I hear the Spirit of the Lord say, “I see you! I see you! You may think you have been forgotten, abandoned, left out, and even exiled, but I see you! Know this dear child that you may want to run away and hide when trials come, but that is never my heart toward you. I want you to run TO me, not away from me. I am your Father; you are my child. Could I ever desert you? The answer is an emphatic ‘NO’, not ever!
Look up and start to focus your gaze on me, not on the things and even people around you. Don’t let the stuff of your now get in the way! Don’t get caught up in things you know you can’t change! Lay all of that at my feet for I can handle it. Then make time to spend in my presence and be healed, restored and strengthened in me. See how to prioritise your busy life. Work from a place of rest, not rest from work. Be strengthened in me, and then live your life and see how that changes things.
Stop beating yourself up; you’re doing a great job. Just keep focused on me, and together we can do this, and so much more. Are you up for the challenge?”
James 4:7-8a NKJV
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Matthew 11:29-31 MSG
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly!