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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28, NIV
Perhaps the strain and burden of life have made you tired. If so, maybe you are carrying life too heavily.
Primarily, we do not get tired in our muscles but in our minds. We develop that “I’m swamped” feeling.
Allow this text to dissolve in your thoughts as a kind of spiritual lozenge. As you turn to Jesus in your thoughts, He will give you rest. And how does He do that? One way is by showing you how to work.
“Learn of Me,” He says. In other words, work by My method. “My yoke is easy, and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). That is to say, easy does it. Don’t strain, don’t tug, relax. Do one job at a time using the light touch, the easy stroke.
~ ~ Norman Vincent Peale
Rest…a distant memory. My daughter keeps telling me “Mom, just breathe.” I respond “I can’t, it’s not on my to-do list.” As with Thought Conditioner #3 we must not only want the change but must make room for it in our lives.
One thing I learned more than ten years ago – when you need change scripture is the only way to achieve that change. Memorize it, even if it’s just key words, let it sink into your mind and spirit, repeat it a thousand time a day if needed and change will come. Just never give up.
If you need rest, a break from stress, leave it with Jesus. Close your eyes and imagine yourself falling into his arms.
Reflect: How do you find rest in Jesus? Share your experiences.