Weekly Wisdom: A Lesson in Rest

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Recently I had the pleasure, and pain, of driving across 4 states to visit family and clear out some of my storage area. It had been too long since a visit and I was looking forward to seeing family again. Anyone who likes to take a road trip knows the excitement of starting out on a new journey. I already knew the path so I could not wait to drive once again through the scenery and see parts of Arizona I had missed so much.

One thing I did not count on is I got very sick! I could not imagine what was wrong with me. Later, as I completed my visit and began my travel back home I realized it must have been motion sickness and exhaustion. I learned to stop every two hours to get out, walk around, rest my eyes, and let my insides adjust. It was an easier trip home but a hard lesson to learn while driving there. What should have been a 3 day trip had to be a 6 day trip for me. I believe 4-5 hours of driving is really my limit.

This morning I thought about our life’s journey and all of the twists and turns we take as life changes and we change life. I thought about good times and bad times and came to a conclusion. As I laid down with the lumbar part of my back resting on a nice warm heating pad, I realized there must always be a time of rest. Contrary to some beliefs, resting is not being “lazy”. Resting means our bodies can’t take much more of the journey without rest or sickness comes. Just like with my travels, the key is taking that rest before we become sick. In fact, a meditative rest every day will bring great benefits. Our bodies need time to recharge, disengage, and rebalance.

Yes, life can bring motion sickness. If it’s always in motion things start to tilt and our world comes crashing down around us. If we don’t take that time, our bodies will force it with loud complaints. I got the message, “Use the heating pad to relax before the back strain comes!”

Today, and the rest of this week, remind yourself to rest. It is important for your health, well being, and balance in life. Eat things that are good for you, sleep a good 8 hours a night, take a cat nap, warm your lumbar area, let your mind balance, and enjoy the scenery without life having to always be in motion!

Loving you from here,

Dr Rev Jenine Marie Howry

Confidence Through Brokenness

Rev Jenine MarieI’m not sure how it works when empowerment comes shining through brokenness. I can only say that I am so glad that it can and does happen. There is a God given miracle that comes through tears, struggle, and a broken heart. Maybe it is because those are the times when we turn our hearts to God the most, or the moments we seek something higher than ourselves. Either way, or regardless to how it happens the reality is that it does happen. There is a shining moment when everything in life takes a huge shift. Sometimes the circumstances have not even changed yet, it is just the understanding that they will change. It is the power that comes from the knowledge that things will become brighter and better than they were before just in the light of the release of frustration and struggle.

Think of all the times you struggled in your own soul. The emotional train wreck alone is enough to send someone packing from the things of life on this planet. Yet, every single time there is a powerful rescue if you choose to look for it. We are powerful people. You are a powerful person. This truth can never be realized unless there is a struggle and growth period involved.

Sleep soundly and well in the knowledge that dramatic change is taking place in your life! There are moments in life that seem to suck the air right out of us, but without them we would never know how radiant the bliss is when transformation comes. Even more amazing is that the transformation will always come!  The next time there are internal struggles over external things, take some time to reflect on the transformation. The miracle comes through turning life over to the power Who is always faithful to you. Our universe was created with set standards. Those things that are truth will never change. Take your broken pieces and put them on the altar of hope for awhile. Wait for the powerful transformation to begin as you reflect on speaking your heart to the One who always cares, is always there, and will always support you! God never fails. He is confidence through brokenness.

Confidently Yours,

Jenine Marie

Matthew 5:3-4

3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.…

The Power of Confidence Through Rest

Peaceful Power“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. Matthew 11:28-29 (NIV)

There is a gentleness in God that brings complete rest when we allow it to happen. We are invited to lay down our burdens at the throne room and release ourselves from the strains of life. During this time we give over our burdens and allow rest to be our power and confidence. We can never be confident when we are tired, weary, and pressed down. A confident soul is one that allows itself to be free and to rest from life’s troubles.

When we are bogged down with so much in life that it becomes too hard to handle our confidence and power in life will be zapped as well. The old adage, “don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today,” is not always the best advice. Sometimes the best thing to do in some circumstances is nothing. At some point we have to know that the highest power is working on things for our better good.

So, my dear sisters, go and find your rest when you need it! Your confident life depends upon it! We never have the opportunity to see miracles if we are always at work in situations and acting as our own god. Sometimes we need to step aside and allow ourselves to be confident in the God who made us unique and powerful! Yes, we are powerful!

Powerful does not mean we always have to be moving, doing, and acting. Sometimes power sits quietly and waits for some of the storm to pass. The words “Be still and know that I am God” can be the most powerfully soothing words that there is! So, be good to yourself! Take some time away, and allow time for all things to be made new! God has promised you that this will happen! Believe it!

Rest in the power of confidence in God when life’s storms become more than you can handle yourself!

Blessings!

Jenine Marie