Rest at the Beach – Beloved Women – November 20, 2023
READ: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 ESV)
TODAY’S ENCOURAGEMENT: Some days I just dream of being on the beach. It doesn’t matter which beach - Florida, California, Jamaica, or the French Riviera. I just want to go to the beach.
The color blue in the ocean water is associated with feelings of calm and peace. The smell of the ocean breeze soothes our souls. The up and down of the waves allows us to relax. The sand between our toes brings us joy.
So now that you have envisioned yourself on the beach and know all its wondrous powers, soaking in God’s sunlight, peaceful waves, and warm sand, reflect on the Bible verse, Matthew 11:28-30.
When the news gets too much and the busyness of our new normal encompasses you, go to God. He will give you rest. It may be in the form of a walk around the neighborhood, a bubble bath, a cool drink on your porch, or the mental imagery of the beach as you meditate and pray.
As you go about your day, join me from time to time at the beach. I will surely be there resting in God’s sweet embrace, focusing on His Word and relying on His promises.
PRAY: Dear God, slow me down and help me see You every day. When the world consumes me and I am overwhelmed, bring me into Your arms for rest. For Your yoke is easy and Your burden is light. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
REFLECT: Take God’s yoke upon you and lean on Him. You will find rest for your soul and joy in your heart.
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