Monday, November 14, 2011

We Encourage - Self Sufficiency

I had an off week last week. I'm not sure exactly why. It could have something to do with the fact that it gets pitch black at 5:00. It could be that I'm staying up way too late and not getting enough rest.

I was feeling very unmotivated. Do you ever feel like there is so much to do that you opt to not do much of anything?
That is how I was feeling. Not sleeping enough, not being disciplined about quiet time.

Feeling guilty for not being disciplined in my quiet time.

On Sunday night while I was ironing the kids' uniforms {a rare occurrence} I popped in my earphones and listened to a song I had completely forgotten about.
Last month at the Casting Crowns concert the opening act was Lindsay McCaul. If you haven't heard of her you're missing out.

As I listened to this song {over and over and over again} it washed over me.

All week while I was in a funk, I hadn't leaned on the Lord at all. I hadn't prayed about it, hadn't read scripture. I was relying on me.

How foolish. While I was busy feeling ovewhlemd by my "to do" list, I forgot one thing. I can't earn His favor, I don't even need to try. I could have everything checked off the list.

Clean house.

Well behaved children.

Caught up on laundry.

All phone calls and emails returned.

The satisfaction would still be temporary. I can only find rest in Him. He promises us that His burden is light...I had forgotten.

I hope this song encourages you as it did me.

Come Rest

busy busy me
full of self-sufficiency,
i have tried so fervently
to earn your love.
but any joy that i once found
is wearing off
is winding down,
and i can hear you in the madness calling out.
when you say "come, rest"-
should i be working so hard?
when you say "love, rest", did you want hands or my heart?
'cause i have done my best and still i miss the mark,
but i remember you said, "it's done", so i come.
so convinced that it was right,
adding weight to what was light,
seeking value in your sight, but i was wrong.
for all the labor i have done is but a candle to the sun,
and i can see that it would never measure up.
when you say "come, rest"-
should I be working so hard?
when you say "love, rest", did you want my hands or my heart?
'cause i have done my best and still i miss the mark,
but i remember you said "it's done".
so i come to the water's edge, i rest in your promises,
that all you ever wanted was me here.
and if there's nothing more that i can give to earn the love i need from you,
then all that's left to want is to be near.
so i come, when you say come.
when you say "come, rest",
should i be working so hard?
when you say "love, rest", did you want my hands or my heart?
'cause i have done my best and still i miss the mark,
but i remember you said "it's done".
so i come.



Anonymous said...

What beautiful lyrics! And what a beautiful and true post. I know I struggle with this more often than I'd like to admit. But leaning on Him, is the only true peace I've found.

Not Hip Enough To Blog said...

Amen sister. I know the sentiments of that song all too well! Thanks for encouraging us :)

Erin said...

What a beautiful song! :) Thanks for sharing. I hope that this week is off to a better start!

hannah singer said...

wow. those lyrics.

oh, how i love you! xo

Cassidy Robinson said...

What a beautiful song! I have never heard of her, but I'm so glad you shared. I LOVE inspiring songwriters such as this. Thank you for this reminder!

Tiffany @ grace for grace said...

Glad I stumbled upon your blog:)

Cheryl said...

Oh, I hear you friend! My post is similar actually. Thanks for sharing that song and for the gospel grace reminder!

Laurie J said...

'i can only find rest in Him'--so true, all else is temporary. AWESOME stuff! <3

Andrea @ Keepin it Thrifty said...

LOVE this---and thank you for this song--adding it to the ipod right now!

Our Family of Four said...

Isn't it amazing the impact a song can have?

Krista said...

I very much relate and am thankful for the reminder that we "can't earn His favor, I don't even need to try".

Stephanie said...

Love this! Wow. Thank you so much for sharing it:)

theolivetree said...

love that song! Music is so good for he soul...I might steal you idea of an ipod while doing would so block out all the noise ;)

Natalie @ NS Pottery said...

You know how to make a girl cry. I've been feeling the same way lately, in fact I wrote about it today. Hope it's ok that I linked up a post that is not so upbeat and encouraging. Sometimes I think we can encourage others through sharing our struggles and funks. Thanks for sharing yours and where you find peace and strength. "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."

Heather @ we.are.the.holdens said...

So good, Jami. Love the lyrics of the you too:)

The Cantelmo Family said...

I love her cd! great post!

Nessa said...

ahh my motivation is missing too? I miss the sunshine. Love this song. Thank you Jami for sharing.

Aly @ mommie diaries said...

you're not kidding i was missing out!?! how have i never heard of this girl? amazing. love it. loved every single word. thank you so much for sharing. i have those weeks a lot too and it's always the same reason- too much of me and not enough of Him. love you friend :)

Flor said...

I seem to always have one of those weeks where I overcommitt myself and I end up overwhelmed and stressed out. and it's so sad to say, but my quiet time during those times usually gets cut down. I need to be better about that. thanks so much for sharing :)

Erica said...

I completely understand. I've been there way too many times. I want to lean on Jesus every step of the way. Thanks for the reminder.