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Ten years ago, I wrote a devotional series based on one of my favorite ol' school song, "For the Love of You" by the Isley Brothers. One of the pieces focused on the concept of paradise:

"Paradise I have within,

Can't feel insecure again

You're the key (well) And this I see (oh I see)"

For this verse to be so simple, it speaks volumes about something we all long for -

a taste of paradise.

Two words define paradise for me - rest and acceptance.

"With your acceptance comes rest. Lord, give us Rest."

Is that your prayer?

To rest in a way that you know

that you know

that you KNOW

everything is under control, even if it's not perfect?

You can rest in knowing things are taken care of and issues are resolved. And if they are not resolved now, you can trust that they will be.

In this present moment, God has a rest customized for you.

"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty... He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge." ~Psalms 91:1,4

In this moment... on this very day... God desires that we engage the deep rest He has for us. To do so, He simply asks that we do one thing...


Yes. Dwell.