Rest

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. 

References

My soul finds rest in God (Palm 62:1; NIV). 

In you we live and move

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1. In you we live and move,
And have our being:

Lord,
May I know your presence
Day and night.

2. You’re over, in, and through
All you establish:

Lord,
May I dwell forever
In your sight.

3. You send your only Son
To teach and heal us:

Lord,
May I know your mercy,
And your grace.

4. You wait until we ask you
To receive us:

Lord,
May I be your shrine,
And dwelling-place.

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References

1. In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28, NIV).

2. There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all
(Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

3. God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

4. The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

My dwelling-place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people (Ezekiel 37:27; NIV).

Forgive my ignorance

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1. Please forgive my ignorance,
And teach me, Lord, to follow you.

2. Please forgive my weaknesses;
Help me to serve in all I do.

3. Please forgive my selfishness,
Then I’ll see you in everyone.

4. Please forgive my carelessness,
So I will grow like you, God’s Son.

5. Please forgive my foolishness:
May I reflect your wise concern;

6. And please forgive my sinfulness:
Don’t punish me, but help me learn.

✝️


References

1. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them (Ephesians 4:18; NIV).

Teach me how to live, O Lord. Lead me along the right path (Psalm 27:11; NLT).

2. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all the same testings we do (Hebrews 4:15; NLT).

3. Then he [Jesus] said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23; NLT).

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

4. We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

5. People ruin their lives by their own foolishness (Proverbs 19:3; NLT).

All of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them (Exodus 2:25; NIV).

6. The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbour his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities (Psalm 103:8-10; NIV).

Trust in God (#2 of 2 linked poems)

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Trust in God (John 14:1; NLT).

1. Trust in God,
For he is perfect,
And his mercy
Is supreme.

2. Trust in God,
Who sent his perfect Son
To teach us,
And redeem.

3. Trust in God,
Whose perfect Spirit
Comes to free us
From all sin.

4. Trust in God,
For he is perfect.
And our task?
To grow like him.

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References

1. Trust in God and trust also in me (John 14:1; NLT).

Your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).

His mercy is very great (1 Chronicles 21:13; NLT).

2. God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am (John 13:13; RSV).

When the fulness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law (Galatians 4:5; NKJV).

By the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 9:14; NLT).

3. There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death (Romans 8:1-2; NLT).

4. Your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).

Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24; NLT).

You are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).

Repent and turn to God

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Each of you must repent and turn to God, and be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit
(Acts 2:38; NLT).

1. Repent,
And turn to God.
Open your mind –
Then wait,
Until his Spirit comes
To help you.

2. Repent,
And turn to God.
Open your heart –
Then wait,
Until his Spirit comes
To teach you.

3. Repent,
And turn to God.
Open your soul –
Then wait,
Until his Spirit comes
To cheer you.

4. Repent,
And turn to God.
Open your hands –
Then wait,
Until his Spirit comes
To fill you.

5. Repent,
And turn to God.
Open your eyes –
Then see, and love, and serve
His Son
In all.

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References

1. He will give you another Advocate, [Comforter, Encourager, Counsellor] who will never leave you (John 14:16; NLT).

Wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26; NLT).

2. The Spirit teaches you everything you need to know (1 John 2:27; NLT).

3. He will give you another Comforter, that he may be with you for ever (John 14:16; DBY).

4. We know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5; NLT).

5. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

May the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow (1 Thessalonians 3:12; NLT).

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT, my emphasis).

This little cross

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1. This little cross
Is made of faith.
It teaches me
Your way.

2. This little cross
Is made of hope.
It helps me
Through each day.

3. This little cross
Is made of love
For everyone
Whose life I touch.

4. This little cross
Is made of prayer,
Because I need you, Lord,
So much.

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References

1-3. Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

3. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

Be kind to everyone (2 Timothy 2:24; NLT).

Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me (Matthew 18:5; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).

Love the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; NKJV).

Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

4. Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

God blesses those who are poor and realise their need for him (Matthew 5:3; NLT).

Shine your light

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1. Shine your light
On all who live in darkness,
Till they decide to seek you, Lord,
And find.

2. Spread your peace
To all who are abusive,
Till they begin to seek you,
And grow kind.

3. Teach your truth
To all who lie to others,
Till they are moved to seek you,
And lament.

4. Pour your love
On all who practice hatred,
Till they resolve to seek you,
And repent.

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References

1. God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine (Isaiah 9:2; NLT).

You will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 4:29; NIV).

2. The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

They all do evil and abuse what power they have (Jeremiah 23:10; NLT).

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful (Ephesians 4:29; NLT).

You will grow as you learn to know God better and better (Colossians 1:10; NLT).

3. The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

Stop your love of telling lies that you swear are the truth (Zechariah 8:17; NLT).

“My people bend their tongues like bows to shoot out lies. They refuse to stand up for the truth […] They do not know me,” says the Lord (Jeremiah 9:3; NLT).

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

4. God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbour (Zechariah 8:17; NKJV).

Love your neighbour (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Love the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; NKJV).

Show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

Repent of your sins and turn to God for the Kingdom of Heaven is near (Matthew 4:17; NLT).

In my dreams

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I long for the Lord (Psalm 130:6; NLT).

1. Lord,
I long to see you
In my dreams –
To join the crowd,
And listen
As you preach.

2. Lord,
I want to meet you
In my dreams –
To sit with you,
And learn
From all you teach.

3. Lord,
I yearn to reach out
In my dreams –
To touch your robe,
And know, at last,
I’m whole.

4. Lord,
I thirst to serve you
In my dreams –
Then wake,
And help you save
Some poor, lost soul.

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References

1. The large crowd listened to him with great delight (Mark 12:37; NLT).

2. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught (Luke 10:39; NLT).

3. If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed (Matthew 9:21; NLT).

4. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Timothy 1:15; NLT).

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him (1 Timothy 1:12; NLT).

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35; NIV).

Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

The old Celtic way (dedicated to A.K.)

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This is what the Lord says:
“Stop at the crossroads and look around.
Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it.
Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls”
(Jeremiah 6:16; NLT).

1. Show me again, Lord,
The old Celtic way,
Then I will delight
In your love, joy, and peace.

2. Call me back, Lord,
To the old Celtic way,
Then I’ll serve you gladly
In all those I meet.

3. Teach me again, Lord,
The old Celtic way,
Then I’ll see your beauty
In all that you make.

4. Lead me back, Lord,
To the old Celtic way,
Then I’ll know your presence
With each step I take.

5. Tell me again, Lord,
The old Celtic way,
Then I’ll accept bravely
The hardships I bear.

6. Bring me back, Lord,
To the old Celtic way,
Then I will remember
To do all with prayer.

 


References

1. I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love  (Psalm 31:7; NLT).

2. Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

3. Praise the beauty of holiness (2 Chronicles 20:21; NKJV).

4. I am with you always (Matthew 28:20; NLT).

5. By God’s power accept your share of suffering (2 Timothy 1:8; NET).

6. Pray about everything (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

Make life your prayer

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Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

1. Make life your prayer,
And prayer, your life –
Then Christ will guide you
On his way.

2. Make work your prayer,
And prayer your work –
Then he will teach you
What to say.

3. Make rest your prayer,
And prayer, your rest –
Then Christ will help you
To forgive.

4. Make love your prayer,
And prayer your love –
Then he will show you
How to live.

I give myself to prayer (Psalm 109:4; NKJV).

 


References

1. He guides me along right paths (Psalm 23:3; NLT).

2. God will give you the right words at the right time (Matthew 10:19; NLT).

3. If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you (Matthew 6:14; NLT).

4. Teach me how to live, O Lord (Psalm 27:11; NLT).