Have you ever wondered if God is real?
To some “good church-going Christians,” the thought of even asking that question may send them into a panic.
But while we may never verbally express this type of doubt, sometimes the way we live our lives is evidence of our struggle in this faith journey.
I’ll share an example from my own life this week.
I’ve been blessed to be a part of a ladies Bible study at a local church and we’re currently using Priscilla Shirer’s video series and journal, Breathe, to dig deeply into the concept of the Sabbath rest.
Some of us are so busy going from one thing to the next each day that the idea of rest seems impossible. Others of us can’t let go of the perfectionistic tendencies and our desperate desire to have things just so.
I was convicted that my lack of willingness to stop and rest is evidence of my lack of trust in God.
While I might be concerned about ALL. THE. THINGS. around the house, with Chuck and the kids, responsibilities at work, paying off debt, selling our house, plans for the future, etc., what I’m truly revealing is my lack of faith that He will redeem that “lost time” for those of us who have a production mindset.
What about you? Do you also struggle with trying to control your time or do you remember to have a mindset of rest?
What tips do you have for remembering to take time to rest your mind, your body, and your soul?
Debra H. says
This is something that has taken me a long time to think about, accept, and then fully embrace. It is refreshing though to give myself and others the freedom and grace to just rest. Thanks for writing about this much needed act of intentionally resting.
*an FMF neighbor stopping by
Yes, I definitely think it is a process!
Jessica P. says
Oh. Yes. This is a very real struggle for me. Especially with all the crazy goals and plans I have. I feel if I’m not constantly doing something or being “productive” then I’m failing or going to fail. I need to learn to take more time breathing in and the Word and allowing Him to refresh my soul that my productive life will truly be productive and a light for others. Not just a rambling type A charging relentlessly after life without true purpose.
LeeAnn G. Taylor says
Oh man, all the crazy goals and plans…that’s me too!! It’s fun for me though, so that’s why it’s hard to remember to let God lead and sometimes I even struggle to remember to consult him in the first place!
I definitely struggle with trying to control time. Like you, I think too far ahead and don’t take the time needed to rest. But God gave us the gift of rest. It’s good for our minds, bodies, and spiritual growth. Thank you for the reminder to rest. Have a blessed week!
LeeAnn G. Taylor says
Yes, rest is definitely a gift and it’s one we need to learn to EMBRACE. I still struggle with it daily.
Julie Lefebure says
God is sure speaking to me on the subject of rest lately. It’s so important to our well being! Thank you for this reminder. Jesus rested and so should I. God bless you as you continue to point others to Him!