Grab a cup of coffee and sit with me for a few minutes.  Are you weary?  Heavy laden?  Do you labor and desire rest?  I do.  I desire rest, deep -relax the muscles of my mind and body rest.  Last January, I took the challenge from friend and fellow blogger, Selena Campbell and chose a word for the year.  My word?  Rest.  
    This summer is packed full of swim days, swim meets, travels and picnic..  The trees glory of emerald summer, humidity knocks at the door and  I need a refresher course on scriptures on rest, not that God hasn’t been plunking down it in front of me every direction I turn. Whew! How quickly I forget. I need renewed in my mind and body. As I sit, still fuzzy-tired from the holiday weekend,  it feels good to confess that I haven’t done my part.  For the whole year, this scripture keeps coming up over and over.  Has that ever happened to you?  You hear something on the radio in a song? You open the devotional you left in the family room and there that something is again?  You read a blog and BAM, there it is again?  On to the Scripture!
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will [a]ease and relieve and [b]refresh [c]your souls.]
29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest ([d]relief and ease and refreshment and [e]recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.(A)
30 For My yoke is wholesome (useful, [f]good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.- Matthew 11: 28-30

    After this scripture crossed my path a few hundred times, I copied it by hand and studied it. I underlined key words and made a chart.
My Action
1. Come
2. Learn of Jesus
3. Take His yoke on me
His Action
1. Cause me to rest
2. Ease, relieve, refresh, my soul

Outcome:  I will find rest, relief, ease, refreshment, recreation, and blessed quiet for my soul (mind, will and emotions)
His attributes:
Gentle (meek) in heart
Humble (lowly) in heart
Yoke is….
Wholesome (useful, good)
Comfortable, gracious, pleasant
light, easy to be borne

What a relief.  My job?  To take the comfortable, gracious, pleasant, easy to be borne, yoke.  Learn of Him.  He is gentle. Humble.  He is not harsh, hard sharp or pressing.  He will carry the heavy side of the yoke.  I am the weak oxen,  He knows.  Rest.  Relief.  Refreshment.  Recreation.  Blessed quiet for my soul.

*I dug this post out and reworked it for today because I needed this reminder. When I am bone-weary, muscle-burning, brain-fog and my mind still screams, What are you going to DO? To which I answer, REST.
Do you give yourself that answer today? REST your mind from worry. REST from too much activity. REST from laboring in mind, body and spirit.

My confession/prayer today:
I rest when I need to rest and work when I need to work.  I do not confuse the two.  I come unto You, Lord when I am heavy laden, You ease, relieve and refresh my soul.  I am learning of YOU, YOUR ways and carrying YOUR light load.

The Killing Fields – The Setup

Biblical Relationship Series- Adoptive Families Part 3

Hurt children have a “button locating radar” targeting their parents for aggravation and agitation. They push the button mercilessly thus sabotaging what they need- attachment. Parents become frustrated- sucked into the vortex of control (without self-control). The child stays stuck, hurt and the home is run by a small terrorist.

For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere. Ephesians 6:12

The war can be fought with flesh and blood- the child.
The war can be fought with self- flesh and spirit.
The war can be fought in the spirit- with despotisms- an absolute power, tyranny, the rulers of this present darkness.

Do we wrestle with the flesh and blood child?

Anger for anger?
Control for control?
Violence begets violence in the flesh.

For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the [desires of the] Spirit are opposed to the flesh (godless human nature); for these are antagonistic to each other [continually withstanding and in conflict with each other], so that you are not free but are prevented from doing what you desire to do. Galatians 5:17

Adoption is warfare.

If what’s behind all of this isn’t crucified, war-fighting, eyes-open commitment, you are going to wind up with a child who is twice orphaned. He or she will be abandoned the first time by fatherlessness and the second time by the rejection of failing to live up to the expectations of parents who had no business imposing such expectations in the first place.- Russell Moore via blog.

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