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Rest in Jesus

Feeling tired? Go to The Source of peace and rest.

Rest in Jesus
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“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (NAS)

Have you ever been bone-tired? I don’t mean just sleepy. I mean drained in your spirit. At the point of exhaustion all the way down into your bones.

I’m feeling that way right now. I’ve got a husband, three little kids, extended family, church, a full-time job and a writing habit. This past week we’ve been practicing for a musical at church and I’m the director. My husband hurt his back and has not felt well. We have a big yard and lots of farm animals to tend. My two oldest kids have had tests in school and several extracurricular activities. We went camping—without my husband—over the weekend, and I did not get much writing done when we got back, as I had planned. Other duties called. My deadline is fast approaching, and I can barely hold my head up.


As I ponder how to inspire others, it is clear I need some inspiration myself. I close my eyes and listen for the still, small voice. Faithful as always, He speaks to me from the pages of my memory: Come to Me. I will give you rest. The kind of rest Jesus is talking about here is not sleep, although sleep is necessary to physical and emotional health. But what the weary person needs goes much deeper than that. He speaks to us on a spirit level and says, “Come to Me.” In Him we find the source of rest and peace.

Faith step: Come to Jesus. Take His yoke and learn from Him, and find rest for your soul.


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