Finding rest . . .

By on February 6, 2014

We’re all familiar with that place. It’s not fun. The place where everything seems unsettled, discontent, burdensome, and even exhausting. From the time we get up our brains begins screaming what we MUST DO in order to accomplish this or solve that. And it all depends on ME – what I do!

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I know better. Saying it out loud even sounds ridiculous.

But I’ve had to relearn this lesson a lot lately . . . just being honest. Satan knows just what buttons to push with me and I know it. So why don’t I always see it coming and preempt the strike? Because I’m not perfect – yet.

But I know very well what I really MUST do: pursue Him – His presence, His face, His truth, and His wisdom. THAT is the most valuable use of my time, because HE is my only source of settled-ness, contentment, burdenLESS-ness, and true rest in this life.

There is more power in a minute spent with my God than in 10 million spent trying to solve any earthly problem. And boy, does the enemy want me to forget that! The only way to not fall for the lie is to fill my mind with so much truth there’s just not room for it. God’s Word is living and active and His presence is transforming. “Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence” (Psalm 42:5).

Something I’ve done lately is make an iTunes playlist simply called “Peace/Rest.” And I love having a ready-made, go-to list of songs that stops my racing mind and quickly draws me back to that place of quiet retreat with my Savior.

One of the songs on this list is “Here” by Kari Jobe. It’s been perfect for drawing me into God’s amazing presence where I can seek His face, renew my mind, and allow His Spirit to move freely in my life once again. The result is worship. You can’t help but bow to this loving, merciful God. For it finally becomes all about Him again – like it should be.

As a matter of fact, take a few minutes, close your eyes, and let the beautiful, yet simple, words and melody of this song wash over you.

Here – Kari Jobe

Come and rest here
Come and lay your burdens down
Come and rest here
There is refuge for you now

You’ll find His peace
And know you’re not alone anymore
He is near
You’ll find His healing
Your heart isn’t shattered anymore
He is here

Breathe in. Breathe out.
You will – you will find Him here

I will rest in You. I will rest in You.

You will find Him – You will find Him here
You will find Him – You will find Him here

 

How do you get out of that unsettled, burden-filled place when it comes – to find renewed peace and rest?

 

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Shhhhh . . . 

 

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  1. Pamela Haddix
    February 6, 2014

    Other songs in my Peace/Rest play list – some old, some new:
    Rest – Matthew West
    My God – Desperation Band
    I Need You Now – Matt Redman
    All I Need is You – Hillsong United
    Rescue – NewSong
    Word of God Speak – Mercy Me

    • Steven
      February 7, 2014

      Found this on FB and shared it to my wall because God has been telling me Exactly this in my readings for the past two days. Today (day three of God telling me to seek Him first and He’ll take care of the rest) came from your post. Only after I re-read it did I realize who the author was and that I know you! 😉 Thank you for sharing this and thank you for allowing God to work through you today because… I needed it! -Steven Timlick-

      • Pamela Haddix
        February 7, 2014

        Thanks so much for sharing that, Steven. Don’t you just love how God communicates to us – and how hard He works to draw us Him to Himself. I pray that His love and faithfulness overwhelm you as you seek Him. Blessings, friend!

  2. Sheila Sternberg
    February 6, 2014

    The song that always pops into my head is a 1984 recording of The Liberated Wailing Wall song, David’s Hope. (I can’t find it anywhere online to share.) The music really matches the mood, sad at first (slower in a minor key), then hopeful (faster in a major key). It is from Psalm 42. I can at least share the lyrics.

    As a deer seeks a stream,
    So my soul pants for Thee.
    Day and night tears are my food,
    While men say, “Where’s your God?”

    I remember and pour our my heart,
    How I worshiped in the house of my God.
    Now the shouting is gone with the crowd.
    All alone I cry out loud.

    Though I’m far Lord from Thee.
    Though thy waves cover me.
    Though my foes mock my pain.
    Yet I know I’ll praise Your Name

    As a deer seeks a stream,
    So my soul pants for Thee.
    Day and night tears are my food,
    While men say, “Where’s your God?”

    Why are you cast down,
    O my soul, O my soul,
    And why are you disturbed within me?
    Hope in God for I shall yet praise Him.
    For the help for the help of His presence.
    Hope in God and I shall yet praise Him.
    The Lifter of my countenance is He.
    Why are you cast down,
    Oh my soul, O my soul,
    And why are you disturbed within me?

    Behold, bless the Lord,
    All of you servants of the Lord.
    Who stand by night,
    In the house of the Lord.
    Lift up your hands in the sanctuary,,
    And praise the Lord, praise the Lord.
    The Lord who made heaven and earth.
    Will bless you out of Zion, praise the Lord.

    Behold, bless the Lord,
    All of you servants of the Lord.
    Who stand by night,
    In the house of the Lord.
    Why are you cast down O my soul?
    Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!

    • Pamela Haddix
      February 6, 2014

      I love those lyrics…love Psalm 42. Let me know if you find a recording!

  3. Randi
    February 7, 2014

    This was a great post today Pam. I too struggle with thinking it’s up to me to fix the mountains of problems that tend to crop up in my life. I think that when problems are minimal I begin to become too self-reliant and then when they are numerous I’ve gotten out of the practice of releasing to and worshipping God. One minute of His presence, relinquishing my control, pursuing Him in prayer….all things I too am learning is the best way to deal with solving problems.

    I love the song Come To Me by Bethel Loft (Jenn Johnson). It’s been good for me!

    • Pamela Haddix
      February 7, 2014

      Great point, Randi…”that when problems are minimal I begin to become too self-reliant.” How true! How easy it is for me to start trusting in my own abilities when I’m working in an area of familiarity or comfort. The bottom line is that I need to seek Him, worship Him, depend on Him, and invite Him to work regardless of the place I find myself in…easy or not. That’s how He is most glorified in me. Thanks! (And I need to look up that song!)

  4. Pamela Haddix
    March 13, 2014

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