Thankful Thursday

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"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28



Oh, my... how thankful I am that we can find rest in the Lord! As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I have been in great need of some rest. Not just physical rest, but a kind of mental rest, too. A time where I could just sit back and watch the world go by. A time when I could be quiet and REALLY listen to the Lord. A time when I could just "hang with the family" and not worry about the laundry piling up or the dirty dishes in the sink or so many other things that we let get in the way of truly resting.

Over the last couple of weeks the Lord has really blessed me and my family with some great time together where we could all just be together. We started out two weekends ago with a great day at the Texas State Fair followed by a Sunday morning spent with our church family and then a quiet day at home. We then took this last weekend and just left town together for a couple of days. We headed south to Austin and spent two wonderful days doing only what we felt like doing. We visited the state capital, we napped, we read books together, enjoyed some wonderful silly time and just enjoyed being together with no interruptions at all.

The Lord knew this was just what I needed to truly experience some wonderful rest and relaxation. I must say, this week I really feel better than I have in a couple of months. Not only do I feel rested in the physical sense of getting plenty of sleep, but I am also rested mentally. The stress is almost non-existent, I feel more calm, I am at peace with things that have been troubling me for awhile.

Oh, dear Lord, thank you for giving us rest!

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27 Thoughts Shared:

LAURIE said...

Nothing like resting in the arms of Jesus. So much peace, and calming happens when we allow God to bring us rest. Happy TT! -Laurie

Cheryl said...

Being together as a family is such a wonderful blessing! I love to spend time with mine. Glad to hear you got some rest and relaxation! Happy TT~~

Named Alicia said...

Melanie, I am so glad you feel better! Sometimes we really need that time away! I hope you have a great Thursday!

Denise said...

So glad that you were able to find sweet rest with your dear family.

Lynn said...

Hi Melanie,

Always love stopping here. Loved this..Oh, dear Lord, thank you for giving us rest!

Amen, girl.. Amen. Priceless!

Jennifer said...

Being together with my family...away from home always refuels me both mentally and physically. God knows what we need before we ever ask. I am so thankful for a loving Heavenly Father who cares about us and our individual needs.

I'm glad you got the much needed rest that you needed and quality family time too.

Happy TT!

Pia said...

having to get quality rest physically and mentally is a real blessing from God. may you be blessed more. ♥

Grammy said...

wow what a blessing. It also helps just to take some time every day to sit and look at nature or just have time for your self to unwind.
Grammy

hip chick said...

I think the Lord uses those times to rejuvinate us. To inspire us to be better people and to have a closer walk with Him.

Debra said...

Melanie,

What a beautiful thankful heart you have! Happy TT! Blessings to you today, my friend.

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

Praise the Lord that He was able to give you what you needed...Happy TT.

Jill said...

Melanie,

Praise God for His rest. I have been talking about Resting in Him today - Hebrews 4 this week!

I am learning to trust in His rest moment by moment. It is such a powerful lesson for someone who has controled every detail alone for almost 35+ yrs of my life. Each day I rest just a little bit more and it has been such a gift to me.

In His amazing grace,
Jill

Laurie Ann said...

I'm so glad you were able to get that sweet rest, Melanie. What a wonderful blessing! Sidenote: I have a great friend in Austin. I've visited her once and used to every year we would all get together in Italy, TX in early October. How I miss those times!

momgen said...

I like your post its awesome Melanie. Thank you for sharing and may God bless you always and your family too.

MIne also is here

Mary said...

Amen Melanie! We must find that place of rest with Jesus, even in the midst of the busyness. I'm with ya girl! So glad you had some respite time. Blessings.

Beth K. Vogt said...

I can "hear" the joy and the thankfulness in your post! So glad you are feeling rested and refreshed!
Beth@TheAccidentalPharisee

Susie said...

That is so awesome Melanie! Just what you prayed for, and you got it! Have another truly restful weekend.

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

I have posted many times about being thankful for the rest we find in Him. But I get so crazy busy sometimes, it's a lesson that I have to relearn a lot!

Thanks for sharing today - I'm so glad that you have found the rest that you needed!!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

I love that verse and need it. I'm definitely weary and heavily burden. I desire His rest.

Susanne said...

So glad that you have found the rest that you have been needing. Wonderful list today, thanks for sharing!!

Tricia said...

The rest the Lord brings truly is refreshing and renewing... so glad you have been able to experience that! Have a wonderful day!

Blessings!

Diane ~ said...

Hi Melanie! It really seems to be a necessity to make time to get away from all the modern stuff...computers, tvs, phones & give our body rest & reconnect with each other. Great Posting! (new blog home..SunflowerSongs. used to be eversoDear) blessings ♥

BP said...

Hi Melanie,

Praise the Lord for His sweet rest. I'm glad you had that time with your family.

Joan said...

What a blessing! God is so good. I'm so happy for you. I think I will get to rest this weeekend and I'm looking forward to resting in God's arms.

God Bless

The Baker's said...

Melanie,
I am so glad that you got away and enjoy some quality time with your family. That verse gives me peace when I able to let God have control and give me rest in my mind heart and spirit. God is so good. It had been really hard for me to hand me troubles and struggles to him and trust that he will take care of me as he promised. Thanks for sharing.

Susan said...

Hey Melanie,

Looks like you had a great time away!! What a major blessing.

Hope you continue to stay refreshed and blessed♥

Tiffany Stuart said...

Love the verse about rest in Matthew!

Always so refreshing..