Have you ever juggled your need to get much done with your need to be restored through rest in God? Just as work is valuable, rest has great value. It is easier for me to get caught up in the busyness of my day than to make time for rest. Rest requires courage. In today’s post, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith shares about the value of rest in God. Take the quiz to find out what type of rest you’re missing.
Rest. We sometimes treat it as a weakness or a punishment. But, God granted us both time and the model of rest for our good. If you have ever felt worn out, weary, and longing for more, then this episode is the perfect show for you.
In this episode, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, and I talk not just about the importance of rest, but also about the different types of rest (and some of them might surprise you).
“Rest.” It sounds simple enough, but when God calls us to rest, what does He mean? In Genesis, God modeled rest after His work was complete. In the gospels, Jesus drew away to rest. Over a period of several years, He taught me four lessons about finding rest in God.
I had just turned in my manuscript to my publisher for my new book about overcoming worry, fear, and anxiety (releasing fall, 2019) when people began to ask the obvious question, “What are you going to do now?”
I didn’t have a ready answer for that. I had originally assumed that as soon as I turned in the manuscript for that book, I would begin work on a companion Bible study. Yet when the time came, it didn’t sit well in my spirit.
Over the next couple of weeks, God shared his plan for my next season: a season of rest.
What do you think of when you hear the word, “Rest”? Or “Be still”? Can I be honest and tell you, that those are two of the hardest things for me to do, and yet, I find myself smack dab in the place where that is what God is asking of me. Just recently, I sent off the manuscript draft of my next book to the editor on Monday. Friends congratulated me and told me to enjoy my “new normal” now that I wouldn’t be intently working in front of my computer from sun up until sundown on the book. I answered, in all seriousness, “What is that? What does my ‘new normal’ look like?” It left me uncomfortable and ill-at-ease. By Tuesday I felt aimless and purposeless.