My stomach literally churned as I contemplated the things pulling me in so many different directions. How could I possibly take care of everything? How could I possibly take care of them well? Anxiety began to build. Those irritating little demons screamed, “Failure! Failure!” So I did what all of God’s girls do from time to time. I sat down and bawled.

I’m not kidding. I did the ugly cry right in front of my Jesus.
And of course, He responded.

Like a steamship pushing through the fog came the thoughts, “In quietness and rest will be your strength, Nan. In quietness and rest.”

“For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: ‘In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.'” ~ Isaiah 30:15, NKJV

The Lord is teaching me to place my hope in Him, and in Him alone. HE is the solid Rock upon which I stand. Not friends. Not family. Not bank accounts or book contracts. JESUS is the One upon which I must stand.

When I allow my thoughts to focus on my troubles or my hurts or my frustrations, I am discounting the work of the Cross. Right? Jesus suffered greatly and died on the cross so that I would not have to carry my burdens, nor would I have to walk alone. 

My burdens are much too great for this little lady. That’s for sure.

So how do I rest in the Lord when my world is crumbling? I cease striving. I sit quietly. And I speak the Name of Jesus. I call on Him until I can picture His lovely face and until my faith is stirred to recognize His Presence. For those moments I don’t concentrate on anything but Him.

My thoughts are of Him.
My imaginations are of Him. 
My heart belongs to Him.

And slowly, yet steadily, peace settles on my spirit and I can rejoice, knowing that He is my God and I am His.

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