Thursday, June 5, 2014

How Do You Get Deep Rest in Your Soul When Life is Busy?

Deep rest for my soul sounds so inviting. But what do I do when I have duties and responsibilities that keep me so busy? I long for that deep soul rest. But in this season of my life, things have changed. I'm working longer hours with more responsibility. 

In the midst of my busyness ...I crave soul rest.

I've been reading Bonnie Gray's book "Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest" and I wonder. Can I still have soul rest during this season?

I have to laugh at how God answers my prayers. I was driving home after working an 11 hour day at summer camp. It was a hot day with triple digit heat. And all day I had to be energetic and upbeat working with the children and camp counselors. I was tired. 

But as I was driving home on the freeway, I suddenly became more aware of my surroundings. The traffic wasn't too heavy and I noticed the beauty of the mountains. I could see the downtown Phoenix city buildings in the distance. The skies were clear. 

I felt that nudge deep in my soul. Soul rest. God was opening my eyes to the beauty of His creation. And I noticed.

I thanked the Lord and I smiled.  

Despite my busyness and fatigue, Jesus knew what I needed. He is so faithful. 

How about you? Have you experienced moments when God has opened your eyes in the midst of your busyness? Do you take the time to thank Him? 

It might be a child looking up to you and smiling. A smile that can melt a person's heart. Maybe it's a hummingbird that flutters its wings so rapidly. A beautiful sunrise or sunset or a phone call from a dear friend. 

Will you share a moment with me? I encourage you to be open for those special moments and to thank God for them. 

Blessings and love,

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Laurie said...

Once again, your words have given me encouragement, Debbie. What a nice word picture you shared of the beauty surrounding you as you drove home after a long day. The Lord is, indeed, so good. This has been a particularly active week for me as I watch a few of my grandchildren more than usual, and even though it challenges me physically, it is my favorite job. Soon, I will have some days to myself now that school is almost out for their teacher parents and I will only babysit now and then this summer, and I will be able to bask longer in His word and in His presence.

Joy said...

There are.many moments like you had experienced and I just thank God for the reminder.
have a rest day sister:)

RCUBEs said...

Isn't it true how He tries to remind us that He is there with us? And where else can we find rest but only in His presence? Wow! 11 hours straight must be a killer! And with that heat? I love your passion when it comes to kids and I know it takes a special person to work with them and have patience. But I love what the Lord is teaching you in this area.

I know it's easy to miss those simple things that truly can bless this journey. To's like a faith marker that pops up at times we're hurting and tired and want rejuvenation. I can sit down on a busy night ready to give up then I take a break in a tiny corner, eat my food from home then have my energy level restored as I am reminded of His provisions. He is good...all the time. Be strong sister and may you have a wonderful weekend and have rest you deserve in between.

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

I am learning this a lot these days and you have put it into words so elegantly. Rest in the middle of all that is going on. I am also reading Gift of the Sea and she explains it also.
Hugs to you and your summer!!!

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