Thankful Thursday: Restore My Soul

Thursday, January 12, 2017

He restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:3)

As much as we don’t like to admit it, women’s hearts are made of gold.

We give, we toil, we create, we exhaust ourselves; we survive off of 2 and 3 hours of sleep at night, we pray hard, we forgive harder, we fight fair, we study, we serve, we give our all.

However, in all of this, we often neglect to replenish our spiritual, emotional, and physical selves. We're the energizer bunny who's had too many 5-hour energy drinks and we just keep going and going!

Constant movement is not a sign of strength or prowess, and needing restoration is not a sign of weakness.

After God created the world He took a rest (Genesis 2:2). Though we know Him as the God who neither slumbers, nor sleeps, His rest meant that He put down His work, ceased His exertion, and went into a state of tranquility.

It’s okay to rest so that the Almighty God can restore your soul.

In this often goal-crazed, instant-results society, we miss the beauty found in restoration and revival. Athletes, after injury, take time before going back on the field or court. They give their bodies time to restore itself back to proper functioning. When a singer loses her voice, she doesn’t jump back into the studio; she rests her vocal cords in order to restore her musical muscles so that she can get back to that place of fulfillment and rejoicing.

What about you my sister? Does someone have to force you to take a break even though you know you’re too exhausted to even keep your eyes open? Has the doctor given a bad result on your exam and now you have no choice but to be still in order to be restored to health?

Girlfriend, listen to your body. You can't even spell restoration without REST.

Your goals will be accomplished; not because you work yourself to death, but because you cherish your temple enough to allow God to restore and revive your soul when you start running on empty.

Pray with me:

Dear Jehovah, you have left me awesome examples of rest and restoration in scripture. You rested on the seventh day after creating the world; Jesus often went to the mountains to pray and restore His soul. The disciples rested from their many missionary journeys. Why should I be any different? May your Spirit gently nudge me to take care of my body and my spirit so that I may be an effective tool for your kingdom. When I stop long enough to enjoy your presence, my soul is restored in peace and I am equipped for my next endeavors. Thank you Lord, for the gift of revival and restoration. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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