Day 1: Rest

Read this verse out loud. Listen for the voice of Christ as you read.

Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens,
And I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you.
Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart,
And you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy to bear,
And the burden I give you is light.
(Matthew 11:28-30)

Next, find a comfortable place to sit. Concentrate on your breathing.

As you exhale, say, "I exhale my frustration." (Feel free to be specific.)
As you inhale, say, "I receive your peace."

Do this for thirty seconds. If you like it, keep going.


  1. Vicky Baxter on October 15, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Excellent message and perfect for me as I rush around and work non stop. Thank you for reminding me that God cares less for how hard I work and is only interested in me. To know God and make God known is all He asks.

    • Maury on October 24, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      It’s sure easy to forget that God is not like us. I hear ya sister!

  2. Kathy Valleau on December 23, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    How humbling the simple statenent that He is here (Emmanuel) to serve me. It puts His sacrifice into a contemporary context.

    • Maury on December 23, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      Amazing, isn’t it? Magnum mysterium!

  3. Kathy on February 25, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Matthew 11:28-30 is one of my life verses. Mysteriously it sustained me through a life crisis over which I had no control. The verses did not even seem to apply in my situation but the message of -Rest – brought rest to my hurting heart, acceptance of the situation, and hope.

    • Maury on February 25, 2018 at 7:37 am

      I love this, Kathy. To me, rest is possible because God is always working mysteriously for my good. I love the word “mysterious.” The insistence on understanding when things are a mess makes rest impossible.

  4. Kathy on February 27, 2018 at 1:28 am

    Dear Maury,
    Today 2/27/18 I am allowing myself the gift of relaxing into God’s “thoughts and ways” that are so far beyond my understanding that any sense of control is futile! (Isaiah 55:8-9.)
    Good intention- to review all the messages to date.

  5. Laura on February 27, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    I can relate to what Kathy said about how REST in Jesus brought rest to my hurting, aching heart, and brought hope with all the blessings that only God can give. I have been practicing the meditation of exhaling the frustration and inhaling God’s peace. It really is amazing how a quiet time with God can transform the mind. Thank you!

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