The result of a lifestyle of communion and conversation with God is rest.
Before I realized who I am as a beloved daughter, I had no idea about rest. My mind was constantly filled with thoughts about what I needed to do. I lived in overdrive, and the idea of rest seemed unattainable. In fact, I believed that if I was not continually getting things done I was goofing off and wasting my time.
When Richard and I first married, my inability to rest caused me to feel irritated and uncomfortable when he rested. On Sunday afternoons, Richard loved to nap on the couch while watching sports. To me, this was a sign of laziness, and I did not like it.
So, week after week, when he fell asleep, I’d get out the vacuum cleaner and begin my cleaning in the room he was sleeping in. I figured if I needed to work continually, he did too. This, of course, did not go over well.
Thankfully, I now realize that I do not need to prove myself or earn anything through hard work. Instead, I have been given the rest of God.
The rest God gives us mirrors His own rest. As the author of Hebrews wrote:
“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his” (Heb. 4:9–10).
This is an excerpt from my new book Loved Like Jesus.
I wrote it because I want you to experience the deep love that your heavenly Father has for you. Living from this reality as a much loved son or daughter, you can rest in a confident connection with Him and experience abundant living and lasting freedom.
Order my book today for yourself and an extra copy for a friend, your pastor and/or your small group.
Thanking Him for you,