Allow Your Soul to Rest

Hi friends, happy Thursday. I hope you are having a great week! I have been settling back into my routine after being at The Declare Conference this past weekend. It wasn’t until the conference that I realized how life had taken a toll on my soul and spiritual life–but I am so glad to feel rejuvenated after the conference.

There’s something about being in a worshipful setting that allows your heart to become quiet before God and open to the things He has to tell you. The biggest eye-opener this past weekend was the revelation that I have been trying too hard to do all of the things (ie work, home, putting pressure on myself, going non-stop, etc) that I have forgotten to focus on The One thing. That One thing is my walk with God–because only He is my purpose, strength, and peace. He is the only One that provides rest to my soul–when I feel like I run it into the ground.

If you are needing rest for your soul–let me encourage you to do so!

Remember the faithfulness of God. Remember what God has done for you and how He has answered prayer. I think that so often we tend to forget these things, even after praying so hard and for so long for that thing to happen. When you feel like life is just all bad and not turning out how you thought it would–stop and think about how God has worked in ways you did not expect.

Go to God. I have been waking up earlier this week so that I can have time in prayer and Bible study before I begin my day. Going to God first thing each day needs to be my first priority–and I’m ashamed to say that sometimes it’s the last. Let God be the best part of your day and allow Him to guide you in the words you speak and work you complete.

Literally stop and let yourself rest. It’s ok to say “no” to things and spend that time instead to care for yourself. You know what flight attendants tell you–“put your oxygen on first before assisting another person?”–well that is true in the sense that you can’t help anyone if you are just totally done. Also, you cannot minister or encourage anyone else as effectively if you are not right with the Lord. So, stop and let yourself rest before God.

Love from Amy Signature

For the Joyful Heart

How are you doing this evening? I hope life is going well and that you have had a good week. I hope that life is full of joy and that you can think of many things to be grateful for. Life is hard sometimes, and you might be going through something really difficult right now,  but there are always, always things to be joyful about, if you choose to. I have written some blog posts before about love, grief, worry, and suffering (I’ll link those below), but today I want to talk about joy and it’s Giver! I’m also sharing some Bible verses that give praise to the Lord for His goodness and I hope they will encourage you.

1 Peter 1:8 Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.
Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.
Psalm 19:8 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

Joy can be found in Christ when we commit ourselves to Him and follow Him. There is no one or nothing else in this world that can fill our lives the way that Christ can, and that’s amazing.

Psalm 47:1 Clap you hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy!
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
John 16:22 So with you: now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.

Even though life is complex and uncertain, we can be certain that one day we will have eternal joy that cannot be taken away!

Psalm 30:11 You turned my mourning into joyful dancing; You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy.
Psalm 34:5 Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with joy, no shadow of shame will darken their faces.

Joy is produced when we trust in the Lord and surrender completely to Him!

It’s so cool that the Word of God is still alive and active today, and relevant to any life situation (Hebrews 4:12) and these words can be a guide through life. What are some verses that encourage you and bring you joy?

For the Grieving Heart

For the Fearful Heart

For the Beloved Heart