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Marie is a writer, speaker, & bible teacher living in Southern California with her husband, three kids & golden retriever. She loves good books, great food, & God’s Word. In sharing about neurodiversity, mental health, & motherhood, Marie helps women trade shame & stress for joy & rest in Christ.

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  1. Indeed I got this message on a fallow season prior to reading this article. The unimaginable sequence of events in my own life from 2020 until current date has forced me to a season of being fallow. A season of processing the pace and circumstances of the past 4 years. I felt broken, however it forced me to dig deeper into myself and reevaluate my relationships, priorities, spiritual awareness and ultimately to make decisions about self care a priority. My faith grew, I became stronger in taking care of myself, had to let go of certain people and relationships in my life, which was extremely difficult and painful but absolutely necessary to understand what God wanted for me. To learn, grow and mature in my walk with him

  2. Such a unique and valuable perspective you’ve offered on our need and God’s desire to restore us! Thank you.


  3. My better half has served as either a deacon or elder 21 of the past 22 years. The last 3 especially hard as our senior pastor retired & finding his replacement was very contentious. He rolls off active service in July. We are looking very forward to a fallow season knowing God will bless it! Love your illustration! Blessings (((0)))

  4. How timely this permission slip was. I am currently reducing my responsibilities to be open to what God might have new for me to do.

  5. I love this way of thinking about REST. I come from a farming community of Mattoon, Illinois but hadn’t thought about it like this. I do think of the day of Sabbath as time for recharging with God.

    As a pharmacist who retired after 40 years I appreciate being able to “wake up slow with Jesus.” I no longer have to “hit the ground running.” Actually even that phrase that I used so often now sounds silly. Who wants to hit the ground?

    Warm Blessings,


  6. Thank you Marie. Wonderful Saturday message. I’m being reminded, yet again, to do just this…..

    Take a step back. Let go and let God. Make space for God to restore and refresh me then Let go Let God. Repeat \0/

  7. Thank you for sharing these insightful words. Maybe now, I will give myself permission to rest instead of pushing to keep going and plowing through life.

  8. Marie,

    Society tells us to keep going going going, do & achieve more. But all that does is make us worn out & weary. Lysa Terkeurst said it best in her book “Your Best Yes” “Saying yes to everyone & everything won’t make you wonder woman. it will make you a worn out woman with nothing left to give.” All that rushing around, hurrying & doing is not good for your health. God designed us to rest one day a week. That rest gives us time refill our spiritual tank. Take God’s permission slip step back & slow down. You deserve a rest!!

    Blessings 🙂

  9. Thank you for allowing God to use you, this was totally for me. In 2017 everything came to a holt the way my life was going, I’m embarrassed to say I was trying to do God’s job. After being falsely fired from a 33 year job, devastated to practically a nervous breakdown., not so much for the firing but for the depletion in me, as I surrender my life back to God after putting him on a shelf to get back with him later, because I had to do his job, as I was being escorted out the building God said with HIS intercom voice to me: This is your time to rest in me”..He revealed to me HE allowed the firing to happen I Thank God, It’s almost weird to say, that was one of the best things he could have done for me..Again, Thank you for allowing God to use you to remind me. I still got you❤️❤️

  10. Beautiful and every word true. I didn’t know that until I retired from working. There wasn’t a day in the last 65 yrs that I wasn’t busy…whether a kid, teenager, graduating, working a full time job….it never stops. You just get in gear and go, until you can’t anymore. Everyone needs time to recoop and revitalize your soul and spirit. I never realized that until I retired. Every word of this is so true. Thank you.

  11. Having been a human doer all my 80 years, well, this article is exactly what I need to slow down and be still before the Lord. Thank you for writing this powerful message.