Tuesday, October 1, 2013

be still, be creative



Yesterday I shared the benefits of sleep and rest that I found in an article from HEALTH.com.  It stated these results and benefits from rest: improved memory, longer life, better health, more creativity, improved ability, makes you sharper, less stress, fewer accidents, less depression, and closer to God.  I did add the last one.

A friend shared with me last night part of a devotion she read recently that talked about the need for us to spend time with God, our families, by ourselves and seeking to be creative and in thinking.  The devotion went on to say that when stress increased and when depression came into that writer’s life she had to make sure she is spending time in the right places.  That made lots of sense.

God time and time reflecting leads to being more creative and stronger.  I long for that.  Do you?  As the picture above says, most people don’t live up to their creative potential.  Don’t miss your time with God.  Don’t be less creative than God made you to be.

The idea of resting and time with God go hand in hand.  Here are a few of the verses that have been running through my mind about being more creative and being able to hear from God.

Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.

That is also from yesterday, but this verse spoke volumes to me.  Waiting patiently for God is reflecting, is alone time and is vital to our lives.  Keep reading.

Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;

Repenting is not always tied to dealing with major sin and making life-altering changes.  It may be small or simple adjustments to move closer to God.  Repenting leads to refreshing which come from quiet time or resting that way God calls us to rest.

Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.

Real strength comes from God.  Waiting is important.  By stopping from the busy life we are part of we begin be see and hear God because of the rest we get.  It might begin with setting aside the things that hold us back.  Those things are burdens and issues that we haven’t fully given to God.

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

Take some time with God today.  Be still.

“Be still, and know that I am God!  I will be honored by every nation.  I will be honored throughout the world.”

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