Do you ever feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day? I frequently lie down at night and feel like there are a million and one things I didn't get to yet. Because of this, I often go to bed with the feeling of unrest; and anxiety because these things don’t just disappear, they just get added to tomorrow’s to-do list. It’s a never-ending cycle.

It sometimes feels like my life is flying by and all I want is for it to s l o w down.

I try to appreciate the season God has me in and not rush it behind me, but that’s difficult with an endless list of things to think about and a hundred plans to be made. 

But I wasn't made to run around like a chicken with my head cut off. 

Some days I forget to eat because I've jam-packed my schedule THAT much. 

Raise your hand if you can relate!

Our world loves being busy! We love telling everyone about how many things we can pack into one day. We envy the busy bees. In a world that glorifies busyness, it can be so hard to actually desire and seek rest. 

But y'all, it is so essential for our souls! 

If you resonate, I want to share with you some of the ways that I intentionally seek rest in my life – which is currently the busiest season for me so far.

Start your days with slow, silent prayer.

I tell the Lord the things on my heart. Laying my desires before the Lord, allows Him more space in my life to work in those particular areas and it gives me a beautiful lens to see Him move mightily as He starts to align my desires with His.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

“Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

 Surrender your plans to God.

This may sound crazy, but it brings me so much peace to give up all the plans I've so carefully laid out for my life. My plans are shaky and they are subject to all the disruptions of this world. When I can lay them down at the feet of Jesus and accept and trust that He is working everything for my good, I'm flooded with peace and rest. 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28

Understanding that you are fully + completely loved.

I am fully and completely loved by the Father, regardless of whether or not these things get done. Whether I get an A on this test, whether I get that job, whether I get my butt to the gym; He loves me just the same! How comforting and restful!

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:37-39

Find hope.

A lot of times when I start to feel run down and defeated by a massive list and an endless thought train; all I need is a little hope. A little hope that this is all for a purpose. That I'm not doing these things just to make it through another day. Because what kind of life would that be?

Everything I'm doing today is getting me closer to where God wants me to be tomorrow. The Lord promises that when we find our hope in Him, He will renew our strength. Guys, you are bound to run out of steam at some point, you’re human. Run to Him when you need a little strength or hope, and He will give it to you!

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19

“But those who hope in the Lord, will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Rest is what refreshes our souls. We weren't made to endlessly run on our own endurance and our own capabilities. We must go to Him to find the rest that our souls crave. 

Be intentional about seeking rest. It is essential to your walk with the Lord and to your impact on other's faith.

Yes, we are also called to be hard workers.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Genesis 2:15. But we weren't made to be without rest. There has to be a balance.

Accept His free grace when some things just don't get done, and find rest in His promises. 

Question for you: What are things you do to s l o w down? What are ways that you can <<practically>> find rest in the Lord?

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