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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Inspired by . . .  rest

We've had so much wind here these last few weeks my poor plants are feeling tattered and {I'm sure} thinking they were better off back at the nursery! How can they grow, and bloom, and become all they were meant to be when they're constantly assaulted and beaten down by these winds?

 

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Does this sound a bit like your life?

Do you want to "bloom where you're planted" only to find that you're constantly battered by the storms of life? Going from one crisis to the next, barely keeping your head above water?

 

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.  Hebrews 4:9

 

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matt 11:28

 

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It requires all the energy that the plant has to produce a bloom. To do so it must be connected to the Source. The stalk, the vine, the root, whatever the case may be.

 

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5

 

In order for you to bloom – I mean really bloom, you must be connected to Him. Part of being connected to Him is resting in Him. When we come to Him and willingly give up our burdens – and rest – that is when He {re} fills us up with the life-giving, life-saving stuff we need to bloom and bless!

Here's one thing I know for sure; Jesus will not come to you and wrestle those burdens away. He will not come and demand them from you.

You must come to Him.  And willingly give - that which you really don't want anyway, but may have become a little too comfortable with?

 

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It's time.

You know what you need to do.

 

 

Blessings,

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12 comments:

  1. Oh, June, it certainly is time. This is a beautiful post, and really spoke to me. Thank you for this. Heart Hugs, Shelly <3

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  2. Yes, yes. Worn and tattered and weary we come.

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  3. I like the analogy, June. As much as we hate going through the storms of life, they bring wisdom. Some of the most difficult times in my life have been the most treasured means of gaining wisdom that is worth more than silver and gold. Being connected is the key. We can have peace during our storms; it is Him in us. Thanks for reminding me of that today.

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  4. You Godly wisdom is such a treasure to all who come here. Thank you. I've had many storms, and there were times I couldn't focus, much less come up with coherent words for God to help. But I know he heard my heart and felt my pain, and knew what I needed. He has never let me down.

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  5. We certainly can't bloom without being connected to the Source. Great thoughts here, June. Thanks for linking up to Testimony Tuesday!

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  6. Beautiful, June! Your choice of verses were perfect and I love the image of a plant being connected to its Source as we need to be in sync with God. Visiting you from Testimony Tuesday.

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  7. gorgeous blooms june! we've been battered by the wind too.. this is such a beautiful analogy for seeking the life-sustaining rest from our heavenly father.

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  8. The photo of the bloom is striking. I love those rich colors. Thank you for your gentle words. I do have trouble with "rest" but it certainly is something we can and should be enjoying. Blessings to you!

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  9. Lovely, inspiring & soooo True. Bless you.

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  10. The word "rest" has been on my mind lately and your post fit so beautifully with all the other pieces of the puzzle that are coming together into one big picture. In this busy time of raising elementary aged children; of practices and performances; of never-ending laundry and a kitchen sink that overflows with dishes -- God wants me to rest. I just loved these words: "Here's one thing I know for sure; Jesus will not come to you and wrestle those burdens away. He will not come and demand them from you. You must come to Him." Thank you for sharing your heart and God's heart for each of us.

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  11. Love this part: When we come to Him and willingly give up our burdens. Giving up our burdens is the hard part, but that is where we find rest in Him.

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  12. We can't bloom without being planted to the source. Oh, how true those words are. June, this was simply beautiful. Loved!! <3
    Much love to you, friend.
    xoxoxo

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