Lisa Bonnema
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Lisa is a business writer and editor. Her true passion is encouraging women and sharing her faith through speaking engagements and all things social media. She has been married to her husband Jeff for 20 years and is “a mom in progress” to three strong girls and one giant dog.

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  1. My God!! Thank you Lord for always meeting me where I need to be met at. The Lord most definitely knows the hearts of all. This has been me for since I was about 13 yrs old, always pouring into and taking care of others. ❤️

    • He knows our hearts indeed, Arnesia! I hope you feel His care and provision today as you empty and allow Him to pour in to *your* life. Have a blessed day!

    • God always knows just what we need, doesn’t He? Praying you feel His presence in a special way today, Gail. If you are like me, your soul probably feels a little extra weary these last several days. Have a blessed day, sister in Christ!

  2. What a beautifully, written article. For ALL, at different places in life. Filling up on the one who made us. Thank sweet one for this.❤

  3. Bonnema,

    This is so me always caring for others. I spent 10 years as the main caregiver for my parents. It was a wild ride never knowing when phone would ring. Constantly on pins & needles running to doctors, checking in once a week. running errands. During that time I didn’t care for myself. Just when I thought it was over both my in-laws were hospitalized on same day. That last another 2 years. It was at that time Bonnie Gray wrote about Spiritual Whitespace-putting margin in your life. She also penned “Whispers of Rest 40 days of Gods love to revitalize your soul.” She has many soul care ideas in that book. The one I liked most is breath prayers. Just breath in & say God or Jesus then breath out & say help me. It can be done literally anywhere at any time. It calms your soul down. Caring for ourselves is something we must do. Otherwise we can’t be there for others. Prayer is a big big part of soul care. We owe it to ourselves to pray about everything. God commands us to pray about everything in Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. He expects us to come to Him with all our burdens big or small. Let’s start caring for ourselves by giving all our anxieties over to Him.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Wow, Beth. That was a lot on you for a lot of years! I can see why you felt so depleted. Sometimes life circumstances make it difficult to care for ourselves well. I hope life has settled down for you a bit now!

      I really love the idea of breath prayers. What a beautiful but simple way to connect with God. Thanks for sharing!

  4. At 80yrs. My Lord knows how cleaning has become more burdensome. Keeping up with everything that I see to do is overwhelming. It is time for me to crochet, knit and read. But in today’s world, it is move and move and move. It is time to embrace what moment I have left. The pandemic has changed our , no doubt, but my joy is my family. Seeing new photos on the electric photo screen of our grandchildren and their children makes my heart happy!

    • Your comment warmed my heart, Karen. It sounds like the Lord is indeed calling you to rest in Him and to enjoy the blessings in your life. I also agree that the pandemic has helped us *all* refocus and lean into what is really important and what fills our souls. I love that you are choosing to embrace this season and the joy it brings you. Many blessings to you and your family!

  5. This is refreshing & refueling to my spirit. Thank you for allowing God to speak through you.

    • I’m so glad, Teresa. God always wants to relieve us of our burdens, but right now, everything feels a little extra heavy, doesn’t it? Praying you continue to find rest and peace in Him!