Jesus begins his most famous teaching, The Sermon on the Mount, with the Beatitudes, meaning blessing. So over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing seven stories of God’s blessing in our lives.

“Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.”
Matthew 5:5

The past few months have been a season of going low and slow for me – allowing God to minister to places of deep weariness and renew my life and energy.
Exhaustion in leadership and full-time ministry are possible at any time, but when you run at someone else’s pace rather than your own because you are comparing yourself to others or trying to meet some imagined expectation of results – well, it’s inevitable. And that’s where I found myself 5 months ago.
I love the Message version of Matthew 5:5: ‘You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.’
This is something that the Father has been teaching me for a good while now – to be content and confident in who I am, that He has chosen and appointed me, loves me, and who I am is enough. He invites me again and again through the words of Jesus in Matthew 11 to live and work in rhythm with Him, not others, and in that place find His rest and life.
And when I accept that invitation, I realise that not only do I experience His life and rest, but the people and the projects I am leading are touched by it as well. I am then able to extend that same grace and affirmation of my identity in Him to those I am working alongside and those I am leading.
So, slowly, I am learning to lead from a place of confident rest as I work in rhythm with Jesus and live more fully from the knowledge and revelation that I am first and above all else a beloved daughter of God.

Crystal Cryer originally hails from Oregon, USA but now claims Scotland as home, where she has lived for 9 years. She is the National Coordinator for 24-7 Prayer Scotland and loves being part of the wild, contagious and life-transforming movement that is 24-7 Prayer. She is also part of  the Central Church family in Edinburgh, where she leads a missional community.
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