Encouragement for Today~In today's world of swirling circumstances, we need to be reminded of how much we are loved by God.



REST.My hip replacement was April 8. The Lord has reminded me of some truth in these last couple of weeks.

Being quiet is not easy. But resting is even harder for me. I always feel like I should be doing “something”.

Thinking about the scripture that we are to “labor into rest” really hit me today…
”Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.” Hebrews 4_11

Since I quit teaching two years ago, I have found it necessary to stay busy. I am always doing something. I like to keep busy. These things are not bad things, but they indeed keep my mind occupied. I might be creating, studying, writing or working at the station.

But since surgery I have not had a tremendous amount of energy. Of course, I had a list of things I wanted to do while I “rested” from the surgery, but alas they did not get accomplished.

Why? Because my body has required “rest” to heal. I will not be able to regain my energy and be totally healed without it. I must make myself rest and not feel bad because I am not accomplishing something I deem important.

I need to learn to listen to my heart and recognize when I am not “resting” in Him spiritually as well. I cannot be who He created me to be without it! I cannot hear Him as clearly when I am busy. I have to choose to rest in Him!

I do not have to do anything to get closer to Him, to have Him love me more or to please Him. He is pleased with me because He loves me. My rest is indeed in HIM, Jesus Christ!

It is amazing how loud His voice is when I am actually quiet, still and listening. Sometimes rest will do that to you.

Now…go be still….and rest!


“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,


*NIV Bible, personal graphics


Author: sptchmom777

I love Jesus. If I say nothing else, that is enough. But for those curiosity seekers, I am a 60 year old former special education teacher, current part time CCM Radio Announcer and author... who is married to her high school sweetheart. We have been together for 44 years, married almost 41 of those years! We have raised two sons, who are now married, have jobs and mortgages. AND...we became grandparents to a beautiful baby girl in 2018!! We also have our furry son, a West Highland Terrier. My heart's desire is to encourage people in their daily life. I believe that the Father speaks to us all the time, sometimes I have been too busy to listen. Even during times of trials and troubles, which seem endless right now in 2020, HE is present and loves us unconditionally. Thanks for reading. ~Be Encouraged Today~

2 thoughts on “Rest…Redefined

  1. lol you truly are my twin. Rest is so hard for me. Even when I know God calls us to it. There is a sense of guilt if I am not doing something. The enemy can make us feel like it is selfish.


    • I have to remind myself of this, my “Type A” personality tends to run the other direction! And often times we subscribe to others’ expectations. We can indeed eat fruit from the tree of “good and evil”. Good often keeps us away from resting in Him. Thanks for reading my just found “twin”.


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