NO WORRIES WEEK

Tired?  Stressed? Overwhelmed?

You don’t have to be. Here’s what Jesus said:

Be a Sheep

Unplug. Unwind. Un-whatever-it-is-you’re-doing.

Spend the next few moments with our Great Shepherd pondering what is perhaps the world’s most beloved psalm. Let each word seep deep into your soul, fill your mind and quiet your heart.

The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

(Psalm 23)

Crushed?

Come to me
all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.
(Matthew 11:28)

The Paradox of Heaven

One day when walking down the street,
On business bent, while thinking hard
About the “hundred cares” which seemed
Like thunderclouds about to break
In torrents, Self-pity said to me:
“You poor, poor thing, you have too much
To do. Your life is far too hard.
This heavy load will crush you soon.”
A swift response of sympathy
Welled up within. The burning sun
Seemed more intense. The dust and noise
Of puffing motors flying past
With rasping blast of blowing horn
Incensed still more the whining nerves,
The fabled last back-breaking straw
To weary, troubled, fretting mind.

“Ah, yes, it will break and crush my life;
I cannot bear this constant strain
Of endless, aggravating cares;
They are too great for such as I.”
So, thus my heart consoled itself,
“Enjoying misery,” when lo!
A “still small voice” distinctly said,
“Twas sent to lift you — not to crush.”
I saw at once my great mistake.
My place was not beneath the load
But on the top! God meant it not
That I should carry it. He sent
It here to carry me. Full well
He knew my incapacity
Before the plan was made. He saw
A child of His in need of grace
And power to serve; a puny twig
Requiring sun and rain to grow;
An undeveloped chrysalis;
A weak soul lacking faith in God.
He could not help but see all this
And more. And then, with tender thought
He placed it where it had to grow —
Or die. To lie and cringe beneath
One’s load means death, but life and power
Await all those who dare to rise above.
Our burdens are our wings; on them
We soar to higher realms of grace;
Without them we must ever roam
On plains of undeveloped faith,
(For faith grows but by exercise
In circumstance impossible).

O paradox of heaven. The load
We think will crush was sent to lift us
Up to God! Then, soul of mine,
Climb up! Nothing can e’er be crushed
Save what is underneath the weight.
How may we climb! By what ascent
Will we crest the critical cares
Of life! Within His word is found
The key which opens His secret stairs;
Alone with Christ, secluded there,
We mount our loads, and rest in Him.

(Mary Butterfield)

Rest

Come to me,
all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you
and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
(Matthew 11:28-30)

Tired? Stressed? Overwhelmed?

You don’t have to be.

Come to Jesus. He’ll give you a break. He’s gentle. He’s humble. He wants to be with you. He wants to teach you. He wants to give you not only physical rest but rest for your soul. You can’t get much deeper than that.

REST WITH JESUS

Psalm of the Week

Flip open your Bible to the middle and chances are you’ll land in either Psalms or Proverbs. It’s an amazing juxtaposition of books. Psalms is packed with poetry and prayers expressing the heights and depths of human emotion. Flip a few pages and you’re in Proverbs — practical, no-nonsense wisdom for daily living.

Once a week for the next several months, our daily dose will be from one of these two fabulous books. Your heart and brain will thank you.

I could think of no better place to start than Psalm 23. Read it, meditate on it, memorize it, live it.

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

WALK WITH GOD

Rest

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  Matthew 11:28-30

Tired?  Stressed?  Overwhelmed?

You don’t have to be.

Come to Jesus.  He’ll give you a break.  He’s gentle.  He’s humble.  He wants to be with you.  He wants to teach you.  He wants to give you not only physical rest but rest for your soul.  You can’t get much deeper than that.

REST WITH JESUS