Take A Break

I invite you to read Isunji’s refreshing post.

Woman walking cross country and trail in autumn forestBy Isunji Cardoso
“He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul;…” (Psalm 23: 2-3a)

I recently took a break from social media. I felt a call to pull away for a time and regroup, refresh, and renew. Ever the extreme personality, I built it up in my mind. I pictured spending every spare moment; moments that I would have spent on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc, in prayer or in the Word. At the end of the month I just knew I was going to emerge and be like Moses coming down from the mountain…

Yeah, so things happened so differently from how I had envisioned… I still didn’t seem to have time to do any of the things I thought this time was supposed to be about. It took a several days, but I finally decided to stop fighting and beating myself up. I decided to step back and look at the process from a different angle. When I did that I was able to see that a big part of what I was doing was resting. Hmm…

Our society puts so much emphasis on doing that resting/being, often gets minimized. I’ve even heard the quote, “You can sleep when you’re dead.” Just like everyone else I adopted that mindset as truth until I started to do some research about the benefits sleep/rest and the effects of not getting enough of it… Then I remembered Psalm 23. I know it’s mostly used at funerals, but it speaks so much to our relationship with Jesus. He is the Good Shepherd and shepherds don’t just run the sheep ragged. They care for the sheep including making sure they get rest when they need it.

Imagine my surprise when I looked up and realized that during this time I was able to regroup, refresh, and renew. It may not have happened the way I thought it was supposed to, but when I let go of my preconceptions and gave in to the process, I got  exactly what I needed and then some!

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How about you? Is there a process is taking place in your life today that you may be resisting? Are you willing to step back for a moment look at it from a different angle? Are you willing to submit to the process God is trying to work out in your life?

 

 

Isunji Head Shot - Version 2Isunji Cardoso started writing when she was just 8 years old. Her third grade teacher asked the class to write an original story. Her story was a hit with the class, and a writer was born! Isunji describes herself a a word-nerd who believes in the power of a good story to touch hearts, educate minds, lift spirits and even change the world. The Lord has given her many stories that she hopes to release to the world as He leads. In February 2013 Isunji published her first book, a devotional called Faith Lifts: 31 Daily Boosts for Sagging Faith which is now available for purchase. The book is designed to encourage, inspire, entertain, and, most importantly, to refresh the weary spirit. Please connect with Isunji on Twitter or Facebook.com/isunjicardoso2

8 Responses to Take A Break

  1. Oh sweet friend GOD has been working mightily in me, too. I’ve been doing a lot of stepping back and looking at things b/c things quite often don’t go the way “andrea” thinks they should. Yet, when I “step back” and rest in HIM who loves me most it’s all clear. HE is there, present in each moment, loving and healing my heart while preparing me for the next step! HE is forever faithful! Thank you for this article.
    Hugs and prayers,
    andrea

  2. Love the post, Isunji. I’m all for resting in Him and waiting for Jesus to show me what it all is suppose to look like. He’s full of surprises. I am so done with performing and getting better at resting. Rest is my 2014 word, girl! I think many misunderstand it so thank you for clarifying.

  3. It seems like in my case resting has to be programed into each day. You see, I have a health issue which makes resting of the utmost importance. For most of my life I ran through each day with gusto…that is until life changed for me…lately I have learned so much about resting in Him, as my dear hubby has late stage cancer. He is in the hospital as I write and I am unable to visit as I am sick. Your words brought to mind many years of not listening to my heart and doing things my way. Thank you for this beautiful reminder to rest in Him daily.

  4. Resting in this world today is almost a lost art, isn’t it? But, it is so important to take that time to refresh and be filled. I have been in a season of what may appear to be inactivity as I set boundaries responsibilities are changed in our family. But what I have discovered during this time is that God is opening doors. They’re only opened a crack, but I can see God working while I “rest” and I’m excited to see what He does! Thanks for sharing your encouragement today!

    Blessings, Joan

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