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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 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 in part two of this devotion 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.

REFLECT on 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)

REFLECT GOD:

“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,

Amen.

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 His beauty!

More from the Girlfriends

Today’s devotion is an excerpt from Gwen Smith’s latest book, I Want It ALL.

Are you struggling with Restlessness? Gwen’s book, I Want It All, can help lead you to the rest God has for you. It will also help you to dust off a few heart dreams, think bigger thoughts of God, laugh and smile a lot, search your soul, and even cry a little … because each page lovingly directs you to the personal grace and truth of JESUS. (CLICK HERE to get a FREE Downloadable “7 Day I WANT IT ALL” Devotional Ebook.)

4 Responses to “The Solution to Restlessness, Part One”

  1. Shenetta says:

    God gives us peace beyond our understanding during life’s most difficult seasons. He is a good good God!!!!

  2. KC says:

    Today’s devotional was challenging and just what I needed!

    Im grateful for sunshine,animals and all the people in my life who love amd support me!

    God is such a goid Privider! Je got me sober, jas brought wonderdul qomen into my life to help support amd griw me, And kept me divorce.

    God is callimg me to love the difficult people in my life, continue to tithe, and not to take offense.

  3. Shirley Butler says:

    Good afternoon Gwen,

    Thank you so much for this devotion today. I want to be whole heartedly dedicated to our lord and savoir and rest in him to regain and become the women God destined me to be. I’m excited and scared, I want so bad for my life to be what God wants for me and I don’t want to disappoint him. Please pray that I will become the women god desires for me to be and to rest in him and not the world.

  4. Ronda says:

    My son , kristopher was killed in Iraq in may of 2007.
    I needed this so bad today! I’m dealing with the anniversary of my beautiful son, Kris, my second son is in turmoil suffering from ptsd and traumatic brain injury and his life spiraling out of control. My second son, britt, keeps my mind in constant stress mode dealing with his anger issues! My younger two sons are not talking to me. They are angry because they feel like I compare them to my son , Kris. I have such a heavy heart right now! Also because I remarried Dealing with yet another divorce.
    I thank God for
    1. My 4 beautiful boys and 2 beautiful grandchildren.

    2. My mother that is a sweet Christian lady that has helped me financially and emotionallly

    3 my jobs , one is sitting with a wise, sweet Christian lady who is 93. Amazing woman and friend!
    Finally getting a job at the bank. I haven’t started yet but I have worked there before and absolutely love working with the ladies at that bank.
    I pray for peace going through a divorce and for my family to be close again. We have had turmoil since losing my son , Kris. It is because of my bad decisions.
    Please pray for me for my family and for me to let God guide me where I need to be.

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