Thursday night I was wrapping things up, enjoying a few minutes on social media and Lisa-Jo tweeted out that she had deadlines for writing and needed a little sweet talk... I replied that I desperately needed her words for #FiveMinuteFriday... She graciously replied that she was "On it" ... I added a PS... "could you pick a word that can ONLY conjure up happy thoughts?"
My week has been rough and I was/am a little afraid of what might come out on a Friday morning free-write after the week, but especially the day I had! and once again she graciously replied that she was "on it"... and Boy, did she deliver! What could be better than five minutes on REST!!!
This week was supposed to be my week of rest, in that, it is MY spring break. As a part of my pursuing God-Sized Dreams, I have gone back to college. This semester I attempted TWO classes at the same time, one being an INTENSE online 8 week course on Creative Writing that just about killed me, but I survived. On top of that I am taking an on-campus Brit Lit class that has a TON of reading. So I have been feeling like I was drowning. But this week was Spring Break so I didn't have any homework, didn't have any classes to get to. Just one novel I had to read.
I managed to fill this week up with... a sick kid on Sunday, laundry on Sunday and Monday, a play date for the littlest on Tuesday, grocery shopping on Tuesday afternoon and an important meeting Tuesday night. Throw in a car in the shop and a change of plans Wednesday morning, and preparing and providing a meal for about 40 Wednesday night at church. Then there was the coffee date on Thursday morning that was AWESOME, and the rest of Thursday was spent dealing with bickering, whining, fighting, disobedience, etc from my girls (and if I'm honest, me too). I was and am desperately in need of some rest.
I realized last night as I was falling into bed feeling like a complete failure that somehow, the Bible reading, the Hello Mornings, just didn't happen... and NOW I see why I was falling apart.
But a few perfectly worded blog posts and a reminder that God's Mercies are new every morning, and some sunshine on this fine Friday morning and my perspective is right again.
My Five Minutes is now up... but the story isn't over, so I must keep typing.
I am reading with the She Reads Truth session, which is in the Psalms... I love the Psalms! We are reading the Psalms of Ascents and other Scripture that ties in with it. Being a week behind, I read three days this morning... and God gave me REST with these verses!!
Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
and 2 Corinthians 1:7-11
(my paraphrase) ... even when I am despaired of life... and have given myself a death sentence, I need to remember that I can't trust in myself, but in God which raiseth the dead... HE delivered us from so great a death and DOTH deliver: in whom we trust that he WILL YET deliver us!!!
What could be more restful than the peace of God which passeth all understanding, and the rest that comes in trusting the God which raiseth the dead!?
Praying Rest for you today and this weekend!