Now that summer has officially arrived can you find some rest for your weary body and mind? Boston’s rush hour traffic is back to where it was in 2019 according to a recent data study just released. Top this off with summer travel and you have a formula for high anxiety or excess stress. Stress has been a leading factor for health issues from strokes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, depression, etc.
Too often we can find ourselves running around everywhere on the weekend only to be so overtired by the time Monday comes. Our bodies and minds require rest to recharge our batteries. More importantly, our spirit needs rest. Yes, it is necessary to have the right amount of sleep at night to be more productive at least seven to nine hours.
When our heart is not right, we are weighed down by something, somebody, or destructive sin in our lives that we lose true rest. We need to ask ourself what did I do wrong? Did I overstep my boundaries toward some body or toward others. To find true rest we must humbly and willfully come to God’s throne of grace. This means a one on one between yourself and God the Father. God made the way for access to find true rest. Let us come to the throne of grace with confidence.
Here is a promise from God for you to hold onto today and this week:
“For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world. So let us do our best to enter that rest.” But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall.
So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:10-11, 14-16 NLT.
A daily quiet time is important with the Lord and ourselves, because our mind, body, and spirit need to be renewed daily. We become healthier and wiser.
“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.” Matthew 11:28-30 MSG
Have a great weekend my friend and may you find rest today.
Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region.
The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey.
Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own.
My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’.
God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth.
I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others.
There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more
I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more
I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better!
“But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version
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