Thursday, September 1, 2011

Unforced Rhythms of Grace~

Aaaahhh.....the rest of the story.

For too many years, and in way too many ways, I've spent my life trying to figure out the story of my life. For some odd reason, I thought it was up to me.

How would I ever be good enough to please God?


How could I possibly ever win his heart?


How could I serve Him when I was, well........me?


Try as I could and pray that I might, I always fell short. And, I was always

worn out.

Depleted.

Exhausted.


Trying to please God was hard work.
Trying to earn His love was wearing me out.
Trying to be used by God when I felt so unusable was using up all my energy.


Where was the bed of God's forgiveness?


Where was the hammock of God's love?


Where was the sofa of God's strength?


Are you tired?
Worn out?
Burned out on religion?

Come to me.
Get away with me and you'll recover your life.
I'll show you how to take a real rest.
Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do
it.

Learn the unforced rhythms


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of grace.

I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly.
Matthew 11:28, The Message




Imagine that! All of this....


and SO MUCH MORE....


was waiting to be discovered in Grace.



Grace



Amazing Grace



I've finally found my resting place in God's grace.




Today I am linking up with The Gypsy Mama for Five Minute Fridays. To read more devotional thoughts on REST or to join in on the fun, visit her at:







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11 comments:

  1. I enjoyed reading your post. It is somehow freeing when we finally realize that it *is* all truly in His hands, isn't it?

    I'm visiting from Five Minute Friday. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. Ah such an incredible way to capture rest. Thanks for putting it in perspective. With Joy, Carey

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  3. Hi Stacy - so beautiful as always. God has done all the hard work already - we just need to rest in Him and His grace.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  4. Beautiful, Stacy. That's my favorite translation of that verse! His grace allows to rest!

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  5. I love how the Message puts those verses. Simply reading the words "the unforced rhythms of grace" brings a bit of rest.

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  6. Stacy,
    Perfect picture to drive home the point of this post. Love the hair.

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  7. What a picture of rest and trust...your words always refresh my soul. Blessings sweet friend...

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  8. "The sofa of God's strength..." Yes, I want to sit and rest there! Beautiful thoughts. So glad I found your blog.

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  9. That's one of my favorite versions of those verses. I love the 'unforced rhythms of grace' as well as the promise that He won't lay anything ill-fitting on us. Good stuff.

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Thank you for leaving a "heartprint" of your own.