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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. Amen Bonnie. We all need rest and reminders NOT to fill our time and days do FUZlL that we forget to look after ourselves and recharge through time with God.
    Blessings to you.

    • thanks, Jas! I love how you use the word “recharge”as time with God – and looking after ourselves is part of that soul care! Have a beautiful rest of this day – and week. May this message of rest and God’s love carry you through the week, friend!

  2. Such good words for the day when we all gather, blessing one another with acts of service rendered first to God. With so much to do on a Sunday morning, I forget sometimes that God wants my presence more than He wants my busy-ness. It will be a great gift this morning to remember these words as I settle into my seat and let the Word of God wash over me in all its power and beauty.

    • Yes, I love how you’re always such a soulful listener to his voice. And you are a poet at heart as you shared how these words spoke to you – “God wants my presence more than He wants my busy-ness…It will be a great gift this morning to remember these words as I settle into my seat and let the Word of God wash over me in all its power and beauty.” Thanks, Michele!

  3. I just loved this post!!! My word for the year is “nurture” and this spoke right to the meaning behind why I chose that word. Thank you!!

    • What a beautiful, beautiful word for the year, Jane! It’s just rich with invitation to rest and enjoy everything God has for you -just for you! i hope you can join the “Be Loved” series I’ll be starting soon on my blog at thebonniegray.com – just sign up and you’ll get access to my free webinar… 😉

  4. Bonnie,

    Needed words today!! Women are guilty of believing that we must “strive” to earn God’s goodness/grace. The world says do & achieve more. Keep on keeping on. Lysa Terkerurst in her book “The Best Yes” says: “saying yes all the time won’t make me Wonder Woman. It will make me a worn out woman.” She states we need to make our choices with eternity in mind. Worn out women don’t have anything to give to their loved ones. God doesn’t need us to do everything all time. He desperately wants us to be slow down & listen for His still small voice. God wants to shower His love on us, but can’t if we’re moving & doing all the time. We need to drop our to do lists & learn to say no more often. Think on this: if Jesus needed to get away for some quiet time with God then how much more do we need it? This world is so noisy & divisive. We need to sit quietly & let God fill us up. We need to soak up God’s love & enjoy the beauty around us.

    Blessings 🙂

  5. Bonnie,
    Before I knew it was you I wondered if it was…..Thank-you so much for your beautiful words and for including such a peaceful offering from the Lord. “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place to rest awhile.” Mark 6:31
    Have a blessed day all,

    • We’re good friends, across the miles – kindred spirits. Love how you recognize my heart, before you read it was written by me! love to you friend! may this day be a blessing to you, Penny!

  6. Oh yeah.. I love that I can rest between His shoulders, shielded by His love! And fill my calendar with peace & joy? I’m on it Bonnie:)
    Happy and a blessed Sunday as you rest in Jesus \0/

    • Hi Sadie!! yes, let’s do this! my special series will start soon on my blog and I cannot wait to do the webinar and special podcasts and blog posts!! So loved this speaks to you heart too!

  7. This spoke to my heart today. “Rest isn’t the absence of movement. It’s blossoming in the love God has for you and boldly moving in the direction God’s gentle love compels you to enjoy and do. Rather than trying to fit into someone else’s idea of beautiful, rest and be the beautiful true you!” God is growing self confidence in me so much this past year. He gave me the confidence to go out and play ice hockey for the first time in my life. I had always wanted to play when I was younger but my parents didn’t want me to get hurt. Only my brothers could play. So now I am a substitute on a women’s team when they need someone to fill in. He also gave me the confidence to take over my son’s saxophone lessons (he didn’t want to play anymore). I once again always wanted to learn how to play when I was younger. God knew what would light me up and fill me with joy. I thank Him daily for all the blessings He has been giving me. I am also listening to Him and will be helping to lead a Moms In Prayer group in our area so Moms can pray for their child, other children and our schools. He is so good…

    • oh, my goodness, Amy!! YES!! I love, love, love that you are playing ice hockey for the first time in your life!! That is so beloved and BIG step of faith to BE YOU!! I am the same way – so many things I couldn’t do when I was a little girl because of the way I was brought up (I wrote about this in my books Finding Spiritual Whitespace and Whispers of Rest) but now we can create new memories and experience God by doing the things He puts on your heart!! I can’t love this post enough!! Are you on my mailing list for my blog? i hope you can join the “Be Loved” series I’ll be starting soon on my blog at thebonniegray.com – and it would be so special to have you a part of it!! just sign up or if you’re already there, yay!!

  8. to Bonnie and all the ladies who replied to this message. My wife has shared these messages with me from time to time and my word for this year is HOPE. We have been struggling in our fifty-two year marriage for the past decade and your messages and blogs have lifted my spirit so I now have HOPE that this year there will be a major improvement and blessings in our life together. Thank you for your inspiration and care . Ron from Australia.

  9. I rescued this email from my junk folder. I never even open that up. Today I did and I clicked on your email. Words can not express how timely your words are today. After a weekend of interrupted plans and a resentful heart, feeling selfish because I did not want to spend time with grandkids or have overnight company. I love them but I had plans. Not important plans but my plans. I love my kids and grands but I also like my empty nest. I feel so threaten because I can’t say “no”. I feel selfish because my daughter in law needs friends, a church family and she will not seek them out herself. She depends on me so much. Anyway, to make a long story short. I rested this morning in reading God’s words, your words, journaling and praying…feeling beloved. Thank you for the reminder. I have rescued your emails and hope to read more in the future. May God bless you!

  10. Bonnie,I really appreciate your writing. I didn’t have time to read this the day it came out, but when I saw you were the author I saved it to read later. Just really resonate with what you share. Thank you.

  11. Bonnie, thank you so much for this! I have been struggling with this for so long. I feel as though I have no time for myself to talk to God even in the morning while I am getting ready for work. My husband and daughter do not do things to help me around the house and to help get things done. My daughter is 28 and has Epilepsy and I am now her caregiver since she is separated from her husband as of a year ago. My husband is an alcoholic who would rather drink as soon as he gets home from work everyday. On the weekend he may help me some, but I do a bulk of the work while he sometimes lays on the bed and watches tv. By the time I go to bed at night I am exhausted. I am struggling with how to hear God tell me I’m beautiful and there have been a lot of times where I hide just so I won’t get hurt. Because I have been hurt so many times. I don’t know how to let go and let God! I struggle with so many things and I don’t know to listen for God when he is speaking to me. Especially when He is speaking good to me.

    • Gina, Jesus is with you!
      Cling to God’s Word; hide with it! Make some moments to spend in it even when work is pressing; God will take care of your time and work if you make sure to spend some time with Him.
      Find a truth or promise that speaks to you where you are at, and walk in that truth all day! Think on it, speak it, sing it, pray it – and preach it to the lies that your circumstances, relationships, and mind whisper to you. You ARE loved (Jeremiah 31:3), God DOES care (1Peter 5:7), He WILL carry your burdens, (Psalm 55:22), and He WANTS you to rest in Him (Matthew 11:28-30)! And He IS listening to your prayers (1Peter 3:12, 1John 5:14,15, Isaiah 65:24).
      Find a Christian mentor (pastor, teacher, friend, mature Christian) to walk with you in prayer and counsel! God does not plan for you to be alone; ask Him to lead you to a friend.
      Praying for you!
      Hugs from a sister in Christ,

  12. I am in desperate need of rest. Just retired after 25 years of ministry. What I am finding hard is to say “no” to people that I’ve been working with all of these years. Just because I’m retired doesn’t mean that their needs have retired. I feel guilty saying no. I know that guilt is not from God. I am happy to be retired, happy to be Christ’s beloved. How do I tell people that I care, but I can’t do what I did before? There were weeks, months, when I was putting in 60 hours/week. I’m tired….and the needs are still great. Thanks for listening.

  13. Dear Bonnie,

    Your post really resonated with my heart’s cry and desire. In this season of my life, I have learned to Rest in the Lord. It’s easier said than done for an A+ personality, but it has been my best year just spending time with God, listening to Jesus and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide and comfort me. “Be Still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

    Thank you for the reminders of Jesus resting, going away to pray and spending time alone in the quiet, with His
    (and our) Loving Father! God created the Sabbath for Rest, as even our Creator “rested on the 7th day”. Our whole being is designed for rest….time for quiet, stillness, and the absence of stress. Thank you for encouraging us to be more like Mary and sit quietly at the feet of Jesus.