Thursday, January 1, 2015

It's 2015!...A Time for Rest...

Happy New Year!  Can you believe it's already 2015?!  I remember when "Prince" was popular, singing "...tonight we're gonna party like its 1999."  It seemed so far off and now we're beyond.  Wowza!...where did it go!  ...I think I just dated myself...

Either way, I look forward to starting fresh, like the new blanket of snow that fell outside my window this January morn.  To have a new beginning, pure, clean, and white.   

You see, 2014 was a difficult year for me.   Betrayal sat on my doorstep for the first several months.  Though I couldn't put my finger on it until it entered my house with a vengeance in August.  Hopes and dreams were shattered.  The bottom fell out.  When that kind of devastation sets in, you can't breathe.  Everything hurts.  You don't know up from down, nor day from night.

I remember late one of many sleepless nights searching for a verse, just the right words to ease my pain.  It was then, I came upon Romans 5: 1-5....

Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Also through Him, we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.  And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.  This hope does not disappoint, because God's love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

affliction - a state of pain, distress, or grief; misery
endurance - the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions; stamina while bearing pain, hardship
character - qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity

These were the words that spoke to me.  Now as I limp into the new year on God's Word like balm to my wounds, I have a prayerful hope.  The word which I hold dear for this year is REST.      

Therefore, while the promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear so that none of you should miss it. For we also have received the good news just as they did; but the message they heard did not benefit them, since they were not united with those who heard it in faith. For we who have believed enter that rest, in keeping with what he said, 

So I swore in my anger
they will not enter My rest.

And yet his works have been finished since the foundation of the world, for somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in this way: 

And on the seventh day
God rested from all his works.

Again, in that passage He said, They will never enter My rest.  - Hebrews 4: 1-5

His REST.  Not a state of idleness, but a condition in which one is free to live in peace, joy, security, and freedom.  A REST that comes from repentance and submission.  His REST.  Grace from God sending His son to die on the cross for our sins.  His REST Spiritual REST.  A refreshment that I wish to drink upon.

Come to Me, all of  you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will  find rest for yourselves.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.  - Matthew 11: 28-30

The sun is shining through the clouds here on Drywood Creek.  The snow flurries sparkle like ice crystals as I sit this first day of January 2015 making my list of attainments for the year....

This is what the Lord says:

Stand by the roadways and look. 
Ask about the ancient paths:
Which is the way to what is good?
Then take it
and find rest for yourselves...

- Jeremiah 6:16

May this be the year of rest....


  1. Well said, dear sister! I believe 2011 was the year that my "word" of the year was REST. We had a very difficult 2010, and I just needed to REST in Him and just be. I love how you've pointed out it's not idleness. We can rest in Him, knowing He will protect us from the lies the enemy throws our way. Thank you gain for reflecting and sharing today! It's like a balm to my soul. :)

  2. May the Lord bless you in ways you didn't even imagine possible as you rest this year. He is the God of "much more"! Blessings!