Rest Well {Having a Rested Spirit}


Pursuing What Is Excellent -- Rest Well {Having a Rested Spirit}

Rest well!” is something that I tell my children every night!

I want them to have sweet dreams and wake up refreshed the next morning.

I feel that my nightly send off will aid in that some how.

It wasn’t until I saw a photo of a dear friend that chose rest for the remainder of her evening at home that the phrase, “rest well” took on a new meaning.

Resting well isn’t just a physical act or way of being; its also about the spiritual and emotional.

Even when I take my Sabbath day of rest, it doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m resting well.
It usually only means that my physical labor has stopped.

Its time for me to take it a step farther, to rest well in communing with my Abba.

Rest Well 

There is an unrest in our world today. But I have determined that by God’s grace,
to STAY in His rest and REMAIN true to the calling He’s placed in my life.

Resting well gives space for God to direct me through whatever is needed.
It makes me know that striving must cease if I’m going to see the magnificence of God!

When it seems like the hands and mind should be working, God beckons me:
Sit down, daughter. Hear what I  have to say about that!

The Rest of God by Mark Buchanan

In a culture where busyness is a fetish and stillness is laziness, rest is sloth. But without rest, we miss the rest of God: the rest He invites us to enter more fully so that we might know Him more deeply. “Be still, and know that I am God.” Some knowing is never pursued, only received. And for that, you need to be still. – Mark Buchanan, The Rest of God

“So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.”
Mark 6:32 (NIV)

Just the thought of that solitary rest makes me want to go there!

What are some things that you do to make sure you can REST WELL?

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Recognizing the Highest and the Best



Pursuing What Is Excellent -- Recognizing the Highest and the Best


Pursuing What Is Excellent -- Philippians 1-9-11

Ah! One of my most favorite verses!
So much richness and what I long for daily in my life.

Then….I read those same verses in the Amplified version:

Philippians 1:9-11

9 And this I pray: that your love may abound yet more and more and extend to its fullest development in knowledge and all keen insight [that your love may display itself in greater depth of acquaintance and more comprehensive discernment],

10 So that you may surely learn to sense what is vital, and approve and prize what is excellent and of real value [recognizing the highest and the best, and distinguishing the moral differences], and that you may be untainted and pure and unerring and blameless [so that with hearts sincere and certain and unsullied, you may approach] the day of Christ [not stumbling nor causing others to stumble].

11 May you abound in and be filled with the fruits of righteousness (of right standing with God and right doing) which come through Jesus Christ (the Anointed One), to the honor and praise of God [that His glory may be both manifested and recognized].

When Holley Gerth opened up discussion for this prompt: What does ‘excellence’ mean or look like to you?, The light bulb went off in my head because of the Philippians Scripture!

In my Sunday morning Bible Study group, our leader read Scripture after Scripture about God being faithful to keep His promises to us, and to always be with us.
Then a precious friend asked the leader how all of the Word he read to us showed up in a practical way in his life. I won’t go in to what he said, but my friend’s question made me stop and think of all Scripture in that light; what practical ways has God’s Word shown up in my life?!

I mean…”Pursuing What Is Excellent” IS the name of this space.

All the words of Philippians 1:9-11 came flying at me!

To me, EXCELLENCE looks like diligence. Excellence isn’t always immediate…well, at least not for me.
I had an old nature that I had to get rid of!

Ephesians 4:22-24 says, “put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”

Righteousness is instant. Holiness takes time.

Excellence should be in small things and big things; the things that are honoring to God and other people.

The look of excellence is deciding to put that buggy (that’s shopping cart to most of y’all) back in the cart corral.
The look of excellence is picking that fallen box of cake mix up off the grocery store floor that everyone steps over.
The look of excellence is meeting that deadline even when you don’t have a manager breathing down your neck.
The look of excellence is being obedient to God’s Word and preferring His will over our own.

Let’s open up conversation! What does excellence look like to you?


(Let’s All Be a Little Kinder to Each Other)

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Jesus Restored This Wife’s Heart

Pursuing What Is Excellent -- Jesus Restored This Wife's Heart


Coming to the altar; at the feet of Jesus.
Our precious Lord. Our Savior.

Never able to get enough of His deep penetrating love.
Allowing the cleansing water of the Holy Spirit to wash the soul.

Come with me as I tell you how Jesus restored and redeemed this wife’s life at Christian Wife University, A Wife at the Feet of Jesus.

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It’s ONLY Milk

Pursuing What Is Excellent -- It's ONLY Milk

My youngest son dropped a gallon of milk in the driveway while helping to unload the truck.

It was the $7/gallon kind.
When he came inside to tell me what happened, he had a look on his face that twisted my heart; a look of:

Am I in trouble for this? I really hope not, because I didn’t mean to drop the milk.
It slipped out of my hand as I was trying to close the heavy trunk.”

He started to cry a little.

No son. You are not in trouble for dropping the milk.
I love you more than milk.
I have no doubt that it was an accident.
I could have easily been the one to drop it too!

Even as adults, we still do things that kids do.
It’s a clumsy nature!
I would try my hardest to never degrade my children for something that I could have easily, mistakenly done.

Show grace when grace is needed.

That $7.00 gallon of milk.
That jar of honey roasted peanut butter that’s been dug into with a jelly smeared spoon.
That soda that was spilled in the backseat of the car (possibly because you, mom, hit a bump in the road?).
That ____… (whatever you need to fill in that blank).

It’s ONLY “milk”. Just STUFF.
Our children are worth so much more!

I’m thankful for the little lesson of the broken milk jug.
It gives me a chance to love my children well.

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