The ART of Rest

This morning at my church our pastor talked about rest and the focus verse is Hebrews 4:11. This incredible verse in the Message version of the bible says “And so this is still a live promise. It wasn’t canceled at the time of Joshua; otherwise, God wouldn’t keep renewing the appointment for “today.” The promise of “arrival” and “rest” is still there for God’s people. God himself is at rest. And at the end of the journey we’ll surely rest with God. So let’s keep at it and eventually arrive at the place of rest, not drop out through some sort of disobedience.” Pastor Richard gave us this acronym which makes this incredibly simple.

Attentiveness: you must focus on doing what God tells you to do. If He doesn’t direct you to it, then don’t do it.

Resolve: resolve yourself to only do what God directs you to do.

Trust: Trust that God knows what He is doing.

By simply doing these 3 simple things you will find that you are able to rest.

Remember the acronym for FOCUS: Follow One Course Until Successful. As I’ve been reading through the bible this year I have noticed one thing about Jesus, most of the time Jesus only focused on one or at the most 2 things at a time. He could easily have handled more than that, but for our sakes He demonstrated FOCUS. God bless you!

Life Management

Someone once said “Two things can determine what a person really cares about: their calendar and their checkbook.” There is plenty out there about money management. So I’m not going to talk about that today. Instead I’m going to talk about your calendar. I am in the process of revising my calendar thanks in part to a new friend of mine named Mel Ann Morales, you can find her on Facebook or Twitter. Mel Ann has a different way of scheduling here day and you can find more here: https://coachmelann.leadpages.net/webinarreplaysepmp/. This was a free webinar that she did this past Monday night. It takes a little over an hour to listen to, but it is well worth the time. There are some things that I’m adding to my routine that I think everyone should include. One, making time to relax. What are you doing to relax? Second, what are you doing to improve your life? Do you work outside your home? Do you enjoy it? Do you work from home? Same question. If you aren’t doing what you love, you can make a change. One thing else I’ve learned is to make time to think positive. One thing that helps is positive affirmations. Dr. Reggie Cochran, who I refer to a lot on here, has a blog called Affirmations for a Better Life. You can find that here: http:.//freeaffirmations.blogspot.com/. So when you are working on improving your life, make time to set up a schedule that works for you. Make time to exercise your mind, body and spirit. And make time to rest. By doing this, you will begin to see your life change in ways that you could never have imagined! Have a blessed day!