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Five Minute Friday ~ Rest

It's Five Minute Friday when I link up with Lisa-Jo of The Gypsy Mama.  We are given one word each Friday as our prompt and we get to write for five minutes flat.  I set my timer so I don't run over as it's easy to do.  Our word for today is: REST


When I think of the word rest the picture that comes to my mind is something like this Pinterest photo.  I can just picture myself lying in the hammock with a mug of my favorite tea, listening to the sound of the ocean waves and smelling the salt air.  Now that's rest!

However, I am not in this photo.  I don't even live near the ocean.  The reality is that I live in the desert of Phoenix.  Life is not always smooth sailing for sure.  And yet, can I be at rest?

Yes I can!  (Can you hear me Heidi)

I love the rest that the Lord offers to us.  He says to 'enter my rest'.

How can that be?  Each day I make the choice to follow Him. I don't always get it perfect.  In fact, sometimes I get way off track.  But how thankful I am for His mercy, patience and forgiveness.  When I walk in His ways I am filled with His peace no matter how chaotic my world may be.  When I enter His rest, I remember who I belong to.  I remember that Jesus paid the price for my sins.  I have peace with God through Jesus.  I know the end of the story.

And I have to say that gives me peace and allows me to rest in Him.


Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. This is beautiful! What a wonderful reminder that we can always find rest in the Lord. I can't help but start singing one of my favorite hymns.
    "Come, follow me, and I will give you rest"


  2. Awesome five minutes! I especially love..."I know the end of the story." AMEN!

  3. Dear Debbie
    I live next to the ocean and hear the waves daily praising our Pappa. But, my dear friend, there is another rest that we can live in, as you have said, no matter what our outer circumstances are; that deep, inner spiritual rest we experience as we come to our sweet Lord and learn to abide in Him, resting in His Lovong Embrace! Have a lovely weekend!
    Much love XX

  4. I saw your picture of the hammock and immediately started to sigh! And we have something like that in every situation, that inner place where we can rest and sigh in His peace. Thank you for sharing this.

  5. I always love reading here. A lovely reminder that peace and rest are possible in spite of our circumstances. Have a nice weekend!

  6. A refreshing take on REST! You my friend always find the best pictures to share! Your thoughts are sweetly accurate and refreshing...I want to be in that hammock though!

  7. I always enjoy these 5 minute writing posts, and have thought about joining in sometime...Love what you have said here. Our rest in the Lord is certainly the best there is isn't it? Physical rest by the beach can't be beat though either in my book...soo wonderful. Have a good week-end Deb! Loved the new "do" btw!

  8. I just sat down, after running some errands and rushed my lunch... I'm glad to read your post about "rest" and be reminded not to be consumed with the things of this place we're temporarily in...Nothing beats the' instant vacation' when we become still and truly feel His presence now...I'm gonna make caramel coffee and I'll be making one for you sister...as we bask in His presence. Awesome I can be in.California and you're there.jn Arizona and He is with both of us!!! Have a great weekend...The spiritual lessons frkm my work? Ahhh....Glory be to God. Only by His grace!

  9. The most productive thing we can do is to allow ourselves to rest and find quiet time with God throughout the day. When we take a break and unclutter our minds, we become more available to be still and rest in God’s presence! I must admit, I would enjoy resting in that hammock by the ocean! :)

    Have a wonderful weekend Debbie!

  10. That photo looks so inviting Debbie! I wish I was there!

    I struggle with all of the many responsibilities and sometimes find it hard to just be still and rest. I am working on that!

    Love and hugs!

  11. I know a man who is dying of cancer right now, in fact I know two men who in the same situation. Both men are resting in the Lord.
    One is a brand new believer (83 years old and only 1month in the Lord).The other man has been a Pastor and a Christian for many years. Both men have the peace that surpasses all understanding, both men are at rest in their spirits. Soon both men will be in heaven with Jesus and they will obtain their final rest. Oh how blessed we are to know the Lord.

  12. And, I say Amen to that! We certainly can have rest, no matter how tough the times, in HIM. A great post Debbie!

  13. Rest is so much more than being still and slowing down. It's in the knowing that God is with me, in me and for me. Thanks for sharing!


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