Where to Find Real Rest

At the end of this day, is your heart longing for the quiet comfort of the Father’s embrace? Is your soul aching for peace — a time of sanctuary amid the chatter and busy to-do list of the week?

For me, nothing sounds better right now than entering into His presence and hiding in the shelter of His love.

Will you join me in acknowledging who He is and resting in His great compassion?   Won’t you accept this marvelous gift our Savior offers? “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”  (Matthew 11:28-30, The MSG)


Psalm 103

   Praise the LORD, my soul;
   all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 
   Praise the LORD, my soul,
   and forget not all his benefits— 
   who forgives all your sins
   and heals all your diseases, 
   who redeems your life from the pit
   and crowns you with love and compassion, 
   who satisfies your desires with good things
   so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

   The LORD works righteousness
   and justice for all the oppressed.

   He made known his ways to Moses,
   his deeds to the people of Israel:
   The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
   slow to anger, abounding in love. 
   He will not always accuse,
   nor will he harbor his anger forever; 
   he does not treat us as our sins deserve
   or repay us according to our iniquities. 
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
   so great is his love for those who fear him; 
   as far as the east is from the west,
   so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

  As a father has compassion on his children,
   so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; 
   for he knows how we are formed,
   he remembers that we are dust. 
The life of mortals is like grass,
   they flourish like a flower of the field; 
   the wind blows over it and it is gone,
   and its place remembers it no more. 
But from everlasting to everlasting
   the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,
   and his righteousness with their children’s children—
   with those who keep his covenant
   and remember to obey his precepts.

  The LORD has established his throne in heaven,
   and his kingdom rules over all.

 Praise the LORD, you his angels,
   you mighty ones who do his bidding,
   who obey his word. 
Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts,
   you his servants who do his will. 
Praise the LORD, all his works
   everywhere in his dominion.

   Praise the LORD, my soul.


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