**Verses are inserted exactly where God had them placed in my new journal at the bottom of each page. I love how personal He is! ❤ **
Good afternoon, LORD. How are you doing? I pray You are blessed, happy, and enjoying a day that honors Your Son, Your Day of Rest, and how You both brought that all together through His death and resurrection. Thank You for being so willing, so loving, and so thoughtful. Thank You for being faithful to the unfaithful and faithless. ❤
I’m sitting here trying to do with Your day as You have for me. I know it’s first and foremost a day of rest, a day made for man, not a day You made us for. I am to remember it and keep it Holy. I am to follow Your example. How wonderful that You would make me in Your image, for Your pleasure. and put such an emphasis on me resting just like You did after You created our world. You are always thinking of me and looking out for my good. Help me not to make it complicated, but to wholly trust in Your sovereign and wise ways. You are so caring, my loving Father and God.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
– Ephesians 2:10 KJV
It’s actually kinda nice to have time to spend with You, what we call downtime. To just sit and enjoy You, Your day, Your time You prepared for me at the beginning of creation… to be able to sit at Your feet, and just bask in feeling Your love for me, and in the peace that Your love brings… a John 14:27 kind of peace… not as the world gives but that You and ONLY You give.
After all the chaos, fighting, protesting, selfishness, pride, ego, recklessness, lawlessness, and human filled behavior and events, I’m sure You could appreciate a rest too. Some just don’t seem to have the luxury of rest, and sadly many more refuse to even entertain the idea. We are so programmed that rest either means “work, work, work till you drop”, or “continue to think about no one else but yourself, and take the credit for everything while you’re at it.” I pray You help me to see YOU, YOU, YOU! ❤
“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
– Proverbs 13:20 KJV
I personally enjoy downtime with You. Whether it’s through sermons, music, movies, puzzle books, reading, a devotional, drawing, coloring, or simply sitting in awe of You in a quiet relaxing moment of doing absolutely nothing… Convalescing is what it reminds me of.
That was the word You gave me just before the year began. It was actually the command that You gave me back in November when I got so sick just a few days after my 2nd RFA (the one on my left side). How many times You have made it clear for me to keep my feet up, do absolutely nothing but rest, and spend quality time with You… allowing You to heal my body, my mind, and my spirit. And to encourage others to do the same. To convalesce. Thank You for healing and hope in “choosing that good thing that will not be taken from me and You.”
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
– Joshua 1:9 KJV