Praying in the Dark // Steph

I’m a multi-tasker by nature. I have several things on my to-do list floating through my head at any given moment. These days I try to multi-task while caring for (or chasing) a very busy almost-one-year-old boy which is major multi-tasking in itself. One thing I like about having a full calendar is it makes me feel more important. How’s that for honesty? Before moving to Norfolk I worked with Cru in D.C. where a friend told me if a person showed up on time to a meeting it showed that they weren’t as busy and therefore less important than people who arrived late. (I wish that was my reason for being late all the time).

I tend to pack in too many activities without thinking things through all the time. That is why it was such a shock one Saturday morning when I had a painful scratch on my cornea and the Dr. told me to “just sit in the dark for 8-10 hours and let it heal.” What!? I can’t remember the last time I sat still for 8-10 minutes let alone hours! Of course as a mom I needed a nap (I think when you’re a mom you just always need a nap) but that could only take up a couple of those long hours. So there I was in a dark room after a wonderful nap feeling rested probably for the first time since I had a baby last June. I couldn’t read or watch TV due to my scratched cornea so I just… rested. I was able to listen to the Bible on my phone and catch up on a sermon I missed at church. Then what happened next was pretty cool. My heart had room to worship and pray. It was so much better than feeling busy and important. When people and situations came to mind I would pray for them. It’s amazing how you stop worrying about someone when you turn the situation over to God.

I guess the point I’m getting at is being busy isn’t necessarily a bad thing in itself but some of us are “too busy” to pray and rest. I would encourage you to examine your life and ask yourself if you are too busy. Are there activities that can be cut out? People that have been left out? Who/what in life is most important to you? Does your calendar reflect that? Mine does not always and it’s OK to be a work in progress. God used my scratched cornea to show me the blessings of rest, prayer, & worship. My hope for you is that you learn it in a less painful way 🙂

“Prayer does not fit us for the greater work, prayer is the greater work.” -Oswald Chambers

 “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”  -Martin Luther

 “Until you are convinced that prayer is the best use of your time, you will not find time for prayer.” -Unknown

Five Things Fridays {Rest for Your Weekend} // Meg

How was your week? Has anyone else struggled to get out from under your warm covers in the morning when you wake up because it’s seriously the middle of winter and I’m so over it? Man. It’s just been one of those weeks.
And I’m reminded this week that R E S T is found in Jesus. Jesus alone. He’s the only one who satisfies.  He fills my emptiness. He erases my need for approval. He takes my burdens. He paid my sin. He erased my shame.  He gives me joy.  He let’s me rest in Him and His grace alone. In fact, he invites me in.
So this weekend, here’s some rest.  Rest straight from Scripture. Rest for you. Be encouraged by God’s very Word today! Five things – this week,  five verses – as promised:

And finally… this. verse. Yes.

Praying for you this weekend, that you would rest well.  That Jesus gives rest to your souls. No matter where you are, no matter what you’re going through, no matter which lies Satan’s whispering in your ears. He’s near. He’s come. You’re His.