Women are heroes when it comes to loving and caring for others. But, why is it so hard to give ourselves permission to rest and refresh? Why is it a challenge to take care of yourself and refill on the peace and joy God longs to give?
As women who pour out to love others – with checklists to do, meals to cook, emails and deadlines queuing up – it’s important to prioritize your well-being and refilling with God’s love and peace.
A life refreshed with God’s peace and joy is possible – even if you feel overwhelmed with everyday stress. God understands. God doesn’t want you to do more for Him. God longs to love you deeper.
Jesus longs to refresh and take care of you. Jesus invites you to simply come and rest – so he can whisper words of love and rest to you – to fill you His peace and presence.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden,
and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
We often struggle with slowing down because life is so busy. But, have you noticed, if you can find a pocket of quiet, you finally breathe. You realize that your heart really misses talking to God. You miss the peace of His presence and the joy of His word.
Real rest isn’t just about what you can do or say to God.
Rest is about being present. Rest is about receiving the peace and love that you need – that God wants to supply for you. Freely. Again and again. Prayer is rest.
Let’s Get Practical About Rest
But, you may ask me: How can I get practical about rest? How can I take better care of myself and draw close to God?
These are the same questions I asked myself during a stressful season of my life. To my amazement, God helped me discover 40 different, simple ways to detox my soul, spark joy, and experience God’s peace and presence.
Today, I am so happy to share with you everything that helped me! I wrote a new devotional guidebook called Whispers of Rest: 40 Days of God’s Love to Revitalize Your Soul!
Whispers of Rest is a beautiful 40-day devotional detox filled with uplifting Scripture and stories, soul care tips to spark joy, and simple prayer practices to deepen intimacy with God.
3 Fun Things: A Book Giveaway, Free Book Club, and Soul Care
2) On June 5th, I’m hosting a Free Whispers of Rest Summer Book Club on my blog with a Six-Video Series (filmed in California’s beautiful nature), along with Coloring Pages and Prayer Podcasts. All free to download. Click here to sign up!
3) Read an excerpt from the book about soul care below.
So grab some girlfriends and join in! It’ll be fun to do it together!
Four Simple Soul Care Practices to Detox from Stress and Experience More Peace
1. BREATHE AND REST
Are you tea or coffee lover? Sip a cup of tea or coffee and breathe with God today.
Prayer is like sharing an intimate moment of quiet with a loved one. No words are needed. Research shows that even the act of brewing tea and simply the aroma of coffee is mood lifting!
Take a sip of coffee or tea today and breathe. As you do, rest in the thought of Jesus praying for you. Rest in the comfort God’s love for you. Scriptures tell us Jesus is praying for you!
“Who then is the one who condemns? No one.
Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life —
is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” (Romans 8:34)
2. JOURNAL YOUR PRAYER
Instead of struggling to reach Jesus, invite Jesus to enter your world. Research in a New York Times article shows the power of writing your personal story leads to behavioral changes and improves happiness. Even 10 minutes of writing makes a difference!
“For the word of God is alive and active . . .
It penetrates dividing soul and spirit . . .” (Hebrews 4:12)
The “word” is the Greek word logos — translated as living voice. God uses everything living to speak into our lives. This includes journaling. Where will you journal today?
3. REMEMBER AND REFLECT
Brother Lawrence, a seventeenth-century Carmelite monk, made it a habit to intentionally think of God – even while washing dishes. “I worshipped God as often as I could, keeping my mind in His holy presence, and recalling it as often as I found I had wandered from Him.”
One simple way to intentionally experience God’s peace is to pause and reflect on your favorite Bible verse. What’s your favorite Scripture? Remember God is whispering words of love to you again today.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
4. PRAY A BREATH PRAYER
A Breath Prayer is a simple way to pray using the natural rhythm of your breathing. It is a contemplative prayer practiced by the early church to experience God’s peace, practice the presence of God, and “pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
What is your breath prayer today?
If you’re feeling weary from stress, it’s okay. God loves you. By injecting pockets of rest, you arrive at the doorway of God’s love for you. Rest in your loving Savior’s arms. Hear Him tenderly whisper:
You have what it takes for the journey ahead.
A sunrise for new beginnings, stars to light the night,
friends to share the quiet. You are My beloved. You have Me.
Take one day at a time. God will provide.
Enter Today’s Giveaway
The team at FaithWords is giving away 5 copies of Whispers of Rest! Enter by sharing a comment: How do you like to rest and refresh? Enter by this Sunday, May 28. (U.S. only.)
BONNIE GRAY is the soulful author of Whispers of Rest and Finding Spiritual Whitespace, garnering Publisher’s Weekly starred review praise. An inspirational speaker and retreat leader, she has touched thousands of lives through storytelling, visual arts, nature, prayer, and meditation. Bonnie’s writing is featured on Relevant Magazine, DaySpring’s (in)courage, and Christianity Today. She lives in California with her husband and their two sons. Visit Bonnie at thebonniegray.com and @thebonniegray on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.