Day 21 ~ Rest(break)*

Day 21.  That means we’re already past the half-way mark through this season of Lent – that surprises me a bit!  We’ve already covered some pretty tender ground on this journey, and I don’t know about you, but I think I’m ready to pull over by the side of the road, find a shady patch of soft green grass, kick off my shoes, lay back and just….rest for awhile.

I only recently found this little gift of a song when it came across my Pandora station a few weeks ago, and it’s quickly becoming my heart’s anthem.  It was a beautiful afternoon and I was on a lunch hour walk, a perfect time-out for a quick breath of fresh air. I wasn’t particularly sad or heavy hearted, my head was just full of thoughts, and all those pesky feelings that want to tag along wherever I go.  It seems like I’m in a constant state of evaluating where I am in this personal quest for inner peace and healing, which sometimes turns in to an inner “to do” list with tasks I can neatly complete and check off  (an approach that isn’t very conducive to healing, by the way!)

I truly am trusting God to continue this mending of my heart…..but I’m also working very very hard to do my part.  And sometimes I get ahead of the process and wonder where the fledgling peace I’m beginning to find again has gone!

“I Will Rest” is such a beautiful reminder that, though we can’t help but want to know what’s on the road ahead of us, it’s good to remember that God’s already gone before and knows the best way.  Sometimes the most faithful and effective thing we can do is just…..follow, even if that means taking a break to gaze at the clouds or the stars for awhile as we let God settle our thoughts and calm our hearts.  Funny how sometimes the best work is done when it doesn’t feel like work at all.  =)

I’ve a feeling there is much more God wants us to discover about Him and about ourselves in the coming weeks, and I trust we’ll find new depths of courage and honesty as we do, but on Day 21….let’s give ourselves a little space and take a break from the emotional heavy lifting.  I think it looks like a very good day to pause….to take a deep breath….and to rest in the promises that already belong to us.  No fear.  No lists.  No fixing.  Just….

….rest.  ❤

I Will Rest

City Harbor

I try so hard to keep it in
When I’m falling apart
Put up walls to preserve
My fragile heart
But I’m tired cause I know
That I’m not strong enough, strong enough

I make my plans
I try to prosper by the work
Of my own hands
But I stumble cause the truth is
That I can’t
And I grow weary cause it seems
The race is never done, never done

I will rest, I will rest
In the promises that You
Have given me
I will rest, I will rest
All Your goodness
And Your mercy follow me
They follow me

I will not fear
I won’t forget
That you are always near
Even when the road I walk’s unclear
In the waiting I’ll be still
And know that You are God, You are God

I will rest, I will rest
In the promises that You
Have given me
I will rest, I will rest
All Your goodness
And Your mercy follow me
They follow me

You’re my Shelter, my Refuge
Fortress for my soul
I will trust You
You’re my Shepherd, my Rescue
Forever my Stronghold
I will trust You, trust You

I will rest, I will rest
In the promises that You
Have given me
I will rest, I will rest
All Your goodness
And Your mercy follow me
They follow me
Follow me

(When Kelsey was in TIRR, the rehab center in Houston following her accident, the term “rest-break” was used liberally among the staff from her therapists to the lovely cafeteria ladies.  It just means to take a break….or have a rest….we think it must be a Texas thing, and it makes us smile!)

I Will Rest

About Shellie

Welcome ~ I am a mom, a wife, a friend, a sister, a daughter, a dreamer and a writer. But most of all I am a woman of faith - I have a deep longing to know and love....God.
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