life and faith

Rest

In place of the usual offerings here, I am starting a new venture for me as I link up for the first time with Five Minute Friday.

This is a real challenge of grit and courage as I am a perfectionist (working on that one) who normally writes and writes, edits and edits…writes… until I am happy with something and ready to publish it. 

Even then, it goes our with heart-in-mouth concern and angst, heavily dosed with prayer.

Now, I have to write for 5 minutes flat on the subject of ‘Rest’ – no editing, no over-thinking, no backtracking. Deep breath..you can do this..here goes..start the clock..

In a life constrained by chronic sickness it may seem that resting is all I do.

Though my body may be still and inactive for long periods, my mind is an ever-whirring clock ticking on relentlessly.
Times of real rest and refreshment only come when I pause to soak in God’s presence.

With His Spirit hovering within and without me I find my thoughts calmed and stilled.

He becomes my focus. 

Other concerns fade and pale into insignificance for those few moments of connection.

During the day I snatch hungrily at little seconds of conversation. 

Our souls need the restful watering of His love and grace that He desires to pour upon us.

We are dry, empty, thirsty vessels without it. 

The world’s cacophony, noise and chaos only serve to drain us of peace and rest.

Come away – sit with Him and learn to be still and know that He is God. 

You won’t regret finding an oasis of calm in the midst of busyness…

Phew! Clock stopped. Adrenaline subsiding. Doesn’t the time go quickly? Five minutes feels so short. Nevertheless, something is written and I hope it will bless you.


Linking up here with Lisa-Jo Baker and Five Minute Friday blog hop.

Do hop over and join in the fun!’

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