I once felt lost and tired.
Even though no one could tell. By looking at my life from the outside.
But, deep inside, in my secret heart of hearts, I’ve always wanted something I could never quite keep a hold of — not long enough to make it my everyday home. For my soul and for the me that wanted to be free.
I’ve always wanted to know who I really could be — if I was free to rest.
Did you ever wish life could be different?
That somehow you could just rest?
Underneath all the stress, the expectations we put on ourselves and the ones others put on us, we all long for space.
Space to breathe.
Space to just be me.
Where we can be real.
To take care of our hearts, with the grace and kindness we often pour out to others.
We don’t want to be numb anymore.
Just doing. Coping. Surviving.
All the while, there is a part of us that longs to come alive.
The part of us who longs for beauty, even though the daily road feels rough. Or even broken.
The part of us who remembers what it’s like to have desires is hungering for quiet. For rest.
Who wants to feel more intimately connected with God.
To our dreams.
To our stories.
To who we really are deep inside.
Who doesn’t want to hide.
Who longs to be known.
A Deeper Part
There’s a deeper part of us who longs to uncover the stories we’re living in our everyday lives — hidden — so that they can be shared.
We don’t want to journey alone.
We don’t have to.
What we all long for is deeper rest.
What we all long for is soul rest.
Soul rest is a kind of rest we can savor — not as we should be. Nor as we ought to be.
We can enjoy rest for our souls — as we are.
This ache for soul rest is something Jesus longs to touch.
It is an ache that Jesus himself must have also felt as He journeyed in-the-the-skin through the realities of daily life.
Jesus invites us to experience this rest — by offering us an invitation.
If we dare to take the journey.
“Are you tired? Worn out?
Come to me,
all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads,
and I will give you rest.
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.”
~ Jesus’s invitation, Matthew 11:28-30
Dare to rest.
Dare to be real.
To whisper —
I am tired.
But, I still carry dreams. Desires. A story.
I want to be happy.
I miss the quiet.
I want to feel.
I want to let go of who I’ve been — so I can discover who I can be — when I take the time to rest.
I want to be present.
I want to love. And be loved.
A New Journey
Jesus invites us on a new journey. To pause. To draw close.
To come into an intimate special space.
The rest we all long for really can be found.
Dare to take a new journey.
Create space in your life.
So you can care for what’s tender.
Because behind your most tired moments lie the deepest parts of who God made you — longing to be known and restored.
You’re worth it.
The real you.
If you dared to rest — to uncover the real you God made — what would you want more of?
What would you want less of?
What can feed your soul today?
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A Book For You. An Intimate Journey to Rest.
Until one day, at the cusp of fulfilling a lifelong dream, my plans shattered into an unexpected journey through painful memories and anxiety. In my search for answers, I made an important discovery: we need to make room in our lives to breathe — time for rest, time for ourselves,and time for God.
I’ve taken a heartbreaking two-year journey to find those answers. And I want to share what I’ve discovered.
I have an intimate story to tell — a book that will take you on your own intimate journey — to uncover your own stories and create space in your life for God and the real you.
Dare to take this beautiful, soulful journey to find rest with me.
I’ve written a book for you — from brokenness to beauty — that releases in June this year. I’ll be announcing the title soon.
If you’d like hear more about my upcoming book as news unfolds, click here to sign up for the book’s mailing list. Join me on the journey to find rest and feed your soul this year. Let’s discover something new and real together. Let’s keep each other company.
Written by Bonnie Gray, the Faith Barista, serving up shots of faith for everyday life.