My word for 2015 is rest.
Not just the rest of taking a break, although the kind of rest I am seeking would mean that. Not the rest of a weekly Sabbath, though by all means, I will keep it. I mean the rest that comes from knowing that the work is done, that Someone has your back. There’s no more payment to be made. Nothing more can be added.
That kind of soul rest that lets you relax in the Lord and trust Him to take care of you on every level. The rest that lets you move away from the coping strategies of the past into new places. The rest that comes with “nothing to prove.” The rest of “cease striving and know that I am God.”
So, here’s my prayer for 2015:
When Thou didst first hover over chaos,
order came to birth,
beauty robed the world,
fruitfulness sprang forth.
Move, I pray Thee, on my disordered heart….
Make it fragrant as the garden of paradise,
rich with every goodly fruit,
beautiful with heavenly grace,
radiant with rays of divine light…
Be my comforter, light, guide, sanctifier.
Take of the things of Christ and show them to my soul;
through Thee may I daily learn more of his love,
Help me to find in His death the reality and immensity of His love.
Open for me the wondrous volumes of truth in His,
“It is finished.”¹
That kind of rest.
“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him for He shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders.”²
That kind of rest is what I’m praying for in 2015.
What’s your word for 2015?
Love this, Andrea! I need this kind of rest too! Thank you!
thanks, Barb. appreciate your being in there with me! 🙂
I’m still trying to figure out my one word. I can’t see to boil it down to just one. Hope, Truth, Joy in the journey step by step, moving forward, changes, peace, letting go, Shine
No one word is enough… Except Jesus.
So true! Take your time. That one word for me was a struggle between beloved and rest. When i saw that verse jn Deuteronomy, i knew it captured a lot of what i wanted to see.
Did you write that poem, Andrea? It is truly wonderful and yes, I desire that kind of rest too and am asking the Lord to help me receive it each day. You have expressed it so well and I will read this over and over again. I will be praying for you in this as I pray for myself. Thanks!
Sheri, that prayer is from Valley of Vision- A Collection of Puritan Prayers. Page number listed below. Thank you for the prayer- i will do the same! We can check in with each other.
ah, I see it now, thanks.
Yes, checking in with each other on this would be very good. =)
I just saw this blog that you have. I, too, desire that kind of rest that takes the “hurry” out of life as He “hovers over chaos”. I love the Valley of Vision prayers. Most days I read one. I look forward to reading more of your blog posts.
Thanks, Alice! Valley of Vision is one of my favorites. you give me good motivation for the next post.