I have suffered from Chronic Fatigue since 2005. This means that my energy is always very limited. Exhaustion often forces me to rest, regardless of what I want, or need, to do.
Until today, I have always understood ‘rest’ as time spent sitting down, or being in bed.
However, to my astonishment, God has now shown me that rest can also be a state of mind, and even a way of life.
With this approach, whether or not I am active, living restfully means noticing my sensations, thoughts, and emotions as they occur, acknowledging their reality without judgement, then sharing them simply and honestly with God.
Hopefully, this process will teach me how I need to change in order to live more restfully, so I can be at peace with myself, with God, with others, and the world.
1. Son of God, to seek and find,
We must all leave heaven behind;
Yet, dear Lord, to follow you,
We must trust in heaven, too.
2. Son of Man, to change and grow,
We must dwell in heaven below;
Yet, dear Lord, to care and bond,
We must draw on heaven beyond.
3. Holy One, to feel you near,
We must be in heaven here;
Yet, dear Lord, to practice love,
We must learn from heaven above.
4. Lamb of God, to share your bread,
We must long for heaven ahead;
Yet, dear Lord, to grasp your worth,
We must live in heaven on earth.
1. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:13; NLT). Follow me and be my disciple (Matthew 9:9; NLT).
2. We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT). Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).
3. The Lord is near (Philippians 4:5; NIV). Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).
4. Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body” (Matthew 26:26; NLT). Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered (Revelation 5:12; NLT).