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Beside Still Waters

In the last post I wrote I talked about looking forward to Vacation...knowing, of course, that I must find my rest in the Lord first and foremost.

As I have already entered into the whirlwind we call May...I am reading "Seasons of a Mother's Heart" by Sally Clarkson and it is speaking directly to me.  Is she really a fly on my wall?

I thought I would share what the Lord reaffirmed in my spirit today:

"I need regular moments in my life like that morning walk, times of refreshment and resoration that refill the spiritual well in my heart, which is too often left dry by the spirit-draining hustle and bustle of contemporary life.  If I don't take care to keep it filled, I soon find I have no spiritual refreshement to give to those whome God has put into my life, especially my always-thirsty children. When i let my well run drty, I am no longer able to be a source of refteshing water to them, or to others in my life. To say it more simply, I cannot keep giving out without taking in.

Kind David prayed to the Lord, his Shepherd, who "leads me beside quiet wayers" (Psalm 23:2). Literally, he said that the Lord would lead him to waters of resting places.  Shepherds know that not all waters are "restful waters." Some are shallow, warm stagnant pools.  the good one, though, are deep pools fed by flowing spring waters that keep the surface water cool, refreshing, and restorative.  Such waters provide the very best resting places for weary sheep.  That is where God leads us to fill our souls.

As a homeschooling mother, keeping my well filled with restful waters is not always easy. I am constantly drawing from my well to minister to my children, who are always with me, to keep my home-domain in order, to geed and clothe my family, and to be a helper to my husband. IN the same way that Jesus often retreated from the needy crowds to spend time alone with God, I need to get away from the needy crowd in my home to be with the Lord and to draw from his restful waters.  He is, agter all, the "living water" that will become in those who drink of him "a spring of water welling up to eternal life" (John 4:14). Drinking his living water is a spiritual necessity, as necessary for my spiritual health as eating good food is for my physical health.  I nee to make time to drink of his restful waters to replenish my own well!"

This is not NEW revelation to me. It's not the first time I have needed the reminder that my rest is in the Lord...nor will it be the last, I'm sure.

I am praying that for you as well.  That you will drink deeply of the Living Water. That you will be restored by HIS quiet waters so that you may spill out to those around you.  He IS our strength...our rock...our rest...our All in All!

Katie

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Quiet on the Home Front

Well...Not exactly! I should have said "Quiet on the Blog Front!" This is such a busy season for my family.  We are finishing up school. Extra-curricular activities are coming to an end with recitals. Recognition Night will finish out the Homeschool Year. "Busy Season" for Hubby is still upon us.

The glimmer of VACATION is on the horizon!

I love the idea of vacation. It always seems to be a much needed and wanted break from the hustle of everyday life.  No phones, computers or distractions...just family time.

I don't know if it's because we always take off right after the chaos of late spring, or if we really are dillusional sometimes in our planning. HAHA!  To many times we get caught up in the planning of a fun trip and then end up wishing we could just sit and be quiet! Even the kids feel this way. It is when we put our faith and reliance on a vacation for restoration that we miss the point of our vacation.

I know that a Vacation will NOT restore me as the Lord can! When I lay it all down at His feet, I can enjoy vacationing as fun family time as we make memories and enjoy one another and not as a source of restoration. When I put my hope in Man's ways, a vacation, to restore me...I will not be satisfied, rested, restored or even enjoy the trip as much. We usually return home exhausted!

I am thankful to the Lord...who restores me.  Who gives us life. Who is actually the Glimmer of Peace and Restoration on My horizon. Vacations are great...but God's rest is truely restoration for my weariness.

Be still and know I am God... Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.

This year, we are taking a leisurely trip up to Cincinnati. I think the long drive will be great for us.  We love to read,  sew, draw and chat with each other so it will be time well spent. It will be a time of refreshment as we visit together and just "be still" as we drive along.

But before we leave...I will purpose in my heart to "Be Still" before the Lord and let HIM restore my soul.

Katie

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