Wednesday, July 21, 2010

How Much Do You Rest? REALLY

I drew this in August of 2009 and I often think of it when my favorite verses come into my head... so I am reposting it. Why is my post called: How much do you rest? Really? Well I have to admit that my hubbub gave me a therapy session lastnight and it taught me a few important things... 1. I don't know how to breathe properly and I don't think my body gets the oxygen it needs - seriously! and 2. When I am laying in bed on the computer, or drawing, or painting etc., watching a movie, texting on my IPOD... etc., etc., etc., I am not REALLY resting!
So here's the scenario of my evening lastnight... I am lying in bed with hubbub and my eldest son Joshua watching the tv series "Bones" on DVD... and I turn to my hubby in tears and tell him that I am in so much pain I don't know what to do. He thinks about it for a few minutes and after the episode was over, and Josh goes downstairs he leaves too but comes back a minute later with his Bible. He asks if he can read me something and I nod. He starts reading Psalm 139 (my favorite of all favorites), but he has his version NKJV (new king james version) and so the wording is off and I stop him... so he goes downstairs and grabs my big bible and comes back upstairs and starts reading again, and I stop him yet again because he has once again grabbed the same version, yes, it's my bible but the same version as he has... I know, I know, I am anal.... but I can't help it if the wording in my little Bible soothes me and the wording in the NKJV really doesn't! anyways... so he goes downstairs for the last time and comes up with my little Bible (with words he can barely see to read) and starts to read... again... Immediately the words start to work their way through my body bringing peace to my sore muscles and my aches and pains. They wash over me as though I am bathing in them making me realize just how much God knows me, how He cares enough to know ME (The words to a song come to mind... "who am I that you are mindful of me?")

Well, I cannot express them with my mere words when I can just type out the scripture for you;

Psalm 139

O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
You hem me in - behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and
the light become night around me,"
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and
wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would outnumber
the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you.

If only you would slay the wicked O God?
Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!
They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
Do I not hate those who hate you,
O Lord,
and abhor those who rise up against you?
I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

Anyways my point... after allowing the Word to wash over me and receiving His peace Randy made me lay completely still for 20 minutes. He even timed me on my IPOD. He said for 20 minutes just lay still, breathe and pray. Don't think about anything else, don't do anything else. So I did...

It didn't go by as slowly as I thought it would and I was completely pain free by the time the 20 minutes were up! This got me thinking! Why don't I do this more often? I always have something on the go, something in my hands, something for me to watch on the tv (usually a movie or tv series as we don't have cable)... but I never just lay still and allow His peace to flow over me, to allow Him to take my pain away, to allow my body to simply rest!

So this brings me to the title: How much do you rest? Really?

I hope you are all having a wonderful peaceful evening. For me, well I am going to shut down my computer, close my eyes and lay still for awhile!

Happy Creating everyone!
Hugs to you all!



Butterfly Works said...

Oh Kelly that was a wonderful post. I am so sorry that you are often in pain but this is such a testimony to the power of God's Word.....

I will remember this and take your advice to REST.....it's so hard to just keep my body still....


donna!ee said...

God blesses you girlie! be still and just know... ;)

Phoenix Peacock said...

its so true... learning to tame the mind is half the battle!

Emma Grace said...

That looks great!!!

Rebecca Anthony said...

Thinking of you Kelly, only the most positive thoughts for you to be comfortable. You wouldn't know anything was even wrong because the spirit inside you glows through the blog waves. I think of you as a shining star!!

Julie said...

what a blessing you are! This was just what I needed today (everyday).
Sometimes we need someone to remind us. Thank you.

Emakesart said...

Thank you, sweet Kelly, for this wonderful reminder to rest...really rest...be still and silent and allow Him to speak. I do NOT rest enough.

This Psalm is very dear to me and brought with it a flood of emotions, as I haven't read it for a while. When I was pregnant with my 18 month old, I was having a VERY tough time, I was on complete bed rest for 5 months and the doctors were not giving us a lot of hope. We didn't know if our son would make it into this world, and this we would read this over and over...especially the parts "you knit me together in my mothers womb" and "your eyes saw my unformed body" to remind us that He already knew my son and he was in good hands...Gods hands. It would always make us feel better and have Faith no matter what we were being told, and now we have the most amazing, strong, and healthy boy...who we are soooo very thankful for!

Thank you for taking me back to that time, so I can once again PRAISE HIM and thank Him for His mercy and love with tears of joy .

All my love,

KarenKayArtWorks said...

Awesome Kelly. I know this to be true. The only way to peace is through God and the best way is to read His word, out loud, so it sinks into your spirit. And through praise and worship too.
I am going to end my nights this way. Thanks for the wonderful post.

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hi Kelly! Beautiful post! Thanks for sharing! Blessings to you! :)

Creative Carmelina said...

yes, prayer and being truly conscious of our spiritual need is a great comfort to us in times of need.

ciao bella!
creative carmelina

Creative Mish said...

Beautiful! I need more rest, that's for sure. As for the card on my blog. I cut the piece 4x4 then fold each triangle edge down, then fold the pointed tip the other way :)

Sung-Hee (Regina) Hong said...

Hope you get restful days.. Hugs !

the GyPsY said...

Great post. Yes, we forget how to really rest, meditation, reading, switching off .. I am just making a journal page about how I would like to be a cat once a week (at least).

Emma Grace said...

You do Beautiful stuff!!! I followed you and I hope you will follow me!!!

Emma Grace said...

I love Daisy! She inspired me right when I saw her!! She is BEAUTIFUL!!! I think they all are great!!!!!!

Jo said...

I read this post a couple of days ago now, but at the time didn't leave a comment - my keyboard got a bit soggy and I couldn't see the screen that well! So I'm back now, a little drier and more composed... :0)
I soooo needed to read those words, dear Kelly, they were a real balm for my soul - thank you. Had to smile too when you insisted that they were read in NIV... you are sooo like me!!! I hope and pray that you have been pain-free these past few days and are continuing to find true rest in His presence.
hugs xx