Sandy Warner ~ ~ ~ ~



I am in a season of rest right now and I have been pondering how different people respond to the idea of resting.


This season while the Lord gives you time to rest, refresh and regroup for what is coming, may He give you revelation and wisdom to His will and purposes for you. 



These are those type A personalities that simply have a hard time letting go!  They are so productive and determined that even in times of rest, they bull doze full steam ahead even in their vacations. 


I am reminded of those Jacob personalities that are still arm wrestling with God.  They contend for their promises, they war over their losses and are so full of front line stress, they would never consider yielding it, lest it be labeled giving up.  It never dawns on them that perhaps they are wrestling with God and not the enemy.  He has His times and purposes for every season in our life and it is not ALL about contending and producing.


While on your vacation, consider asking God for understanding of why you have wrestled so long over the same issues year after year.  Consider yielding what you are holding onto into His care and let Him have ownership.  He gives and He takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord! 


Change is the very hardest thing to do for these pursuing ones.  Really is it all about the fear of losing control, which is the opposite of faith.  Don’t forget Who is Sovereign and Who holds your future, whether you grip onto it or not.  There is nothing in this world like the peace of finally coming into the believing, trusting REST in His Sovereignty.


Hebrews 4:1-2 Let us therefore fear, lest, although a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.




There others who are so fed up with being penned up that as soon as the gate opens for some escape, they run away and leave everything behind, including what God established for them.  They do everything they can to forget and get as far away as possible.  The problem with escaping is that inevitable Monday does come.


While on your vacation, consider pondering exactly what you are trying to escape and see if it is really the right priority (or direction) for your life.  After you find your priorities, re-consider how you might better balance your life so that ON A DAILY LEVEL you are feeding your body, soul and Spirit what you need in order to stay in the race.


Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.





There are others who are so burned out, they are on vacation because there is no other choice.  They have learned to just take life as it comes, and get through one day at a time.  They cry out to God and simply WAIT for His deliverance because they have found there is no other life without Him.


Psalms 116:6-9 The LORD preserves the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me. 7 Return unto your rest, O my soul; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you. 8 For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling. 9 I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.





The hardest thing to do after a vacation is returning to the same old grind. 


Vacations have a way of weeding out those who are called and fully committed to His purposes.  Sometimes we need a time away to really settle where our priorities are and what we need to do in order to keep them.


John 6:67-68 Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will you also go away? 68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? you have the words of eternal life.




Vacations are also a creative time for brain storming over the upcoming season of crossroads which may take us in a totally different direction than before.


Joshua 3:4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that you may know the way by which you must go: for you have not passed this way before.




The Lord has His own ways of bringing each of us to the end of ourselves.  This year, we have come full circle to years and years of dealings and preparations.  Full circle times are a divine pause, in between the old and the new.  Full circle years are a time to reflect and regroup.  We come to full grips with the reality of what we faced in our past and why it did not work.  We understand what our promises are for the future and what we learned in order to move into them.


That is why it is very important to really pray whether to remain or move in His exact timing and direction.


While you are on vacation, remember to spend time with God in prayer and reflection.  And spend time with your loved ones to pray and reflect with you.  No matter what your future holds, you know that He holds it.  There is no life at all without Him as our focus.  What has He really called you to?


Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus said unto him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.


And when it is all said and done, what will remain?


1Co 13:13  NLT

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.


2 Corinthians 5:9-10 Therefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may be recompensed for the things done in his body, according to what he has done, whether it be good or bad.






Words from the The Quickened Word are excerpts from the journals of Sandy Warner.  To better understand how God speaks, read Sandy’s book, “101+ Ways God Speaks, And How to Hear Him.”  Website:    Email:  







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