Have you ever said “I need to rest, but then you keep on moving? Today I planned to go to the gym after work, but I was really tired. This weekend I attended the Nothing Wasted-Stone Throwers: Strengthening Our Aim conference, hosted by the Christian Girls Rock Network, on Friday and Saturday (so powerful and life changing) and then had to cater on Sunday. This meant I had to prep on Saturday evening, and I didn’t get home until 7PM. I finished prepping and cleaning up the kitchen at 1AM, and was back up at 8AM. I’m striving to getting back into spending time daily in the word, so I started off with my daily devotional. Soon after my husband awakened. He saw me reading and suggested we do our marriage devotional, which we hadn’t done in a while. My initial thought was this is my quiet time with me and God, but immediately I welcomed the opportunity to worship God together. After all, this was something I prayed for before getting married. I digressed. After our time together I finished preparing the food. So from 10-1:30 I was cooking. I jumped in the shower and left at 2:15 to be at the event by 3. I arrived at 2:45 and set up everything for the event. I was invited to stay, but since I had been away from my husband all weekend, I chose to go home to hangout with him. When I got home, I finished cleaning the kitchen and to my surprise he said let’s go to the Harbor. We had a wonderful dinner and evening, and before I knew it, it was time to get ready for work.
You may be saying, well perhaps you shouldn’t have gone to the conference, or left earlier to ensure you got enough rest. So, back to my initial statement that I planned to go to the gym after work. As I was leaving work, I told a coworker that I planned to go to the gym, but I was tired and was going home to take a nap. Her response was “sometimes you just have to press through.” I knew I needed to prepare for The War Room Prayer Line, so I told her no I need some rest. Well, my nap ended up being almost 3 hours. I woke up at 7PM and the prayer line starts at 8PM. That left me with an hour to prepare, which actually turned in to 30 minutes by the time I finally got out of the bed. However, although I didn’t have much time to prepare, the call was great! The Holy Spirit took over and the teaching and the prayers were a blessing to all on the line, including myself. After it was over I felt so refreshed, and I heard in my spirit “I will give you rest.” My coworker was right when she said sometimes you have to press through. The key though is knowing when to press through. If I would had left the conference early or not attended, I would have missed receiving a powerful prophetic word, that is actually manifesting as I’m writing this blog. So I submit to you, when your schedule seems full, always seek God on what he would have you to do. Knowing that he will give you the grace that you need to do what needs to be done, and when it is all done, He will give you rest!
Be blessed, but first comes obedience!