What's the rest of your story?

 Tangry, Hangry, Thangry, beat?

Tangry, Hangry, Thangry, beat?

 Any of these marvelous traits feel like home?

Any of these marvelous traits feel like home?

I have a strain of the Herpes simplex--specifically, the kissing disease.  And most any time I'm too stressed or over-tired, I begin to have that bad tingling near my mouth:  I have learned to cancel whatever I'm doing and go take a nap to avoid the red game of darts all over my lip.  

So, which of the words above look familiar and feel like the simplex coming after you?

How about any of these?

 Ah the good... 

Ah the good... 

Where do you find yourself?

 Upper right is where we want to be; lower left we are susceptible to thinking there is something very wrong with me and those around me.

Upper right is where we want to be; lower left we are susceptible to thinking there is something very wrong with me and those around me.

Sometimes we just simply need more rest.   

The above graph is one of my favorite moments in 

 These guys are the energy experts--they study and coach professional athletes in optimizing energy by good, planned diet and rest.  Great read. 

These guys are the energy experts--they study and coach professional athletes in optimizing energy by good, planned diet and rest.  Great read. 

I don't believe we know the full effects of all the screentime, yet; but there is clearly something to shutting it all down and going off the grid on purpose for awhile.  Daily.  

This last week, without consulting each other, both Straight From The Heartland's podcast https://www.facebook.com/sfthpodcast/

and our pal MitchMatthews' podcast Dream Think Do http://mitchmatthews.com/beating-decision-fatigue-deep-dive-mitch/ --the topic was decision fatigue.  

Relational fatigue has been a topic of conversation in our circles, too.

One of the top ten promises in Scripture is rest; sabbath.  Hebrews 4 is a great study on the topic of the Believer's Rest.  

My wife and I were at a parenting class some time ago and a young woman was just fried and on the verge of tears, beating herself up for being the worst parent in history.  She worked nights and was going through a rough patch in her marriage and was just apologizing for her current life/suckfest. We were pals with the instructor and I asked if it would be alright if I make an observation.  He said sure and I said, "Sweetie, you're not a horrible momma:  you're exhausted."   It wouldn't be too much of s stretch to surmise that much of the disintegration of her marriage could be tracked to long-term exhaustion.  Tangry-tired becomes angry.   

Nobody makes good decisions when under fatigue.  Matthew 11:28-30  

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 

29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 

30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Yoke is a picture of submission.  That's a mission underneath:  do you know Who your mission is underneath, right now? 

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Think of exhaust leaving the car; what it is, what it smells like.  Think of a bodybuilder, stressing and straining every muscle to get the weight lifted.   

Remember the worst fatigue you ever felt.  I once drove from Los Angeles to Des Moines, straight through.  Before it was done I was hallucinating chickens dancing on the side of the road.  I rested for just a few hours, hopped in the Lincoln and my dad drove the last leg to Buffalo.  Now that trip was wearying!

We have dear friends who live in one of the most dangerous cities on the planet and I pray not only for their physical safety but their mental and emotional rest because of the constant state of unrest.

Hebrews 4 is the place to engage the Believer's Rest, this land of promise that remains.  Look at the cross-references.  

It is interesting when you take it apart, the context of the Believers rest?  The Word (specifically, 4:12--explore it).

Unwept tears and un-shard feelings can take wildly cumulative tolls.   

Sleep, rest, quieting the mind, quieting the soul.  That's what Jenn J on repeat will help you do.  

"Oh let your faith arise

Lift up your Weary head

I am with you

Wherever you go..."

Close your eyes and let Him whisper rest into your story.