Tag Archives: rest

A quiet place

“…Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31 (NIV)

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My rest is in Jesus

My strength and my song,

No matter the workload—

The day short or long.

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He settles my heart

Before the task,

Refills the tank—

If I but ask.

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Alone with him

Is surely ideal,

A chance to recoup—

Restore and heal.

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Time with Jesus

In a quiet place,

Prepares the heart—

For the hectic race.

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When you’d like to give up

He makes my feet like the feet of a deer and enables me to stand on the heights.” Psalm 18:33

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Steep inclines and switchbacks can make climbing a challenge. The journey becomes discouraging when there’s no end in sight. If the hike grows difficult, it’s easy to wonder if the view is going to be worth it. And is this even the right trail?

A challenging climb doesn’t mean it’s the wrong path. Hard journeys teach lessons and perspective not gained by taking the easy road. Difficult situations change us. We become stronger. We learn where to stand and how to keep our footing. We discover how to keep going when we can’t see around the next bend, and hopefully, we learn from our mistakes.

The Lord gives guidance in the midst of long and difficult treks. He wants to strengthen us when we’re weak. He longs to encourage when we’d like to sit down and give up. He enables us to stand in places we wouldn’t be able to stand alone.

And maybe that’s the thing. I can’t do it on my own. He enables me to put one foot in front of the other and keep going when I’d like to quit.

And oh, that he would train me to stand on the heights, that I might know his perspective and catch a glimpse of his view.


Fly again

“Who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:5*

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Could it be He knows

where I’ll be most blessed,

Trusting in His care—

Settled in His rest?

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Could it be that He has good

Waiting in His hand,

Good that will renew—

‘Cause me to fly again?

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poem and photo by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, NIV, May 2, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Like a yo-yo

image It’s as if there’s an invisible string running from the hand to the heart. Keep the focus on God and the string is loose. The hand is free to stay open and contents freely given.

However, turn the focus to the contents of the hand and the string pulls taut. It’s  like a yo-yo retracting—causing the hand to clasp shut. It takes a God focused heart to keep the hand open. To be free to let the contents go—for kingdom purposes.

Maybe the hand holds material wealth, gifts or talents. The trick is to keep eyes on God, hands open and contents…free to spill.

Psalm 62:5 “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.”*

Psalm 62:10 “…though your riches increase, do not set you heart on them.”*

*The One Year Bible, March 19, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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Feet of God

Ezekiel 43:7 “He said, ‘Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place for the soles of my feet. This is where I will live among the Israelites forever.'” (NIV)*

He desires to live among his people. The temple of the Old Testament provided a place for him to be with them. Flash ahead to New Testament days where the believer—yes, we humans—are referred to as the temple of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 3:16).

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Feet of God

gently treading by

remove your sandals here.

Unfurled crimson carpet

invites, waiting the

feet of God.

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by Patty Perkins

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And how could the feet of God walk here, except by the sanctifying blood of Jesus?

*The One Year Bible, November 21, NIV, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

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That home

Luke 16:9 “…use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” (NIV)*

Front Door Wreath (photo by Patty Perkins)

Front Door Wreath (photo by Patty Perkins)

Oh, that our home

Would be always ready,

A haven of rest

A place of peace

A loaf of bread and a tall cool drink.

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A place to stay

When there’s nowhere to go,

Doorbell broken

Welcome mat torn

A table top used, well-loved and worn.

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That others know, “Thy kingdom come”

That they may hear, “Thy will be done,”

Music playing

To His praise

Thankful hearts set to pray.

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Lord, make our house that home

Where weary hearts no longer roam.

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by Patty Perkins

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*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


Soul’s Rest

Psalm 62:1 “My soul finds rest in God alone…” (NIV)*

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My soul finds rest in God alone

Not God and family, friends or home

Not God plus exercise, fitness and health

Not God and money, possessions or wealth

Not God plus books, music or shows

Not God and writing, poetry or prose

Not God plus wardrobe, style or fashion

Not God and hobbies, job or passion

God alone satisfies the soul

My soul’s rest is in God, and God alone.

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poem and photo by Patty Perkins

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Any one or more of these “things” can be off kilter and we can still have rest with God. But if we have everything perfect in all these areas and no peace with God, there will be no true rest.

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.