March Prayer Focus

Come to me all, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

At this point in the school year, I think many of us could use a little rest.  Following spring break, most school leaders are heading towards home plate to wind up the school year. Yet, while we are closing out one school year, we are focusing on enrollment, staffing, and preparation for the next.

The word rest in this passage represents refreshment, a pause from labor, and intermission. How can rest come into being when there are so many items to be accomplished?

God is teaching me that divided devotion yields to weariness. If my devotion stays on the Lord Jesus, I can have rest (refreshment, intermission), regardless of how busy I am. During the day, I find that when my mind is cluttered with many things to be done, if I redirect those tasks to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I enter rest. Worshiping my God while addressing an email, calling on the Savior who intercedes on my behalf, and taking a moment to ask for guidance from the Holy Spirit brings rest to my soul.

Take moments along the way to redirect your mind back to the Father, and I promise you that you will accomplish far more in that day than trying to do anything apart from HIs power. You were not made to operate in your own strength, but to flow from the strength of the Lord Jesus.  

Educating for Eternity,

Erin Baggs

(send your prayer requests to Erin, UMSI Prayer Coordinator, at

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