Stressed? Rest in Him and Be Blessed!

Today’s blessing passage is found in Psalm 127.  The entire psalm, verses 1-5, set forth Ps127v1the idea that all of life’s securities and blessings are gifts from God.

Unless the Lord builds the house,
    those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.                                                                                    Man strives or toils in life building and watching over their ‘things’ but the psalmist is saying that unless God is in it and watches over it all the work is in vain, worthless and meaningless.                                                      It is in vain that you rise up early
    and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.                                                                                                                 God brings purpose to our days and rest to those who rest in Him so unless He is in your day you will feel anxious, stressed and restless.

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
    the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.                                                                                                                 God’s gift to man is family, home and children to extend one’s legacy and work for the Lord. 
Blessed is the man
    who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.                                                                                      God blesses us through our children.   One can have both physical children as well as spiritual children.  Both are as sign of God’s favor to us.  They can attest to our love for God, our character and our great hope in Him.   Truly, the man with many children is blessed.

home and familyThe psalmist gives us hope and assurance that all of life’s securities and blessings are gifts from God.   Is God in your home?   Is He with you at work?  Do you take seriously the teaching of both your physical and spiritual children so that they see your love for God,  your trust and hope in Him?  Take a moment today and thank God for His protection, direction and guidance and for His great gifts you you.  Blessings are God’s undeserved favor coming into your life.  What marvelous gifts!

Linda

Come to me…

Matthew 11 28Part 1 of the Messiah ends with the following verses from Matthew 11.  “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”   The Messiah that Handel has been exclaiming about in song will bring hope, restoration, rest, comfort and wisdom for living our lives with Him.  Following Him provides us with opportunity to bring our heaviest problems, cares, concerns or heartaches to Him.  He promises rest for our weary souls and will teach us to bear up under the strains of living.  Walking with Him will seem easy and it will lighten our burdens by sharing them with Him.  

Does this life with Jesus describe you?  Look at these verses in the Amplified Bible and see if it helps clarify what walking with Him will do in and through you.  “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me[following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.”   Are you bogged down by religious rituals that seem meaningless? Have you experienced the refreshment of Salvation in Jesus?  Do you consider yourself His disciple?  Does walking with Him seem no burden at all as He is right there with you?

Look to Jesus today for hope, encouragement, rest and lightness in your burdens.

Linda

Here is a lovely song using these verses.  Music from the Messiah was not available.