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Tunes for a Choose Rest Playlist

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Sabbath for me always involves worship.  As a teen, I would make a mix tape, drop it into the stereo, put on my headphones, and press play.  I’d sit alone before my God in my bedroom and wash the world away as my heart lifted up to heaven through the melodies.

These days, I carry my music wherever I go on my phone.  I can create a Sabbath moment in the middle of my day by just tuning in to life-healing lyrics that remind me that He alone is God.

I wanted to share with you some tunes that help breathe life into my weary spirit.

Choose Rest Tunes

“It is Well” by Bethel Music

Far be it from me to not believe,
Even when my eyes can’t see.

And this mountain that’s in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea.

Through it all, through it all,
My eyes are on You.
Through it all, through it all,
It is well.

So let go my soul and trust in Him.
The waves and wind still know His name.

 

“Bones” by Jessica Busboom

At the whisper of Your voice we arise.
At the mention of Your name, we come alive.
We come before You now with voices raised.
Awaken us and raise us from these graves.

Breathe Your breath into these bones.
Breathe new life in-to these walls.

 

“Pursue/All I Need is You” by Hillsong Worship

I lift my hands and sing.
Surrender everything.
In You, I know I’m found.
My God, to You I’ll bow.

Now until forever,
Jesus, I surrender.
Show me what I don’t know,
More of you.
I’m desperate for your presence,
Longing to be with you.
Lead me to a new place,
More of you.

 

“My Heart is Yours” by Passion, Featuring Kristian Stanfill

My heart is Yours.
My heart is Yours.
Take it all.
Take it all.
My life in Your hands.

 

“First” by Lauren Daigle

Before I bring my need,
I will bring my heart.
Before I lift my cares,
I will lift my arms.
I wanna know You.
I wanna find You,
In every season,
In every moment.
Before I bring my need,
I will bring my heart
And seek You
First

 

“This Love” by Housefires

Oh this Love isn’t like anything you’ve ever seen.
There is no chain this Love can’t break.
It can open any door.
There is no chain this Love can’t break.
It can teach you to love.
There is no chain this Love can’t break.
It’ll help you forgive.
There is no chain this Love can’t break.
Forgive yourself, those who have hurt you.

There is no chain this Love can’t break.

 

“Let it Be Jesus” by Christy Nockels

Let it be Jesus,
The first name that I call.
Let it be Jesus,
My song inside the storm.
I’ll never need another…

For me to live is Christ.
For me to live is Christ.
God, I breathe Your name
Above everything.
Let it be, let it be Jesus.
Let it be, let it be Jesus.

 

“Shores” by Bryan and Katie Torwalt

All depression walks away
On the shores of Your great love.
And let addiction and all shame
Be laid down at Your feet.
Come awake, awake my soul.
I feel justice rising.
Breathe new life into these bones.
I can feel Your heartbeat.
Freedom, take hold of my heart.
Spirit of God, come fill this place.
Jesus, You’re all that I want.

 

“I Am” by Crowder

There’s no space that His love can’t reach.
There’s no place where we can’t find peace.
There’s no end to Amazing Grace.
Take me in with Your arms spread wide.
Take me in like an orphan child,
Never let go, never leave my side.

I am
Holding onto You.
I am
Holding onto You.
In the middle of the storm,
I am holding on.
I am!

 

“Be Still” by Bethel Music, featuring Stephany Gretzinger

Be still my heart and know, You are God alone.
Stop thinking so much, and just let go.
Be still my soul and rest; humbly I confess
In my weakness, Your strength is perfect.For You alone are God; there will be no other,
And You have won my heart, more than any other.
So I will give it all, ‘Cause You gave it all for me.“Bless the Lord,” Oh my soul cries out,
All that is within me praise.
“Bless the Lord,” Oh my soul cries out,
All that is within me praise.


Bonus:  Here’s my #PrayBig Playlist.

Grab a comfy chair or a blanket.  Head outside with your favorite music and choose rest by tuning in to His melody as you worship.

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Let’s Talk: What tunes help you choose rest and find healing? 

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Head Home

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Dorothy had it right: There’s no place like home.

In 2012, I spent 10 days in the hospital in May and then seven days in June. When I exited that sterile environment, tears welled up from deep in my gut as I drove toward my house. I missed my bed with the fluffy pillow that fits my head perfectly. I couldn’t wait to curl up on the couch next to my man and “just be.”

Home is a sanctuary from the raging storm.

I’ve been nesting and nurturing my man back to health at my home-base for a few weeks now, but this weekend, adventure beckoned me to break away for some fun, and I heeded its alluring call.

On paper, my plans sounded fantastic. I imagined sumptuous food, laughter, and a refreshing evening.

However, I stayed up too late the night before in an effort to check everything off my to-do list. So, when the alarm went off at a God-forsaken hour of the morning, I looked into the mirror and discovered ginormous black circles under my tired eyes. I wanted to crawl back under the covers, but my “fun agenda” required an early start. Two Advils later, I walked out the door of my cozy haven and into the brisk morning air.

I didn’t need directions to the venue because the location was a familiar one. Thinking I “had it covered,” I tucked the tickets to the event in my overstuffed bag and rushed off to work.

Everything was going as planned. I left work at 4 PM, picked up my partner in crime, and stopped at our favorite restaurant where we shared a lovely meal and engaging conversation.

The girlish chatter continued as we drove to the nearby venue. A helpful parking attendant directed us to the appropriate spot, and I rejoiced that we managed to get a space right by the door. The valet directed us to follow the red carpet to the entrance, and I started walking.

But then I stopped mid-step. Something felt wrong. All day long, I ‘d traveled in this direction, but suddenly, a radar was sounding off in my mind.

I back tracked to the valet. “What event are you hosting here tonight?”

I almost cried when he said it was an event for Cigar aficionados.

That’s when my best friend looked down and noted that our wrist band tickets said “Beth Moore Miami” on them. We were about an hour north of the event, and it was rush hour.

“We can do this!” my friend exclaimed. Her enthusiasm re-energized my deflated spirit, and we jumped on I-95 heading south. I called my husband to let him know I’d be home later than originally expected, and we continued our girl gab fest in the bumper to bumper traffic.

I am not exactly sure how I lost my way, really. I just know that about 30 minutes later, I decided to “stay left,” and I ended up heading west on the road to nowhere.

A U-turn would solve my problem, for sure. Right? I got off the foreign, unknown highway and jumped on the only on-ramp that appeared.

The road curved madly to the left, and to my chagrin, I realized I’d jumped on the express lane traveling north. Cones blocked off the special lanes. I couldn’t exit for miles as Beth Moore disappeared in my rear-view mirror.

How about we just go get some ice cream? I suggested. Ice cream makes everything better.

When I got home two hours later, I collapsed on the couch like a battle-scarred soldier who’d fought an epic battle.

Home is a haven that heals and restores.

This morning, I read Peterson’s translation of Psalm 90: “God, it seems you’ve been our home forever; long before the mountains were born, Long before you brought earth itself to birth, from ‘once upon a time’ to ‘kingdom come’—you are God.”

Sabbath is a returning home. God is my dwelling place — a refuge from the war that threatens to swallow me whole. Rather than rushing on in the wrong direction, I must choose rest and allow Him to renew me.

Sabbath is a surrender. I don’t know which way to go without Him. To avoid the road to nowhere, I must head home and allow Him to help me relocate my True North.

Have you lost your way? Get off the road for a bit.

Head home. A cozy spot close to His heart has your name on it.

 

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Rest on the Path

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I spent four days watching my husband cough up a lung before he allowed me to take him to the ER.  The first night in the hospital we did not sleep a wink.  The attending doctor initially assured me that my man had a mild case of pneumonia, but that diagnosis changed quickly on day two when the blood work came back, and he struggled to take a breath.   In a second, the path in front of me turned to quicksand.

My angelic sister in law drove two hours to come to support us.  “You go home and rest,” she said.

Everything in my body said I needed to stay.  I wanted to helicopter around my husband with constant love and prayers.

Instead, I grabbed my purse and walked to the elevator because I’d left my cold medicine at home, and I feared I’d end up confined in the hospital bed next to him with an IV of antibiotics coursing through my veins.

The gust of wind pummeled me once I exited the glass doors into the hospital parking lot.   Frazzled and frail, I wandered around looking for my car in the dark night.

I drove home in a fog.  I was unfamiliar with the neighborhood and wasn’t even sure I was heading in the right direction.

Have you ever pressed forward so long that the path grows unclear?  I must confess that I do this all the time — and not just when my husband is hospitalized.

I run toward too busy-bee commitments that overwhelm my soul and neglect engaging in meaningful conversations.

I rush through urgent tasks on my temporal to do list and fail to make time for self care and spiritual renewal.

I race ahead to reach my agenda and forget to listen for God’s still small voice in the quiet.

I refuse to choose rest.

I fail to heed the warning of the weeping prophet:  “This is what the Lord says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.  But you said, ‘we will not walk in it’ “(Jeremiah 6:16).

Rather than work myself into a tizzy, God beckons me to rest — to choose to stand still, consider my ways, and choose wisely.  As I worship in His quiet sanctuary, my Provider makes my path clear.  He mends all that is broken in my weary heart.  He erases all doubts and establishes my steps.

If we choose to rest on the path, God will

  • Strengthen us to keep moving forward unconfined and less hindered by obstacles along the way.

You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way (II Samuel 22:37; Psalm 18:36).

  • Draw us into His presence and fill us with His joy so that we move forward with keener spiritual eyesight.

You make known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand (Psalm 16:11).

  • Rescue us from wandering aimlessly and turn us around toward life and peace. 

“He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3).

  • Enlighten our understanding of His perfect will, direct our every step, and fill us with His hope in dark times. 

“Show me Your ways, Lord, teach me Your paths.  Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long” (Psalm 25:4-5).   “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105).  “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them” (Isaiah 42:16).

  • Encourage our weary hearts when the crooked seek to deceive us and knock us out. 

“When my spirit grows faint within me, it is You who watch over my way. In the path where I walk people have hidden a snare for me” (Psalm 142:3).   “In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:6).  “I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths” (Proverbs 4:11).

Choosing rest re-calibrates us.   Rather than waddling in a stagnate mire, let’s purpose to allow God to refresh our hearts so that we walk forward with renewed purpose and power.

 

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Welcome Life’s Interruptions

Welcome Life's InterruptionsPhoto Credit / Quote: Mark Buchanan

 

I was supposed to be on a cruise this week.  Seven days of rest and relaxation sunk into an ocean of despair with one phone call.

Your grandmother is not well.

I hung up the receiver after my mom called me at the office and said a prayer for clarity before I shared the heartbreaking news with my husband.

Lord, make my way clear this week. 

I chose to spend three days sitting quietly next to the two most important women in my life.  I prayed for peace and comfort.  I read from psalms aloud in Spanish.  I gathered in close and let everything else float away.

I didn’t answer e-mail or return phone calls.  I didn’t pack my sunscreen or camera.  I didn’t check one thing off my to-do list or scour social media for the latest news.

In the world’s economy, I wasted a week.

But in God’s estimation, I made an eternal difference.

I pressed in and chose to be fully present for my people.

On Monday, my grandmother stepped into eternity and stood before her Savior.  I plugged in to Jesus for a few hours before the service for some much-needed restoration.  I picked up the book on the top of my nightstand pile and read this quote:

My whole life I have been complaining that my work was constantly interrupted until I discovered the interruptions were my work.

~Henri Nouwen

The author, Mark Buchanan, encouraged his readers to follow the example of Christ and “be generous with time.”  Our Savior never hurried.  He stopped along the way for children, the sick, the weary, and the lost.  He accepted that miracles and ministry often happen when life is messy.

May the Lord help me

  • to see obstacles as opportunities for His Kingdom purposes.
  • to stop focusing on the urgent and invest in the eternal.
  • to set aside my agenda and be fully present for my people.

True joy comes when I welcome interruptions as an invitation to slow down and engage in a Providential assignment.

Set Aside Your Agenda

 

 

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Let’s Choose Rest

Let's Choose RestPsalm 91:1, NLT

 

I long to sit quietly at His feet and listen to His heart.

But most days, I am running around like Raggedy Ann with a million things to do.

I miss Him when I wake up late and rush off to work in the morning.

I forget He is close by as I work through my lunch hour to finish one more project.

I fail to notice Him as I unload the dishwasher after dinner for the hundredth time.

I ignore Him as I plop down exhausted on the couch in a comatose state and reach for the remote.

The truth is that I am scared of the quiet.  I am frightened of what He might say.  I fear slowing down.

I live in lack because I refuse to surrender the reigns to the One who holds the keys to abundant life and peace.

Yet, He speaks so tenderly to me.

My child, draw close to My heart and find rest. 

I’m tired of running ragged.  I want to be still and know that He is God.

I want to press in to know Him and spend my time investing in moments that have eternal significance.

I choose rest.

  • I will linger long and be fully present for my loved ones.
  • I will treat my body with tender care.
  • I will set aside time to remember God’s goodness.
  • I will cultivate a heart of gratitude.

May I purpose to choose His rest, rather than feeling frazzled and fatigued.  

Rather than live a weary life, I want to worship.

Rather than being overworked, I want to be overwhelmed by His presence.

I choose rest.

 

 

Choosing Rest


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