Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Friday, October 3, 2008

So Sleep, Beloved

 Excerpt of an article by Rachel Starr Thomson (Homeschooling Today; Sept/Oct 2008 Vol. 17/Issue 5).  

“It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.”  (Ps. 127:2-3)  The Bible has some really special things to say. This is one of my favorites. It deserves to be memorized, embraced, and highlighted as a “life verse” for all of us.

Sometimes we associate sleep with laziness or apathy. It’s true that sleep can be abused, like most things in this life. It’s a gift of God that we can

twist for fleshly ends. But I still love this verse, because sleep is often a very good thing—a sign that we are resting deeply. Godly sleep is a sign of trust, of resting in God, of laboring for a very good Master.

Naturally lazy I may be, but I know what it’s like to work really, really hard. I’ve spent eight or more hours doing hard physical labor. I’ve pulled

thirty-six-hour work stints, pushing to launch an event until I couldn’t see straight. In fact, by the time hour thirty-six rolled around, I had to ask

a friend to listen to the little greeting speech I was giving people at the door and tell me if I was making any sense. I didn’t know! 

I also know what it’s like to lay awake all night because of worry, excitement, or fear. I’ve done it before a big move or a dreaded meeting. I’ve done it when circumstances seemed ready to eat me or someone I love alive. Tossing and turning, stomach twisting, butterflies playing where no butterflies should be—nights awake are not fun.

With all this typically human experience behind me, I am warmed and thrilled by the promise of this verse. It is a promise for anyone with a job to do, whether that job is raising a family, homeschooling children, building a house, serving in ministry, or creating a career. The bigger and more eternally important the job, the more these words encourage and empower. You see, encapsulated in the twenty-six words of verse two are several soul-comforting truths.   ------

I need to be reminded that it is "vain" for me to act as though the burden is mine alone.  God has my work in His hands.  He had given me tasks and will help me finish them.  He has given me burdens and asked me to let Him carry them.  There surely is a work to be done ---- responsibly, skillfully, and wholeheartedly.  But more then that, it must be done in faith -- with such trust in God that we can step back,  give it to Him and fall asleep each night in peace!

Psalms 127:1 "Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain."  

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Life Tabernacle Ladies Get-Away

What a nice, relaxing time I had this last weekend  ...  spent with some wonderful ladies from Life Tabernacle!!!  We found a great deal on a cabin up at Shaver Lake and decided that it would be a great alternative to the "Men's Camp-out"!  (We thought we'd "rough-it" a little... )  The weather was so nice and the "no-pressure" schedule was great!  We're all ready to go again....

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