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Bonnie Gray is the author of Sweet Like Jasmine, Whispers of Rest, wife, and mom to two boys. An inspirational speaker featured by Relevant Magazine and Christianity Today, she’s guided thousands to detox stress and experience God’s love through soul care, encouragement, and prayer. She loves refreshing your soul at...

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  1. I could surely use this book right now! I will have to read this post more than once to get some relief. Thanks

    • Hi Betty 🙂 I think this wonderful Scripture is for you From OUR Father 🙂 “I so want to ‘Give Thanks For EVERYTHING 🙁 & 🙂 in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God my Father’. I so want to ‘rejoiced always’ with Your HELP. Always! And I so want to ‘have no anxiety about anything’ BECAUSE…You are my Strength. ‘But in everything, by prayer and supplication and with Great Thanksgiving, I WILL let my requests be made known to YOU my heavenly Father ( I need some, NO! I NEED RELIEF JESUS). ‘ I so want to ‘pray-think constantly’…about how YOU LOVE ME. *YOU LOVE ME* And I so want to ‘give Thanks in ALL circumstances 🙁 & 🙂 which I KNOW YOU WILL HELP ME WITH. ‘For I KNOW that is the WILL of God IN Christ Jesus for ME. And I know that IF… I would do that, the PEACE of God which passes ALL understanding would indeed KEEP my Heart and my Mind IN Christ Jesus’ Phil 4:6-7 <3 JESUS-JESUS-JESUS <3 THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU <3 These Powerful WORDS are enough, He KNOWS your Heart <3 your NOT alone <3 (((hugs)))

  2. I have been reading blog posts this morning and then, suddenly…….
    I stopped. Cold.
    This hit me in a deep place. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your time-won perspective on stress and prayer. I didn’t realize that stress was the reason I was feeling a little out of my connection with God.
    I have often whispered the name of Jesus out of sheer desperation when I couldn’t seem to mutter anything else. He always shows up. He’s always waiting.
    Thanks again for the inspiration.

  3. Thank you for those comforting and encouraging words Bonnie! I was having one of those days when I realized that I”m unraveling at the seams, feeling numb and trying to pickup all the dropped pieces. All the obligations at home, work, and church are stealing the small joys I was trying to experience daily. Spiritually, I know what the Word says but having trouble letting its truth and power permeate my heart and mind…your five things refreshed me this morning. I will have to keep these handy during the season i’m currently in. Again, thank you!

  4. Bonnie, I just downloaded your book on my kindle and already have went through the first chapter. I have loved everything in it so far…my relationship with Jesus has felt strained as of lately because it just felt like I was striving so hard all of the time and doing it out of pressure, not love for Him. This is a breath of fresh air in my relationship with God. Love that you gave us some practical ways of how to rest- thank you.

  5. Often times we wonder how God could love us so deeply when time and time again we fail him. Thankful for God’s grace and among all the chaos in my daily life, may I find the time, whitespace to fully embrace His love and His presence.

    Thanks for reminding me this Bonnie. I feel as if you had been reading my very thoughts:):)

  6. All of this hit home with me!!!! I have been walking through a rough journey the last two years. It started with the loss of a friendship, caring for a sick dad, loss of my dad, a daughter with broken arm including surgery and therapy for three months, senior daughter this year and a daughter move to junior high building. God has been carrying me through it all. I have had the days of tired, wear, and selfish then feeling guilty for thinking selfish thoughts.

    Thank you for always having encouraging post. I started getting your emails 4 years ago when I started a journey for a major 10 hour back surgery. God used you more than you will every know here on earth.

  7. I’m learning. It’s a process and I’m letting go of what I can’t control. Thanks.

  8. Thank you for the reminder about inviting Jesus into my world. I often regard “quiet time” with Him more formally – at a table, desk, couch and not outdoors for some reason. I am more active outdoors and what a delightful concept to worship and contemplate on a walk or while with a friend on the deck…I have some healing adventures in whitespace ahead of me now. God bless you.

  9. I would love this book! It looks wonderful. I am a teacher and have time to read it in the next month.

  10. Your words were like a drink of cool water to my heart! Thank you very reminding me of the importance of rest.

  11. If this five ideas are the tip of the iceberg, I really need to read this book. Sounds amazing. I need to rest and learn to be at peace in my life. Please pick me. With mom passing away earlier this year, I could really use another friend to help me to get my life on track again.

    • Sue,

      Prayers for you and your family as you mourn the loss of your mother. May God swoop down and shower you with peace and contentment knowing she is in Heaven.

      Father God,

      Please give Sue peace in her life. Show her how to rest and be content. Give her a friend to lean on and help her get life back on track. Shower her and the family with your love, and grace.


  12. Thank you so much for this article its something I needed to read now I have been struggling with some health issues that have caused anxiety at times but trying to stay strong and trust him.

  13. LOVE this! Just what I needed to hear today with a full day of work and then putting 47 miles on car to drive kids back and forth to sports and doc appts….ah sweet rest!! This would be a great book to win to include in our women’s retreat raffle basket as theme is Rejuvenation and learning to take time for ourselves in all aspects of life.

  14. He leads me beside the still waters… Your words touched my heart in the midst of a very difficult time. Thank you for sharing from your experience. They mean so much because I know that you have lived them.

  15. Thanks for this Bonnie! I could just feel my tired body relax into God’s embrace, acceptance, understanding and love.

  16. It is 4:00 am and I am too stressed to sleep. I found this devotion on FB and haVe been in tears. I will reread and try to be still, and rest.

  17. It’s 5:30 am & I’ve been struggling to sleep all night. I’m so physically exhausted I don’t know what to do. My dr has recently diagnosed me with panic attacks but I’m honestly not sure that’s what it is. I found this blog on fb & glad I did. Thank you for sharing

  18. This was absolutely beautiful! It was truly what I need to hear. My son committed suicide 2 years ago. My youngest son and I were home when he did it. The guilt and visions are unbearable! I have struggled focusing, sleeping, and remembering every day tasks. Though I already knew God gives rest to the weary and broken hearted, hearing it again was very uplifting. The brokenness and hurt of such a great loss as that of a child can be unrelenting some days. Simply saying “Jesus” when no other positive thoughts can break through your mind is encouraging and helpful!!!! God has blessed our family tremendously after the loss of our precious angel baby left this earth, but I still have days where the pain and guilt take me to my knees. Thank you for sharing!

  19. Bonnie,

    I love love love your writing. You are so super open and honest about a somewhat touchy subject.

    Holley’s comment “If you’ve ever been weary & needed room to breathe” hit the nail on the head for me. This year has been tough. Between January and May I moved my father into an assisted living, and went through medication problems that landed him in the hospital and rehab. Now that all that is over and he is back in the assisted living I thought life would be normal. NO! My hubby got some iffy news about his job and we had a few tense weeks waiting to find out the solution. Praise God he is staying employed–just on a different shift.

    Through all that I worked a somewhat stressful job that I don’t like. For the first time I felt overwhelmed and stressed out to the max. I so needed and continue to need spiritual whitespace.

    Thanks for writing this book Bonnie! God bless 🙂

  20. The words I needed to hear today.I would love to read this book.
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