Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Praise Him: Rest For Your Soul

Psalm 26, 56, 86, 116, 146

Stress comes in all shapes and sizes. It comes from all kinds of circumstances. Stress can sneak up on you or hit all at once. Your stress may look smaller than hers but overwhelm you every bit as much. She may try to push hers aside, still it will have it’s effect! Our stress is all the same in this way - we all have a place where we can dump that anxiety... if we will.

Straight into the lap of God!

“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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

This verse I found in Psalms today cracks me up. It is SO me!

Psalm 116:7

Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.
Those two words “once more” just kind of punched me in the gut today. 

How many times has God come to my rescue? How many times has he provided or answered my prayers? Does he not bless me everyday with life, and laughter, and riches? Yet here I am again having to tell my soul, “Hey settle down, get some rest. It’s all going to be fine. The Lord has been good to you and He is going to keep at it.”

I had my daughter keeping a thankfulness journal last year because she was struggling, like many of us, with ungratefulness. After reading this verse in Psalms I thought it might be a good idea to keep a Praise Journal. I am much more likely to pick up the computer than I am a notebook. So I am going to keep it right here. I come to my blog most days to write so it is the best place to keep an account of the ways God has blessed me. Besides why would I want to keep all that goodness to myself?

I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done. (Psalm 118:17)

If you want to see what the Lord is doing for me click here. Or visit the link at the top of the page Praise Journal. I would encourage you to do the same. Keep your own account of the goodness of God in your life. Then, the next time stress tries to take control you can be reminded that the Lord has been good to you and he does not change.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17)

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