I have officially claimed this week as my week of rest. I have just come out of a crazy but good season. My days were extremely long and demanding for several weeks, and now the Lord has blessed me with lots of rain, thunderstorms, and quiet. An abundance of rain and thunderstorms in my house equals a lack of soccer practices. So, for this mom who is accustomed to 5 trips to the soccer field per week, rain is accompanied with the hallelujah chorus. I LOVE watching my kids play soccer, but I was in need of serious rest.
The past few weeks have included family in town, a week-long vacation (which for a mom is amazing but also more work), end of the year testing for my homeschooled kids, a speaking engagement, and a church event I had been planning for months. Weeks like these make me wonder why in the world God called me to write a book on rest. Is it because I have unlocked the secrets to rest in my life? Or, is it because I have learned to abide perfectly and cease from all striving? The answer to both of those questions is a resounding, “No.”
Rest is a daily lesson. God has sent me on a journey to discover the definition of rest in His book because I need it. I need it bad. I need His refining and gentle wisdom to soak me, penetrate me, and wash over me. My tendency so often is to run and run hard. I convince myself that I can do it all in my own strength. Although, every time I try, I fall. Can you relate?
I am learning rest in the midst of crazy days filled with early mornings and demanding tasks. I am learning rest in the midst of life, because it so often never slows down. I am learning that rest is a choice. It is a choice to trust Him. It is a choice to say, “No,” to good things.
The more I meditate on the scriptures pertaining to rest, the more often I find my spirit and my weak body begin to yield to it. Let’s be honest, I wrote a book on rest because I need to read it, over and over again.
If you are struggling to find rest in your life, will you join me on my journey to find it? I may not know all the answers, but I know the man who does. My devotional, Laid Down: A 30-Day Devotional for the Woman Longing for Rest, will lead you to the scriptures, ask you the hard questions, challenge you to trust Jesus, give you practical answers, and walk along side you while you find rest in Him in the midst of your circumstances.
Jesus promises us that He will give us rest for our souls (Matt. 11:29). If you are lacking rest today, lean into Him. Listen to His promise once again and believe in His faithfulness. I believe that if you agree with Him today, He will not only give you rest in your mind and heart, but He will also miraculously begin to show you when you have more time to rest your physical body.
We are called to enjoy life and live it to the fullest. If you are dragging or simply going through the motions, seek Him.
May you find rest for your souls today,