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Come Apart or Come Apart

SCRIPTURE FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2023

Psalm 139:13-18

For it was you who created my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise you because I have been remarkably and wondrously made. Your works are wondrous, and I know this very well. 15 My

bones were not hidden from you when I was made in secret, when I was formed in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in your book and planned before a single one of them began. 17 God, how precious[d] your thoughts are to me; how vast their sum is! 18 If I counted them, they would outnumber the grains of sand; when I wake up,[e] I am still with you.


Matthew 11:25-30

25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and revealed them to infants. 26 Yes, Father, because this was your good pleasure. 27 All things have been entrusted to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son desires to reveal him. 28 “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”


THOUGHTS TO CONSIDER THROUGH THE WEEK:

What does it mean to “give generously” to yourself?

Read Mark: 6:31-32: Jesus is encouraging His disciples to take a break from what they were doing and rest.

Read Psalm 131: 1-2—It can be hard to quiet our souls in God’s presence while living in a noisy world, but it is a needful discipline.

Reflection: What do you do to quiet yourself—to take care of your soul?

There is a powerful saying: Come apart—or come apart! It is so crucial to examine ourselves and take the time to reflect, to be self-aware, to take note of our feelings and bring them ALL to God.

Read Jesus invitation to you today in Matthew 11:28-30 and take the time to just rest in Him. Not bringing to Him a list of burdens or concerns but to just be in His presence, understanding His great love for you and your need to be filled with His presence and grace.

Make time this week for quiet and rest. Shut off the TV, put your phone away for a while, and just be in the Lord’s presence and listen for His voice.

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