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Topic: Rest (06/14/04)

TITLE: Resting in Him
By Mary Sue Smith
06/17/04

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Resting in Him
By
Mary Sue Smith

Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your soul.” When I came to the realization of what this passage
of scripture meant, life changed for me.
Before this time, I was the first to hold my hand up when someone needed a volunteer. I wanted to do it all, and I thought I could do it better than anyone else. Frankly, I thought if I didn’t do it, it might not get done. This mindset was exhibited in my home, my church and my workplace.
I liked hearing those around me say, “I just don’t know how you do it all and do it so perfect.” I really felt that God wanted me to do more and more.
Then, as time went on, all of the “doing” began to take its toll on my body. I became so stressed out that I almost had a breakdown.
It was after hearing our pastor deliver a sermon on this passage of scripture that I realized I needed to “be” rather than to “do.”
Change has not been easy, but there has been much pleasure in allowing God to control the activities of my life. I delight in learning more about Him. Not only has it made a difference in my life, but others have been blessed by doing some of the things that I thought only I could do.


Member Comments
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Lisa Bumgarner06/28/04
Great message for us all, and great lesson in the learning process.
L.M. Lee06/29/04
needed to “be” rather than to “do" --- okay are you my twin? This sounded way too familiar!
Dan Blankenship 06/29/04
Very nice. When you type these entries out, hit return one extra time in between paragraphs - makes it look neater.

God Bless.
Sincerely,
Dan Blankenship

Deborah Porter 06/30/04
Ah, another sister! It's our personality/temperament types, but even so, we have to learn to keep them under restraint, just as you have discovered. Honestly Mary Sue, I related to your experience very much! With love, Deb
Melanie Kerr 06/30/04
This is also the story of my life! I am slowly allowing myslef to let go of some of the things i don't need to be doing and just doing the one thing well.
Donna Hogue07/05/04
Resting is so much more appreciated when you have been without it! Thank you for sharing this, it hit the mark in my life.