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Words of the Week – The Power of Healing
By Joshua Apparicio, Contributing Youth Writer
Published February 5, 2020

      Joshua Apparicio (Courtesy photo)

To the youth readers: I’m back! I pray you’re all well. I have a great story to share with you. As you know writing for me is therapy.

I found comfort in Psalm 73:26, “…as the word of God share my flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

I fell and broke both of my wrists. I knew what time it was. I needed to be still. God wanted me to rest in Him. When you have a personal relationship with God, you’re able to understand why things happen the way they do.

After my midterms, an extremely hectic semester, having fun seemed inevitable. While celebrating my sister’s birthday by roller-skating, I fell and broke both of my wrists. Right away, I knew my Father in heaven knew exactly what I needed as He knows best, I needed to be still and get some much needed rest as it states in Psalm 91:1, “whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

Being obedient to the Word of God is essential as stated in Isaiah 40:29-31, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

We need to set aside time for ourselves to rest as we become too overwhelmed by our busy schedules. We need to rest, otherwise God will give us the rest we need because He cares about our well-being.

Moving forward, I’d like to encourage young Christian brothers and sisters-in-Christ to take the time to “smell the roses,” no matter how busy you are, how diligently you’re working on your goals for the future, how ambitious you are about achieving your goals, how many projects you’re working on.

It’s important for us to take time out and rest so we can walk in our purpose God has gifted us with. It clearly reminds us in Exodus 33:14, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.” Using our time wisely certainly helps us to work smarter, as we perform our daily routines.

Hebrews 4:9-11 tells us, “There is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world.”

So, let us do our best to enter that rest.

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