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Jan 10

Good morning, Father!
Thank you so much for being patient with me, giving me so many chances to get things right. I know I screw up sometimes, being impatient with my Mate or with drivers on the road, or drinking too much like last night, giving myself a stomach ache and wasting time on unnecessary intoxication. I know I do not NEED to drink — I only need YOU! Sometimes I just get so BORED, Lord. There aren’t any games I really like to play, it’s too cold to be outside, and even watching movies and reading and doing art have all become boring. I suspect that will change, but I ask you to help me out in this thing, Lord. Show me how to wind down after a difficult day or several days, without compromising my reliance upon YOU. Teach me YOUR way for me to relax and rejuvenate, Lord.

 
Psalm 116:7 KJV

Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee

Psalm 116:7 ERV

My soul, relax! The LORD is caring for you.

 
I like the word used for “rest” here (KJV). It is saying go back home, to your quiet, to your “settled spot“. That’s nice! Hawker’s commentary mentions that this is a reference to the dove on Noah’s ark. How she found no rest for her weary feet (and wings!) until she returned to the ark. And likewise we grow weary, navigating the terrain of the world, all its draining people and words and events, without a place of rest until we come “home” to Jesus, to our God, to our First Love. Although I must admit that the inside of my own brain can also be a draining, weary place, even if I stay put at home!! Push, push, push. Judge myself and what I do or do not get done. How I feed myself, whether or not I exercise, and everything else that does or does not happen in my day. My wings grow weary, flying from one thought to another.

Lord, please teach me how to come HOME to you and REST. Show me what this looks like in everyday life. When I am frazzled, how can I return to a place of easy peace, filled with your love? Teach me, Father. Show me what thoughts and actions I need to initiate, to truly turn to YOU for support and rest. Thank you for teaching me, Holy Spirit! Thank you, Jesus, for making a way for us to come before God, to make His presence our home, our birthright, our place of rest.

 

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