Generally, it takes an injury to get me to take a break and rest. It is just how I am cut. I am a worker, I enjoy it, love it and it is healthy and gets things done. I would rather do something than sit around, every time.
So, not being a kid anymore, here I am with a right shoulder ligament tear. Yippee. And thr pain is big when I do pretty much anything. So, God wants me to rest again. I have to get better and finding a balance so it doesn’t take such extremes to get me to slow down a bit.
And resting is important. In fact, just as too much rest makes you lazy, too much works causes pain. We are to do both. Rest in the Lord. Work for the Lord. Still working n on how to do that, but I think they key is to honor the Lord in anything you do and rest is a part of taking care of the body He gave me, just as much as working is. 😄❤
Beauty in nature brings smiles to the face and twinkle to the eyes. We enjoy natural beauty. It is how we are made. We specifically enjoy beauty that mimics our Creator. By that I mean that the internal attitude of our hearts naturally leans toward the perfection that is our Creator. Even His craziest looking deep sea creatures reveal qualities about Him of beauty and grace or sheer determination and power. And much more importantly, our attitudes externally toward people should mimic the beauty we possess internally from our Creator. Now when that doesn’t happen, usually there has been an injury to cause a disconnect. Some people have years and years of multiple injuries and have difficulty expressing beauty because they no longer believe the truth of their internal beauty. And sometimes the injury is self-inflicted and then we assist the lie that beauty can not reside where we were ugly on purpose. And this is the truth here… ready for it? Pause for dramatic effect, you have always been to God as beautiful to Him as He purposefully designed you to be. Nothing has come as a surprise to Him. Nothing has made Him hate you. That is the truth. Everything else is lies by the enemy to hurt you and destroy you if he can. There is a reason the devil is called the father of lies. Now, there is the matter is sin. When you are saved and you confess the sins to Him and turn away from them, leaving them behind, the sin is washed clean. You are instantly just as beautiful as the day you were designed by the Creator. And once you believe that truth, you will start acting beautiful, which is an attitude of appreciation and love, respect and worship, peace and power, self-control and goodness, the more fruits of His Spirit you will reflect. What we appreciate of Him a d His beauty will start pouring out of you and your beauty will show as a light to all. Now, just because this happens doesn’t mean the enemy is going to leave you alone. He still wants you gone, so until heaven is our home, memorize this and say it out loud, “Nope, that’s a lie, get away from me in Jesus Christ’s name”. That is your tool. And back to the beauty, the renewal process works best when you replace the holes the lies left with truth from God’s Word, the Bible, and prayer. Allow the Source of truth to fill you up and renew your beauty. This will help a lot. You got this. And the best thing is you never walk alone. God is always there with you.