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Bonnie Gray is the author of Whispers of Rest and Finding Spiritual Whitespace, 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...

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  1. Bonnie, How wonderful to see a post from you. What plates do I need to let fall? Oh boy! With all the craziness happening in this country… that is affecting so many…I think I have a service for 24 spinning madly away. Getting totally freaked out over the violence which I hate and other things too numerous to mention but do affect my loved ones….I guess I had to come to the point of just coming to a grinding stop myself and hiding behind God while the plates all shatter. In my mind, I put myself behind God hiding from the ugliness that only He can handle. Just like a little kid that hids behind their parents. It’s the only place to feel safe. It is a stark reminder that this is NOT our world. Our world is with Jesus and we must remember we are citizens of Heaven, not of this earth anymore. I love reading your posts, Bonnie. They are a soothing balm that I think we all need.

  2. Thank you Bonnie. This was a much needed message for me today. Your sentiment of feeling the pressure to live a fruitful life is so true. What a wonderful reminder to let the plates fall.

  3. Bonnie,
    I love how your words, here, and in your books invite my heart, in such a loving way, to let the plates fall. I need to be a “human-being” because I wasn’t designed to be a “human-doing.” Thank you for the invitation to make like a tree in fall and let the leaves, with which I burden myself, fall away.
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  4. Carried.
    What a beautiful image to cherish in this season. I also enjoy autumn’s gentle warning. Cold weather and dark days are coming, but there is warm soup, soothing candlelight, and the brightness of family love.

  5. Bonnie, you could have been writing my story. I thought I was alone in feeling the pressure of summer, the long, long days of supposedly doing things, going places, yard work, painting, the never ending list of guilt.
    Then autumn. As the days are shortened the guilt & pressure fall away, and somehow my list isn’t that important any more. I rest in the slowing down. Blessed relief from myself. Is it any wonder that fall is my favorite season?
    Thank you for sharing, and helping me to understand & like myself better as I know I am not the only one who feels this way. God always leads me to Christian writers who calm my spirit & mind. When you make my journal by my copying and pasting, you have indeed been led by God. ❤️

    • “Blessed relief from myself” – well put! Grace for all but ourselves is definitely not how He calls us to live. May we become deaf to the sound of plates crashing 😉

    • Sweet Joyce, your beautiful words touched my heart so deeply. Thank you for the gift of sharing how the words spoke to you — and giving us a glimpse into your journey. I especially feel blessed knowing something in my journal — written to you — has a sacred place in your journal. I know it is our loving Savior whispering his love to us kindred spirits! may you have a beautiful day, friend!

  6. Thank you for this, Bonnie! This echoes your Whispers of Rest book and it was a game changer for me!
    Thank you for the reminder that while letting spinning plates crash can feel like failure, it can actually free us up to a different kind of work.

    • Sweet Andrea, you have SO blessed me — to know that Whispers of Rest book has transformed you as the Beloved — as it has for my heart — I am sending you a big hug — from one kindred spirit to another. 🙂 and yes, the “different kind of work” is the journey of the beloved and rest. thank you for sharing here, friend! xo

  7. Thank you for putting words to a key lesson God is teaching me in a very difficult, broken-hearted season. I think I will add this image of letting spinning plates fall to my “art journal for difficult times”

    • Beautiful Jill, May you feel your brokenness made beautiful by the touch of our loving Savior — even in these words here. Thank you for the gift of sharing how the words spoke to you — and giving us a glimpse into your journey. I especially feel blessed knowing something in my journal — written to you — has a sacred place in your journal. I know it is our loving Savior whispering his love to us kindred spirits! may you have a beautiful day, friend!

  8. Bonnie,

    Your words are always spot on. They hit the core of my being. Love reading your posts. Summer is actually my least favorite season of the year. Love fall & autumn with the brilliant display of colors. This week has taught me to really treasure family & friends. Don’t let little things bother you. I used to keep small plates spinning. Always feeling like I had to keep busy while hubby was at work. Often thinking who needs help, whom can I cook for, etc. For me these past few days have hit home hard. One 9 yr old girl was killed in a drive by shooting in my small county. Yesterday I learned that my in-laws pastor-great man of cloth & good friend died of Covid. Also a co-worker is in hospital with Covid. That changes the landscape of how I think. Now I run to God with tear stained eyes. Nothing else much matters. I know He will carry us through this time. I keep reminding myself of Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you. Psalm 23:4-5 Yea though I walk through the valley of shadow of death I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.

    Blessings 🙂

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