[Series: Rest] 3 ways to know if you have the right rest

 Stockholm and Spurgeon have inspired me to do a series on rest, unpacking three potential sources for the disease of feeling burdened:

#1 Working to earn worth

#2 Spending yourself for the wrong kingdom

#3 Right kingdom, but wrong way

I know the lies out there. I believe them as much as the rest of the world.

But I wrote this series at the end of a perfect vacation, so I have never been more sure that true rest is not found in a weekend away  It is not found in traveling around the world.  It is not found in time with family or friends.

[Series: Rest] reason #3 we’re so tired

[Stockholm and Spurgeon have inspired me to do a series on rest.

I’ve been considering the reason for weariness in our lives; the reason so many of us are tired, exhausted of fighting.  Turns out there are three potential sources for the disease of feeling burdened.

How do I always seem to miss this part of these verses?

Learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:29)

[Series: Rest] Reason #2 we can’t rest

[Stockholm and Spurgeon have inspired me to do a series on rest.

I’ve been considering the reason for weariness in our lives; the reason so many of us are tired, exhausted of fighting.  Turns out there are three potential sources for the disease of feeling burdened.

The first reason you might feel that way is that you’re working to earn your worth.]

Read this verse:

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 6.45.00 PMTake my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29, ESV)

[Series: Rest] Reason #1 we’re exhausted

I came to Sweden for rest.

That much I know.

That is why I feel resentment with every tug of stress on my soul: every fleeting thought about upcoming travel arrangements or finances.  (I guess this is how moms feel when they have a few hours of alone time – possessive and defensive.)

If I do not rest now, when will I?Screen Shot 2013-07-29 at 4.12.33 PM

I know what waits for me back home.  I know I will hit the ground running, and it feels like this is my only chance, so I squeeze my eyes shut and will my spirit to rest.  And it refuses.