HOW DO WE LEARN TO REST IN HIM?

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
Philippians 4:6‭-‬8 NLT

“HOW DO WE LEARN TO REST IN HIM?”

Often we work hard and remain busy in life but neglect the work needed to keep is mentally, emotionally and spiritually rested!
We must apply the same efforts (or more) that we invest in the busyness of life, into using the tools God provides for our rest!

Meditation & Journaling are 2 of many tools that can help us rest in HIM when we are prone to live busy lives.

What do these tools look like?
 

1. MEDITATION!
The truths from Scripture sink deep into our souls when we meditate on God’s Word. Meditation provides us a new level of rest for us because we are spending our mental energy thinking about God’s Word and not drowning our minds with the worries of the world. Not only that, but we have the power to apply these life-changing words from God to our lives. We can’t help but become all that God wants us to be when we put this kind of effort in.
“Whatever you think about grows. Don’t focus on what you are going through. Focus on what you are going to do!” — Dr. Caroline Leaf

We learn to rest by meditating on God’s Word so that our actions will line up with His truths. There are many ways to let Scripture penetrate our spirits. His truth will literally pour over our minds and we will begin to see things differently. As we meditate on God’s Word, our minds will be renewed and we will find rest that we didn’t think was possible.

2. JOURNALING.
In order to get the most out of our time in God’s Word, we can ALSO integrate journaling as part of our daily practice. Journaling doesn’t have to be in depth or in great detail if this isn’t something we are accustomed to doing. It can be as simple as writing a few lines from any insight we received while reading the Bible. There are so many ways to journal. We can write down our thoughts or prayers; some people even do artwork during their journaling time. There is no right way to do it. To help you get started, here is a simple outline to follow:

A. Choose a verse (or multiple) and read it.
B. Read it again.
C. Write it down.
D. Ask God for insight and write that down.

For example;
Maybe you decide to journal about Romans 8:28 which says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

After reading through it two to three times, we write it down. We might even choose to write it down in different Bible versions.

We finish off our time journaling by asking God for insight about what we’ve just read and then write out the revelation the Holy Spirit reveals as we meditate.

As we pore over Scripture using the plan outlined above, we can internalize it through the day. Journaling daily also provides a timeline that we can look back on to see the spiritual progress we’ve made and the fresh ways that God has spoken to us in the past.

We will see things clearly and have a newfound perspective about how God’s Word applies to our lives and restores us from the inside out. And with our minds being renewed, we are receiving a REST THAT CANNOT be acquired by any earthly pleasure.

Have you ever made meditation & journaling a part of your daily time with God?
If not this could be the very cause of what’s exhausting your life and snuffing out your emotional and spiritual passion. Without rest the lack of balance leaves us vulnerable to character defects that lead to compromise and defeat.

God help those just LIKE ME WHO LIKE TO LIVE BUSY LIFESTYLES, to become just as busy in our pursuit of knowing YOUR TRUTH through knowing you intimately. Help us the find our rest in CHRIST ALONE.

LOVE YA.
PK