“I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
He is at my right hand.
So I will always be secure.
So my heart is glad. Joy is on my tongue.
My body also will be secure.
You will not leave me in the place of the dead.
You will not let your faithful one rot away.”
Psalm 16:8-10 NIrV
I am so sorry for leaving you for a six month hiatus. The truth is, it was not my decision to be gone for so long. I have been facing several health issues and dealing with other personal affairs for some time. Four years ago, the Lord kept telling me to “rest” but I didn’t know how to do that. Added to that fact, I have a lifestyle that doesn’t warrant a lot of time to take off. Like many of you, I have had to be a caretaker of other adults. That in itself can be extremely challenging. But when you have a household to run, plus charge over a ministry and health issues of your own to contend with, it just gets a little harder to rest. Finally, I had no choice. I came to a window where I just decided to focus on me.
Many people may think that dropping everything was a selfish thing to do. However, it wasn’t like that. As a matter of fact, it was just the opposite! While I was “resting” I had the opportunity to write a new book; minister to others on a more personal level; and reach out to other ministries as they traveled to other countries to build wells and houses, provide much needed food and spread God’s Word. I also was able to improve my health. I no longer eat “junk” food or crave the type of food products that have harmful side effects like obesity, pancreatitis or digestive problems. I have learned of a whole new way to satisfy my taste buds. God is so good!!
When God calls us to rest there is a reason for it. It is time for us to rejuvenate and regenerate the things within us that are broken down or damaged. These damages that need to be repaired during the “resting period” can be of a physical, mental, emotional or spiritual nature. They are therapeutic and necessary! But if you have a busy and cluttered lifestyle, trying to press the entire buffet onto one plate, you MUST trust God to set us that resting time. He will do it. You just have to know that some things may have to be laid aside, but KNOW things will turn out better in the end. While you are resting, God is going through all the issues with you and HELPING you sort them out. And the Holy Spirit will be ministering to your heart and spirit the entire time. It is okay to “let go and let God” as the saying goes.