Monday, December 11, 2017

25 Days God Given Gifts - Day 11 - REST

Come to me, all you who are weary 
and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
 and you will find rest for your souls. 

Matthew 11:28-29

The definition of REST is: to refresh oneself, as by sleeping, lying down, or relaxing. To relieve weariness by cessation of exertion or labor, and to be at ease; have tranquility or peace. 

Sounds good, doesn’t it? We all need rest, and when we’re very tired, we look forward to it. When my grandson was a baby, he lacked the words to express himself and at naptime or bedtime, would lay in his crib and wave bye-bye.

This scripture talks about rest for our souls; relief from the trials, stress, tribulations, burdens, and sin that can weigh us down. Remember Christian, in the book Pilgrim’s Progress? He was weighed down by a heavy load and longed for relief as he journeyed to the Celestial City. He found his rest when he reached the foot of the cross. The straps that bound the load to him broke and he was free from the oppressive weight.

We don’t have to bear the weight of our burdensome load. Jesus promises us in this scripture passage to come to Him and he will give us rest. Are you tired? Are you weary? Are you burdened? Leave it at the foot of the cross and find rest for your soul.

My husband’s grandmother wrote the poem below.  I never had an opportunity to meet her, but know she would have been pleased to have me share it with you.

Rest in the Lord, O tired heart
And wait patiently for him
He’ll lift your cares and light your path
When everything looks dim.

He knows your need for daily strength
The problems that you face
He’ll give you courage and supply
His boundless love and grace

Rest in the Lord, O tired heart
There is no better way
To find refreshment, joy and peace
O rest in him today.
by Violet Elwell

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  1. Beautiful poem...a treasure for your husband and all who’ve read it.

    Darling story of the tired grandson waving goodbye at naptime.

    I might need some rest myself...can’t sleep, up since 2:00. Going back to bed now... 😴

  2. Thank you so much Abby for always being a blessing, going to share that poem to some dear ladies struggling with cancer treatment, it always help to look up, and not at the mud underneath as a dear brother would always say.
    God bless you and your family this Christmas time as we celebrate the birth of our LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ.
    Hugs Shaz in Oz. Xx


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