Posted by: cindybythesea | January 11, 2014

Spiritual R & R

With most of the nation in the grip of a deep freeze it seems a good time to at least imagine our selves in a warm and sunny place – beachside with gentle waves lapping at our feet.  The stress of our hectic lives melting away like icicles in June.

I don’t know about you but 2014 has been a rough start for me. Acclimating to a new and colder climate, adjusting to hearing loss and looking for work. All of which seem overwhelming at times. So much so that at times I just want to get in bed and pull the covers over my head hoping it will all go away!  Have you ever felt like that?  I’ll bet you have –  so, you know what I am talking about.

What keeps me going is (of course) the Lord - and one of the great things he has given me has been the opportunity to share with you through this blog. For me it has been a tremendous blessing and one I enjoy very much  – and, I thank all of you for what you contribute. Your comments (both negative and positive) encourage me and challenge me to a higher degree of excellence. And for that I am greatful.

I’ll admit to you something you already know – I am neither a great researcher nor a theologian.  Just someone who loves to write in the hope that what I have to share (agreed with or not) will stir conversation, dialogue and thought. And, because Bible prophecy and current events  are often the topic of this blog, I would like to say that in spite of what some may think – no one has a corner on prophetic understanding. Therefore, let us approach one another with kindness and understanding in expressing our various view points.   And, I thank you, my readers, for most of you are champions in this area – your comments always gracious and encouraging – even in critique.

You know it really all comes down to this  – what the apostle Paul has already expressed so succinctly :

“For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”  1 Corinthians 2:2

And that is something I think we can all agree on – right?

As I was studying this week I came across these verses from Isaiah chapter 30.  What I have termed spiritual R & R.

“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.”  Isaiah 30:15

These verses have come to mean a lot to me in the last few days. Verses which I believe will also be important for the coming year. For without a doubt this world is becoming (by the day) a more difficult place in which to live.  The prospect of persecution for our faith (for most of us) greater than ever before.  The challenges of living in a world fast becoming a moral and spiritual cesspool more than we could have ever imagined.

How important it is then that in the midst of the battle, we find a place of rest and peace in the Lord. For every great warrior (as we all know) needs some time for R & R. For me, these verses help me to focus on just that. When I begin to feel overwhelmed, I remind my self of two things  – R & R (repentance and rest) and QT (quietness and trust).  And, in these things, I believe, God will accomplish what he has already promised – to replenish, to renew and to refresh us in these last days.

So, kick back and take some time to enjoy the “son”.  Make time for some spiritual R & R.  The Lord  is ready and willing to meet us there – bare feet and all – and, I guarantee you, you’ll be glad you did!

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee”  Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

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Responses

  1. Cindy;

    Thank you for who you are in Christ.

  2. On your previous post on Ariel Sharon, he passed away today 1/11/14 which equals 8 and 8 years he was in a coma. I do not know what it means execpt our God is perfect in all that he does.

  3. Thank You Cindy, a blessing to my soul and strength to endure one of the the hardest trials of my 71 years of life !

    God Bless You and all in this New Year !

    Rich

  4. Cindy,

    Grace to you sister, it is the air we breath. -M

    Joh_1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

    Rom 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus

    Rom_16:24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

  5. Cindy,

    While there are many joys still in this life, the spiritual battle that is raging seems more oppressive each day. I look forward to reading your prospective and the insight God have given you. You always give me new things to think and pray about. May God continue to bless you as you bless all of us by sharing with us.

    Karen

  6. Beautifully said Cindy, and I don’t think I can add to what my brothers and sisters have already posted! God bless us all, and fill us with His peace and amazing love – Amen!

  7. It just came across Fox News that Ariel Sharon has passed.

  8. Greetings

    One of the most beautiful peices of knowledge we cherish is when we wash our hands in innocence, we treat each word as precious that it leads all to Our Heavenly Father. I had shared a response to the comment of the writer who wrote of 1 Thessalonians 5:9 his comment of the seven years of tribulation.
    Just some food for thought based on Isaiah 65:24-And it shall come to pass, that before they call , I will answer
    And whilst they are still yet speaking i will hear.
    We see Sharon used in 65:10
    January 4, 2006-January 11, 2014-2929 days-Isaiah 29
    7 days after Janauary 4-Ezekiel 4:6
    Verse 2929 in the bible wheel-Leviticus 8:11
    Much Love
    Tom

  9. Dear Sister Cindy in Jesus, thank you so much for this blessed teaching, please share more. Your brother Babu.

  10. Thank you for sharing the Isaiah verse today.


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