! Many thanks!

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  19. I tagged you at the HauntedHouse for Blogger's appreciation Day. Safe hugs to you, my dear friend.
    Rainbow

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