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At Faith Barista this week we are discussing the question, “How do you spend time with God and experience spiritual rest?” Click on the Faith Barista graphic on my right side bar to find out how others experience rest.
All good relationships require communication. If I want to have a better marriage I need to spend time with my husband. We need to talk. Laugh. Cry. Be goofy…..together. If I want to maintain my friendships I have to find time to get together. Chat on the phone. Walk together. Talk together. If I want my relationship as a mother to be nurturing to my children, I need to take time to find out what is important to them. I email family and friends. We keep in touch. We reach out. Without communication…without sharing… relationships die. Sometimes the death is long, slow and painful. Sometimes not.
I make time for the relationships that are important to me.
My relationship with God is no different. Some people would question me with, “How can you have a RELATIONSHIP with God? God is all about religion…and rules…and church.” My reply is that God, and His son, Jesus are ALL ABOUT relationship. Yes, Jesus came to this earth in the form of man BECAUSE of relationship. God wants relationship with me, not because He NEEDS too, but because He WANTS too. Even though I have been a Christian for many, many years I am still in awe of the fact that the God of the Universe wants to know me….and even more importantly He wants me to KNOW Him.
Sometimes all I need to do, to experience spiritual rest, is to talk WITH Him, the one who knows me most intimately. I commune with the One who knows my heart.
I long for peace and rest
From You, who knows me best.
I stumble through my days
turning from Your gaze.
I am full of pride
thinking I can hide
all my stress inside
far from You.
Forgive me Father.
I am so stubborn.
I need rest.
Rest for my body.
Rest for my soul.
I need You.
Thank you for your provision for me.
As I draw close to You,
You draw close to me.
And I can rest in Your love.
- would You find me faithful? (joeyasher.com)
- Favor (ebonywomanofgrace.com)
- Messy Faith (wonderingpreacher.wordpress.com)
- Point to Christ (pastorcraig.org)
- To Know HIM More (heatherdawkins.wordpress.com)
- You will find rest (amblessedbeyondmeasure.com)