God has told his people, “Here is a place of rest; let the weary rest here. This is a place of quiet rest.” But they would not listen. - Isaiah 28:12
We don't listen, do we? At least, I don't. My fears speak way louder than the Spirit's whisper, and I admit that sometimes it just seems too difficult to hear past those screams! God designed us to crave rest. To need quiet. To meet Him there.
Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. - Mark 6:31
I forget to eat pretty often. Self-care is not something that's second-nature to me. We are always so busy, super-stressed and strung out on anxiety! How about you?
My precious friend, Kristina, posted to her wall this week, "What spot in your home instantly makes you smile? Not people but somewhere that causes you to take a deep breath of simple joy. This is one of mine. I would love to see your smiling place."
Well, of course, since I've been praying for the Lord to present ideas to me for our Seek First Project, I immediately asked to share this idea, and she happily agreed! (Thank you, Kristina!) Here is her smiling place:
I believe whole-heartedly that we need a special place to meet with God each day. We live in a camper at the moment, but when we had a house, I had a smiling place. Here are some pics of mine:
Our challenge for today is to create a smiling place if you don't have one. Where is your favorite place in your home or yard? Make it special. Keeping God in mind as your companion there, make it comfortable and surround yourself with things that bring quiet rest. Your Bible should be there, too, and your journal if you have one. Use all five senses: do you have sweet smells there? Something to sip? Music? A favorite texture? How about your favorite things to look at? Lighting is important, too.
If you do have one, your challenge is to refresh it. Add or take away from your collection there. Think of the season you are in right now. Does your smiling place reflect that? Have you included all five senses: do you have sweet smells there? Something to sip? Music? A favorite texture? How about your favorite things to look at? Lighting is important, too.
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Isn't this exciting? Let's get started!
Sweet Jesus, we long to meet You in a special place, each and every day. Thank You for reminding us so many times in scripture that You long to give us rest. In Jesus' Name, Amen...
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