Daily Devotional – 10/3/16 “When will you rest?”

Stop burning yourself out trying to be a helper to everybody, a ride for all who need it, a cook for everybody whose hungry, a prayer partner for every person who asks, an encouraging word for every situation, a ‘yes I’ll go’ person all the time, ‘call me if you need me’ to everybody else circumstance or ‘yes, I’ll do it’ to every request. Baby, sometimes you need to shut up, sit down and regroup. Every once in a while you need to take some time for yourself because there’ll be a time when your body won’t get up like it used too, your feet won’t move as fast as they ought to and when pain from everywhere will make you take an unexpected time out. Keep thinking that you have to do everything, right now! Keep saying, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” because it may come sooner than expected, if you don’t rest! Chile, we all need it and there’s nothing wrong with taking a moment to get some.

It’s okay to put the phone on do not disturb for a little while. It’ll be alright if you don’t answer the call, this time, from that same person who needs prayer 4 times a week. It’s fine to go to sleep at a decent hour. It’ll be alright if you go visit tomorrow instead of today. It’ll be just fine if you said no, this time. Baby, you cannot attend every event, every worship service and accept every preaching opportunity because you need to rest. And I’ve found out that you can either rest on your own accord or your body will do it for you. The bible says in Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” But if you’re constantly running around filling everybody else tank with oil that keeps their light shining, whose filling yours? If you’re constantly doing the feeding, when are you eating? If you’re always the one praying, who’s covering you? If you’re always the visitor when will you be the visited? In other words, when will you rest?


Daily Devotional – 3/9/16 “Sit down weary servant and rest a while!”

Dearly beloved, here you are again; at another day and your soul is weary and you’re tired. You’ve been trying and it still won’t work. You’ve been pushing but your arms are tired. You keep going but your legs are exhausted. You want to but even your thoughts are drained. You try to sleep and it just won’t come because the enemy is running rampant through your dreams. You sit up and now your eyes are filled with tears. You keep praying but it seems like there’s no end to your grief. You’re still going to the doctor and recovery still hasn’t come. You’re in the church and the enemy still has your number memorized. Now, you’re weary, wounded and bruised and still trying to go but baby, I simply stopped by to tell you to sit down weary servant and rest a while! See, you can’t do it all. You can’t be everything for everybody. You can’t make something work that won’t. You can’t figure it all out. Sit down weary servant and rest a while. Yea, I understand you got stuff to do but sit down. I know there’s some phone calls you need to make but sit down. I know there’s some folk you need to visit but sit down. I know your house needs to be cleaned, you need to study for bible study or Sunday school, you’re trying to finish your sermon, you need to work out, you have to make dinner, you need to finish this or that but sit down weary servant and rest a while!

Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-29, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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.” See, yoke here means an obligation to God. So when Jesus is saying take His yoke it means first, you’ll have to let your obligation to stuff and some folk go and second, His yoke is lighter to hold on too. So, whatever yoke you’ve bound yourself too, let it go. Sit down weary servant and rest a while. For when you sit down and rest, your thoughts start to settle and you’ll begin to see things clearer. Sit down weary servant, for when you do; things will be put into perspective for you and then you’ll be able to handle them better. Stop trying to do it by yourself because when you do, you get burned out and then you’ll start blaming God and when you do this, you’ll run in the opposite direction of Him. Don’t do that! Sit down weary servant and rest a while. The house will be ok, the kids will be alright, your husband won’t suffer, your church will survive and your job will still be there; just sit down weary servant and rest a while.