Why is rest so hard? Should it be hard? I don’t know to tell you the truth. It feels hard though.
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly. -Matthew 11:28-30 MSG
I’m walking into a season of rest. A season of dreaming and learning the unforced rhythms of His grace. I’m excited and terrified all at once. That old lie that “I will cease to be me if I fully surrender” nags at me and I wonder if this season is going to feel like a band aid being ripped off a still tender wound or if it will be more like a salve. The answer is probably a little bit of both. Painfully magnificent, terrifyingly awesome.
For the next 6 months I get to take a breath. I get to rest, to let go of “DOING” and grab hold of “BEING.” I won’t be far, but I won’t be reachable as God breathes life back into these dry bones. He’s orchestrated everything so beautifully and it’s been amazing to see so many women in my life step up to support me, love me and take action for me in my place. Fight Night will continue in my absence because of some of these warrior women and honestly because I believe God wanted to start my time off by showing me, this ministry that feels like my baby can thrive and flourish without me… it’s not mine, it’s His.
I’m expectant. I’m ready to rest. and I’m excited to dream with God. So I’ll leave you with this glorious blessing from Jan Elkins’ newest book of blessings: Blessings for LOVE & WAR … You’ll want to buy this one!!
BLESSING OF AWAKENING
I bless your spirit, in the name of Jesus Christ,
with the awakening breath of His Spirit
blowing upon your life until you are fully His,stirring up the sweet fragrance of his life in you.
Invite Jesus to walk with you
and talk with you
as He did with Adam and Eve
in His paradise garden.
You are now the garden He dwells in-
may you yield fully to Him,
may he taste taste the fruit of His life in you
God is releasing the wind of His Spirit-
His word breathed into you
to empower you,
to raise you up,
to prepare you,
to release you into full living.
Where you are stagnant, unproductive,
and unable to move forward,
I bless you with his wind in your sails:
He is working behind the scenes,
He has a plan to bring the support you need,
He is releasing His wind of provision,
His wind of peace.
If you are spiritually fatigued,
if you are exhausted, soul and body,if your breath has been knocked out of you,
be resuscitated by the breath of God.
I bless you with new levels of insight-
clarity of vision, new understanding and wisdom,
flexibility and great expectation.
I bless you with focused perseverance-
staying on course and not giving up.
What appears negative, God will use for good.
Come to me – get away with me.
Come and you will recover your life.
By the breath of God, I bless you with alignment
as he shifts you into a new place.
He is going before you,
moving things into order,
removing any obstacle.
I bless you with the wind of the Spirit,
awakening your passion,
and bringing dormant things to life.
Do only those things God is breathing on.
Receive his anointing to do great exploits.
Move in a new dimension of signs and wonders-
be a sign and a wonder.
Take dominion over the kingdom of darkness
and the powers of the enemy.
May you give Jesus full permission-
sparing nothing- as He makes you His fruitful garden.
Hold nothing back until you are fully His-
until His fragrance is released in you.
May you be blessed with His rest as I know I will. See you in April!