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To Do: Receive His Invitation

I’m a doer. If I don’t have a running to-do list, errands to run, or people to touch base with, I automatically feel as though I am not doing enough, not being enough, and not getting enough done. I fill my calendar from the moment I rise to the moment it’s time to head to bed, and a day well spent for me is too often a day without much stillness. I’m a person of action, and sometimes—more often than I’d like to admit—it is really hard for me to step away from all of the to-do’s and simply rest with the Lord.

“’Come, everything is now ready.’ But one by one, they all began to excuse themselves.” (Luke 14:17-18). How often is it that I excuse myself from the invitation to rest with Him, if only for a while?

Today’s Gospel pulls my heart and mind back to what is important—to simply recognize the invitation I am so generously extended and to receive the invitation without worrying about my arbitrary to-do’s. So many are invited to a place at the table, yet so many are too busy to pay notice to the invitation extended. I am too often a part of the too many.

Each new morning, He invites me to His table—to the banquet of plenty. To simply be by His side. To put on the back burner all that I have to do and rest in His presence alone. To begin a new day with Him, to dine with Him, to listen to His word, and internalize His way—His ‘to-do’s’ for the day.

My hope and prayer for each of us today, sisters, is that we may choose to receive the invitation to join Him. To prioritize this day—not with our own ‘to-do’ lists, but with our minds and hearts set on His call. And may this be enough!

My hope and prayer for each of us today, sisters, is that we may choose to receive the invitation to join Him. Click To Tweet

Write on the top of your to-do list: “Rest with God.” Make it a priority today.

Shalini Blubaugh is a Minnesota transplant living in Denver, Colorado with her sweet husband, Matt, their quite large GSD pup, Sully, and baby on the way. She is a health coach and loves pizza, because #balance. Shalini graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, served with NET Ministries, and went on to attend Law School. She graduated with her J.D. and happily leaves all things Law behind! Some of her favorites include travel, re-connecting with old friends and making new ones, the ways in which God so beautifully brings all things full circle in His time, and a good, loud thunderstorm. Find out more about her here.

7 Comments

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    Melissa Albertson
    November 6, 2018 at 6:58 am

    Beautiful, thank you. I will be sharing this.

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    Stephanie McCutcheon
    November 6, 2018 at 7:47 am

    I’m certain you already know how much company you have with this, Shalini! I’m certainly one of you. Thanks for this reminder that just being with the LORD is enough. He requires only love, nothing more. And we all want to hang with those we love, right?!

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    Sage Sierra Bischoff
    November 6, 2018 at 9:02 am

    I love this so much. Very wise Shal!! Thank you for this. It really blessed me. Sending love from La, sister!💕

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    Colleen
    November 6, 2018 at 11:00 am

    This was perfect for this morning! I had a small amount of time before preschool pick up and decided to sit down with the Word instead of working on my to-do list.

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    toswald16
    November 6, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Wow, that gospel was very convicting! I too often am making excuses as to why I “don’t have time” to dine and rest with Jesus. Definitely something God is calling me to work on!

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    Suzan Plumstead
    November 6, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    So true for me today! This morning my intention was to abide with Him, first thing. Somehow a gripping message got me on my phone and poof, the morning was off and running and the moment had evaporated. Now, thankfully this afternoon I caught a quiet moment and can reflect on His love for me and I can give thanks for my abundance. “Come to Me and I will give you rest”. Thank you for your reflection Shalini <3 S

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    Jennifer Boutros
    November 7, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Good morning and thank you for such an impactful devotional! I had a question about the daily devotionals. Every so often, I read the day’s devotional the following day, and when I do, the corresponding Scriptures are no longer available. Obviously, it is extremely helpful to have the Scriptures completely written out; however, if it is not possible to do so after that day, would it be possible to at least list the readings for that day? Because the majority of the devotionals stem from the readings, it is extremely helpful to provide and/or identify them with that day’s devotionals. To be honest, I sometimes read very old devotionals as well so as to receive additional encouragement, and my heart longs to read the Scripture associated with these devotionals.

    Thank you for your service and your time!

    ~Jennifer

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