Living God’s dream for your life is not always lived on easy-street. I can attest to this. In the month of April, I traveled two consecutive weeks for ministry work and pleasure. I take pleasure in using my time for purposeful and fulfilling work, but the extensive traveling and ministering back to back took a toll on my body. I remember my aunt who was also my Pastor Barbara Brewton-Cameron saw this for my life 14 years ago, well before I was in ministry, and she spoke a very useful word into me, that it was necessary to take care of my health and body as I would be used very extensively for the Kingdom. And I as began to walk thru new doors of opportunities, I can say that I have been stretched to extend my gifts in a capacity that has made this prophecy so true. The fast pace left me weary from the strenuous workout of maintaining life as a wife, sister, daughter, aunt and friend, business owner and burdened from being a teacher and preacher yoked with an innovative assignment.
In fact, many of us feel the effects of our fast-paced lives. It takes a toll on our bodies as we extend, work and sometimes overextend ourselves trying to take care of our children, husbands, homes, ministry and work. Add to that the weight of finances, relatives, and everyday inconveniences, next thing you know you’re in your feelings and your emotions overwhelm you. Pouring from an empty vessel does harm to you and those around you. During these moments it’s easy to feel invisible. Under appreciated. And angry. You may even ask yourself as I did, “Does anyone appreciate what it takes for you to show up or to keep up and get everything done?!” In these moments its imperative that you understand how rest is essential to realize His dreams for you.
To fulfill the purposes of God for your life, you need rest! It’s the most important component of renewing your body and mind every day. However, to get rest, you need to have a restful spirit. King David wrote, “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8) God’s dream for your life happens when you are rested—in Him. That is what I have been doing. I have been resting in Him so that I can fully realize that “His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30)
Are you getting the recovery time you need physically? First, try resting in Him spiritually and you’ll find the safety needed for a good night’s rest.
When you give your weary and burdened heart to Him, He gives you rest for your soul. His gift is the kind of rest that will cure burnout and renew your enthusiasm for Him and strengthen you to meet your daily responsibilities and pursue your purpose with passion! While it may not help clean the house, it will keep you from turning up on someone! Rest!
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