31 Days of Following Jesus – Day23



Learning to Sit at His Feet

31 Days of Following Jesus

October 23, 2017

Claiming Grace

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul” (Psalm 23:1).

What does it look like to pursue rest? Naturally, rest requires times of retreat from responsibility. During a sabbatical, I learned there is a difference between escape and rest. We need more than just a break; we need restoration. Our times away must create space for God to speak into our weariness. Though many activities restore us, it is important to sometimes get away from all the noise and find solitude and silence.

In that space, we need to claim grace. In silence, we are able to hear more clearly the lies that fuel our behavior. We hear the shoulds and oughts that burden our souls. In our desire to please God, we sometimes expect more from ourselves than He asks of us, resulting in self-condemnation.

God’s voice is never demanding. In silence, God can speak grace to those weary parts of our souls that have been worn down by the pressures we place on them. We must learn to speak gently, gracefully, kindly, to ourselves, as we would to a dear friend. In this, we experience rest.

– Gina Butz,
Global Digital Strategies

Prayer Requests:

Lord, show me when and how to take more time to rest. Speak into my weariness. Teach me to speak grace and gentleness to myself.

Pray that God would give each of us the wisdom and compassion to know how to respond to the immigrants in our midst, listening to their stories and showing them love and respect.

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