Today I'm linking up with The Faith Barista for a jam session. Bonnie's topic for this month is on restoring soul rest.
Right now, I'm struggling in this area. I long to experience that soul rest no matter what circumstances may be occurring in my life. But I must admit; I've not quite arrived at that point yet.
I look back at this photo of me as a little girl. Little did I know what was ahead in life for me.
Since then I've learned what it's like to:
- Go through open heart surgery as a child of seven
- Attempt to make up for lost time as I was determined to be able to keep up with other children
- Have an exciting and fun life in high school
- Be blessed with many friends, including many that began 50 years ago
- Get married young and go through a divorce
- Move cross country with only what I could take in my car
- Meet my husband Greg and celebrate 26 years of marriage last November
- Have a career in cardiovascular nursing for 25 years
- Struggle with infertility for many years and never be able to conceive a child
- Be flat on my back after C-spine surgery
- Be blessed with an abundance of material possessions
- Move into my dream home
- Experience great health and being in the best shape of my life
- Share many blessings with my family
- Have fun adventures with my nieces Kristin and Katie
- Find a wonderful church family and recommit my life to Christ
- Lose material possessions and sell my dream home
- Become depressed and gain twenty pounds and feel out of shape
- Have to return to work after many years with a lapsed nursing license
- Find a job working with little children in a private school
- Be blessed by the love of 19 three year old children and 15 first graders in my after school class
- Work at losing weight and getting back in shape
I long to be like the Apostle Paul and be content in all circumstances.
Philippians 4:13 goes on to read:
"I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."
I am learning that the secret to soul rest is abiding in Christ moment by moment.
As I spend time in prayer ...He comforts me.
As I read His Word ...He gives me wisdom.
As I take time to spend time with Him ...I get to know Him better.
I am very slowly learning to lean on Him; to trust Him.
My emotions have a way of taking over at times.
So I return to the Scriptures and replace the fear with the Truth.
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Do you struggle with soul rest? How do you deal with life's challenges?
Blessings and love,