Today’s Truth

Truly my soul finds rest in God.

Psalm 62:1

Friend to Friend

My friend Cammie is a children’s ministry director at a local church. One day, as she was preparing for the lesson she would teach on Sunday morning, she had an idea for a fun illustration that would require a few props. She asked her four-year-old daughter to help.

“Hey, Taylor! Can you please bring me a few of the Fisher Price people from your dollhouse?”

This reply came from her preschooler who was sitting across the room…

“No, Mom. They just want to chill out. They’ve had a long day.”

So funny… yet so not funny.

My word, people! When our children’s toys need a break, you know that it’s time for you and me to hit the pause button.

And, truth be told, I live smack dab in the messy middle of this tension.

The Old Testament indicates that David lived in the messy middle of it too. The Bible says that the Lord made David take a break. Yes. He made him do it. Look: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:1-3, emphasis mine)

I love the way Psalm 23 verse 3 is paraphrased in The Message, “True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.”

Yes. Please.

This. This is the desire of my heart. That I can catch my breath and be sent in the right direction by a loving God who knows what is best.

So, I – you – we have to be intentional. Life comes at us fast. If we are not careful, the dizzy pace at which we live can unwittingly become our weakness and demise.

I know you know this. I do too and yet somehow it still trips us up.

So what’s a woman to do?

Let’s keep it real here; we have obligations. We have families, jobs, friends, communities, and churches that need us. And though this will look different for each of us in the many seasons of life, our people depend on us a ton. They should. God tells us to put our faith into action (James 2). And we must. We must mobilize the hope we have in Christ. Serve. Show love. Feed the hungry. Minister to the widows and orphans. Yes. We must be women of action.

The Bible gives a clear and compelling teaching, however, about this life-pace topic that establishes our first call to action must be focused on the Lord himself! This get-with-Jesus business is the key to us experiencing the maximum abundance that God has in store for every believer.

What it all boils down to is this: God’s BEST requires REST.

So simple…. Yet so complicated.

It was Augustine who wrote, “God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.”

Let me take this one step further by breaking down what the Word of God shows us about this very thing. When we rest in the presence of God, He restores our souls. Rest is the central ingredient in the restoration we all desperately need. Just look at the first four letters of the word!

Today and tomorrow we are going to break down R.E.S.T. as an acronym and take a walk through Scripture to see just how God’s best for you is fueled by this discipline.

R.E.S.T. {Reflect. Engage. Surrender. Trust}

It all begins with reflection. There are two parts to this: reflecting ON God and allowing the Spirit of God to work within us so that we become better reflections OF God.


“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember Your miracles of long ago I will meditate on all Your works and consider all your mighty deeds.” (Psalm 77:11-12)

“I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. I spread out my hands to You; my soul thirsts for You like a parched land.” (Psalm 143:5-6)

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)


“Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect Your principles!” (Psalm 119:5, NLT)

“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is Spirit.”
(2 Corinthians 3:18)

Oh, that we would be women of meaningful reflection.

Today let this truth sink in deep: when you reflect on God, you better reflect God.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, You are awesome and strong and gracious and kind. Your goodness knows no end. When I think about the ways You’ve brought hope, healing, and joy to my life I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Please help me to know you more – and to show you more – as I seek to find my rest in You.

In Jesus’ name,


Now It’s Your Turn

Grab your journal or a piece of paper and list:

  • 3 works of God’s creation that you are grateful for
  • 3 ways God has provided for you in the past
  • 3 principles that God has called you to reflect in spite of your current challenges

Now, share your lists with someone! {Or at least the non-private part of your lists!} Post them on Facebook, tweet them out one at a time, or CLICK HERE to visit my blog and list them as a comment. Share the hope. Shine His love. Be the beauty.

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Gwen Smith is a speaker, author, worship leader, and songwriter who wants to help you think big thoughts about God – and inspire you in the grace and truth of Jesus. Her website is filled with videos, posts, songs and resources that will be a deep well of encouragement to you. (Get 3 FREE song downloads when you sign up for her blog!)

6 Responses to “God’s Best Requires Rest, Part One”

  1. Joy says:

    Thanks Gwen for such a timely and practical word! God bless you.

  2. Danguole (Dee) Donahue says:

    Dear Joy,

    What a blessing it was to encounter your message. I must step out this morning but am happily excited to take time to R.E.S.T. today ~ so happy that, before anything else, I must share your post on FB to bless my friends. Thank you and God bless you.

    In His love, D.

  3. Rachel says:

    1. 3 works of God’s creation that I am grateful for:
    i. Human beings that He created in His Own Image.
    ii. Nature – I love the hymn “All things bright and beautiful” and always think of the beautiful temporary aboard He has made for us.
    iii. Heaven – Our final and permanent home for Eternity.

    2. 3 ways God has provided for me in the past (and continues to provide)
    i. Through my parents and family.
    ii. Through Friends.
    iii. He has provided for me Spiritually through the Bible and Christian brethren who encourage me daily.

    3. 3 principles that God has called me to reflect in spite of my current challenges: Am not sure how to answer this one, but I think they are as follows:
    i. Forgiveness
    ii. Contentment and Thanksgiving
    iii. Love

  4. Lisa says:

    3 works I’m grateful for: hummingbirds, vibrant flowers and my children.
    3 ways God’s provided: Saved me from a life of chaos and pain; taught me how to nurture my children; and opens my eyes to see the next step in my journey.
    3 principles God wants me to continue to reflect on: Above all, love one another; spend time daily in His Word; and remember I’m a princess to the King!

  5. Jessica says:

    I am grateful for so many beautiful blessings that God has graced me with. How embarrassing and shameful of me to forget these things. I needed this devotio . I needed to sit there and be reminded of how truly blessed I am. Dear Heavenly Father, please forgive me for my sinful and stubborn ways. Please forgive me for ever forgetting and taking Your blessings for granted. Thank You for Your everlasting Love, Grace, Kindness, Patience, Guidance, and Forgiveness. In Your Name we pray, Amen.

  6. K.C. says:

    3 works I’m grateful for:
    1. Nature
    My grandmother gave me a love of nature on after school walks through our neighborhood. She would point out 2 squirrels chasing one another; the sway of a weeping willow in the breeze: or a red, red cardinal tucked between branches of a tree, barely visible
    2. A mother’s love
    3. His detailed plan for each of our lives

    3 ways God’s provided:
    1.through His word
    2.through the elders
    3.through His grace

    3 principles God wants me to continue to reflect on:
    1.continue in love, even with challenging people
    2.His grace is sufficient
    3.Walk by faith, not by sight

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