His Word, Kids/Parenting, Series

Day 12 – Rest

In my quest to get ‘caught up’ on this blogging adventure, I decided it was time to write another post.

The day 12 prompt is: Rest.

Matthew 11:28-30 tells us, Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

You know the book I featured in my post yesterday? The one about being a raging perfectionist? Yeah, that one…ok, let me tell you this…IT’S GOOD! I mean, it’s SERIOUSLY good. Amanda challenges my way of thinking and my views…and she does it in such a way that makes her totally able to relate to.

Well, I read this passage from her book this morning, that goes with this theme of ‘rest. She says,

“Because while we can choose to rest our bodies, soul rest only happens at the feet of Jesus. When we lay down our agendas, our focus shifts to His agenda. And in my experience, His agenda usually includes the reminder that I’m loved already. That he accepts me as I am, without title or accomplishment. That I don’t need to seek approval from other people, because I’m worthy in the eyes of the only one who matters.”**

Ok, I can’t speak for you all, but I need, and I mean, DESPERATELY NEED that kind of rest. Where I don’t have to perform or be ‘on’ for anyone…where I can just be. ME. The me that is broken. The me that seeks love and acceptance – and can find it in the most reliable of places. The me that doesn’t have to hold the world up on her shoulders.

I can tell you all this much, God is taking me on a true journey during this month. Between this writing/blogging challenge, and the online 6-week Bible study I’m participating in {we are reading the book of Matthew, by the way. And if you need some serious meat to chew on, start here!}, He is taking me to some uncharted territory and it’s kind of uncomfortable. But I know that I’ll be better and stronger and more dependent on Him when I come out on the other side. But until I get there, I need His grace and His embrace to get me through this. Cause I’m surely not strong enough to do this on my own.

**{taken from ‘Chapter 3 – Recognition’ in “Confessions of a Raging Perfectionist” by Amanda Jenkins}


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