Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"Come, Rest" and Prepositional Phrases

"Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest."

That is from the King James version,
which is how I learned that verse years ago.
When I was 'feeling weary' a few days ago,
I was not only feeling physically weary, but emotionally weary too.
And my brain felt frazzled on top of it all!

That is when I thought of the verse, and several
things about it.
I could not remember where the verse was to share
the reference with you.

First: if I were to try to look it up to share the reference,
how would I find it? Key words, I thought.
Which in my mind broke that verse down to Come, Rest.
Then I realized that all the rest of that verse is prepositional phrases;
phrases that add to the main thought.
(OK I am no English major, or even minor,
so if I do not have my thinking quite right on that,
just come along for the ride anyway.
It is the idea, not the perfection of English I am after here.)

So, how simple is that? COME, REST!

Now what I wondered,
"is that only for physical exhaustion?"
"I'm tired all over Lord."

So I looked up the verse.
(did not find it under "Come, Rest" by the way)

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.
29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls."
Matt. 11:28

28-30"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on life, religion?
Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life.
I'll show you how to take a real rest.
Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it.
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."

27All things have been entrusted and delivered to Me by My Father; and no one [a]fully knows and [b]accurately understands the Son except the Father, and no one [c]fully knows and [d]accurately understands the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son [e]deliberately wills to make Him known.

28Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden

and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest.

[I will [f]ease and relieve and [g]refresh [h]your souls.]

29Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me,

for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart,

and you will find rest ([i]relief and ease and refreshment and

[j]recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.(A)

Come. Rest.

blessings and thanks for coming by

barbara jean

Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Word for Today

Ps 36:9
"For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light."

This morning I thought I would 'study' a different way,
and just look up the first verse that came to mind.
Instantly Ps 36:9 came to mind.
Then, I had to read more of the Psalm.
Here is an encouraging word from the Lord
for our day.

5 "Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the skies.
6 Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
your justice like the great deep.
You, LORD, preserve both people and animals.
7 How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
8 They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.
9 For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light."

barbara jean

Friday, March 25, 2011

"Dreams of Pure Love" insightful thoughts

Do you see the Cross???

This picture is from Bevie's blog,
Dreams of Pure Love.

Click on her blog name for a wonderful post on
10 encouraging and insightful thoughts.

Thanks Bevie!

barbara jean

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Waiting on the Lord

Free Eagle

"They that wait (expect, look for, hope)
upon the Lord will renew
their strength;(exchange, my strength with God's)
they will mount up with wings as eagles;
they will run and not be weary,
they will walk and not faint."
Is 40:31

Lord, help me to wait in hope and expectation, for the strength only you can give.

blessings on your day

barbara jean

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Life Can Get Messy

This is what happened to my sweet fellas bread
when it was left alone too long today.
It got messy!!

Sometimes we feel like that.
A big glob of messy stuff, not
feeling much good for anything.

But the Lord takes us just how we are,
and gently molds us, and shapes us,
and makes us into something beautiful.

And whatever stage of the process we are in,
He loves us, and uses us even when we feel unusable.

I'm in the big, messy glob stage.
What part do you feel today?

barbara jean

Saturday, March 5, 2011

I'm praying for you

If you are feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, confused, anxious, and cannot think clearly to do what needs to be done,
I am praying for you this morning. For God's strength, and peace, and clarity of mind.

Barbara Jean