Has there ever been a time when you felt betrayed by your body? Or perhaps when you felt it let you down? Have you ever been angry at your weaknesses? These past few weeks have left me feeling exactly that way. But, I’m also embracing the beauty of surrender and discovering the profound peace that comes from resting in God’s plan.  Today, I’m sharing some of the lessons I’m learning from this period of rest.

I thought I was invincible…after all, I’m the do-er…the mom, the wife, the friend, the counselor, the Doctor, the author. There’s no time to get sick.

Recovery after emergency surgery, pulmonary embolism and sepsis hasn’t gone the way I thought it would.

I’ve got brain fog, and severe abdominal pain. I can’t see without visual disturbance. I can’t drive. I can’t ride in a car without feeling sick. I can’t read, answer emails, or write. For me it’s a yellow hard hat kind of existence.

I will be the first to encourage you: if God is bringing you to it, you can do it. That is true.

But it is also true that when you can’t, He can. And He will not shame you for it, disgrace you for it, or guilt you into it. But He will love you through it.

These past few weeks, I have found there’s no time but to rest. My head has wanted to do (I am the do-er,) but God’s call and the doctor’s warning has been two-fold: to rest and to stay calm. Can I tell you, that for this can-do, always on-the-go woman, just about anything else would be easier.

Through this period of rest, I’ve learned some lessons I’d like to share with you.

3 lessons learned from a period of rest:

1. Trust that God will use all things for your good and his glory.

My heart’s cry throughout this situation has been that it would not be for nothing. “Teach me Lord. Use this for my good and for your glory. Work even this out for good, as your word promises you do.”

2. The world goes on without us. It does not all depend on us.

I don’t know about you, but it can be so easy to get wrapped up in the doing; thinking it all depends on us. But as I have been on bed-rest, I have found that’s a lie. It doesn’t. The world goes on without us. And the most amazing thing? He’s the one who makes it all happen. He’s the provider. He doesn’t even need us–He just allows us to partner with Him in His ministry.

3. Sometimes God allows our bodies to fail us so we can rest in Him.

And while it is His desire that we would be in health and prosper even as our soul prospers (3 John 1:2), sometimes He will allow our bodies to fail us. Sometimes we need a wake-up call. Sometimes we need a rest. Sometimes we need to get back to what’s really important and rest in Him.

Beloved, will you rest in Him today?

““Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

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Has there ever been a time when you felt betrayed by your body? Or perhaps when you felt it let you down? Have you ever been angry at your weaknesses? These past few weeks have left me feeling exactly that way. Discover the power of surrender and resilience as I share 3 lessons I’ve learned from a period of rest.

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