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February 24, 2010

Matthew 11:28: Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (English Standard)

Right now I am going through a massively busy patch in life..  up very early and going hard till very late.  And this morning God gave me the above scripture.  How amazing!  Here I am in the midst of a whirlwind of activity, every moment accounted for (I am typing this before heading off to run a church service) and God is telling me to ‘Come to me.’ Through prayer, reading the Word and worship.

And the greek for rest speaks of what happens when I stop, pause, I take a break.. not from staring at the TV, but stopping and pausing to pray, to read the Word, to worship.  The promise of deep and awesome rejuvination!!  I can’t wait!!

So today I am going to do just that, set aside an hour in the midst of my busy day to head to God and get some wonderful rest!!  As an amazing friend of mine would say, ‘time to breathe in God’

Taking a break with Jesus… ahh can feel the peace now!

God bless,

Mark

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61 Comments
  1. Angela permalink

    Oh my goodness! I just prayed for the very same thing and then, poof!, there you were with this on FB! Thank you, God! 😀

  2. Amen, Mark, time to breathe in God!! Take a Bible and prayer based time from your day!

    • Ann permalink

      Good luck and may God and Christ Jesus be with you brother through all your days. It will get better. I can promise you that. I know it will. Through Jesus all things are possible. I have had trials and tribulations through my life and it all passed and I have learned lessons from them. I have lost my father at a young age to cancer. Lost my grandmother at a young age to cancer. I had a loving grandmother who left me and my siblings a grand inheritance that she did not have to leave us but it sure has helped us out. Thank you for that Anmoma. I love you and my daddy and my Anmoma Smith. I will see you again in heaven and you too, Andaddy. Love to all of you. Uncle Bobby, I hope you recover from your stroke soon. Don’t let Pat or Satan steal your peace. Amen.

    • brenda fischer permalink

      beautiful 🙂

  3. Thank you for helping us to remember that is truly the only refreshing rest we can have it to keeping close to our Father.

    I am so easily distracted with the daily things of this earth, I know that it is a lot of stubble, and my flesh is strong, thinking I need to accomplish things in the flesh is what make me feel needed.

    Thank you for your encouragement and reminders where truly our strength comes from is our Abba.

    God Bless you and give you His strength to encourage others.

  4. mrnglry permalink

    AMEN!

  5. Great message. That scripture is part of my life scripture for 2010. I am a fond rester in Jesus! Amen!

  6. Blessed permalink

    Wa! Am so blessed. . Take some time with jc and meditate. .

  7. marilyn permalink

    Thank you for sharing that. I’m sure we’ve all been there. Reminds us to take time for God. Its so refreshing to take time for the Lord and reflect on His wordm Blessings

  8. I love this scripture. It has always given me peace in the mist of a storm. God always seem to send the right masage at the right time. Thank you GOD for your love and wisdom!! I love you, LORD JESUS.

  9. THELMA MAY SEDDON permalink

    Well. I have not written anything on this for quit along time–Guess, that what the Lord trying to tell me for I will know doubt be having surgery for Breast CA. And He is telling me to “Come unto to Him.” Pray that the Lord Will be done in this. THANK YOU

  10. Christen permalink

    One thing I am trying to do more recently is to delve into his word every day, even if I have to read and re-read the part of scripture until I understand what it’s talking about. I was even laying in bed restless the other night and wasn’t sure why I wasn’t falling asleep and all of a sudden realized I hadn’t read the Word yet and I hadn’t prayed. Once I did that I was able to fall right to sleep! So yes, find rest in the Lord! AMEN!

  11. Albert permalink

    Amen!wil you please pray for my family.

  12. Mark, thank you. Since I have been a Christian, I have struggled with reading consistently. It really has nothing to do with not wanting to, it is more my eyes not wanting to cooperate. ;-). Your guides are really helping – and I look forward to reading your posts and seeing what God has to say through you. Bless you.

    • I also struggle to pray/read my bible everyday. But a day without Jesus is a day I don’t want to live through. Some days if it wasn’t for Mark I would be a sad lost cause. Mark has helped to be forcus and when I slip I also realize that Iam a better lover of Jesus than I have ever been in my life. I just don’t want to fail anymore. Thank you Mark and the all of you who reply to Mark. God Bless all YOU!!

  13. Khonglah permalink

    Im glad to read this verse today. I was so caught up in my own work and was tensed to be able to meet its deadline, not realizing that my Lord is always there for me whenever I needed him.So I am going to relax and have a quite time with HIM…Amen

  14. sandi permalink

    Your words are always such a blessing and encouragement each day. Thank you for
    taking the time to write for us.

  15. Becky Corder permalink

    This is confirmed to me through two other sources today. Another time stealer is worry. As a pastor friend of mine posted today “If you’re gonna pray, don’t worry. If you’re gonna worry, don’t pray.” Rest in Jesus, that’s the answer. Breathe Him in – I like that.

  16. Hello Pastor, I am praying to God with your help plz. You see I am in need of guidance and support. I have lived a very eventful life. Not so good for a while but now I am doing what I should. I don’t want to get all into that right now just know with gods help I made better choices in life. Right now its my husband who needs god the most. You see he is severly depressed and very angry. He won’t take any meds for it because he is afraid it will make it worse. But for me as well as him it is very bad. I feel more sorrow and depression now than I ever did. He had a horrible childhood that he never let go of so he can move on. I tried to make him understand I delt with my past childhood so God helped me move on. He believes in god and prays every day, but he has so much doubt because of his past that I think it is blocking his faith. So I am asking you to help me pray for him to get a stronger faith so in turn God can open up a new life for him. He is also unable to get a job because he has a lot of physical pain and he has major panic attacks, so I am hoping God can send me a sighn of a good legit company my husband can work for on line to make money so he can feel like a provider again. I know my prayers aren’t as crucial as others but I hope you can pray with me. thank you for your time.

    God Bless, Teri Litteral

    • You have my prayers Teri, God bless you. Mark

    • Terry, you also have my prays. I am struggling but thanks to pastor Mark I am doing better.

    • brenda fischer permalink

      OH DEAR SWEET HEART, YOU HAVE MY PRAYERS. I OFTEN HAVE BLOCKS ON MY HEART TOO. I CAN FEEL THEM AND I JUST ASK JESUS, BEFORE I EVER REALLY EVEN SIT DOWN TO READ HIS WORD OR BEFORE I TRULY BEGIN TO TRY COMMUNICATING WITH HIM, I INVITE HIM TOO COME CLOSE TO ME, TO PULL ME IN SO THAT I CAN FEEL HIS PRESENCE, FEEL HIS LOVE. I TELL HIM I CAN FEEL THAT BLOCK AND THEN I ASK HIM TO JUST TAKE THAT DEVIL BY THE NECK AND TOSS HIM OUT. DONT BE SCARED!! IT’S OK TO BE ROUGH WITH THE DEVIL . WE HAVE TO BE:)))
      I WILL PRAY FOR YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND IN THIS SITUATION. I TOO HAD A BAD PAST AND IT CAN BE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT WHEN YOU BEGIN TRYING TO WORK PAST ALL THAT. THE DEVIL CAN CAUSE A LOT OF RESISTANCE IN A PERSONS HEART WHEN THEY CHOOSE TO SEEK FOR THE SAVIOUR. I TRULY AND INTIMATELY UNDERSTAND THE EMOTIONAL ANGST THAT COMES FROM A SITUATION LIKE YOURS. I WILL KEEP THESE MEMORIES OF MY LIFE IN THE FRONT OF MY MIND AS I PRAY FOR YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND, BECAUSE I KNOW. I KNOW.. IVE BEEN THERE. RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE IN A PUDDLE ON THE FLOOR. YOU’VE GOT MY ATTENTION AND YOU’VE ALSO GOT MY PRAYERS….AND ONE MORE THING…
      YOU’VE GOT THE MOST POWERFUL FORCE IN ALL ETERNITY RIGHT BEHIND YOU AND NEXT TO YOU AND HOLDING YOUR HAND. HE HAS MADE PROMISES TO THOSE WHO LOVE HIM. GOD HAS MADE PROMISES TO YOU. AND ME. AND YOUR HUSBAND. GOD TELLS US TO NOT BE AFRAID OF ANY CONSEQUENCES THAT COME FROM LOVING HIM. HE HAS ALREADY TAKEN CARE OF ALL THE MAYBE’S THAT COULD EVER COME INTO PLAY IN ANY SITUATION. GOD EATS YOUR FEARS FOR BREAKFAST. HE IS THE ALMIGHTY CONQUERER! PRAISE HIM WHEN YOU FEEL DEFEATED. GOD IS OUR SHEPHERD AND HE LOOKS AFTER HIS SHEEP AND HE GOES OUT AND RESCUES THEM WHEN HE HEARS THEM CRYING. HE HEARS YOU. EVERY TIME. GOD IS YOUR EVER-MIGHTY PROTECTOR AND HE WILL ALWAYS STEP IN AND GET THAT DEVIL TO BACK UP EVERY TIME YOU CALL ON HIM. HE HEARS YOU! HE HEARS YOUR CRIES. AND HE COMES DOWN JUST TO TAKE YOU IN HIS ARMS TO COMFORT YOU. HE LOVES YOU AND HE LOVES YOUR HUSBAND TOO. AND THE LORD WILL TAKE THOSE BLOCKS OFF THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO ASK IT OF HIM. BE AWARE. BE AWARE OF THE BLOCKS YOU FEEL. BE AWARE OF THE LORDS POWER TO RESCUE YOU FROM THE DEVILS INTERFERENCE. BE AWARE OF THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD WHEN YOU CALL ON HIM. BE AWARE THE LOVE BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR HUSBAND AND JOIN TOGETHER WITH CHRIST AS YOUR CENTER AND STAND ON THE ROCK. THE ROCK. THAT STURDY ROCK, FROM WHICH NOTHING CAN REACH UP TO INTERFERE IN YOUR BOND WITH JESUS AND FROM WHICH THE HIGHEST OF HIGH IS YOUR PERSONAL STRENGTH AND HE WILL HOLD YOU STEADY. DON’T GIVE UP. CALL UPON JESUS. GET DOWN ON YOUR KNEES, SPREAD OUT YOUR ARMS, PUT YOUR HEAD ON THE FLOOR AND OFFER IT UP TO HIM. SURRENDER YOUR DOUBTS AND JUST SAY TO YOUR CHRIST, “TAKE THIS AWAY FROM US. YOU CAN HAVE IT. WE TRUST WHAT YOU WILL DO WITH IT”. GOD BLESS YOU MY DEAR AND BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE MY PRAYERS THAT GO TO THE SAME REDEEMER THAT IS YOUR ROCK.

  17. Jo Heatley permalink

    Hi Mark!
    Isn’t The Lord amazing! Just spending time in his presence is the most awesome experience ever! He completely refreshes us and fills us with the strength to go on. When we’re feeling weary, overwhelmed by the pressures of everyday life we definately need to run to Him and just soak in His amazing love.
    Think that’s where I’m going now. It’s been a long day!!! God bless x x

    • brenda fischer permalink

      SOMETIMES I GET SUCH GREAT REST IN THE LORD THAT IT ACTUALLY MESSES UP MY SLEEPING SCHEDULE. GEE, THANKS JESUS! HAHA!! JUST KIDDING:) I GET SO IN LOVE WITH THE PRESENCE OF MY FATHER THAT I JUST WANT TO STAY READING IN HIS WORD, WORSHIPING MY SAVIOUR, SPEAKING WITH MY CHRIST, BEING SILENT IN MY ALMIGHTY JEHOVAH, AND BEING AS STILL AS POSSIBLE WHILE I WATCH MY MOST HIGH WORK THE GREATEST MIRACLES AND MOST AMAZING MOVEMENTS AND MEASURES IN MY LIFE, MAKING MY RUBBLE INTO A RIGID AND PROUD-WORTHY MOUNTAIN, MAKING THE MOST CRAZY AND UNDESERVING IMPROVEMENTS IN MY HEART AND MY SPIRIT. I,M ADDICTED TO MY BEAUTIFUL FATHER. ONCE I OPEN UP THAT WORD, I’M IN FOR THE LONG HAUL (SO MUCH SO THAT I OFTEN EXPERIENCE SOMEWHAT OF A TIME WARP:)) 120 HRS. LATER I LOOK UP AT THE CLOCK AND ITS ACTUALLY NEXT WEEK:)) LOL! I JUST HAVE A REALLY HARD TIME EVER BEING WILLING TO STEP OUT OF THAT GLORY LONG ENOUGH TO GET MYSELF TO GO TO SLEEP. I FEEL LIKE A 4 YR OLD WHO DOESN’T WANT TO TAKE A NAP BC HE’S AFRAID HE WILL MISS SOMETHING GREAT. THAT’S EXACTLY HOW I FEEL. CONSIDER THIS…IT’S 2:37 AM AND HERE I AM ON THE COMPUTER TALKING ABOUT MY JESUS! SEE? I TOLD YOU SO:)) HAHA!!

  18. most of the time, i forget him…
    Ill just remember jesus christ if i need him… This is the good time to thank him for all the things his done…. Thank you lord … And thanks to you mark to remind me……

  19. emily@france permalink

    Truly that in times of disappointment,it is GOD’s appointment in our life.He will never leave us nor forsake us…

  20. brenda fischer permalink

    OH!!! PRAISE GOD!!! as i read your reflection today there were parts where i actually was clapping hahhaha! AMEN AMEN AMEN THIS IS ALL I CAN SAY IN RESPONSE TO GOD’S GOODNESS. ISN’T GOD JUST SOOO GOOD! HE EVEN PROVIDES THE CHAIR:) 🙂 LOL!! Ai Yi Yi!!! ONLY JESUS! HAHA!
    HEY! HOW ABOUT THIS??? IF GOD IS GOOD ENOUGH TO PROVIDE US WITH DETAILS AS INSIGNIFICANT AS A CHAIR, IS IT POSSIBLE THAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO TRUST HIM WITH THE OTHER STUFF TOO, KNOWING FOR SURE THAT HE’S TAKEN CARE OF all THE DETAILS? HAVE A GREAT DAY AND THANKS-IT WAS REFRESHING!!

  21. Michelle permalink

    Breathe deep the Glory of God and watch His light shine from step to step.

  22. Jim Adams permalink

    Glory to God! Rest in Him and hit the road running afterward! You do well, son, you do well. Remember Jesus’s comment to Martha… some things are far better than “the work”.

    • brenda fischer permalink

      HAHA!! YA, I LIKE THIS!! READY. SET . GO!

  23. I enjoy your word’s of encouragement that yoou put on face book.Yes we have an awsome God and he is alway’s there for us.We can call on him any time day or night and he will never let us down.I praise his Holy Name he is so good .I love you Jesus.Just repeating your precious name makes me feel so good.Jesus,Jesus my Jesus I Love You.

    • brenda fischer permalink

      i totally know what your saying, Betty. sometimes if im havign a period of mush and cant get my Jesus Juices flowin i just start praising His glorious Name OUT LOUD 🙂 and then all of a sudden, Oh my God, Im ready to lay it all down at His feet and His presence is flowing and i feel amazing in His embrace and overwhelmed by His love for me!! PRAISE YOU PRAISE YOU PRAISE YOU JESUS!! YOU ..ARE MY REDEEMER! AMENAND THANKYOU LORD GOD!!!

  24. brenda fischer permalink

    love this!

  25. Raynette permalink

    Thank you…..I really needed this passage, I think this passage goes well, not only when you are physically busy, but when your mind is just all over the place as well. Instead of getting frastruted, ( I am sure I spelt that wrong), its better just stop, take an hour & just be still & mediate on this passage.

  26. Briana permalink

    Hi there. Thanks for sending out these posts, they are very encouraging. I just wanted to point out for those that may not have noticed that we missed Romans 13-14 and this week is actually Judges 12-16. Just trying to keep on track, don’t want to miss anything. Thanks again.

  27. Jinky permalink

    Thank you for sharing your insights and reflections from GOD’s words. Those really inspires me. Just continue serving the LORD in any ways for we know that our good works is not in vain. GOD Bless you more!

  28. Cheryl permalink

    Need prayer for finance to go through for a new heating system for our home. God knows our needs .
    Love this site.

  29. thanks i really needed that passage pastor mark and you know what for this pass month i have been getting close to god but i have problems praying with a clear mind and only think about jesus when im praying and not my problems.

  30. Marsha Mattis permalink

    What a Blessing~ Time to Breathe in God……thank you for this…Much needed…Have a Blessing Evening..

  31. Lorraine Thornton permalink

    This was very powerful and inspiring for me because sometimes I feel that I am the only one caught up the whirlwind of life. I know I need to learn to rest and take the time to breathe in God. I am going to do just that starting today, take time to breathe in God……Thanks.

  32. Clarissa B. permalink

    It really is wonderful to know that when we are tired we can just go to God and be refreshed! Dear God, I thank you for your wonderful love. God I thank you for giving me the ability to come to you when I’m busy and need rest. I praise you always God. Amen.

  33. I’m going through a kind of confusing part of my life, and every time I think about it, it completely ruins my mood, and it destroys the peace of prayer that I usually have with God. So thank you Mark for taking the time to write this! This is exactly what I needed to hear: Rest. Stop thinking about all this that’s going on, because in the end none of it will matter anymore.

    • brenda fischer permalink

      WHEN I STEP INTO THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD AND ALLOW MYSELF TO BASK THERE, IF I STAY WITH MY FATHER LONG ENOUGH LIKE THIS, THE ANSWERS I WAS SEEKING FADE INTO INSIGNIFICENCE AND ALL THAT MATTERS IS THE PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN MY LIVING ROOM. I LOVE YOU SWEET JESUS! THANK YOU DEAR FATHER!

  34. Sabrina permalink

    It’s amazing how God works things out, I’ve been feeling very tired myself and struggling with prayer time, since every night I just lay on my bed and watch TV, thank you for those words, I can feel God is talking to me and inviting me to take a real break with Him… God Bless You!

  35. Re: Wow life is busy!

    Mark, I can totally agree with you. I can be like Martha— I seldom ask for help neither gripe about it… but I noticed that when I took all the responsibility of little things without saying “NO” It can be very overwhelming… Yet when I pause and hide in a room and just sit upon Jesus feet like “Mary” its wonderful…
    That is why I look forward Shabbat [Shalom] It is my time to rest at his feet…thanks for sharing and encouraging words…
    God love you Mark–why because your awesome who serves an AWESOME God

    Mot O’Dell

  36. Lydia Reyes permalink

    Jesus, the lover of my soul. How wonderful it is to spent time with you. You tell us that you will give us rest. So here I also come to spend some time with you. There is nothing in this world that compares with you. I thank you Lord for loving me so unconditionally. I want every breath I take to be able to Praise you. I want to love as you love and forgive as you forgive. I’ll be finishing writing now , because I too want to go and rest in you. God bless you all, my family in CHRIST

  37. Deborah permalink

    Wow!!! just one hour? do you think you can really put a timer on spending time with God…? interesting.

  38. Brad permalink

    Experiencing God is IN the Spirit—-just as Isaiah prophesied—in 28:11 & 12. The “rest” you seek is not merely in taking a break from your busy life to “breathe in God,”. . . it is in surrendering yourself to receive the baptism of the Spirit, for SPEAKING IN TONGUES IS THE “REST”, the “REFRESHING” God provides for our souls. You won’t know I’m telling you the truth until you experience this. Until then, you’re all “talk.” I hope you’ll repent and surrender to Jesus, Mark.

  39. brenda fischer permalink

    FIRST AND FOREMOST: WE ARE HERE TO GIVE PRAISE AND WORSHIP TO OUR REDEEMER, AND TO ENCOURAGE AND ENJOY EACH OTHERS THOUGHTS AND REFLECTIONS ON THE LORD. IT IS TO BE A COMMUNITY OF FELLOWSHIP, NOT JUDGEMENT.
    NOW…God has not made speaking in tongues a prerequisite of Him giving us rest, AND YES I AM SPEAKING OF REST IN THE THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. UNconditional. i repeat. UNconditional. and it DEFINITELY is no sin to not be able to speak in tongues. there are people who are on a journey here and you cannot just shut them down in such a way that undermines their love and devotion to Christ. YOU ARE NOT THE JUDGE HERE. being baptized in the Spirit does NOT happen immediately when you receive your salvation through Christ and if you cannot speak in tongues is does NOT mean that the Holy Spirit is not present in your life. each person receives the gifts that God has deemed specifically for each of them in HIS own timing. you will never be able to convince me that the only ones that are qualified to receiving REST in the Lord the way that it is stated in the book of Matthew, are those who are the gift of tongues-and it is exactly that a gift, NOT A REQUIREMENT. THERE ARE NO CONDITIONS HERE. READ THE BIBLE! IT SAYS IT ALL OVER THE PLACE! the Lord does NOT specify that only His children who are speaking in tongues are the children that will receive his blessings. We are His children. the end. we do not need to DESERVE God’s gifts. that’s the whole idea. none of us do. not you. not me. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THOSE WHO ARE IN THIS FORUM ARE ON A JOURNEY…HENCE THE NAME..IM SORRY TO HEAR THAT YOURS IS OVER…BUT FOR THE REST OF US, WE WILL BE ON THIS MAGNIFICENT JOURNEY TOWARD A MORE INTIMATE AND GLORIOUS WALK WITH GOD UNTIL HE TAKES US TO HIS KINGDOM-AND THIS IS HIS GREAT PLEASURE TO DO SO-FOR ALL OF US-NOT JUST THE SPIRITUALLY BI-LINGUAL. WE WILL BE ON THE JOURNEY OF SEEKING OUR BEAUTIFUL MASTER’S FACE EVERY SINGLE DAY BECAUSE OF OUR DESIRE TO DRAW CLOSER TO OUR LORD. WHEN IT COMES TO GOD, MY MOTTO IS: NEVER ENOUGH, NEVER CLOSE ENOUGH. I ASK HIM FOR MORE OF HIS PRESENCE EVERY SINGLE DAY, AND BY YOUR STANDARDS, I DON’T EVEN NEED TO BE DOING THIS. IT IS A SHAME THAT YOU HAVE REACHED THE APEX OF YOU FAITH SO SOON. YOUR ENTIRE LIFE, I REPEAT, ENTIRE LIFE IS TO BE AN EVER GREATER AND GROWING JOURNEY/INTIMACY/RELATIONSHIP/SEEKING VENTURE-WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT-INTO GOD’S PRESENCE AND IT NEVER ENDS, NOT EVEN AFTER WE ARE BROUGHT INTO HIS KINGDOM. OUR KINGDOM. AND HE DOES NAME IT THAT WAY-THAT IT IS OURS; FOR US, BECAUSE HE LOVES US SO DEEPLY. I AM SORRY FOR MY STRONG EMOTION, BUT PLEASE DO REFRAIN FROM ANY MORE CRITICISM ON THE SANCTITY OF GOD’S OPINION OF THOSE IN HIS FLOCK.

  40. brenda fischer
    i praise God reading ur sharing . i am one who enjoy His presence throuugh out every sec of my day spending time speaking in toongues,praying in tongues. .Halleuia. this is powerful and then we realise How God work through our day to day life journey .Nothing to be afraid around us eventhough we face storms and winds. There is power in tongues. Thank you Thank you

    • brenda fischer permalink

      BLESS YOU , MOLLY:) PRAISE GOD!!! AND ONE BIG AMEN TOO! HAHA! GOTTA LOVE THE LORD. HE’S ALWAYS BLESSING US! PRAISE YOU JESUS! THANK YOU!

  41. The trouble begins when we finally realize that God is not at all where we expect him to be (our prayer, the Word, or our worship).

    Where then do we turn?

  42. brenda fischer permalink

    EPHREM HAGOS
    WHERE DO WE TURN?
    THROW YOUR HANDS UP IN THE AIR, AND SURRENDER. GIVE UP. COMPLETELY LET GO OF EVERY THING YOU FOCUS ON NOW AND JUST COMPLETELY GIVE UP. ADMIT YOUR A FAILURE. SO AM I. HE NEEDS US TO SEE THAT WE NEED HIM. IN THE DEEPEST SENSE OF THE WORD. NEED. AND I KNOW I’VE SAID THIS MORE THAN ONCE THIS MORNING SO I HOPE I’M NOT REPEATING MYSELF, BUT PHYSICALLY, IN REAL LIFE, IN REAL TIME, IN THE ACTUAL MOVEMENT OF SURRENDER, GET DOWN ON THE FLOOR AND OFFER IT UP. LAY IT ALL DOWN AT HIS FEET. RIGHT ON THE FLOOR IN FRONT OF HIM. I KNOW THIS SOUNDS WACKY OR RIDICULOUS/EXTREME/WHATEVER BUT WHEN I HAVE SOMETHING HUGE ON MY HEART I PHYSICALLY GET DOWN ON THE FLOOR, SPREAD OUT MY ARMS AND PUT MY HEAD DOWN AS FAR AS I CAN GET IT JUST AS IF I WERE RIGHT BEFORE HIM, AND I SAY TO HIM “HERE. TAKE IT. I DON’T WANT IT AND ITS NOT MINE ANYWAY.” DOWN AT HIS FEET. HUMBLE. QUIET. SILENCE. INNER AND OUTER. . SHOW HIM THE ULTIMATE RESPECT OF THE FULLNESS OF THE GOD YOU LOVE. CONSIDER HIS AMAZING POWER AND GRACE AND JUST GIVE IT ALL UP. LEAVE YOURSELF WITH NOTHING. STRIP OUR SOUL NAKED AND OFFER YOURSELF WITH NOTHING IN THE WAY OF YOUR LONGING FOR HIM. .. SAY NOTHING. BE COMPLETELY QUIET IN THE STILLNESS OF THE PRESENCE OF YOUR FATHER. DON’T ACTIVELY THINK OF PRAYING. LET GOD SEARCH YOU FOR A LITTLE WHILE. YOU MIGHT FIND THAT YOU SUDDENLY REALIZE THAT YOU’VE ACTUALLY STARTED PRAYING AND NOT COMPLETELY BEEN AWARE OF IT. AND IF YOU DON’T…IF YOU FEEL NOTHING.. DO IT AGAIN …DO IT EVERY DAY AS OFTEN AS YOU THINK OF IT AND AS OFTEN AS THE OPPORTUNITY PRESENTS ITSELF AND JUST… GET… DOWN. WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF YOU DO THIS IN THIS WAY, IS THAT YOUR FATHER WILL SEE YOUR DESIRE AND FILL IT. SHOW HIM YOUR DEDICATION TO WANTING HIM IN THE PRESENT, THERE WITH YOU IN YOUR LIFE. HE WILL HEAR YOU EVEN IF YOU SAY NOTHING AS LONG AS YOU PRESENT YOURSELF TO HIM. HERE IS SOMETHING WORTH MORE THAN I COULD EVER PAY….ROMANS 8:26-27 “IN THE SAME WAY, THE SPIRIT HELPS US IN OUR WEAKNESS. WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT WE OUGHT TO PRAY FOR, BUT THE SPIRIT HIMSELF INTERCEDES FOR US WITH GROANS THAT WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS. AND HE WHO SEARCHES OUR HEARTS KNOWS THE MIND OF THE SPIRIT, BECAUSE THE SPIRIT INTERCEDES FOR THE SAINTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOD’S WILL.” THE HOLY SPIRIT GROANS FOR US WHEN WE DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY. THIS IS REAL. THIS. IS… REAL. THE KNOWLEDGE OF IT ALONE HAS ENHANCED MY PRAYER LIFE IMMENSELY. HE KNOWS YOU. YOU ARE HIS LOVE . HERE’S ANOTHER ONE THAT THE LORD ALWAYS BRINGS ME BACK TO, AND I FIGURED SOMETHING OUT…IF I READ THIS OUT LOUD, AS IF IN PRAYER TO THE LORD, IT HAS POWER IN IT. A LOT OF POWER. IT HAS POWER ALL BY ITSELF, BUT VOCALIZING THINGS CAN REALLY SOMETIMES BRING YOU INTO THE PRESENT MOMENT IN A MUCH MORE EFFECTUAL WAY.
    HERE YOU GO…PSALM 139. WHEN I START TO FEEL LIKE I’M SLACKING OFF OR LIKE I DON’T FEEL THAT GOD IS VERY NEAR, THIS PSALM ALWAYS BRINGS ME BACK UP TO THE PRESENCE OF GOD AND IT REALLY IS AN EXCEPTIONAL REMINDER OF THE NATURE OF OUR LORD MOST POWERFUL.
    1″O LORD, YOU HAVE SEARCHED ME AND YOU KNOW ME.”..>>RIGHT THERE >>> GOD STALKS YOU:) AND HE HAS BEEN STALKING YOU FOR LONGER THAN YOU THINK… HERE…13.”YOU CREATED MY INMOST BEING; YOU KNIT ME TOGETHER IN MY MOTHER’S WOMB. 14.I PRAISE YOU BECAUSE I AM FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE; YOUR WORKS ARE WONDERFUL, I KNOW THAT FULL WELL. 15.MY FRAME WAS NOT HIDDEN FROM YOU WHEN I WAS MADE IN THE SECRET PLACE. WHEN I WAS WOVEN TOGETHER IN THE DEPTHS OF THE EARTH, 16.YOUR EYES SAW MY UNFORMED BODY. ALL THE DAYS ORDAINED FOR ME WERE WRITTEN IN YOUR BOOK BEFORE ONE OF THEM CAME TO BE.” DO YOU SEE HOW INTIMATE THESES WORDS ARE? THEY’RE TRUE. AND ON A PERSONAL NOTE…I KNIT..SWEATERS, SCARVES, ETC. AND THERE IS INTIMACY IN CREATING SOMETHING WITH YOUR HANDS, NO MATTER WHAT THE VENUE, BUT KNITTING SPECIFICALLY GRABS ALL FIVE SENSES (OR AT LEAST IT DOES FOR THOSE THAT LOVE THEIR YARN SO MUCH THAT THEY WILL EAT IT. HAHA! IT IS A COMPLETE SENSORY EXPERIENCE (THE FEEL OF THE YARN AS IT MOVES THROUGH YOUR HANDS, PLEASE BARE WITH ME I DO HAVE A POINT, THE VISUAL BEAUTY OF THE YARN WHEN ITS CHOSEN FOR JUST THE RIGHT CREATIVE PROJECT, THE SOUND OF THE NEEDLES CLICKING TOGETHER, THE SMELL OF THE LANOLIN IN THE YARN FROM THE SHEEP) EVERY ONE(ALMOST, ONE SHY) OF YOUR SENSES IS INVOLVED. THAT, ALL BY ITSELF, MAKES IT A MORE PERSONAL AND INTIMATE EXPERIENCE. NOT TO MENTION THE LOVE THAT IS EXPRESSED WHEN MAKING SOMETHING YOU INTEND TO BE A GIFT, AND YOU ARE A GIFT. A GIFT FROM GOD, TO HIMSELF. THAT IS WHAT GOD EXPERIENCED WHEN HE WAS CREATING YOU. KNITTERS ARE SOME CRAZY LADIES AND THEY ARE DEADLY SERIOUS WHEN IT COMES TO THE THOUGHT, EFFORT, AND LOVE THAT GOES INTO ONE OF THEIR PROJECTS AND I’M TELLING YOU THOSE LADIES NEVER FORGET A SINGLE STITCH THEY MAKE. GOD LOVES YOU DEEPLY IN THIS WAY. HOW COULD HE NOT WHEN YOU SEE THE DELICACY OF HIS INTRICATE DESIGN AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL FOR YOU AT THE STAGE OF BEING COMPLETELY UNFORMED. UNFORMED BODY. YES. AND YOURS. BUT ALSO UNFORMED LIFE, WHICH MEANS TO ME THAT HE HAD EVERY SINGLE DETAIL OF YOUR LIFE PLANNED OUT AND ALL CONSEQUENCES AND DISASTER’S ACCOUNTED FOR BEFORE YOU ACTUALLY SHOWED UP. THIS IS EPIC. THIS IS ANCIENT. THIS IS TRUTH. THIS IS THE NATURE OF THE LORD YOU ARE SEEKING. HERE’S THE POINT…IF HE TAKES THAT MUCH CARE IN HIS CREATION OF YOU, THEN YOU BETCHA THAT HE WILL COME TO YOU WHEN YOU LAY YOURSELF DOWN BEFORE HIM. HE’S YOUR FATHER AND HE’S YOUR CREATOR WHO KNEW YOU LONG BEFORE ANYONE ELSE HAD A CHANCE TO. TIME TO REUNITE. GO!

  43. Tina Camara permalink

    Amen to that Pastor Mark! I try to take an hour a day to Breathe in God. but I find that I can’t truly sleep peacefully, unless I emerse myself in His Word. Then giving Him thanks and praise, as I start to drift off to a Blessed sleep. There is nothing – and will never be anything as sweet, as resting in God’s loving arms!

  44. Linda Davis permalink

    AMEN.

  45. Suraj permalink

    @Teri Litteral.

    Just prayed for you. Everything is going to work out fine for u and ur husband.

    The most powerful verse for me when in doubt is

    “Trust in the Lord with all ur heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths”

    Such a wonderful verse to cling on to.
    God Bless.

  46. Augustus Powell permalink

    Thank you Lord for your Word and especially for this scripture at such a time as this.

    Mark, I must confess that right now it seems as if the devil is coming at me with his army. My whole life is just in a turmoil. But having just read this scripture (Matt11:28,) I can feel it washing over me.

    Thank you for sharing.

  47. Annie oak permalink

    Greetings friends, I do not know if I am making this comment on the right page,
    However I want so much to tell you how I found this site. Well this morning on face book I was looking for an old friend of mine from school days by the name of Mitch manning, there are loads of woman with that name on there, Well to cut a long story short, I felt drawn to click on one lady’s profile and that is when I saw it? an arm reaching out with the holy bible open in their hand! “praise god ”
    I didn’t know this site was on face book.
    What I do know is how I felt the love care blessings and hope that has given me the will to push on with my faith and with my life, thank you for being an instrument for Jesus and thank you Mitch for standing out in faith by letting the light of Jesus who lives in your life stand out in faith. god bless you all
    P S I didn’t find my old school friend instead I found hopexx

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