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Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  Matthew 11:28-30 ESV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.“If only I could have a little peace and quiet—a minute to hear myself think with no one calling my name or needing me to fulfill a request. Is it asking too much to have time to do what I want for a change?”

Ah! Rest. How nice that would be. Sound familiar? Despite my best efforts to plan and prioritize tasks, too often the unplanned and unprioritized tasks compete for my attention. During these times, the words of Jesus bring comfort to my weary soul. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Jesus invites us to come and learn from Him. But we are only able to do so when we stop the merry-go-round of busyness and sit peacefully in His presence. Alone with the Lord, we are ready to listen and to learn.  

The Word of God always provides just what I need—especially in moments of mayhem. I learn best by reading the Bible. When I do, God’s glorious rest engulfs me like a warm blanket. I am reminded why Jesus wants my attention. He does not want to add another burden but to exchange mine for His. My burdens are too heavy, but His burdens are light, because He bears the full weight.

Ask God to help you slow down and refocus your attention on the One who gives sweet rest and carries your burdens. His rest will satisfy your soul and strengthen your hands to do what you need to do.

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Vanessa Jones

Vanessa Jones is the cofounder of Biblical Marriage Institute and the coauthor of The Five Key Roles of a Marriage Mentor, as well as numerous curricula and articles on marriage and relationship. She has been a guest speaker at marriage conferences, retreats, seminars, and workshops for national and regional organizations. She can be reached at vjones@biblicalmarriageinstitute.org.