Resting Frog

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I did a post some times ago about God making me lie down (https://tombeetlebailey.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/he-makes-me-lie-down/).

It was based on Psalm 23, not going to reblog that here, just ping back if you are interested and want to see it; however, Sunday Night Major Rebecca Mott at The Salvation Army of Saint Augustine, FL shared something that goes so well with this whole thought the Lord brought to my heart.

 

God blessed me by “Major Becky” sharing her 10478683_10202795300859695_5856278954962626708_nnotes with me because i was not able to make it to the meeting.  For those who also could not make it for all kinda of reasons (geographical,
health, financial, personal, whatever the case may be) I put this on here for the web surfing world to see.

That picture says a 1,00o words. Here are some short notes that will pull you in and put you on the same page.

R.E.S.T.

  • R= REFLECT GOD
  • E=ENGAGE
  • S= SURRENDER
  • T=TRUST

F.R.O.G.

  • F= FULLY
  • R= RELY
  • O= ON
  • G= GOD

THAT IS IT.


IN COMMENT SECTION ARE DETAILS and ABRIDGED NOTES

The JEHOVAH SHALOAM DEVOTION Major Becky shares
 is based on a devotion by Gwen Smith.


 

Pressing on even while laying flat,

Tom “Beetle” Bailey

NOTE – Back when I wrote this the following information applied:

I work at The Salvation Army of Saint Augustine, Florida

That is also my church. Visit our Facebook page:

 https://www.facebook.com/The-Salvation-Army-of-Saint-Augustine-204243596357064/timeline/

And if you’re ever in beautiful Saint Augustine, Florida visit us

at 1425 Old Dixie Highway Saint Augustine, FL 32084

904-824-6956 Ext. 4407

WARNING:

Our Sunday nights are fun, enjoyable and everyone gets to participate.

6pm 1425 Old Dixie Highway Saint Augustine, FL 32084.

Call for details or to make sure meeting is at the building, sometimes we meet elsewhere (904-824-6956 Ext. 4407).

9 thoughts on “Resting Frog

  1. Here is the detailed message Major Rebecca Mott (Saint Augustine Corps Officer) shared last Sunday night (12/6/25)

    JEHOVAH SHALOAM DEVOTION
    This is based on a devotion by Gwen Smith.

    A children’s ministry director was preparing for her lesson and she had an idea for a fun illustration. She asked her daughter to bring her some of the Fisher Price people from her dollhouse. Her four year old replied, “No, Mom. They just want to chill out. They’ve had a long day.” Funny but not funny.
    If toys need a break how much more do we? Most of us live right in the messy middle of tension. In the Old Testament the Lord made David take a break. In Psalm 23:1-3, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” The Message says it this way, “True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.” Yes please. This is my heart’s desire that I catch my breath and be sent in the right direction by a loving God who knows what is best.
    We are all busy. We all have family, jobs, and friends that keep us busy. So much to do. But to do God’s best we require rest.

    Simple but complicated. How do we rest with so much to do? We look at REST as and acronym. Reflect, Engage, Surrender, and Trust.

    First we Reflect. Reflect on God:
    “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember Your miracles of long ago I will meditate on all Your works and consider all your mighty deeds.” Psalm 77-11-12
    “I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. I spread out my hands to You; My soul thirsts for You like a parched land.” Psalm 143:5-6
    “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3
    Then Reflect God:
    “Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect Your principles!” Psalm 119:5
    “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is Spirit.” 2 Cor 3:18
    Think about this: When you reflect on God, you better reflect God.

    Next step is to Engage.
    Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29

    The apostle Paul instructed us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer ans supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7
    Most importantly, we must engage with the grace of God through Jesus Christ, which comes from the confession of our sin.

    “Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin.” Psalm 51:1-2

    Then we surrender.
    When I thing of surrender, I think of war and waving white flags. In truth, faith is a battle. In every battle there is an enemy and there are weapons of warfare. Our enemy, Satan, loves to keep us from our battle weapons. He loves it when we are too busy to pray or read our Bible. He also loves it when we do not REST. We must give up ourselves to Him. When we do not surrender, we take control. If we are in control, then God is not! Here’s the beauty of surrender: when you lay down your mess, your hands are the free to pick up God’s rest. Because the One who captures us in surrender is the one who sets us free. And in the surrender, you are empowered to trust Him more.

    That leads us to Trust.
    I know what it is like to have circumstances collide with my plans and know me off balance. This is a constant struggle for each of us. It can be a battle to believe that God can work things out for good. Especially if we fail to rest and live in the “what if’s” and the “why’s”. Let’s look at what Jesus had to say about this:
    “Can anyone by worrying add a single hour to your life?…Sod do not worry, saying, ‘what shall we eat?’ and ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and you heavenly Father knows that you need them.” Mat 6:31-32
    God is known as Jehovah Shaloam, the Lord of Peace. He knows our hectic life. How do we rest and find peace, trust. He knows what you need.

    What would happen if every morning you woke up and decided to REST? What if you determined each day to choose to trust God for what you need because you know that HE KNOWS what you need? Can you image living with that kind of faith? That is exactly what the Lord is inviting you into. His Rest.

    When you
    reflect,
    engage,
    trust and
    surrender,

    when you prioritize REST-your life will still not be perfect, but you will be equipped for every trial, stress, and strain in the all-sufficient grace that the Lord provides.

    And in everything remember what Jesus said. “But seek first his kingdom and HIS righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matt 6:33

    Hillsong – Turn your eyes upon Jesus

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  2. Everything starts with God working on you personally. That is the key to everything else. The key to acceptance, the key to forgiveness, to holiness, to sanctification, to evangelism, growth (internally Spiritually, financially, corporately) .

    like the one of the former generals of The Salvation Army said,
    i don’t need MORE of the Holy Spirit, The Holy Spirit needs more of me.

    It all begins with an individual and their relationship with the savior, with the messiah, the one and only man…Jesus Christ.

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