A Year of Spiritual Writing: October 2014

When I consider the scripture to use for the closing headline, I often look to current Bible studies I’m involved in or devotionals I have. For this month’s, I used this same scripture written on the page titled “October” of
Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young. Yet, in the words “burden” and “rest,” I am also referencing the book we are studying in Ladies’ Bible Class on Tuesday mornings,
Crock Pot Living in a Pressure Cooker World by Terry Butler Copeland.

Copeland’s book is about the stress in our lives; the tension-creating, panic-inducing, imbalance-creating upset that sometimes causes high blood pressure, “hypertension, ulcers, migraine headaches, and even heart disease” (27). The author argues that in order to overcome stress, we must be vigilant and seek out rest with God. She even points out that many Christians believe that because there is no closing “And there was evening and there was morning, the ____ day” in the Genesis account, for the seventh day, that means that God’s rest has never ended, and we as Christians can look forward to someday sharing the rest He now enjoys (19). Sounds wonderful!

Whether you believe this argument or not, one thing is for certain. Jesus will take all of your stress and burdens if you just call out to him. His arms are open wide, ready to take you in his loving embrace.

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