04 Thoughts at Rest, Dealing with Deprivation – Premium Content

God is always leading us to the Promised Land of rest.

Rest is not simply inactivity.

Rest is a not a luxury.

Rest is a discipline. Rest is a promise.

We dispose ourselves to receive the promise of rest through a disciplined desert process common to God’s people from the beginning. The biblical Exodus story is a map through this desert process, showing us the disciplines that offer “dew” – God’s renewing presence in the desert that leads us to the superabundance of rest in thought, emotion, body, and soul.

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L | Listen (Receive the Word via audio or video.)

O | Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

What’s your knee-jerk reaction to deprivation? Is it related to your go-to sin, your predominant fault? How will you deal with deprivation differently after listening to the show? 

V | Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.

E | Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Heavenly Father, I ask that Your love flow upon me. May the Blood of Christ cover all wounds and restore all in me to wholeness and life. May the fire from Our Lady’s heart now enter me and anoint everything with the Holy Spirit and blind Satan. May St. Joseph wrap me with blessings and peace, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen + (Prayer for Inner Healing, Deliverance Prayers for the Laity, Fr. Ripperger)

What we discussed | Show Notes


Minutes 00:12:00 – Hebrews 3:7-4:11 as text for how to dispose ourselves for the biblical Promised Land of rest; breakdown of verses 7-11 

Minutes 12:01-24:00 –  Breakdown of verses 12-19; “Today, if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts”; the “evil heart of unbelief”; eschatological rest and earthly rest; protection vs. growth

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – God teaches rest through deprivations: Exodus 15 and “bitter” water; manna conformed to everyone’s thoughts (Wis 16:21)

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – What the people received in the wilderness corresponded directly with what they thought and emoted, as evidenced in what they said; learning to draw on the Lord for consolation and strength  

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