Sometimes it’s tempting for us to hide and stay small rather than risk getting hurt and stepping out to be the beautiful person God created you to be. It may feel easier to stay small and hide, but what is it that God put on your heart for this year? Do you notice what beautiful things He is growing in you?
Whatever it is, you can nurture it with rest. When you take the time to rest in who God created you to be, you can feel the peace and joy of being the true you because what makes you beautiful is the way you uniquely see, notice, feel, and experience the things that light you up.
Rest isn’t the absence of movement. It’s blossoming in the love God has for you and boldly moving in the direction God’s gentle love compels you to enjoy and do. Rather than trying to fit into someone else’s idea of beautiful, rest and be the beautiful true you!
It’s easier to get pulled away by busyness and stress, but busyness takes a toll on us. We rush from one thing to the next, and the checklists never end. Yet with every checklist we complete, there is a cost. Unless we step away and rest, unless we allow God to restore and revitalize us, we become dangerously busy. We become depleted and diminished in our capacity to feel our emotions, to hear God’s whispers, to be present with others, to be who we were created to be: simply beloved.
We need time to be refreshed, even if it initially appears barren or feels wasteful. The truth is we may feel guilty to believe we are worth the rest and nourishment. It’s easier to believe we can fix or change ourselves, but living one restful moment at a time, receiving just one word of love from Jesus every day, can lead us to a completely different, life-giving destination.
What if God’s plan for us is not to be more busy but to be more loved?
Listen to Jesus’ invitation to you now, the one He offered to His disciples:
Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.
Mark 6:31 (NASB)
That day was so busy, the Scriptures tell us, that they didn’t have time to eat. The crowds were following them. There were so many people in need, so many things to do, so many things left unsaid. Yet Jesus invites His disciples to step away — no more doing or meeting needs. They even had to escape by boat to get away.
In the same way, Jesus says to us, Come away by yourselves and rest.
We need to unplug and get rejuvenated — how? Create small pockets of rest in your schedule. Stop pouring out. Enjoy what fills you up.
See God use those moments to bring beauty into your day, like waves washing over the sand. God wants to fill your calendar with peace and joy. He wants to refill you. Perhaps Jesus is giving you permission to step away by “boat,” by some radical, unexpected way, to leave the “crowds” in your world and unplug from busyness.
Hear Him whisper to you,
You are beautiful to Me.
Come away with Me, rest awhile.
Nurture the true you,
With Me today.
God is growing something beautiful in your life. Do you see it? Rest and nurture who God has created you to be. Be kind to yourself and rest between His shoulders, shielded by God’s deep, irrevocable love for you.
A Prayer for Today
Give me courage to choose beauty that comes from nurturing the true me.
Like waves returning the sand, have Your way in me.
Help me step away. I choose to be beloved, not busy, today.
How is God inviting you to rest and nurture the true you?
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