Burned Out on Religion

Burned Out on Religion

November 5, 2014

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)

"Rhythms of grace are God's divine tempo for your life. It's not about what we do or don't do. It’s about Who is setting our pace." ~ Kerri Weems, author of "Rhythms of Grace" // God's tempo for your life and the world's tempo are very different. CLICK for more on letting God set your pace.

Tired. Worn out. Burned out on religion. All of those words described the state I found myself in just over three years ago. After being in full-time ministry for more than 12 years, I was so frustrated, frazzled and numb on the inside I was ready to quit! Nobody, not even my husband, knew how I was feeling.

I was living a double life, in a way, but I was tired of the charade. I didn’t want to fake it anymore … I just wanted to let it go. The funny thing is, letting it all go was just exactly what I did. Only, I didn’t let go by walking away from it all. I let go by learning to lean into God’s grace.

Jesus’ invitation to let Him set the pace of our lives seems tailor-made to fit this generation of weary souls, even though He spoke these words two millennia ago. Recover your life … real rest … unforced … free and light living. This lifestyle of unbroken fellowship with Jesus is the goal of the rhythms of grace. Rhythms of grace are God’s divine tempo for your life. It’s not about what we do or don’t do. It’s about Who is setting our pace.

Think for a moment about rhythm and our most basic response to it: movement. I have a few playlists on my iPod that I listen to when I’m working out. There are different kinds of music for different kinds of movement.

When I engage in the slow and sustained movements of stretching, I listen to ethereal tunes or piano instrumentals. But when it comes to cardio workouts, that won’t do. I need energy! So I pump my favorite Christian hip hop artist into my headphones. Why? Because the rhythm makes me move. How I move — the speed, the motion, the duration — is a response to the beat I am hearing.

The rhythm of the music sets my workout pace, but when it comes to the pace of my life, I have to ask, Who is setting the rhythm? The answer depends on who has access to my ears, mind and heart in that moment.

People have different responses when it comes to dealing with the demands of life. Some people hop on the hamster wheel and keep going faster and faster, as if they can outrun the stress or even run away from it. Some people feel so helpless they just stop moving altogether. Others ignore problems hoping they will somehow go away.

I understand each of those reactions — and I have experienced them plenty of times! Somewhere between the hamster wheel and the full stop, there is a perfect pace — a rhythm that’s a custom fit for your life and the leg of the race you are running right now. This perfect pace is God’s rhythm of grace for your life, His perfect tempo.

Scripture encourages us to “run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1, NASB). Our Father’s desire for all of His daughters is that we go the full distance of our life’s race — and not just so we can crawl exhausted across the finish line. He wants us to enjoy the race and come to the end with our heads held high, a smile on our faces and our arms lifted in a double fist-punch! Reaching that moment, dear friend, begins with keeping time with God’s perfect tempo for your life.

Dear Heavenly Father, Help me tune into Your voice above all others. I want to move to Your rhythm and at Your pace so I can finish the race You have marked out for me with joy and wholeness. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

John 14:27, “My peace is the legacy I leave to you. I don’t give gifts like those of this world. Do not let your heart be troubled or fearful.” (VOICE)

2 Corinthians 12:9, “… and finally He said to me, ‘My grace is enough to cover and sustain you. My power is made perfect in weakness.’ So ask me about my thorn, inquire about my weaknesses, and I will gladly go on and on — I would rather stake my claim in these and have the power of the Anointed One at home within me.” (VOICE)

Could your life benefit from having God set the pace right now? If so, you’ll appreciate Rhythms of Grace: Discovering God’s Tempo for Your Life by Kerri Weems.

Enter to WIN a copy of Rhythms of Grace by Kerri Weems. In celebration of this book, Kerri’s publisher is giving away 10 copies! Enter to win by leaving a comment here, letting us know why you’d like a copy for yourself OR whom you would give the book to, if you won. {We’ll randomly select 10 winners and email notifications to each one, on Monday, November 10.}

What tempo is playing the loudest in your ears right now? How would you describe your “movements” in response to that pace?

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  1. I needed this today.

    • Beautifully spoken and much needed in my life. I often find that I am running the the race like a hamster not enjoying the journey as God intended. Thanks so much for putting whats most important in perspective for me today.


    • brenda Moore says:

      I also needed this today. I have been burned out for awhile. Still am, but my hope, my trust are in a mighty God who can bring me through this season I’m in.

    • We all need a new touch in our lives…everyday….God is the one who shows us the way, through His beloved Son Jesus….I want to grow more in the Lord, I have been down because of the lose of my father, who died of cancer. he had never been sick, then out of the blue pancreatic cancer. He lived long enough to celebrate with my Mom their 50th wedding anniversary, us girls gave them a big party, and then 6 mo.s later he went home to the Lord…He was the only man left in my life I could go to, here on Earth…I pray each day for the strength, wisdom, understanding Why he left. Well i guess you can say I was a daddy’s girl, first born.I really do miss him….Thank you most kindly for listening…God bless you….Linda

    • This is very encouraging. I would pass this book to my pastors wife Janet. She has diligently given for years and beleive she would be encouraged by this book. She has seen the ministry when it was large and now small. She has seen the church go through many changes for the better. It has been a difficut struggle for her and painful because she has seen many people move on to other churches when the truth was being preached. She is very faithful to God, her husband, and to our fellowship of beleivers.

    • Beautiful words! Very pertinent and helpful. We are never alone. Thank you for sharing

    • I need God’s grace.

  2. latasha toney says:

    Oh my goodness! This post was truly heaven sent. I am in a season of my life in which I am burn out with religion. I found myself doing so many church thins but neglecting to nurture my spiritual life. . I would love to have this book to help me to stay on track and to encourage others to do the same. I wouldn’t even mind doing a book club with it!!

  3. Dickson petulo mbendeka says:

    Just call me. Because I wanna join you

  4. Erin Schafer says:

    We are starting over and it has been a difficult transition from military life. This book would be great to read and study right now.

  5. Such an inspiring article. I could most definitely benefit from the book, as my life tends to resemble a roller coaster ride. Thank-you for your generous opportunity to win a copy! Blessings to you!

  6. Adonica Budd says:

    Very timely as this is what I am struggling with right now. Can’t go into details but feel abandoned by God and the church.

  7. Samantha J. says:

    I love this. Honestly, I love everything you post, but for some reason I really love this. I would love to read this book.

  8. Kimberly Driskell says:

    After 25 years of faithful service in a local church, 12 of those years serving as administrative assistant, married for 23 years, loss of my dad in 2011 (71 years young), my husband suddenly and unexpectedly retiring, then husband telling me God told him to divorce me, he filed for divorce in 2012, husband was approximately $400,000 in debt, i had nothing…no house, my daughter and i moved in with my mom, no finnancial help from divorce, i was left with some debt (now debt free except for my little house and car, PTL!) Just over a year after the divorce a few church deaconsgave me 30 days to get my attendance up (I was working 3 jobs and attended 2 services) or else…..I have since obtained new employment working 2-3
    parttime jobs. So I started over and God provided! My goal and ministry aspirations is to help divorced women. I feel like I have been to the bottom and God has brought me, my daughter and mom through a lot.. Approximately 7 years earlier we had lost a pastors wife to suicide after her husband diborced her. I believe this book would help, encourage and inspire me with my ministry aspirations of helping and encouraging divorced women

    • Ann Ramsey says:

      Your response touched my heart. I, too, went through an unwanted divorce, but the Lord carried me through it all. Your plan to minister and encourage divorced women will surely bless many! I’ve had many opportunities to share how God blessed me and kept me going during those dark days. He’s now placed me in a position where I can share my testimony. I pray that God will bless you in this ministry that you are starting!

    • R Scanlin says:

      Your post really resonated with me. My heart is heavy for my 33 yr old daughter who is divorced of 2 years and left with no resources to start her life over. I have resources to help (and have over the past 2 1/2 years) but I struggle with not wanting to be an enabler. I read Proverbs 31 every day and also read 4 or 5 other personal devotionals each day to not only lift her up in prayer but seek guidance for my own life. Your work is most needed for women of all ages, divorced, single or married. Would love to read your book!

  9. I need God to set the pace in my life. I get lost in doing so many things with kids, school, church, family, and work I have no idea if my head and heart are in the same place.

  10. I have grown up in the church, and it has always been an important part of my life. Now, due to circumstances beyond my control, I have become estranged from my church. Yet I continue to seek the community and fellowship of my church family, but I don’t know if that involves returning to my current church or finding a new church home. My faith and my relationship with God are still strong. I’m looking for direction, but I feel like I’m in a time of transition without knowing where I’m going. Perhaps I’m not in tune with the rhythm of life that I’m experiencing right now. Thank you.

  11. I needed that today. I feel rushed, drained, and as if I have no time to do the things I want (rather than need) to. Thank you.

  12. Thanks for the reminder of whose in charge!

  13. Nicola Hlongwane says:

    Sometimes we walk in this walk of faith, and we concentrate so much on the dos and dont’s that Ive forgotten its about His grace. Like everything, joys, pain, challenges(those thorns in my flesh, are designed by him for a purpose to prosper me in spirit)
    Motivate, feeling slightly relieved…his grace is sufficient

  14. Betty Bata says:

    I am the eldest child at home i have five siblings i lost my mom 6years ago i am just about to graduate(Praise God).
    i need guidance i am struggling i don’t have many people to give me the mentor ship i need am struggling to help my family stay on its feet.i have been in ministry for 4 years but of recent i do it like a job. i need God to take charge.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Congratulations on your graduation- what a wonderful achievement, especially with all that has been going on in your life. I am so touched by your faithfulness, and today will pray that God sends people into your life to encourage and support you. God bless you and keep you- one day at a time. ‘Underneath are the everlasting arms.’

  15. Marian Schulte says:

    This just sings to my heart! I must read this book!

  16. I needed that today!! Thank you for the reminder!!

  17. ‘when to WHOA & when to GO’ … Finding God’s rhythm & timing in your life …
    Having Peace Grace Wisdom … Nothing can compare to the bliss & beauty of walking with Christ

  18. Peace Grace Wisdom & Joy … the gifts of faithfully walking in step with Christ :)

  19. Your description of motion in life relating to what plays in your head was a great illustration to me of how important my thoughts are

  20. Thank you Kerri. These words and scriptures are just what I needed after seeing the outcome of a ballot measure here in Oregon… I have such sorrow for our state and nation…but will keep my eyes ‘fixed’ on Jesus and the God of the Universe, who is in control of it all…

  21. Thank you so much Kerri. All the input these days is crowding out my sweet peaceful close times with my God. I find myself easily wound up by tasks (especially all those fiddly bits online!) and obligations, trying to do the right thing,yet my mind is in 10 places at once. To be able to find those rhythms of grace would be an answer to a lifetime of longing. I need to step right off the world’s merry-go-round, and atune my mind and heart totally to His.. yoked to His gently humble heart where there is rest as He leads.. we don’t need to keep up with the Jones’s or anyone.. we need to keep up with Him as we are yoked to him. He was crying out to the Jewish people to rest from the Law, “take MY yoke upon you” and come to HIS yoke where we can learn the ways of God in inner safety and peace.

  22. Corinne Calder says:

    Yes…could not get out of bed this morning. Needing to be “booked off” from life for a while…to recover and find new pace of living. Sounds like there is wisdom in this book!

  23. Love the idea of getting into a better rhythm. One that gets me more stamina in the race!

  24. I have jumped in and out of ministry for the past 10 years. The longer I stay in, the more I am at peace, my family is more complete.the longer I stay out of ministry, the more taxing my life becomes. Everything is tossed into the are. My son is trapped in this darkness and I pray constantly for his life, mind, body and soul. I think this book will help me to hear, heed, and walk as an example of God’s work. Rewire me and allow me to lead by example.

  25. I forgot (in my distress) to say what I would do with the book giveaway. My adult daughter and I share books like crazy, so I will share with her, plus I usually pass my good books on to my friend Gloria.

  26. I have been in a toxic relationship for about three years. I recently ended that relationship because I knew it was not what God wanted for me. I realize now how the relationship gendered what God had for me to do. I work with a youth group in my church and full other positions within the church. I am trying to get my rhythm but with my reason relationship change I feel I am growing weary. Fighting by filling my self with scripture and surrounding myself with christian friends.

  27. Thank you for your encouragement. After 9 y of trying for a baby and a recently miscarriage I feel all my world is upside down. I would like to play some new “rhythms of grace “in my life.

  28. It is early and I was having problems sleeping and relaxing. I found this message and while reading it I began to relax and turn my problems over to God. Would love to see how the remainder of the book relates to my life. Thanks and have a blessed day.

  29. Lynnette Copeland says:

    I have been feeling this way lately because of the demands of my church I feel I don’t even want to go anymore. I have given up a few things and feel chastised by the people that have asked me to help. I feel right now a big separation between God and my church. It good to know others feel the same

  30. I read the Encouragement For Today every night before I go to bed because I rarely have time during the day with my college classes. This message really spoke to the daily struggles I have with finding time for everything, knowing it will all turn out okay, and letting God be in control of my life. I would love to read the book and also share it with my mom!

  31. Sounds like what is needed in my life. I really enjoyed the devotional, and have to admit that I am that hampster on that wheel, that keeps going faster and faster. Ready to slow down to God’s pace and to truly run His race and not mine.

  32. Heather Ingersoll says:

    This could not have come at a more perfect time. God is awesome! I definitely feel like I’m in a “religion rut”. I am crying out to God because I don’t want to just go through the motions, have a wall around my heart, and push Him away. This is life and death. I need Him. I know God, but I don’t really KNOW Him and love Him with all of my heart. I want to see His face, enter His presence, and truly know His love and trust Him. I don’t just want to “do religion” anymore. I want something real like I’ve never experienced before. This book combined with tons of prayer and Bible reading could help me break through the brick wall I am up against. Thank you for sharing your heart

  33. Thank you for this timely topic…I want to learn how to maintain a healthy pace in my life.

  34. Your post and this book have come into my email at just the right time. Second guessing being in a master’s program while my daughter is in high school and we both have way too many things on our plates. Would love to have some advice on how to discern the best choices.

  35. Carnal self efforts cannot make us righteous but the Spirit led obedience makes us sheep who hear the voice of Jesus Christ.(ref John 10:27).

    We can only obey God through His provision of the Holy Spirit( the indwelling of God in our heart). Therefore, whoever labors to establish his own righteousness labors in vain and for it is written in Jeremiah 31:33 as follow: I will create in them soft hearts and write my commands in their minds through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit(cf: Heb10:6).

  36. I read this devotional at 5:00 a.m. after waking up with a stuffy nose & headache (battling flu for last three days). About 2 months ago, my spouse & I became foster parents to a 6 year old (she is someone we knew before she was placed in foster care). While she has brought much joy, it’s been 27 years since I lived with a child. My life is full, but a bit(?) overwhelming. Rest – what a wonderful word, I’d love to get rest (without being sick!). I attempt to lean on daily bible/devotional readings but admit that lately that’s been hit or miss. I have days when I feel my marriage and my health are falling apart! Thank you for your inspiration and timely words. I KNOW that I should rely on God and not on my own power, but my “control freak” self just makes that so difficult.

  37. LaSonja Hagans says:

    My sister and I just talk about this! My God! Thank you Lord for allowing me to experience you yet again.

  38. I have been so stressed by life that I am starting to shut down. I have one by one walked away from any obligations I’ve had outside of taking care of my family and struggling to keep my job. I used to teach Sunday school, run a Friday night children’s ministry, participate in small groups at church and never missed a Sunday service. I also brought my daughter to Awana every Wednesday. All that has stopped amidst the chaos that is my life. I could really use some real rest, resting in God’s Grace. Hopefully I’ll win one of your books.

  39. Thank you for this post! How we all need true rest in Him. I would like to share this book with my daughter-in-law, who has been struggling since the birth of her second child.

  40. Hi. I would love to get this book for my pastor who has recently lost her father. She has been doing a whole lot at church in addition to looking after her sick father. She is the youth pastor, women’s pastor and in charge of the young adults too. I think she is very tired these days. I think she would benefit from a book like this

  41. I would love to live this book. I moved to Australia from the US within the last year, to attend Bible college–and turns out no matter how big of a change you make in your life, it doesn’t mean you suddenly know how to live by rhythms of grace. (I need help Lord.) I think your book would be so encouraging and insightful.

  42. Teaching fourth grade, being a mother, being a wife, keeping friendships alive, trying to keep in touch with extended family, selling a home and moving into my father in law’s basement for a year while we build again etc etc, all in my strength equals daily failure. I want so badly for Christ to be the pace maker for my life, I just can’t understand how. How do you just not get things done when people all over the place are depending on you? Lord teach me!

  43. This is surely the time of year when most of us feel burnt out and tired I want to experience the peace and joy of Christmas and let God set my pace to worship him! thanks for the message today.

  44. Thank you for your words. I would like to give this book to my sister. She has been teaching Religious Studies for over 30 years in a high school setting. I was talking with her last night and she said that she had recently read Psalm 69 and realized that the words described exactly how she has been feeling for quite awhile now.
    ‘Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold…’ – Psalm 69:1

  45. This message has come at the most opportune time. Yesterday was another hectic day in a long line of months of disarray. Who better to help me to get back on an even keel and set my mind at ease than God, whispering in my ear. Hopefully, I can tone down all of life’s other noises so
    I can hear it.

  46. Linda Bowen says:

    When I read the daily devotion title I knew it was written just for me. My enthusiasm for Christ’s work has exited my heart which in turn has broken my heart. I believe this book will ignite the spark of hope I received from reading the devotion. I’ll buy the book should I not receive it as a gift from you. Thank you for the hope!

  47. So refreshing to read this TODAY!

  48. Running on a treadmill that seems to go faster and faster by the day, I can’t catch a breath. Life is hectic with church, home, and work responsibilities. We have four international students living with us for the school year, bringing our household number to 9. My husband volunteer pastors a church plant so naturally I’m involved in leading a women’s bible study and serve as a leader in youth ministry. My real peace stealer is my work. I teach middle school math. We are in our 3rd consecutive year of a new math curriculum that is very data driven. Our class sizes are larger than usual this year and this group of students is more disruptive and disrespectful than we’ve had in a while. In addition to the extra schoolwork, I’m taking classes to earn my masters degree. I so desperately need to evaluate my pace. I was actually considering staying home from youth group tonight to get caught up on laundry and schoolwork. The timing of this devotion is perfect…as God’s timing always is! Thank You God!

  49. I’m running the wheel and ready to collapse. Praying for guidance and strength as I struggle every day with the hurt my family heaped on me. God is wonderful and good and will direct me in the changes He wants me to make. I wish He would give me a map and would physically stand with me as I move on. So confused.

  50. I would love to have this book. I would send it to my daughter and son-in-law. They are missionaries in Thailand. They teach English to the Thai people in order to win over their friendship so they can then share the gospel of Jesus Christ. Thailand is 98% Buddhist and it is a very dark land. I know this book would encourage them and help them to remember why they are there and that God is there with them.

  51. Oh my Kimberly, I can’t even began to imagine. You are in our prayers woman of the most High.

  52. I definitely need God to set the pace in my life. I”m burn out right now. Really needed this devotion today and I would love to read this book.

  53. I really appreciate this devotion – its been good timing because I’ve been experiencing a lot of feelings of burn out with church and religion. I’ve been in church majority of my life and it’s so easy to get caught up in the motions and not have the meaning it should. Seeing that played out in churches can be discouraging too. That is why I feel like I could benefit from this book. I know that burnout is an inside job and something that God can change in us. Thank you. I hope I might be able to win a copy of this book.

  54. I would love to have this book. I would send it to my daughter and son-in-law. They are missionaries in Thailand. They teach English to the Thai people so they can then share the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know this book would encourage them and help them to remember why they are there and that God is there with them.

  55. Kim Brady says:

    About to enter our empty nest phase and searching for out new rhythms, this was a great encouragement that even now he still has a purpose and plan for us. I would love to win a copy of the book to soak it all in!

  56. Lynn Bass says:

    God is so perfect in his timing. Your words are healing. While I do not feel burned out on religion, schedule & responsibilities are overwhelming. Your book would be great for me & several close friends. We could read it together. God bless you & Thank you!

  57. This post was meant for a friend of mine who is constantly burned out and can’t get seem to get off the hamster wheel. She needs this book! It would bless her beyond belief. This devotional blessed me too. God bless

  58. Mary beth says:

    I am at the end of my rope. Tired of trying to please everyone, keep peace, etc. I have no one who understands what I’m dealing with. I would love some peace in my life. Thank you and thank God.

  59. Cynthia Smith says:

    I need to be able to give all my cares to the one who knows how to carry them.

  60. I am also in ministry and can totally relate. Thank you for sharing your heart.

  61. loved this! I’ve been a hamster far to long….. Lyrics to a favorite song…. I find I’m moving to the rhythms of your grace, your fragrance is intoxicating…. I’m yearning for his rhythm

  62. Thank you, Kerri, for the reminder that God has a unique rhythm for each of us. I have a friend who is getting conflicting advice: “you should do this, too” and “you need to slow down, do less, say no.” I pray that she will trace God’s direction through all the noise and dance to his rhythm for her.

  63. I’m somewhere between the hamster and the giving up stage – not in a good way! As a 3rd year teacher – the hamster wheel tends to be on super speed and I’m feeling exhausted ALL the time. So tired, I haven’t even been to Sunday services in weeks – just can’t get up and go one more day by the end of the week – especially when I have 5 to 6 hours of work to get done just to prepare for the week. I so need to find God’s rhythm for me on a daily basis – I seem to find it but then that hamster wheel starts going faster and I get caught up in the race again. This would be a wonderful reminder of what God really has planned for me – Thanks!

  64. S'Londa Williams says:

    God is love..he hurd my cry for help as I try to manage the many roles that I have been given. Claiming my season of frustration and confusion is over I wake and see this email for encouragement for today. Thank you I will be getting this book because it has the answer to my prayers.

  65. Thank you for sharing this… I have been telling my hubby we need a better pace or at least I do. I’ve been stressed from work and allowing it to come home with me so I can’t enjoy him or church or my ministry. I pray I learn His all sufficiency covers my deficiency and that He would be my strength and power. I’m thankful our God doesn’t want us stressed. He wants us focused on Him which will keep us from burning out. He is so good!!

  66. I am often overwhelmed by the many responsibilities in my life. I need to remember to let God set the pace for my life.

  67. Sheila Watson says:

    I would love to read this book. I’m currently looking for a church home. I know God has a ministry for me but I feel lazy in my efforts to succeed. I feel less than qualified. I need a boost. A God boost!

  68. Frazzled is a good word for my life right now. Trying to juggle everything leaves me exhausted at the end of every day, dreading the day to come. I know I need to take a step back, but just can’t seem to do it on my own. It seems like this boom is coming at just the right time. I would read it myself, and then likely donate it to my church library, so that the other women there could use it too.

  69. Meghan Kurtz says:

    Thank you for your words. I would enjoy reading your book and then passing it on to a friend. With a 14 year old in a home for troubled teens and a baby due in two weeks and so many other things happening in life, I feel encouragement is needed in my life at this time. Thank you for the opportunity to be blessed and for blessing others.

  70. I’ve just started working full time again now that my two boys are off to college. Finding the right rhythm has been difficult. I pay each morning on my way to work for God to be with me throughout my day and for His guidance to help me as I work with some very troubled children. I would love to read this book to help me stay on God’s rhythm for my life.

  71. Love it. Perfect!

  72. Need this today and everyday as a gentle reminder to get off that hamster wheel!

  73. Pamela Tyler says:

    As usual, God is right on time. I didn’t realize I was going through this as well until your devotional. Thank you and I would love a copy of your book to help me continue to grow.

  74. Rhythms of Grace would be a gift for my sister who is a retired school teacher now full time volunteer Sunday School teacher

  75. I would love to win a copy of this book. With an extremely energetic 11 month old boy and another little one on the way in just a couple of months, my focus and tempo with God sometimes takes a backseat to the day to day demands of work, mommyhood and being a wife. I love Matthew 28:11, what a great reminder to focus on God when you feel burnt on on life!

  76. As our parents begin retirement is love to give this book to them to help them with this new pace to their lives

  77. I really needed this devotional this am. My sister and I learned at an early age to be “hamsters”, because our mom was always on the go doing good things. She loved her family and kept us so active. thanks so much for the encouragement

  78. These words spoke to my heart today. I would give this book to my daughter in law who has a Difficult time.

  79. In the last few years working a full time job and making some money with some of my hobbies, plus ministry, my family my life has became overwhelming at times, well most of the time. The scripture that keeps coming to me “Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” I know this to be true, when I take time to seek God first, (read my Bible, pray) I some how don’t feel so CRAZY.. But I still struggle at times. (most of the time, until God knocks me down with something, and the only way to get through it is on my knees). I would it then share with my daughter whom is mom of two sweet children, being a mommy is overwhelming sometimes.

  80. Thank you for this devotion this morning! We 3 kids and a husband who travels, I often find myself rushing from one place to the next. I would love to read this book and share it with friends.

  81. Thank you for your devotion this morning! I would share your book with my best friend, she is homeschooling her children, running a business, and leading Women’s Ministry at our Church.We all need reminders to tune into God’s voice in all we do, instead of listen to others.

  82. This is a great devotion! Perfect timing!

  83. Awesome advice! Easy to read, harder to live out and only in Jesus’s grace.

  84. I love this!

  85. So thankful for this today. I’m struggling with a church not in unity and where do I go from here. Right now I’m running away from the church and waiting for God to show me our ( my whole family) next step.

  86. After 14 years of ministry as the “pastor’s wife” I feel it..with young kids & career. It’s a constant battle of who wins me today…what a spirit-timed message for this tired soul. GOD BLESS YOU!

  87. At midlife, I turn 49 tomorrow. Big work changes, and all manner of life changes in the last few years, and I am tired….

  88. Rhythms of Grace: Discovering God’s Tempo for Your Life sounds wonderful! My life lately has been a chaotic cacophony and not a beautiful orchestral creation. I know that to restore rhythms of grace I need to use God’s tempo, but that is always easier than it sounds. The book sounds like a great tool!

  89. Your first paragraph, that is me. It looks like I wrote it. I’m really struggling right now. But I want to lean in and not run. Thanks for your encouraging words.

  90. kelly hast says:

    Thank you for this devotional … Both Kerri and our Father who breathed these words thru her, straight into our hearts. I’ve been struggling with this issue my entire adult life, doing too much then hitting the wall, and trying again after recovering from am emotional crash. God has given me an incredible amount of grace to keep putting myself out there each time. But in therapy and in my spiritual studies, I’ve drawn a line in the sand … I have to learn to deal with this issue once and for all. I cannot continue to live my life in frantic stress, overwhelmed each day by my job (whatever job I’m in – always happens) and feeling depleted by day’s end … the feeling guilty for not spending more time talking to and listening for my Father. This comment is as much for clarifying the issue in my mind as much as for anyone else feeling the same! I pray that we all will find our pace or rhythm by continuing to seek God’s will for us. Thanks!

  91. I needed this today dealing with this right now.

  92. I need this message and would love a copy of the book. I am very guilty of living my life at a ridiculous pace – working, going to school, parenting two active middle schoolers, volunteering at church, helping the PTO,…….you get the picture. I am trying to do so many things that I am not doing a great job at anything. Thanks for these encouraging words to help me listen for God’s instruction and allow Him to set the rhythm of my life. I am so tired!

  93. I’d love a copy of this book…over the last year I have been convicted to slow down and not do more than I can.And I love to read inspirational books and this one looks interesting! :)

  94. Evey Hundley says:

    I am trying to come out of this situation myself. It would be a good read to see how you overcame the issue.

  95. Even as a stay-at-home mom, my life can get so busy and feel out of control. I am trying to choose the best yes on a daily basis for me and my sons’ sakes. But sometimes we still get out of control, to the tune of the wrong rhythm. Thank you for this reminder!

  96. I long for the rhythm of grace! I can’t count the number of times recently when I’ve said I feel like I’m on the hamster wheel. I think I, subconsciously, feel like God should catch up to me and rein me in. But what might that look like? Illness, burn out, breakdown? This post reminds me that I am supposed to stop and seek Him. That allows Him to take my hand and guide me in his rhythm of grace. Thank you!

  97. This is exactly where I am And touched my heart. I would read this and share it. Thank you for your insight. Very timely.

  98. nancys1128 says:

    I am definitely feeling like a hamster right now. This book would be a welcome respite to get me off the wheel and onto a real path. A path that would be more God-ordained than me orchestrated. I need assistance to get from my floundering, rote, going-through-the-motions state to one which will bring glory to Him, and this book sounds like it is one piece of the puzzle that can get me there.

  99. Amazing to think Jesus’ words from so long ago are so pertinent today! I feel tired and worn out often. This sounds like a wonderful book. This devotion truly spoke to me. Thank you Lord for this word today that has helped so many today! Many Blessings to all!!

  100. What a perfect post for where I am in lide today! This is exactly the pace I’m looking to find. Would love to read this and share it with several friends at my church all seeking Jesus together!

  101. I am a pastor’s wife and I too feel burned out at times, alot of times!
    I feel like I am going through the motions, desperately wanting to feel close to Him again!

  102. Jennifer Seace says:

    I am having trouble setting my ‘perfect rhythm’ when it comes to my spiritual life. This book would help me get back on the path God wants for me!

  103. Brittany Hagy says:

    Such a timely word for what the Lord has already been speaking to me over the last few weeks. Would love to dig in more by reading your book!

  104. Burned out is exactly how I feel about religion. Would love to have this book to help me get back on track.

  105. I would love to win a copy for myself because I need it. I only know one rhythm and that is fast…as quick as I can…get all I can accomplished in one day! God bless you for helping others to know that we need to get in tune with God’s rhythm. He doesn’t want us worn out! How can we truly serve Him if we can’t get up, get out, and go.
    Thank you.

  106. Cynthia Cox says:

    I am a mother of seven and a wife, I find my pace going so fast and noises that by the time I slow down I feel I have missed God all together. I sit and do my bible study but do not feel I have the time to reflect on what I am studying. Because there is always something else to be done.
    I really enjoyed this devotion and I will meditate on this today. Thank you so much. I love proverbs 31 ministries it has helped me get through a lot.

  107. Reba Kansiewicz​​ says:

    This so resonates with the path I am walking right now. Thank you

  108. I am coming up on what would have been my due date after having a miscarriage and I have been diagnosed with chronic depression. This post popped up today and was exactly what I prayed for when I woke up this morning and asked God for peace others inner turmoil. I would love this book. It sounds exactly like what I’ve been looking for in a devotional. Praise god for his timing!

  109. Heading into a new phase of my life and want to make sure I am in rhythm with God

  110. I would love this book as a devotional. God’s timing is perfect! Thank you!

  111. This was a perfect devotional to pick up where I left off at the end of the Best Yes study. Your focus fits with it so nicely! Now to read your book.

  112. This was a great message today. I am not burned out on religion, but on work. I am a manager of a nursing unit and I give my ALL to this large group of women 24/7. I am the hamster on the wheel and I need to get off! I love the Lord and he has been so gracious to me. I would love to read this book and try to restore the appropriate rhythm back in my life.

  113. When I first heard this verse in the MSG version, ‘learn to live freely and lightly’ bothered me; I’d memorized these verses in KJV ‘my yoke is easy my burden is light’. Freely and light seemed dismissive but…as I read your explanation, it’s exactly how I’ve lived – in the midst of much heartache, loss, pain – and this is just a different terminology! Thank You, Jesus, for giving eyes to see Your Truth! I’d love to have a copy of the book, read it, share it with friends/family, along with being better able to clarify this truth with others. Thanks so much for sharing!

  114. Yesterday, I felt funny & after talking to a co-worker about how I felt, she said “that sounds like high blood pressure”. I stopped at a machine to test my blood pressure… sure enough – HIGH. I’m young (or at least I think I am!- 43)In decent shape, thin & ok lifestyle choices. Time to de-stress. With a busy 17, 15 & 7 year old, work, a traveling husband, two boards I sit on, plus serving at school & church, I know am overdoing, but don’t know how to back off without letting others down. My family & I NEED to slow down & hope that through prayer & focus, I can slow to God’s pace other than by having than a stroke or heart attack.

  115. Melanie Haines says:

    My mom used to say “stop the world I want to get off! ” I nderstand that so well now and that feeling of numbness-emotional and spiritual to the joys of life has become all too familiar. This study Seems a perfect place to start to redirect my rhythm.

  116. Wow! Great post! Thank you! In reading many of the comments before mine, I see that I am not alone in my struggle for balance. I am starting to understand that the fruit of the spirit are not just meant for us to demonstrate to others, but also to ourselves. Just imagine if we treated ourselves with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. If I treated myself with these virtues, I can only imagine how my pace of life would improve. I pray God’s blessings on all of us today. I think it’s time I treated myself to a relaxing bubble bath by candlelight with soft relaxation music.

  117. I really needed to hear this today! I would love a copy of the book.

  118. Karen Feigh says:

    I so enjoyed your devotion this morning. As always in the Lord, His timing is perfect. I pray that I can find Gods pace for my life.

  119. Jesssica Dodd says:

    I would love to win this book. I have recently found myself burned out. The stress of a chronic illness and other contributors is ran me done. I would love to get my rhythm of grace back. I think this book would have a impact on that.

  120. This is Confirmation. I read my morning devotional and it talked about being led by God. As i checked my email i saw the Proverbs 31 email and opened it only to see the same scriptures and the discussion on being led by God. Ive been burnout physically and spiritually and many times out of gas and running on fumes. There’s always many things for me to do. Being honest right now, I’m tired. I would like a copy of the book but it seems others may need it more. Thanks for allowing God to lead you and sharing this word with me.

  121. I do get burned out in life in general. I feel I’m always running the treadmill & getting no where. When I think I see the light at the end of the tunnel it goes out. I get so frustrated. I need to read more on this.
    Thank you

  122. Thank you for the reminder to slow down, soak up God’s grace and let Him set the pace of my life. Giving all the glory to Him.. God bless you ~

  123. Wow!! God knows what we need and when we need it. This morning I talked with God about my feelings about my church. I’ve been a part of that ministry for a long time….over fifteen years and the burnout is real. I’ve made some changes to my life that incorporate finding a time to rest and get replenished but I still feel like I need to do more. Thank you for being led with this devotional today. It struck a chord in me. God Bless!!

  124. Wow. So encouraging. Thank you.

  125. I so long for God to set the pace for my life. This really spoke to me today and helped me to slow down and be still. To listen to what God might have to say to me. Thank you.

  126. Julie Parker says:

    What an important message for me today. I often feel like my world is spinning out of control, with a professional career, children, a husband, and church responsibilities. This message spoke to me this morning because I often question my path, wondering if indeed I’m doing what God has for me. It often feels like too much and I truly need a better rythym. Thank you for the encouragement and refocus!

  127. As many others, I know both the life of a hamster and how it feels to be crawling, just making it through. I would share this book with the women in my bible study.

  128. Eluzabeth says:

    Thank you, what a great reminder.

  129. Ellen Payson says:

    Thank you for faithfully bringing this message to my longing heart today. God is good!

  130. I definitely need to find God’s rhythm for my life right now.I am starting a horse ministry doing equine assisted therapy, and balancing part time work as well as a marriage. This would also be a great book for several of my counselees. Thanks for this devotional!

  131. Thankyou for those words of wisdom. I feel so alone sometimes.i am the only one who loves the. Lord in my family and my husband especially makes it difficult for me . This book would be a. God send although I probably couldnot off ford to buy it, but if I could download it ,I think that is what you do. Bless you as you minister in lives thankyou

  132. i had never thought about finding God’s tempo in my life but as I was reading the devotion it really hit home. I am feeling burnt out with church activities and life in general. I could see myself in this devotion as well as my sister in law. Thank you so much for writing a book about it. I can’t wait to read it!

  133. I would really love to read this book. It has great reviews already!!!

  134. My dear friend has managed to hold down several jobs, attend college courses and home school her children while her husband is in prison. She has encouraged him and his walk in the Lord. He is leading Bible studies Inside the prison walls and has lead men to the Lord.

    I would love to see him get a copy of this book to use to touch the lives of men that are broken and hurting. I have mailed him material for Bible studies and nothing is ever wasted. Men are hungry and ready to soak up HIS word and bask in the promises within scripture. These healing words offered could save more souls !

  135. Angela Holshouser says:

    I’ve been letting fear dictate the pace of my life….I needed this today, because God’s been trying to show me that I need to run with what he says, not what others say, then my fear will dissipate and I’ll be free to walk “in pace” with my Lord. Thank you for your words!

  136. What beautiful words!! Such peace to know that Gods expectations of of are not the troubles of this world. I need this daily reminder.

  137. Thank you for this post. I feel like I’m in a rat race and want to quit but I know that’s not Gods plan for me. Just if I really knew what I am to do!

  138. Amy Kennedy says:

    Wow..This was exactly what I needed for today…just wanting a more intimate relationship with Jesus…I own a small business, which I am very thankful
    for..so the endurance scripture was perfect and eating Him set the pace are all great reminders tiday..Thank you!

  139. I read this post today and it spoke to my heart…not because I have been burned out on religion but just because I am burned out. My 39 year old special needs daughter has had multiple medical needs of late and the stress has pulled me away from “He” who has sustained me. Your words today reminded me that I need to listen to Our Lords rhythm and not to my own. It reminded me to remember that Jesus is in control and to fall back with Him. Thank You for today’s message!

  140. I’m a runner, and I needed this today. God’s timing is the best timing. Thank you so much!

  141. Needed this very much today, confirmation of how I have been feeling and the decision I am making.

  142. What a wonderful message. I am constantly busy. I am very known to say that I don’t know how to slow down, or what to do with myself if I have down time. I would love to have this book to read over Thanksgiving.

  143. Elizabeth says:

    I would love to share this book with my bible study group, as we were just talking about this very thing yesterday.

  144. I need to learn how to allow God to set the rhythm of my life. Thank you for this

  145. I needed to hear this!! Would love a book!!

  146. I just reached my Destiny 11/6/14 after a 2400mile drive. Minister husband decided to leave me for God knows why or what. During the ride I was honestly looking for “my, a” “RHYTHM”! Just to drive across country! I thought I needed some form of guidance through a rhythm. I feel everything is in harmony and I to am seeking God’s flow to find my “Natural” direction. I am open to receive some answers! This was right on time!

  147. I too needed this today. My husband and I are business “owners.” We have tax problems, employees problems, insurance bills and still never enough sometimes to get our own bills paid. I want off the roller coaster and to learn Jesus’ unforced rhythms of grace. I daily need his strength for the multitude of daily tasks. I minister to an unbelieving daughter and take care of her 5 year old son. I minister to a 100 year old grandma from long distance making several trips to help her — who is also not a believer. I too running on fumes, not enough sleep, and not enough rest. I want to learn to lean into Jesus for His strength and peace.

  148. Faye Jones says:

    People have different responses when it comes to dealing with the demands of life. Some people hop on the hamster wheel and keep going faster and faster, as if they can outrun the stress or even run away from it. Some people feel so helpless they just stop moving altogether. Others ignore problems hoping they will somehow go away.

    I am experiencing all of these in my life right now. I am a retired 28 1/2 year Air Force veteran trying to homeschool my son. Reading this message this morning hit me in the face like a ton, of bricks…if you will. I have so much going on with me spiritually, physically, mentally, etc., that often times, I struggle to think straight and I just feel like I am existing in life and not really living. I hope you can understand what Imam trying to say here. Often times my husband and my son do not have a clue how much I am really being challenged. I too, put on a charade, but I know I have to do better in focusing on the race and pace that God has planned for me. Yes! I need some encouragement.

  149. This reminds me of when we do slow down and “Be still and know that I am God” our day’s direction is a different pace. I slept longer today to get more rest and then thought about the fitbit on my wrist counting my steps everyday. Kinda crazy isn’t it? Thank you for your honesty and I plan to share this with my small group this morning and we have not figured our next book and this would be perfect. God Bless YOU!

  150. Being the wife of a Minister, a full time working Mother of 2 children who are heavily involved in extracurricular activities as well as heavily involved in church, the pace of my life often gets faced-paced and “off-beat”. Sometimes I feel that I am not in rhythm with God or even know how to get to that point. Having a copy of Kerri’s book will be a great resource for me when things seem out of whack.

  151. Thank you for this devotional today. It spoke to my heart as I have been “Burned Out on Religion” more than once in my life. I like the idea of rhythm and experiencing God’s rhythm in my life. If I received your book I would give it to my daughter who is knee deep in homeschooling her four young children and really trying to keep her head above water with all her responsibilities of teaching and running a household. She needs to experience God’s rhythm in her life right now.

  152. I’m not burned out on religion, but I often feel burned out by people. I enjoyed your devotional this morning.

  153. Kerri Schuerman says:

    Life is so like this…I want God to set the pace, single mother of two adopted daughters, life is hectic, work teenager and 9 yr old…I try to keep God in my heart…some days I don’t do so well. Thanks for your message.

  154. Excellent thought provoking post. Thank you!

  155. Elizabeth says:

    This speaks volumes to my heart. Would love a copy of the book as a starting point to God setting the tempo of the race in my life

  156. Gretchen. Scoleri says:

    My father just died and I am pretty good at running on the hamster wheel to avoid pain and keep busy. But my body is not letting me do it. This book would be a tremendous blessing. Need to learn to keep to gods pace for me.

  157. Cherilynn says:

    Boy, do I understand firsthand her testimony. Just last year my husband & I went through the something. 13+ years of service with barely measurable spiritual growth. We hit the reset button, allowed God to minister to us so we could more effectively minister to others. Love His timing! The book would be a great adjunct to our Bibke study time & provide great lessons to share with others.

  158. Perfect message for me today. I so need to get back to His tempo because mine is too demanding

  159. Amen.

  160. What a refreshing word today! Thank you! Confirmation of what Holy Spirit is speaking to me on right now in this new season of life.

  161. Who is setting the rhythm? The answer depends on who has access to my ears, mind and heart in that moment Wow that is such a profound but simple thought. A thought worth pondering.
    Thank you! I also love the version “the voice”. Going to check it out for sure.
    Bless you,

  162. Kathy Klatt says:

    I would love a copy of the book. I have experienced the “burn out” many times and long to move to the rhythm of God’s grace.

  163. Wow, Kerri–you’re singing my song today. Thank you. Would love to win your book.

  164. Irene O'Leary says:

    I would very much like a copy of this book! I’m in a season of refocusing and reclaiming Best Yes priorities. I find the things that are most important are the most easily missed while other good things pull for my attention. God’s rhythm will slow me down and help me choose those Best Yes things that refuse to fight for my time and yet most need it. I desperately need God’s guidance. I must fill me ears with His rhythm. Thank you for writing this book!

  165. Tired? Worn out? Do I need rest? Do I want to recover my life? I have been a caregiver for my husband for the past 40 years. My mother who is 90 and suffers from depression has been living with my family for three years. My son who is 34 has been unemployed for the past two years and lives with us also. I try to start my day with a small devotional time with the Lord, then it’s on to housecleaning, laundry, running errands for everyone, going with my husband and mother to doctors’ appointments, volunteering at our church, making time for my spiritual support group, cooking, taking care of two dogs, etc. — enough said.

  166. This was one of those posts that was so comforting. One of those “you too?!” moments. I have always been one to just go go go and do do do. I oftentimes have to stop and remind myself it’s not about what I do, His grace already has me and sustains me. But it’s so hard to remember.
    I love to read and I specifically love to read books like this that help me to process through my thoughts and behaviors. Thank you for this post and the opportunity to win a free copy of the book. :)

    Grace and Peace

  167. stephanie says:

    Would love a copy of this book. I am on that hamster wheel right now. Looking for guidance to get me through this.

  168. What a fab read thus morn~ tbh I don’t always get to read the daily devotions so glad I did this am. I would ❤️ To run a copy to read b/c I do find a hard time to getting it all in & balance my time with work, kids, social, prayer, & faith. I’m trying to bring back my faith into my daily life after being away from it for the past few years. Thank you!

  169. 4 years ago I was given a word from God. ..”New Beginnings”. In the past 4 years I have lost my husband, home, and job.
    I feel totally hopeless and have come to a stop in a deep dark pit. I’m so hurt, angry and full of fear, I can’t seem to move!
    Please pray for me. I need God’s grace and power to pick me up, strengthen me, and show me what to do….desperately!

  170. My sweet , giving sister, who I love dearly, came to mind as to someone who would benefit from reading your book especially now at this time in her life.

  171. This message is just more conformation that I need to “slow down” and stop trying to do it all. God has tried to show me in so many ways that it’s not my efforts but my dependence on him. I don’t enjoy my life because I’m so busy trying to manage it and make things happen. I spend so much time striving at life, but if I could figure of how to yield to him this joinery wouldn’t be so hard. I wouldn’t feel so drained. Thank you for sending this message today.

  172. Suzanne W. says:

    Burned out on church, but seeking perspective!

  173. I needed this today. Thank you for sharing☺️!

  174. This teaching is timely because I sometimes get caught up with today’s new list of demands. I needed to refocus on things that not just pertaining to God but by God’s lead. Doing things that seems good can only lead to feelings of insecurity and disillusionment but doing things purposefully through God’s leading will always give you a sense of peace God’s peace which passes ALL understanding. Of course there will be people saying you should do this or that but I like the reminder from the writer that it is the rhythm of God that puts you on the right course. Praise God for this reminder.

  175. This devotion is so timely. As a dancer, I immediately connected to your rhythmic example. I often find myself playing “catch up” trying to balance the many tasks and responsibilities of life. Lately, I’ve been feeling like a stringed puppet pulled in the direction of the most urgent task. I long to be led by the Lord’s still, small voice attending to what’s important on his agenda and not living life in emergency mode.

  176. This has so spoken to my heart this morning. I have felt like the hamster on the ever-spinning wheel going nowhere. Thanks for the gentle nudge and reminder to listen to HIS voice and let HIM set the rhythm of my daily pace. I appreciate the opportunity for a chance to win a copy of the book.

  177. This message is very timely, especially at the edge of the holiday season. Each year around this time, I just watch my calendar fill up with festivities and commitments with church and family, but sometimes, I let myself get too exhausted. Having Godly boundaries and expectations are so important in every part of life, especially ministry. I do pray a lot over each part of life and every commitment, but sometimes, I still get carried away, jump ahead of God’s timing, and over-extend myself. I don’t like to disappoint people, but I’m learning that it is ok. God’s grace is there for me and for others. Thank you for this devotional, I will continue to pray for wisdom and alertness in finding God’s tempo for my life.

  178. celia storey says:

    Im totally amazed at the amount of comments already this morning. I, too, am 12 years in and most of the time it feels like 12 years too many. I am excited to see theres a light at the end of the tunnel. A possible rhythem out there I can get in to find sanity and possible peace and flow. Looking forward to reading this book!

  179. Tammie Jones says:

    My husband and I just made a move to a new church pastorate. I find myself in need of a new rhythm. This would be a good book in my study for that goal.

  180. Christina says:

    Perfect message for me today. If been struggling with this area so much and trying to remember to give it all to God. What a good reminder. Would love to get the book and read it!

  181. Roberta Walker says:

    Nov 11 will be my daughter’s birthday. She is a youth minister’s wife with two young daughters. I would love to give this book to her as a birthday present. I know from experience how easy it is to get busy with children, church and all the good things in life and grow weary because we don’t leave time for personal growth in The Lord. This sounds like a book that could encourage one to choose the rhythm of grace and avoid the pitfalls of running on empty. Even this grandmother needs a reminder like this frequently.

  182. This is just what i needed today! I would love to read the book also!

  183. I needed to hear this today.I love how God puts the right verses and words in your path as they are needed.
    I have been yearning for the perfect pace and God is helping me find it. What a joy!

  184. I need help setting a rhythm and pace for my life.

  185. I am a stay-at-home mother of two small children and I have also been battling with my involvement in some home-based businesses as well as ministries I have been led in. While all of this excites me, I find myself trying to force progress and timetables rather than resting in God’s perfect timing. I would love to better understand His pace for my life so I am not so burned out and can be the best wife, mother, friend, and servant that He calls me to be.

  186. That is so where I am right now.

  187. Beautiful! I battle with this- wanting to live simply but getting caught up in the fast paced world we live. I’d love this book and have multiple friends I’d ‘pay it forward’.

  188. Lori Kremling says:

    This bible study really touched my heart this morning. I am currently going through this cycle, with caring for my elderly mother, helping to raise my grandchild, and working 3 jobs. I thought things were going to slow down at this age in my life, but they are accelerating. I have just recently felt a peace like no other time in my life. I feel that it is because I am learning to lean fully on God. I have to, or I would have already drown in despair. It is my prayer that I can continue to lean on God’s grace in all aspects of my busy life.

  189. How I love starting my day with so much wisdom from others life experiences! Thank you Lord for the ways you work all things together, reminding us through these life experiences of your constant and continual grace.

    I just had a young mom come to me with such a heavy heart over the cancer her husband has been battling for 2 years now. There have multiple surgeries but no definite answers, their lives are a continual question mark; will he live or die? I too experienced the death of my husband to cancer, which is why she came to me, but I felt so inadequate in what to say. All I could think of was how God came to me at my darkest hour and gave me a peace that I had never known; He carried me through. I believe that was what you speak of as a Rhythm of Grace. I would love to share your insights with this young woman. Thank you. xoxoxxo

  190. Lisa White says:

    recently separated, praying not only for Gods grace, but for the opportunity and the ability to give grace also. Working 3 jobs and attempting to keep up with 5 kids, I need to be able to fall into His rhythm!

  191. What an awesome devotional. I feel we all get wrapped up in trying to do all we can to help out at our church. I first start out with such enthusiasm but by the time the obligation comes to the forefront I am frustrated and tired. I would love a copy of your book to be able to really listen for Gods’ direction and His pace for my life. Not what I think.

  192. I love this idea of allowing God set my pace. Not breakneck or stalled! Just a good fit for me, and the different rhythms He created in me…

  193. This really spoke to my need to slow down and spend time listening to God’s rhythm for me. However, if I win the book, I would give it to my daughter. She’s 32 and a very busy career woman. Lately her job has had her traveling and doing so much, she has barely been able to stop and take a breath, read, or do any of the things she enjoys. I think this book may be just what she needs to give her that aha moment.

  194. Becky Glessner says:

    I have 2 daughters that are in toxic relationships and would love to share grace with them and just letting God lead them to their mates and be grounded in The Lord Jesus. Thank you for this ministry

  195. Great reminder! We need to daily, hourly, minute by minute some days stop and listen to His still small voice directing our day! I have a wonderful friend in ministry that I would love to give this book to!

  196. Thanks for this great post. I needed this TODAY. God Bless

  197. Thank you so much for these words of wisdom! It was exactly what I needed today!! I would love to win a copy of your book to hear more about letting God set the rhythm of my life. Thank you!

  198. Really needed to hear this word of encouragement!

  199. Wow. Hamster wheel. How many times have I used that expression when asked how I am. I am desperately searching for peace in my life and how to follow the rythum of Grace. What a blessing it would be to be in rythum with God. Thank you for your words today. Be blessed.

  200. Due to a demanding job, it’s been an ongoing struggle to find balance and move at God’s pace. Sometimes I feel swept away by currents that are not God’s way. This book would be a great resource. Thank you.

  201. Hey, thanks for the reminder from our Father! Reminds me of Mary and Martha. Soo much desire to have a Mary heart but I usually end up being more like Martha. Hum…. how does one change this?

  202. Dawnielle says:

    Learning to move at God’s pace through the current season in my life would help me through this season of trouble and tribulations. In the past I’ve moved at warp speed to try and outrun the problems and the pain. I need to learn to move at God’s speed.

  203. What a blessing and timely read! I am the one who jumps blindly on the hamster wheel going faster and faster until I wear myself out. I often don’t’ even realize I am doing it. God reminded me this morning that this is why I am weary and out of balance. I need to stop and let him set my pace. I have been praying about a book to read or topic to study. When I opened up email this morning it is clear this is for me.

  204. Amy Grissom says:

    My husband and I have been struggling with certain financial trials for 10 years now. Here recently it got the worse it ever has. I am a fixer and I try to handle all of my problems on my own. I am more than burned out and very fatigued physically and spiritually. I have not been looking to the ONE who can make me whole no matter my circumstances but have been looking to myself to figure it all out. This is just what I needed to remember that HE is here to sustain me no matter what I am going through. Thank you for speaking such beautiful words of truth….

  205. I thought life would slow down in the later season of my life…but it seems to be spinning faster and faster….I’m thankful for the insight of this devotion …to show me how to change the pace so I can relax and enjoy life again.

  206. I was blessed by your post Burned out on religion I recently broke up with someone and I thought he was the one I didn’t want to read my Bible I was burned out this went on for 4 months I like to win a copy of your book because I need to reconnect with my faith and I feel your book would help me do that

  207. Cammi Hevener says:

    I would love the book to share with a friend that is going thru burn out right now…

  208. Wow – I just prayed this morning asking God to help me get into His proper rhythm & tempo for my life. I read Prov 31, then felt led to google “Proverbs 31 woman,” and ended up here. To see that you posted this just TODAY makes me feel heard & cared for by my Father. I would love to have a copy of the book to dig deeper. Thanks for this post!

  209. I love the idea of letting God set my pace. What a great idea and why didn’t I think of this before? Thank you for opening my eyes to this. I would love a copy of your book in order to restructure my life and submit to God’s rhythm. I want so much to be closer to Him. Thank you for your work. God bless you!

  210. I loved this devotion because I can relate to it, and I know so many other women who could too. It also contained some of my very favorite words in all of scripture! The passage in Matthew 11 is what God used to show me He was my rest and I needed to surrender my heavy yoke of sin & put on His light yoke of salvation. I would love to read this book & pass it along to my fellow laborers.

  211. Praying for all the people who have lost their jobs.

  212. This article speaks to me and the transitions that I am walking through right now. I have been a church leader since I was 7 years old. Now, at 65, I am grappling with personal, professional and congregational roles. My energy level has changed, but I still want to be helpful, influential and supportive in my congregation and to my family and friends. The cultural rhythms of our community are constantly flowing along with the physical and social transformation of our city. What are the wards of scripture that can guide me and others like me who are “in transition” in many of our callings?

  213. I feel like I’m constantly trying to find that balance, the sweet spot. Usually I’m either on the hamster wheel or full stop. I crave figuring out how to find the balance. Thank you for this, I needed it today.

  214. Linda Fehlis says:

    Took me 4 years after retirement from full time ministry to not feel “burned out”! I’m trying to help my successor in that ministry to keep her “balance” would love to have a copy of the book to give to her! Thanks for sharing and being transparent.

  215. Kerri,
    I love your honesty about struggling with time and how we need to use it. My husband has been diagnosed with depression again! First time i did so many things wrong-out of stupidity. This time i am i am wiser but have been relieving on my flesh to get threw this. To the point i was asking for a divorce. Our anniversary was October 12th and he forgot. I know why should i be surprised and hurt? I was not surprised but hurt i was because he never tried to do or say anything to let me know he is glad to be married to me. I told him on that day i would no longer mention about getting a divorce and that i would stay in this marriage to honor God’s plan and my commitment. I think your book would help me find a more peaceful rhythm in my life as i struggle to find joy with my life. I often think about those who are in wheel chairs or sick who are trapped in their situation. They can not leave why should i. I really have been asking God to carry me threw this trail. Thank you for your kind offer to give a book away. I am sure whoever you pick will be blessed.
    Have an amazing day!

  216. Elaine Segstro says:

    I want to get off the hamster wheel and soak in God’s grace, living the life He wants me to live and at His pace. I would love to read this book and to share it.

  217. This sounds like a wonderful book to read. I got off the hamster wheel a few years ago, I was so sick and weary, but I still sometimes feel as if my life has crawled to a stop. I always hear that voice in my head that tells me I “should be doing more, I’m wasting my life etc. etc….” I am always asking God what should I do and I keep getting the “wait on Me” answer. It is a very hard thing to do, so any book with some insight to this subject interests me very much. Thank you for the opportunity, God bless your messages.

  218. This is what I needed this morning. I am in charge of the Children’s Sunday School departments at our church an d am responsible for setting up the room for class time, making sure teachers are there and the list goes on. There are sundays that I feel I didn’t get to church. Last week the Sunday evening program was a repeat of the morning and my frustrations mount. Most Sundays we come home from church and discuss what went wrong – not healthy. I am trying to turn things over to God – need to slow down the pace of life and responsibilities

  219. Seems like this is something that we, especially me could glean from. Slowly I am learning to walk in rhythm with God, but I have a long way to go.

  220. As an obedient wife, I work full time at a higher level stress job to contribute to our family at my husband’s request. We have an active 8 year old son that keeps us busy with sports, as well. I need to learn God’s rhythm for my life as I feel like there is so much more I could do with better balance of mother, wife, home maker, outside of home full time worker and Christian. The message this morning reminded me that I need to stop following my own pace and pray for God’s version of it to be revealed. Thank you for your timely words and God Bless!

  221. Karen R Frisch says:

    I feel over whelmed sometimes. I do not always get everything done that I plan to do then I feel like a failure. I would love to be able to have a peaceful day & not worry about getting things done.

  222. this post was very timely! I would love to have a copy of the book!

  223. Jacque Mathews says:

    Thank you and thank God for this today. I struggle daily with a fast paced life and trying to follow God at the same time. This reading helped me a lot and I would love to read the book

  224. Thank you for the reminder to lean on God. I have been trying to learn to lean on Him instead of carrying the stress of my life. I see earphones in my very near future!! LOL

  225. It is always amazing to me how the daily devotions seem to line up with what I am going through in my life. I am still quite new to worship. I don’t consider it be my religion so much as my faith and spiritual beliefs. But lately I am burned out. I sometimes feel like an empty shell. I am the primary caregiver in our home: my husband has a plethora of health issues that prevent him from working; I receive very little help from my daughter’s father and she is spirtually depleted; my older daughter is about to move back in with us. And the list goes on. I know it’s life, and I trust that I am where He needs me to be, but I feel hollow right now. I do know this is just a season and it will pass, but I am having a hard time finding a good balance between taking care of me and taking care of everyone else. I am forever stuck in the hamster wheel, and sometimes I want to just ignore everything and come to a halt. I would like to find His rythym for my life.

  226. I’ve been in ministry for 15 years and have experienced the “burn out”, have been on the wheel and also stuck. It’s only by God’s grace that we can find our pace. I would love to read your insights and share this with my sister who’s currently in the “stuck” phase and needs to find her pace.

  227. I needed to read this today and everyday…I’m currently struggling with a relationship with a coworker. I really need to learn to lean on God all the time and not let the stress of this relationship get me down each day at work. Thanks!

  228. This day’s writing nailed me. I’m the hamster in the wheel. I’m the one who gave up and just set the day away. I’m the one who hoped if I ignored the problem it would go away. But I’m also the woman who wants God’s rhythm for my life. I don’t like the roller coaster I’m on. I want to laugh, smile and enjoy this last journey of my life. I don’t want to hit the finish line exhausted crawling my way to it. I want to go over the line, hands lifted high with a smile on my face!

  229. As a licensed counselor, I work with stressed-out, anxiety driven hurt and angry people every day. I love the way she words this “pace” of life. God’s desire is for joy amidst trials. To hear his voice requires slowing our frenetic pace so we can listen

  230. I so need to keep my eyes and heart on Jesus to set the rhythm for me. Not trying to keep up with the rhythm that another is walking. Also not to allow the enemy a foothold by listening to the static noise of confusion to interrupt the rhythm God has set before me.

  231. Marcia Halverson says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to receive this book. I would share it with my daughters who have such a full life.

  232. This was a much needed devotion today! My husband and I own our own business, have two teenagers, I have a daughter who is 17, we are remodeling our house and my brother and his son are living with us. I have just felt so overwhelmed this week with it all and trying to juggle it all and still stay sain! So reading about the rhythm of grace was excellent for me to hear this morning! Thank you!

  233. Wow…… I stand in awe of GOD….when we let go and give it to him. He always places things in front of us, as standing next to us in conversation. Thank you for this devotional! Was just in a quandry over my children’s choir at church and whether I made the right decision for this undertaking. Thank you again for the reminder to keep in rhythm with the one who is my best friend and never leaves me!

  234. This message was on time this morning. Because I chose to go outside God’s pace for my business and jump ahead, my marriage is in turmoil and my business is in huge financial debt. I can hear God telling me that I’m doing what I was made to do, but I continue to step outside His timing and do it my way and not giving any thought to my husband or his advice. The past week has been a sad one for me and this morning I read this and I wonder can I really line up with God’s pace for my life. Why am I so impatient? What is my rush? I do have hope and I believe that I can line up with His pace. I will just learn to sit still and listen. Thank you for the message.

  235. Debbie Welz says:

    Today I feel like your devotion was perfect for me. My husband and I were older when we adopted our two daughters from China, and they truly are blessings from the Lord. Since adopting them, I have had several health issues and don’t have the energy I used to have. Some days just trying to keep up with their schoolwork, activities, and daily needs on top of everything else, can be very overwhelming. I know I can’t do it all and need to slow down the pace, but where do I draw the line? Your book sounds like just what I need.

  236. The Lord is gracious and kind. He truly knows what we need when we need it. I am a mother of a childhood cancer survivor. He was cancer free for 20 months when at a regular check up two weeks ago he had a tumor in his lung. He is an amazing child that has rebounded. I do struggle daily with my emotions to be the best at my career and for my family. I need to know God’s rhythm for my life. I would love to have this book to be supported in our journey.

  237. Susan Mackowiak says:

    I’m a program chair, instructor, wife, and mother. The statement, “Some people hop on the hamster wheel and keep going faster and faster, as if they can outrun the stress or even run away from it” resonates with me. When I stop, it’s often like a crash. I yearn for balance in my life, but it often feels out of my grasp. I think this book might help me discover God’s balance for my life.

  238. Rhythms of grace, following God’s agenda and schedule in HIS timing sounds intriguing. I would like to read and share thoughts with “Daughters of my Heart”

  239. cassandra baker says:

    I would love this book. How many times have I said im done but God said not yet. My grace is sufficient. I would also be able to share with the women’s ministry at our church

  240. Thank you for writing this, I have been frenzied and struggling to keep it together for some time. Praying for God to show me His perfect rhythm today.

  241. michelle regan says:

    The Lord has been telling me for a while to slow down, not run so fast, not be so busy, even with all of the good things that I’m doing, sometimes, they are just things on the list. I’m looking for some good reading to do in this busy season of the year and to share with some friends, this sounds like it might be it!

  242. Letting God’s grace set my pace. What a relieving concept! thanks you Lord for your grace!

  243. Roberta T says:

    After being diagnosed with Breast cancer and having a mastectomy, I often feel like I’m spiraling out of control. I’m grateful for all Gods blessings but lose my center some days. I pray I can re-syncronize my rythem

  244. Thank you for the devotional! I would love a copy of this book to learn more !

  245. I would do love this book! Thank you today for this chance, but more importantly, this message! This is EXACTLY what I need to focus on. Truly this message struck a cord deep in my heart. Thank you so much again!

  246. I am working two jobs now and feel like my life is going at such a hectic pace. I yearn to slow down but find it difficult to do that. I would love to read this book and find some help as I am praying for God’s wisdom and guidance about this.

  247. Working 3 jobs and going back to school to earn my master’s degree has me being pulled in many directions. With a husband willing to cook on nights I can’t, grocery shop when I am not able to, and fold our laundry because it’s piling up, my life’s rhythm and pace with God has gotten of track. I am a worrier. Right now if my husband and I decided to have children our home is too small and our finances are weak. I worry that we could be doing more, working more, earning more, and need to be somewhere else to do all of that. My worry has also caused me to become consumed with life rather than with God’s guidance. I share this not to win a book but to ask for prayer. I know by the power of prayer, not just mine alone, God intervenes, and shows himself in ways we do not expect it. I know I’m where I’m needed at this moment in time but the devil creeps up daily and makes me question that. Please pray for me and my struggles of rhythm I have with God’s guidance and grace.

  248. Sweet words of encouragement! I’d love to read this book to solidify what God has been teaching me.

  249. I am tired and weary from 17 years of ministry with my husband so this devotion today was much needed for me. Thank you!….and I would love a copy of the book.

  250. I would love to win a copy of this book as this described me to a tee! Thank you for the opportunity.

  251. This really spoke to my heart today. I have really been struggling this year & I am one of those people who feel hopeless at times even though I know God is my hope & I can put my hope in him. I suffer from anxiety and depression and alot of times I allow my own thoughts to run me rather than the Word. I know God’s word in my heart and need to trust in that. Would love a chance to win this book.

  252. This really spoke to me this morning. I’m the one in your message who is stuck, unable to do anything, because of feeling so overwhelmed due to past circumstances. I know I need to let God direct each step every day and not me, but that is hard to do. TODAY, my prayer is to let God guide me all day, and not worry about tomorrow or yesterday. Thanks for letting God use you to speak to others.

  253. Jennifer Gearheart says:

    WOW! This is exactly how I have been feeling lately. Tired, worn out and not letting anyone know how I am feeling. Ever since I have started working another job, I don’t feel like I have the energy to keep up. I do my best to clean, cook, give baths, laundry and read at bedtime with the kids. Just seems too rushed. I need and want to slow down and let God be my guide. Definitely something I need to work on.

  254. This devotion spoke to my heart because I realize that I have been trying to set my own rhythm instead of listening to God’s pace. My mom will be getting a kidney transplant in the near future and I don’t really know how to respond to all the changes in my life. Please pray that I would continue to seek God and no one else. Becky you have my prayers. may God continue to guide you in the way he has planned for you.

  255. Wow! This devotion definitely reached out to many today. The comments are many but there seems to be a common theme, frustrated with pace of life, indecision, frazzled , ready to give up. Oh Jesus, I pray you would meet with me, and all those who ate feeling life is crazy. Put your arms around each of us and may we put You first no matter what else is on our schedules. Help us to be still in your presence for a bit of time each day. I love You My Jesus and know you hear my prayer and the cries of all these women who have written today.Amen

    I mean that prayer, oh I do for I too have felt lost, frustrated, overwhelmed but I know that when I step away from regular Bible time and prayer things are much worse. Some Sunday mornings I’m so exhausted, but if I make the effort to go to church and learn and just worship Him, then God can and will meet with me there-He will do that for anyone but we must be willing to take the time to get up and go and rest assured that He will help with all that needs to be done. I would love to read this book and learn more of being obscenity God & and having His mindset so my life will be lived by His rhythm and so that I have the close relationship with Him I truly long for. I don’t want to be frazzled,and snap at hubby or kids , no I want to live as He wants. I would also share the book with my mom and sister’s and someone at church who is way too busy and needs too get back to a life lived as God wants. Thanks for the chance to win and for touching my heart, May God bless you as you continue to serve Him.

    • Lovely typos in my comment (that’s the auto correct for you:) “obscenity” should be close to God-smuggling must have run together and the device inserted its own word-sorry:)

  256. I would like to win a copy because I truly need help with finding the perfect balance that God has for my life❤️

  257. As a mom of two, stay at home, women’s ministry leader and I just added to my plate opening a dayhome. I felt unsettled until I didn’t have any more room in my day to say yes. I’ve been learning recently that I’ve been holding on to some anger. I think I’ve been saying yes to fill my day so I don’t have to feel this anger. I need to change this.

  258. The title of the devotional hit me this morning, I am burned out on religion. I just started a job in the ministry and it is hard to have the right balance. I would like to have a copy of the book, to help me get back on the right tempo with God. My life either is fast paced and out of tune, or it goes dull and stagnant. We all need God to be our conductor in order to play our part in the orchestra of life.

  259. Your words summed up where I’ve been for the past several months. So many demands, places to be, so much to do and never enough time to get it all done. I believe I’m supposed to read this book, so I’ve added obtaining it to priority ‘to do’ list.

  260. Thank you for sharing what God has laid on your heart. Very timely words for me. I’ve been feeling this way for quite some time and am in need of a pace check.

  261. I love this<3 Such a blessing for today

  262. Pat Armstrong says:

    I needed this so bad…the dr. has been trying to regulate my thyroid & I have been so discouraged through all of it. A very timely message for me. Thank you!!!

  263. I would love a book! This devotion spoke straight to my heart!

  264. Great post!!

  265. Nicole Lee says:

    I need to hear this message. I pray God will let this penetrate my heart. Beginning college this fall, i get sucked up in the business and craziness of a college student. I could definitely use this book to help me get on track, God willing.

  266. carri stolteben says:

    I can relate to this. I am A DVD and work many jobs. Massage therapist for a doctor, a substitute teacher for kids with disabilities, at Easter Seals doing behavior intervention with kids who have autism and a jewelry designer. .in my FREE time. I completely understand this pace with music THERAPY. For my soul. I go to the beach or hike as my peaceful serenity.

  267. Wonderful devo. No wonder we get burned out–we lose the priority of First walking with the Lord. What an effective strategy that satan has used to distract us. I am interested in this book as my husband and I are part of a small group that is focusing on the Lord first, relationships with one another second, and then inviting non-b elievers and seekers into to relationship. This is truly the answer for us today and the critical message for our children, at all ages. Multiple activities are a great lie, that therein lies a meaningful relationship with the Lord.

  268. Running on the hamster wheel, I totally get the comparison of music and exercise with God’s Word and life! It makes sense to me! Making time for God’s Word has been on my to-do-list for about 6 years now. Being a working mom of a 5 and 9 year old, I have actually been in both scenarios, all out or all stop. I’ve tried to do life in my own strength and I know it doesn’t work.

    Looking for another way,

  269. Maureen Shea says:

    I’m in music ministry-have been for 40 years. i gained new insights today! I’d love to have the book

  270. Rita Woody says:

    Absolutely needed this today. I have been struggling with the politics of the church.

  271. Jackie Williams says:

    I can relate to this more and more each day. Tired and distressed over trying to play the role but knowing that I am not following what I teach. Thank you for this devotion

  272. I would love to have this book and learn how to slow down and get back in touch with God on a needed daily basis…

  273. My goal: Resting in the Lord when I think that I instead should spend any downtime pleasing others.

    Thank you, Minister Kerri, for this on – time word!

  274. Colletta Miller says:

    I would love to win this book and learn to move to God’s rhythm. I’d also like to then pass it along to my mom who also tends to burn the candle at both ends :)

  275. Love to have this book. Lessons needed.

  276. Much needed & appreciated! Often get caught up in trying to live up to everyone’s expectations…great reminder “It’s not about what we do or don’t do. It’s about Who is setting our pace.”

  277. Wow! God is so good and He is good all the time! He knew I needed this in my inbox this morning. Thank you so much for your devotion! I am, like so many around me, feeling frustrated and frazzled. Thanks again

  278. I think I need to FIND a pace. I don’t think I could even pinpoint a tempo that I’m living at right now. I sometimes feel like I’m merely existing, not really living at all. I think your book would be a great start. Thanks for today’s devotion! It has really gotten me thinking. :)

  279. Trekeelia says:

    This was a terrific post. I eve jotted down the “rhythms of grace” quote in my journal. I sometimes feel like as a believer functioning in ministry and just life general, I am just on auto pilot. I would love to have a copy of this book! It would be great to begin a book study with others who are dealing with the same struggle.

  280. I would love to win this book! I feel like my life is an ongoing race. I have rheumatoid arthritis, fibromylagia, and other chronic health problems that require many visits a month to doctors and the pharmacy. I am married and have two children, one who has Asperger’s and is a teenager, the other who is involved in several after school activities. I work part-time at a job and full-time as a mother. Yesterday was a good example: youngest one didn’t get to the bus stop on time, so I had to get both kids, go what seems forever in one direction to the high school, and then turn around go the other to the elementary school, praying they would both be on time to class. Then back to home to grab my work stuff, stop to get breakfast, and then to the office. After a visit with some family, then back to the high school to pick up my eldest and something for my family to eat for dinner. Then back home, where I try to help a child locate a missing library book, only to find that we had checked out 9, not 10 books, thank God! The search continues for yet more missing things, a leotard, tights and skirt. Where did the skirt go? Never found the skirt, drop my child off at dance, back home again, tension really high now. After dance, pick up child, turn in library books, help finish school project due next day, commotion in the living room. My elderly mother-in-law has fallen. Thankfully she is okay! Pack one child’s lunch, write a back-to-school note for the other, check the youngest one’s binder and homework, make sure food drive donation for school is packed…whew! I need a breather, a long vacation, I need Jesus to set the pace and help me with my burdens!

  281. I don’t even know how to start explaining how much I needed this devotion. I have felt for awhile the feeling of burning out. A little scared to even acknowledge it. Thank you for your words God spoke through you right to me with this.

  282. Norma Edwards says:

    I’ve been praying for God to fill me with his word. I need to adjust my focus to him instead of worldly things – quit seeking to please other, and start pleasing him!

  283. Ronda Beougher says:

    My dad just passed away at the beginning of October. I spent close to 4 years caring for him in his dementia and when he passed away I realized his care had set the tone for our life. We were at total peace knowing he needed us but with his passing see how we need to begin to beat to a new pace of life. We homeschool and are involved in ministry. Loved this devotional as it seemed timely. Would love a copy!!!

  284. While I could certainly use some tempo setting assistance, I, first would give it to two of my nieces who I first thought of upon reading this- will share the post with them at once!

  285. Belyn Pierce says:

    Thank you for sharing this devotional thought. I experienced the same thing about 3 years ago after being in ministry for 23 years. The dark places it takes you are places I never thought I’d be. God’s redeeming grace and love for me, His constant pursuing me back to Him and out of those “rhythms” of spiritual destruction overwhelmed and amazed me! I am so much more in Him on this side of that time in my life. I now do mentoring and discipleship with young ladies in our church who are going through similar periods of burnout in their lives. Thank you for being transparent in this struggle and the reminder of how we get out!

  286. Beth Puckett says:

    Wow. I needed that. I would love to read more and work on leaning more on God and allowing Him to set the rhythm of my life. My small group has just finished “The Best Yes” study, and this book looks as though it would go right along with that. Thank you for being obedient to write and share what God places on your heart.

  287. I am so glad I took time to read emails today. This devotiton rings true in my heart. I feel stuck in the everyday but must keept going. and yet I want to run away and be alone with my bible and music for 3 days. Somehow i keep going. Would love to read your book. Thank you for sharing

  288. I needed this today! Thank You.

  289. JoAnn Garcia says:

    The devotion of the day always hits home. It’s being said what I need to hear just at the time I need to hear it. Proof of God always working in our lives. We go through things and always question if we are doing it right or enough, Listening to God’s rhythm for us is always easier said than done, it would be a great reminder everyday to have it in front of you in a concrete from. Thank you for all you do!!

  290. Thanks for your message today. I am a runner and know how important pacing yourself can be especially during a marathon. Life is a marathon at times and I need to pace myself because I do get so burnt out at times. I still have a hard time at this. I hope your book will help me.

  291. Wow! Gods timing is always so spot on. This has been such a sad year for me. I lost both my parents and a young nephew. Leaving me feeling so alone. I was diagnosed with MS and fibromyalgia and I am on temporary dissability. I have come to a stop. From hamster wheel to a complete stop not knowing where to go from here. Night before last my 32 yr old daughter attempted suicide and overdosed for the second time in front of my 2 little grandsons. So this message has truly ministered to me. I can so see why it is so important to keep time with Gods perfect tempo. Thank you so much for sharing this message. God bless you abundantly.

  292. Emily Cook says:

    I really needed this message this morning! I tend to live life full out with all good things and ministry opportunities but are they all good for me? I need to rest in the leadership of my Lord’s voice and plans for me. I would love to read the rest of the story that this book offers!

  293. God has been so gracious in helping me learn to slow down. I don’t do it perfectly of course and still need help, but it’s better in many ways. I would like to read the book though and can think of many others to pass it on to – I’d love to win a copy. Thank you!

  294. Seems like the pace of life leaves one weary. Would love to reset the pace to enjoy each day and not just survive but Thrive!!

  295. Why is it that when we get overwhelmed the first thing that we consider eliminating to get a break is church service attendance? Perhaps we should consider eliminating a job, a degree, a position, extracurricular activities, etc….

  296. I really needed this today. I feel so lost, drained and no motivation at all. I lost my Dad to Cancer this past March, then 3 months later I lost my Mother In-Law to Cancer. One of my Dad’s final wishes was for his 5 kids (I am one of the 5) to go back to church and have a relationship with God, not only for myself but family. I haven’t fulfilled my Dad’s wish because my relationship with God is not where it needs to be. Plus I have a lot of guilt that my kids don’t have a personal relationship with God, and that is just heartbreaking to me because I’m their Mom and I should lead by example but sadly I’m not. I just want to be the Spiritual Mom I need to be for my family and maybe my Husband will follow and become the Spiritual Leader of the house.

  297. This was right on time as I search for balance, specifically how to align my desire to serve the Lord, my faith, His commands and the journey He has put before me.

  298. Bryan Villarreal says:

    I’ve trying to teach this very thing to wife who has burnt out trying to do everything instead of relaxing & sharing the load, has been through several bouts of psychosis from stress over the last three years, & believing that she’s got to do more to please God. He’s already pleased. He just wants her to rest in Him, obey Him, follow Jesus, & let Him carry the heavy burdens. Ours are light, but we keep wanting to pick up the heavy ones thinking God needs our help. Thanks for the insight. Even if we can’t win a copy, I think I’ll buy her one for Christmas.

    • Marijke Ligtvoet says:

      Hi Bryan, one way that God has encouraged me is through this scripture verse – MICAH 6:8 “AND YOU KNOW, OH MAN, WHAT IS GOOD, AND WHAT DOES THE LORD REQUIRE OF YOU? TO ACT JUSTLY AND TO LOVE MERCY AND TO WALK HUMBLY WITH THE LORD YOUR GOD.” This is all God asks of us, nothing more, nothing less. May you and your wife be blessed as you walk in the cool of the garden with the Lord God today xx

  299. I would give the book to my mother in law. I came across this devotional today after a conversation with her. I did a random search and found you. Our conversation was about her desire to live in rhythm.

  300. Glenda O. Parson says:

    How wonderful! The Great Physician, Jesus Christ, know what I need to hear and promptly provides it! This was indeed fine spiritual medicine and food for my troubled soul. I’m taking, right now, a deep breath, slowly releasing my ancient feelings of terror. I will be okay now, I will…

  301. This devotional was so needed. I believe sometimes I dont just get ahead of myself, I get ahead of God as well. I have to remember to slow down and dance to His rhythm. Praise God for he gives us just what we need right when we need it.

  302. Michelle K says:

    Wow – great post!! My life right now feels so crazy. I have been praying about how do I find rest, how do I trust God to get through this time. Thank you for writing this book!

  303. Marijke Ligtvoet says:

    I’m sitting here at my computer checking my emails. It’s 1.45am and i really should be in bed fast asleep but I am so restless. Restless, a very pertinent word as I am getting no rest even though I am so tired. My life is running at such an uneven pace. I feel as if I am on the treadmill, have set the pace to an even stroll but the machine is faulty and it goes faster and faster until I can’t maintain it. I feel like the dog on “The Jetson’s” Cartoon and just bounce off the end. There is no rhythm or rhyme to my life and I can’t find the right music to set the pace of my life back on track……Your post today really resonates with me and gives me hope. Thank you so much for this timely message. God bless, Marijke x

  304. Would love a copy of this book to share with my daughter, a single mom who needs to slow down & let God set the rhythm of her life. She tries to do life the way she thinks she should do it & I believe she would see things differently if she would let go & let God have full control.

  305. There is so much pain among God’s people! I pray your book with offer practical help and hope for many situations. Thank you for sharing your story and opening this topic for hurting people to find another way.

  306. What a great message! I have found that when I am overwhelmed, it is usually because I need more of God in my life. So many times life’s busyness draws us away from God. Only HE can save us. I’d love a copy of this book to re-direct my purpose of this life- being HIS.

  307. Jeanette Webber says:

    Wondering how to have a good rythmn, how to find His place of rest when life has many places of grieve. My husband pastors, I lead worship (& women) &
    am deciding whether I can continue to “do” when I know I need to “be”. I don’t want to be a casualty in this spiritual battle but scripture & church words are not making it into my heart anymore – through so much personal loss & grief.

  308. A message that is greatly appreciated at this point in my life. Words that I needed to hear and need to focus on and pray about. Thank you!

  309. Wow… What a timely devotional for me to read… Have been running on that hamster wheel for too long now and I’m tired, burned out, bummed out and I even became sick! I was forced to slow down and consider my options. Now I think I’m starting the upward to freedom and walking in Gods pace! Thank you for writing this devo… It hits home!

  310. La Shonda C says:

    I feel so isolated in the situation. As though I was the only one feeling this way. Tried to talk to women in my church about feeling and they just kept telling me to get over it will pass. So even if I don’t win I will save up to buy book. Thank you for your courage.

  311. Thank you Kerri. I needed those exact encouraging words today. I’ve been REALLY struggling for several months with my marriage and family, and I’m tired. Exhausted. Tired of fighting, tired of thinking, and sadly tired or praying. I just feel brainless and sad. We have a blended family and there are issues with my daughter and current husband (her step dad) but he and I also have a son together. My daughter went to live with her dad in May partly because of her feelings toward her stepdad but also because she loves her dad very much. It broke my heart. I’m trying to be a good mom and a good wife but she’s my baby and I’m feeling very torn…torn between my husband & daughter, torn between my personal feelings of dislike toward my husband and torn with God. I’m usually a happy, positive person..I’m tired of being sad and mad all the time. I don’t like who I’ve become. I know all of this will come to light in time but I’m not feeling as strong as I usually do and needed your encouragement to run…. to keep trucking on until God shows me what I need to know. Thanks again!

  312. I am one of those that have been trying to out run the stress. I have a daughter that is a Freshman… in college. And a son… in preschool! I feel like I basically started my life over and none of the parts of my life mesh together with the others. I work 40 plus hours a week and there is such turmoil there the morale is so far in the negative it’s like walking into another planet. I know there’s a light at the end of this tunnel, and I know it starts with God. I need to get my spiritual life back in order before I expect the rest to fall into place. Sometimes this is easier said than done when you are to the place of wanting to quit it all! If you happen across my post, all prayers welcome and appreciated.

  313. Our Bible study this year “Finish your race with Joy”‘ this spoke to my heart.

  314. Elizabeth S says:

    I needed this today as I feel like I’m always running myself ragged without really getting anything done.

  315. I needed this today, so much. These words are so reassuring that the time I’m taking now to slow down, reassess, and listen for God’s perfect timing is what I should be doing. Constantly giving to others and not slowing down to have my spirit replenished was such a burden, but feeling His grace cover me as I’ve been still and leaned into grace has been so refreshing. I would love to have a copy of the book.

  316. Every word written by those who’ve already commented before me are so true for us in today’s world. I am one of the last line of baby boomers age-wise, was raised by an amazing grandmother who spent her life dedicated to taking care of family and home, so I carry that sense of place with me into a world that requires and encourages women to both work, build careers, and have that family, and each requires us to give our full attention to that segment of our lives. We end up feeling like we are failing in every direction because there is only so much time in the day. And the first thing we give up is our spiritual time with God in order to cram in one more task, chore, project, answer one more “…mooommm, or ‘…honey, where is that…..” or “….did you get that form typed up and mailed?…” I see it all around me by wonderful, dedicated working women/mothers/spouses who struggle with being perfect in every avenue of their lives until they totally run out of energy and drive and focus on the One who is our greatest source of strength. If I were to win one of the copies of Rhythms of Grace by Kerri Wheems, I would give it to my co-worders to read then share with others until it has been passed around to everyone in our building. It’s not that we can’t do many great things, we just need to find that balance through God’s love and direction, and I believe this book would help us cast our eyes upon Him as we navigate the paths He has for us.

  317. Pamela Stueve says:

    I love this devotional. It speaks volumes into the lives of God,s women today

  318. My life seems a series of being on fire for the Lord and other things in my life, such as eating healthy, exercising, doing my daily devotions, etc. After a few months, I start wandering, slowing down, until I’m at that standstill. Why can’t I “just do it”? – once and for all? This is also some sort of trait that I have passed on to one of my sons. I see it in Him and feel so ashamed of myself. If I don’t win your devotional, I will definitely purchase one for myself and others. Well, that felt good!!

    • God has a GOOD PLAN for YOU. We try to follow too many people and other’s plans. When I finally realized that, and trusted in the Lord to guide ME by his Holy Spirit, I now feel so much peace and can’t be pushed around anymore. We just have to talk to God and get his peace. The formal word is “pray”. God has guided me to what I need for skin care!, food!, anything I ask him about, if I don’t get a quick answer, it comes at the right time. But I’m not going to write a book about what he told me to eat or anything, because that was for ME. He has a plan to you, too. Read his word and talk to him and his Holy Spirit will guide you and give you peace. God bless you!

  319. Pamela Stueve says:

    Love this devotional

  320. at 52 you’d think I’d have this down…. still trying to figure out the pace God wants for me & my life…vacillate between running ,running: volunteering , serving, preparing – trying (knowing it is just what every situation warrants ) to share God with a huge, hurting world VS holing myself up in seclusion, being an utter couch potato, internet escapee ; burnt out , and feeling the guilt of not being enough…..Coming to understand that only God can supply the bottomless well of strength and stamina that I/ we all -need (especially as I age); that He is enough, and it is ok to say “no” / / even walk away ??? – sometimes? (Perhaps your book will help me with this ?!?) ….. I am such a slooooow learner

  321. Amy Boullion says:

    After just having my 3rd baby and returning to work, my plate had been so full…i have been so overwhelmed and can’t seem to find any time to slow down. This message today wad perfect for where i am in life. I would love a copy of this book to help me continue to make changes to slow down and follow God’s tempo for my life!

  322. Oh how my sisters in Christ that I work with daily run, run, run. From obligations at work, to children’s soccer games, grocery stores, doctor’s appointments, field trips, more work…on and on…we run. I would love to gift a copy of Kerri’s book to all of them!

  323. I would love a copy of this book. Between going back to work, a child newly in middle school, and multiple persons in our family with learning challenges, life can be overwhelming. This book sounds like a breath of new life!

  324. I so need this, right. I’ve been struggling with finding the right balance of everything.

  325. A year and a half ago I started working as a case manager for people who are severely mentally ill. I have found over time in this job that I really need to pay attention to God and lean on him for everything. This I struggle with so I think that I would benefit with a copy of this book to help remind me to rely on God, and of course once finished, pass it on to someone else who needs it as much as I do. In my line of work, God is a must.

  326. I can relate. For many years helping in ministries in various positions; at times doing way too much to please those in authority; getting burned and burned out to the point of coming home from church crying. Finally God got through to me that I just had to DO what HE called ME to do and that I was okay and He was working in me and I didn’t have to be a clone of someone else! What peace! I have a daughter and soon to be son-in-law who are “gun shy” at this point; not committing themselves to any church or ministry. They have such compassionate hearts for the lost and have ministered all over the world. I would love to give them this book as a wedding shower gift.

  327. I know all about the hamster wheel! This was such a good reminder about how to deal with the stress of life. I would love to win, then share the book with my sisters as well.

  328. Good Morning Christian Friends,

    We all have a story to tell of our busy lives but I have one to tell you from the eyes of a Retired Military soul. I am just tired of competing with others. I am helping God right now run a small group “Healing God’s Way”. It has been so challenging trying to help others have Victory. What is the old saying you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink. Well, I have become weary because Christians want to Heal but do not attend our group to receive the support, the comfort but most of all God’s loving mercy. I call, text and make snacks from scratch to help our friends in Christ feel comfortable. Instead I hear excuses of their business of the World interfere in their Healing God’s Way instead they blame the Leader for having harsh e-mails. That is Satan attacking both the small group member and myself. Just not knowing if these souls know about Grace. Grace is giving it to others that do not deserve it, but when a soul is wounded they chase after grace for themselves. I get disenchanted and want to through in the towel but I need to run the good race. Lead me back to the cross so I can continue down this journey to help those wounded souls. God loves them and wants to chase them I know but give me strength to endure and face the challenge. My story is a miracle of grace that God has given a wretched soul like myself. I am an over comer, I had brain surgery October 13, 2006 to remove a tumor from my left frontal lobe. Only the size of a golf ball but enough to say okay remove it. With years of being made to feel crazy and insane due to the fact I can not handle stress. I am tired of struggling to prove that I sane. Only God knows my heart and I reflect on the movie each day of “51 Dates” with Adam Sandler. Lord help me have grace for myself to know I am here to be a witness. It is hard because my whole family is not saved. I pray, and wait but most of all I Let it go…. God Loves You and So Do I…

  329. Really good devotion today. I am working 2 jobs for the past 7 years. I am involved in children’s ministry and currently participating in 2 Bible Study groups. I have one day off every 14 days. I hit the bed at night totally exhausted. I have 2 kids in college and planning a summer wedding for my middle daughter. I feel like the hamster but don’t know how to get off the wheel. Praying that I can hear God’s rhythm for my life.

    • Satan has the world busy busy busy so they WILL NOT hear from God. We heap up a lot of knowledge but we need wisdom. Ask the Lord what HE wants YOU to do. When you get your answer, you’ll get peace. But don’t let anyone make you feel guilty and take your peace away. He thinks you’re a Pearl of a great price.

  330. kellie metzker says:

    Wow, this spoke to my heart today. This rat race of life has me spinning in all directions, losing pace. My husband and I could really use this book to get back on pace-God’s pace for us.

  331. Alex Wilson says:

    My two kids are only 1 & 3 and yet I feel as though I’m reaching the limit of my endurance although I have years to go. I know that God can carry my burdens, run along side me and keep on the right path, but somehow I don’t hear him. I want to hear his voice loud and clear and feel his calming presence. I’m doing something wrong; I just don’t know what it is.

  332. Pam Crosby says:

    “…the unforced rhythms of grace” – just reading those words gives me a sense of peace.

  333. Shelly Green says:

    Thank you so much for this devotional today! It goes right along with my feelings last night and this morning. I need to slow down…a lot…we are gone nearly every single day, and at least an hour or further from home. I need a break; time to focus on other important events/people in my life.

  334. patty cotton says:

    I start my day on high speed the minute my feet hit the floor…I need to let God guide my foot steps and stop trying to do everything I think I need to do and listen to his voice..let him be my peace

  335. Sandra Butler says:

    God’s timing is perfect. The encouragement always comes when it is needed the most. Thank you Lord for all you do.

  336. I so needed this today. I’ve been very stressed about a lot of things in my life and I can’t help but think this is not what God wants for my life. But I still struggle day to day, even with speaking to Him daily, asking for help to deal with stress in a positive way. I would absolutely love to win a copy of Rhythms of Grace: Discovering God’s Tempo for Your Life by Kerri Weems so that I can learn to move to the Rhythm of God’s Grace for my life.

  337. such a timely message……would love to read and apply this resource and share it with others

  338. Kelly Clossin says:

    Thanks for these words, I have been on the hamster wheel for so long I am not sure I know what God pace looks like.

  339. Linda Giffoni says:

    Thank you for the words for I think most of us are caught up in the busyness of life! Its with these
    small reminders, that we learn to slow down and breath in Gods peace!
    Thank you again!

  340. Norma Jean says:

    I so enjoyed this. I am a go-go-go and then get burnt out and keep going. I feel like I am making progress at the middle of the road but the best response is always to turn it over to God. Thanks for the great reminder.

  341. Kerri, your words are lingering in my mind. So meaniful! As I move into the holiday time, hoping to step with the rhythm of God’s plan. So peace & love & grace will consume me! I loved your post today! Thank You!

  342. Vickie Spires says:

    You know, I have allowed my health to bring the hamster wheel to a complete halt, and it is high time I get going again – and at God’s pace sounds like a sweet way to get started . This book might also be a good fit as I re-awaken my spirit.

  343. This is a good reminder that we need to take time to rest in the lord and allow him to refresh and renew us so we will have the strength in him to do what ever he calls us to do.

  344. I am currently feeling burned out, physically, spiritually, and emotionally while I try to juggle all the professional, religious, family, and social obligations in my life. This book would assist me in restoring a healthy life balance!

  345. I would love to give a copy of this book to my exhausted & worn out husband as my birthday gift to him. Blessings!

  346. Help when in the middle of “burn out” – I could definitely use that!

  347. Jenny gruenhaupt says:

    I’d love to learnore about this topic. Thank you.

  348. Thank you so much for this today…. I am at the point in my life that I thought things would be calmer. Instead, I am caring for my mother and I am the go to person for my husband, daughters and my grandchildren. While I love being there for everyone else, it seems I forgotten to take care of my needs. I need to get back to giving my all to Jesus and to find the calmness that only HE can bring to me.

  349. Divine Timing, as always. Thank you, Kerri for being God’s instrument.

  350. I loved the musical perspective on the rhythm of our lives. I can relate to that. I feel as though I’ve been, in a way, “forced” into a slow tempo when my health took an unexpected turn. It took several years for me to accept that God could use me still, and I’ve found a new rhythm of life. I think this book would be a huge encouragement to me and help me find even more of some of that “purpose” that I so long to feel from God.

  351. Roxanna ford says:

    I too have been on the hamster wheel running in circles or at the other extreme giving totally up and walking in circles aimlessly. Great devotion. Thanks for reminding me that there is a rest for the people of God. Rhythm of Grace sounds wonderful.

  352. I would love to have a copy of this book to help me prayerfully figure out how to slow down while also getting my 4 kids to their different events.

  353. What a timely article. For the past few weeks I’ve been telling myself that I need to set a schedule…a schedule for time with the Lord, a schedule for exercise, a schedule for home responsibilities, a schedule for some me time. It never seems to happen though as I balance the responsibilities of the day along with the never ending mini “emergencies” that every wife and mother face. I’d love to figure out how to lean into the Lord and just enjoy the rhythm of my life.

  354. Mojabeng Mohapi says:

    This devotional has articulated what I have felt but not had the words to describe for 2 years now. I would like to learn more about the topic and the author’s walk.

  355. I am right where you speak of today. . . burning out and wondering which way to turn. . . and you have provided the answer so very well. . .thank you!

  356. I would love to read this book! I struggle to find God’s rhythm for my life and would love to see her thoughts about how to get in God’s rhythm!

  357. Schanekka Wigfall says:

    This word spoke volumes to me this morning. Although I try to stay in the middle I find myself just not wanting to move at all sometimes. Life can be hectic but I thank God for other godly women and timely devotions like this one that show up at just the right time. I would love to read this book. I think it would help me find the balance I need in my life. Thank you for blessing me today!

  358. I needed to hear this today! Thank you! I used to run long distance in high school and college. I knew how to set my own pace and listen to the rhythm of my breathing and heart to be able to run well. Lately, with five children, one grandchild, aging parents and my own involvements at church and outside the home, I feel like each day is a sprint…with hurdles! Therefore, I am losing the ability to enjoy each moment, since I am always looking out for the next hurdle and planning on how I will get over it. Problem is, there is always another hurdle. I always preferred the pace of a long distance run and want to get back to that way of living!

  359. Dori Schofield says:

    I would definitely give this book to my AWESOME friend Marge! She is a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother who goes above and beyond for her whole family. She cooks, sews, attends all their events and treats every member like royalty on their Birthdays! She needs to know she is loved just as much for what she doesn’t do as for ALL she does do and that God loves her ALWAYS! I pray for her to find the rhythm of grace to take care of herself also!

  360. This is a great reminder to me in this busy season of my life! Things well go more smoothly if I remember to lean on God.

  361. Thank you for this today!

  362. Kathy Pennello says:

    The last 3 years of my 26 year relationship with God has been the most challenging…but after reading finding my rhythm which to me is the Holy Spirit and allowing the Holy Spirit to pace my tempo in all areas of my walking life. Very refreshing…may the rhythm of my heart, lead the tempo of my life! So awesome….thank you

  363. This is right where I am – learning to live in God’s grace and Presence each day, each moment, instead of stressing and striving to do all the world would have me do. The Lord often speaks to me through the timing of scriptures presented to me and through visuals. At the end of today’s devotional, the Lord confirmed my thought to read this book through today’s verse from John 14:27, a verse He has used to touch my heart in amazing ways several times throughout this past year. Then I took a look at the cover of the book and just melted when I saw the monarch. We live right in a migration path of the monarch butterflies and I’d thought I’d missed them this year. The Lord called me to attend a special retreat weekend recently, where I had 3 grace-filled days to be refreshed, and upon my return there were the monarchs. As I seek His grace and guidance for moving forward on the journey and race He has for me, I am excited to read this new book!

  364. I have been a missionary overseas for 15 years and went into burnout about 12 years ago. I never fully recovered from the burnout which has resulted in a number of health problems. I have struggled for years knowing that I need to rest and relax as well as have margin in my life but honestly have forgotten how to rest and relax. A friend who knows what I’m going through sent me this post because this is what God is doing in her life now. I have set the tempo of my life at very fast for as long as I can remember and am at the point where there is nothing left in me, and God is carrying me from day to day. The words, “God’s tempo” and “grace” stand out to me from this post in knowing this is what I need. I know the words from this post are true; I’m just not there yet.

  365. To GOD be the glory! He is so awesome in all his ways, he lead me to read this devotional because he knew this is what I am experiencing at this time in my life “Frazzled”! I really need to read this book and bless others in my life with it to be able to slow down and listen to his pace!

  366. I would love this book! Really struggling with my rhythm of life right now. Need to find peace before the holidays start!

  367. These words are a sweet melody to a weary soul.

    I can also relate to these descriptive words: tired and worn-out. Only heartache seemed to remain after I was tossed-in and swept-away by stormy circumstances. Crushed, I was left to pick up the pieces of a broken heart and an uncertain future. Everything seemed to fall apart. This season felt never-ending. I was overwhelmed, just about ready to give-up.

    I few weeks ago, I came across this verse: “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
    This verse was a comfort and a reminder that our Heavenly Father invites us to leave our burdens at the cross, (1 Peter 5:7), to meet Him there, and spend time with Him – even when we are lost, at our ends or have nothing but brokenness left to offer Him. He wants us to run into His arms of unending grace and unfailing love.
    He was, and still is my Refuge, Giver of peace and strength. He healed my broken heart, and bounded up my wounds (Psalm 147:3).

    “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. (Romans 5:3&4).

    Isn’t it amazing that God takes all things, even our trails and afflictions, and let them work together for good to those who love Him? (Romans 8:28)

    I’ve shifted my focus from the things I’ve lost or don’t have to what I do have: A loving God who made a way for me to know Him, who is trustworthy in all He promises and faithful in all He does (Psalm 145:13). A Heavenly Father who is making everything new, giving me hope and a beautiful future (Jeremiah 29:11 & Revelation 21:5).

    I declare that I’m made anew. I’m now a clean canvass in my Creator’s hands.
    I’m looking forward to a new beginning with Him directing my steps and setting the rhythm for my life. (Receiving a copy of Rhythms of Grace, will be a great help in this journey of discovering God).

  368. This post was so timely for me. I have been struggling to try and find ways to provide extra income for our family because my husband hasn’t been able to work since August. He is 42 and has Young-Onset Parkinson’s Disease, and it is progressing rapidly. I am also in grad school, pursuing my Nurse Practitionership…so between my full-time job, school, taking care of my husband and children, and side pursuits for extra income, I feel like my world is spiraling out of control…so this post was a reminder for me that God is in control. I sure could use some prayers! I know that HE is in control….it’s just so easy to forget.

  369. God is really showing me how to walk in His grace. Living with chronic illness comes with much pacing, as much as I want to do things and achieve, I really have to listen to my body, or I will not be able to function. The same is true with my relationship with God, his grace is sufficient and his power rest upon me. I must choose to listen to what he directs me to do, and somedays that is to rest and give the burdens of my life to him. He will then give me peace and nothing can surpass knowing that I am right where God wants me.

  370. Thank you! Great reminder and encouragement!

  371. I could really benefit from this book because lately I have been trying to find a second job. Plus I have alot of last minute things to do with getting ready to start school in January. So lately I have been feeling pretty rushed and burned out. Plus if I won after I read the book I would borrow/give it to my sister who I feel would also benefit from this book.

  372. I have jumped in and out of ministry for the past 10 years. The longer I stay in, the more I am at peace, my family is more complete.the longer I stay out of ministry, the more taxing my life becomes. Everything is tossed into the are. My son is trapped in this darkness and I pray constantly for his life, mind, body and soul. I think this book will help me to hear, heed, and walk as an example of God’s work. Rewire me and allow me to lead by example. Going forward and blessing those I can.

  373. Dear Kerri; I desperately need a copy of this book for my niece. She is at a stage in life where she tends toward “running the hamster wheel.” I believe she is in need of discovering God’s rhythm for her life. She does not relate well to”religious” discussion, but I believe she will be open to the idea of “recovering your life, real rest, and unforced, free and light living.” Thanks for reading!

  374. Thank you for this devotional perfect timing…. it has been like a balm to my aching heart today. So grateful that His grace is sufficient to sustain me/us….. Thank you Lord!

  375. Deborah Claypoole says:

    Love you devotional every day. I’d love a copy of this study book. We all need new ideas to run the race, thank you.

  376. Thank you so much for sharing your heart Kerri. I so needed this devotional. The prayer is beautiful and yes, I want to hear His voice above all others. Bless you.

  377. Wow, does this sound like a book I need right now! I have been ready to give up many times in the past couple of weeks.

  378. Dianne@Baking4Six says:

    Thank you so much for putting this into perspective for me. – and for the encouragement and reminder of God’s grace.

  379. So beautifully expressed- fits just right today. I repeat this prayer

  380. This is beautiful. Imagine if we moved at God’s pace and loved with purpose and paid attention and became present in the life God gave us. God’s pace is freedom from the rat race!

  381. I would love a copy of this book to help me figure out the pace at which my life should currently be moving to keep in tempo with the Lord’s timing.

  382. Beautiful picture you painted for us, Kerri. After reading the Best Yes and doing the online Bible study on it, I’ve been very intentional on when I say Yes and when I say No. Time spent with the Lord is the most crucial in our day & time. Thanks again for the encouraging words.

  383. Vikki De Los Santos says:

    Well said! As woman in full-time ministry I understand how easy it is to grow weary and tired when our focus is on doing not on being in relationship with Him. My husbaband and I are preparing to go to Peru as missionaries and would love to take a copy of this book with us!

  384. Well said…love the musical reference…and from a Weems girl…I was born a Weems….so, way to go!!

  385. No matter what day it is, or how long it’s been since reading one of these devotions from Proverbs 31, it ALWAYS seems to speak exactly to whatever I’m feeling or going through! PLEASE – send me this book. I could surely use it now. Feeling a bit overwhelmed w/ the roles I’m currently involved in; sunday school class, luncheon coordinator, welcome table, women’s prayer group.. getting tired and worn out..
    I would read it and pass it on to my best friend – same issues.. so many things to do, so little time!

  386. I would be thrilled to win this book. I, too, need to get in rhythm with God & work on his timetable, not mine. Thank you.

  387. Thank you for sharing this is exactly what my heart needed to hear today. I would love to read this book & learn more about how to let the rhythm of God’s grace set the pace for my life & my family.

  388. I really needed this. My life is fast paced, sometimes on a merry go round! Going in circles, doing doing doing for everyone but myself. I really could benefit from the book. I need to be in rhythm with God at his pace!

  389. After reading the description, I feel that this book would really help me learn to prioritize my life based on who I am in Christ and what He wants me to focus on. I am guilty of always saying yes to people and things because I want to help and feel bad if I say now. However, often times, it is to the detriment of my health, my marriage and my time with God.

  390. OMGoodness! I believe Kerri Weems is my ‘soul sister’ from another mister! She somehow articulated what my heart has been feeling for years. I feel so overwhelmed with busyness of life in general (work, kids, family, etc.), but also with church work. I love doing the ‘work of the church’ but ‘church work’ can be so very un-joyable sometimes that I miss the rhythm that God has designed for me. I SO need this book and whether I win or not; I’m getting it . . . right after I finish reading “The Best Yes.” 😉

  391. Christa Wegner says:

    Oh how I needed this today! It seems that through all the ups and downs of life, I don’t take time to really rest–tot totally focus on who God is and what HE wants me to do. I think that I will share this with my women’s group tonight. We as women struggle so much with this.

  392. I am amazed at how God knows what I need to hear and the exact moment I need to hear it. It is sometimes very much a burden working for God’s church. His people are M-E-S-S-Y and so am I! Thank you for you encourage meant to find the rhythm of God and flow with it.

  393. I love reading your post on Bible Gateway. I have been a Christian for 33 years, but am striving to grow even closer to God. I am divorced and two of my three children (my oldest-twins) just left for college. The loneliness has been very unexpected for me. God has helped me through this difficult time in my life, but I have also realized how I had failed to spend time and work on my relationship with Him. There is nothing like the peace I have when I am spending time in the Word and talking and walking with my Lord and Savior!!!!

  394. As I was reading the devotion today, I was also listening to Twila Paris sing Runner. These two sure go together and it was a fun God Moment. Thanks for your devotion today!

  395. My spirit soared when I read about this book giveaway! I’d love to give Rhythms of Grace by Kerri Weems to my mom. The two of us just returned from a mountain-top experience at a Beth Moore Conference. Kerri’s book fits perfectly with everything we learned and experienced. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for the double blessing of today’s devotional and for the book giveaway. God bless y’all!

  396. Another powerful and timely devotional to turn our hearts and minds back to our Wonderful God! We have a brand new pastor and his wife. This is their first pastorate and unfortunately as they arrived a moral failure took place in the youth leadership. I would love to give a copy of this book to them. Thanks for faithfully encouraging all through the power and truth of God’s Word.

  397. I am struck by your devotion. Trying to balance life running my own business and still trying to be the best wife and mom I can be is hard and tiring. I often forget to rely on God and try to do it all myself. I need to learn God’s rhythm. I would love another inspiring read that would help me on my journey. Thanks for all your encouragement and sharing of your heart that will help me and many others.I am sure you have spoken and encouraged more women than you realize.

  398. Thank you for the devotion today! It is something I needed to hear! I have been too busy and in the other ditch, as well. I would love to have a copy of this book!

  399. I love getting these in my email box! I often forward them to my cousin and she often responds to them! We both would like a book…but I would give it to her! Thank you for starting and ending my day right, with Christ in my uttermost thoughts!

  400. I would love to Thank you for the encouraging words. I have been going g thru so many trials in my life I lost my father my husband an I are separated at this moment I truly need this book to lift my spirits everyday. Gods Grace is so sufficient but like a lot of people we get burned out on religion I need to focus more on what God has in store for my life than the way I think k things should be, but I’m not really sure how to break this pattern of not trusting. May God continue to bless you in your ministry reaching out to us all. <3/

  401. Melissa Kuerschner says:

    This book sounds like a ray of hope for me! I am perpetually dissapointed in myself for feeling weary and not able to keep up with my own hamster wheel of life. I am almost finished with “The Best Yes” which has been a daily moment that I crave! Thank you Proverbs 31 for all the wisdom that you share!

  402. Thank you so much for this message today. I’m currently struggling with trying to find my rhythm. My little boy was born 7 weeks ago and I am blessed with being able to take a year off to spend with my family (I also have 2 little girls). I’m trying not to be overwhelmed with things, but also struggling with not taking on too little. If that makes sense. Being a stay at home mom doesn’t come naturally for me but I’m trying to do the best I can, while fighting the real fear that I’m not cut out for it. Do I take on more or cut out more? How do I keep God first?

  403. Thank you for this reminder today. God’s timing is always perfect.

  404. I would like to win this book to give to my daughter. Her life is busy and stressful ..she needs a perfect pace that only God can provide. Thanks for your wonderful devotion.

  405. This really spoke to me. I have struggled with just this problem for years. This devotion and the book sound like just what I need to finally find peace in my crazy life trying to serve Him. Thank you for the opportunity to win the book.

  406. What you wrote today was such an encouragement. So many things going on in our lives at this time with my husband and I being burned out on things. I certainly relate to what type of music is needed during different activities. God kept me here after having multiple skull fractures and being in a coma for 30 days in 1979 for a reason. I need to get more intimate with our Father and pray that the door(s) will be opened for how I am to serve. This book would do me a world of good to get to help get things back on track. It has been a blessing reading your devotional. Thank you.

  407. I would love this book. I need to tune in better to God’s pace for my life.

  408. I so needed to hear this today, and I would love to get a copy of the book (nov 10. Is my birthday too, it would be an awesome surprise) . But more importantly, I find myself in the most challenging season of my life…and only god knows when it’s gonna end. In short I’m 30, and I am a stay at home mom of a 4 and 2 yr old, and am pregnant; I feel so worn out from the non stop duties of caring for small children, physically and emotionally… I am also involved with things at my church that I don’t really want to be… In short it just feels like there’s a lot of stuff that is work no play; I know god is showing me practical ways to restore, but he is also showing me how to see things from his perspective….so hard when you do NOT wanna be where he has placed you….anyways, this devotion was divinely appointed, thanks for sharing.

  409. In this life we so often are encouraged to accomplish “what is expected of us”. If I am a responsible person, I will do this. If I am a good parent, I will do this. If I am a faithful wife, I will do this. And so the list goes on….until we hear God’s comment…
    Stop struggling. Stop working so hard. I know you can’t….but I can. Be still and know that I am God…I will be exalted…

    Reminds me of when my daughter as a young child would “wash” my dishes for me. It usually took longer for me to rewash what she missed (after she was in bed) and clean up the water on the floor and cupboards than it would have to wash them myself originally. God “lets me help Him” although He really doesn’t need it and I often create a mess. Then He comes along and cleans up my mess and turns my disaster into accomplishment. Problem is….I often get going and I forget that I was suppose to be doing this to please Him. It becomes all about me and my perception of myself (and how I think others feel about me!) My mantra becomes “I can do this!” When I take control of one thing, it just encourages me to take control of everything else as well (or at least try). The result is a mess that I either announce as “finished” and walk away from, or continue on in, becoming more and more bogged down.

    With my daughter I learned that if she “washed” and I rinsed and dried, I could monitor and encourage her thoroughness and by rinsing and drying myself I could keep the majority of the water in the sink and a towel was always ready to immediately wipe up sloshing bubbles. When I step back and remember that I am to work ( and walk) alongside God, instead of running ahead to trying to do it all myself, things go much smoother because He is there to guide and direct, as well as catching my “sloshes”. Working beside my daughter created unique opportunities for conversation as well. Opportunities for me to encourage and grow her were many. There were times when she would pull up a stool and “Just sit and watch instead”. Again, the parallel continues. Lord, teach me, grow me, and encourage me, as I learn to walk, and sometimes just sit, at Your side, listen to Your voice, and let You do.

  410. Alicia Garcia says:

    I needed this devotion today. I am so burned out and when things get tough and confusing for me, I am the type who just lays in the middle of the pile doing nothing. I have been struggling to find a pace that will allow me to get it all done ssince my w2nd childld was born…21 months ago. I would love to finally be leading my life instead of drowning in it.

  411. Kerri, what insight in comparing how we use music at different paces to set the tone for our workouts and how we need God to set the pace for our life. I keep Christian instrumental playing continually throughout the day to create a peaceful atmosphere, but I need to allow the pace of the music to set the tone for my day so I can slow down and hear God’s voice and rest in His presence.

  412. I needed this today. Thank you.

  413. What an inspiring post! I would love to win your book! :)

  414. I would love to win a copy of this book. My life is running at full-tilt right now. I just got remarried, and have an active 7 year-old son. He experienced a Traumatic Brain Injury at age 1, and keeping up with his therapy, behavior, and educational meetings can be exhausting. My new husband is also disabled, and I go to just as many appointments for him. I don’t get to do much paid work in the meantime. I could use the encouragement and the life-changing message of this book.

  415. I would love to know how to change the rythmn of my life. This week I am in a ‘not moving’ rythmn and I hate it. I am doing the basics to get through the day, but I am lacking the right motives to do them. I don’t even want to be around myself, so I pity my family who have to interact with me throughout the day.

  416. Great reinforcement to continue to live my Best Yes. Thank you for your words today.

  417. Cheri Gresso says:

    As much as I needed this devo today, I definitely think I need this book. As my husband said today, I’m so tied up in knots I don’t know which way is up.

  418. Savannah Black says:

    I am a post graduate twenty something at the end of a long season of “just surviving”. I’m in a new season of my race and I have absolutely no idea what tempo I should be running at. First full time job, uncertainty about the future, uncertainty about the present has really rocked me to the core and I’m afraid that the bottom will fall out. The rhythm analogy resonates with me and makes a lot of sense. What if all this anxiety is just a result of not knowing the pace of the race? Or the rhythm of the music? I’d keep this book for myself in the hopes of understanding this idea of moving to the rhythm of God’s grace.

  419. My husband and I are needing to do some evaluating about our obligations and commitments right now and I’d love to have the book. My husband is dealing with some adrenal stress and I would like to read more about the rhythms of our lives. I love the thought of whose rhythms we are listening to! Thanks for the post!

  420. Thank you so much for this today it came to me at just the right time. I am disabled & am in constant pain so I spend most of my time in bed. To pass my days I spend a lot of my time on the computer. I first started out on facebook where I have made many of wonderful friends that are also christians. I also am involved in a lot of grief groups for moms that have lost their children. I lost my son shortly after he was born. But I have been searching & searching for something to do that helps others & spreads the word of God. In doing this I realized I did not know enough to spread Gods word like I saw others do. So I decided to learn all I could & I joined every group I saw that sent devotionals & also had other programs to get involved in to help you learn. I also joined a wonderful Bible study group. Yet I was becoming so overwhelmed with all the emails I was getting everyday that I had no time for anything else so it became a chore instead of a enjoyable loving learning experience that I wanted it to be. So yesterday I sat here & went through so many emails one by one for hours trying to decide which ones I got the most out of & which ones I could unsubscribe from. That was one of the hardest things I have had to do it, was like I was turning my back on God & saying I do not want to learn all I can. If that makes sense to you. I still have so many coming in & probably could get rid of more, but just cannot make myself do it. So when I read this today I related to it, I am burning myself out on religion. I have made it to where I am so overwhelmed with all the knowledge I am trying to cram into my head that I need to learn how to step back & let God set the pace because I am burning myself out. I know your book would be a wonderful guide on helping me achieve my goals. God Bless You. Thank You so much for sharing your story & for your give away.

  421. With so many demands of a business family a mother with cancer I feel this book would help me to learn to seek the things God has for my life. I feel overwhelmed not knowing what to do. Trying my best to walk where he is but with so many things I’m having to run to get them all done and not enjoying the life he intends for me . This book would be a true Blessing :)

  422. Bridgette says:

    Is not the opportunity to give BEAUTIFUL? And so is WINNING!
    Thank you Lord for the amazing opportnity to WIN this worth while book:-)
    lOVE YOU ALL! ! ! !

  423. Well put. I have recently reevaluated my commitments, reevaluated their purpose, canceled some, and stoppeed committing to more. I realigned my time to have time to focus on God, my husband, and our son.
    We have been struggling since he retired from the Marine Corps and everything there after, my commitment to God had dropped off and I had been struggling to just get to dinner, the next day, month, etc.
    I finally heard God say remember me? How about you concentrate on us and let me tackle the rest, it took some time to be obedient, but I finally did it and I’m being blessed each day as God’s tempo becomes louder, clearer and more apparent, rather than trying to keep up with my hectic and noisy chaos!
    One step at a time……

  424. This is so what I needed to read today, I am so over booked and doing so much that I need to finish what I started and start fresh in December. If I start something I need finish it then I can start one bible study at a time not three like I am doing right now. God always shows you what you need and I needed to read this today. Thank you so much for sharing.

  425. Marianne Wilson says:

    I would love a copy. As a new empty nester I am trying to learn to balance my free time. I am actively involved in prison ministry but don’t want to forget my husband and coworkers etc… whom I can minister to.

  426. As a woman who is working to embrace God’s calling and timing in my life, I know I would benefit from a copy of this book!

  427. I would love a copy of this book. This devotion was written especially for me! This has been the most hectic year of my life and I’m praying it gets better!

  428. Yolanda Perry says:

    This moved me to tears, as it is such a confirmation. Just this morning I wrote the following devo for my Facebook group:

    Affirmation: Today…I am anticipate a downpour in the spirit realm. My forecast is GRACE…sufficiently measured out just for me.
    And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV)
    Navigating through life is like an ongoing exam in and of itself. And as with any test, it is the norm to make blunders when things that are tempting, or even just unfamiliar arises. However, these moments, called life experiences, should be used as opportunities to learn, to grow, and to be shaped into who God created you to be. And God is so merciful, even in our moments of missteps. When approached with a heart of honesty and openness, He honors every plea of repentance…and and then pours out showers of GRACE.

    Thank you for your heart to serve HIM!

  429. It’s like you’ve been reading my mail ~ Thank you for sharing your thoughts and encouragement!

  430. Wow…that was helpful…..
    I am now working for God in this world 100 percent. I have no money, I am homeless and yet,I am Alive and Well and my Spirit is alive and in me….
    I know that I am working for God when I did not send out a application and/or resume and I have work! This book excerpt was helpful to understand Gods pace and grace is sufficient to do the work HE asks us to do. It seems to me, sometimes we choose our own battles (our own way…Our careers) that makes it even more difficult to find His grace because we stubbornly choose our own way…..I became a registered nurse thinking it would help me to find and serve GODs people faster….it only created a most difficult, fast paced, out of control life. Now God is truly the pilot..He educated me to work for Him….my hands were tied in beauracacy, government poorly run institutions I.e. Veterans Health. Now God truly sets the pace…from morning to evening. I live LITERALLY daily on Gods GRACE.
    HE BRINGS ME FOOD,PEOPLE,WORK and Love. WE MUST ALLOW GOD TO DO HIS WORK IN US!!!!Letting God set the pace for the almighty race! See you there!

  431. I have just finished a Sisterchicks book where the unforced rhythms of grace upon grace was a major theme. This ties in beautifully. If I win a copy, I would love to share it along with those in my circle who also read the Sisterchicks Ooh La La book. Thank-you so much for listening and obeying God in your writing; it is such a blessing for so many of us. May He continue to anoint your teaching.

  432. Myrna Chaput says:

    The last 4 weeks have been a challenge to say the least. My (bachelor) brother was involved in a near death accident while completely intoxicated. I had been asking God to intervene and 2 weeks prior his accident I sensed an urgency like never before. Well, I got more than I bargained for. It’s an absolute miracle that he survived, he is recovering at miraculous speed. He’s not able to take care of himself yet and is living with me while he heals. My prayer is that his heart would soften and realize the grace that God extended to him that fateful night. I feel I’m in for a long journey and very thankful for this opportunity, however, the book sounds very interesting a great read for such a time as this. God Bless whoever gets the book.

  433. Along with thousands of other women, I need to lean in right now. Life changes have made the last few months long and hard, and I need God to set my rhythm!

  434. I would love to read your book and pass it on to the people at work. But I have a question about your Bible verse today. I enjoyed reading that version. What is MSG?

  435. Pamela Harden says:

    I have read this particular devotion over and over today… I too have been tired! Just tired… worn out, burned out, and tired! With a full time job, a 25 year old son who is currently living at home, along with a 14 year old daughter, and a 12 year old son, and a husband who works out of town 80% of the time, I find myself going through all the motions, but almost numb.
    I would love to have a copy of Rhythms of Grace so that I could try to incorporate the teaching into my life! I find that just the sound of living my life by the rhythm that God sets the Tempo for, sounds so very refreshing!!!

    Thank you!

  436. This is so beautifully written, it is as if it was written for me alone! A few things are happening in our family of 38 years right now that were never in my vision…never thought would happen. I am in need of finding my pace with God and get off this hamster wheel that I have been running on! Dear Father God, grant me Your Grace…

  437. Bonnie Cormier says:

    Thank you for the words of encouragement. Your transparency allowed God to speak to my heart today.

  438. There are so many people struggling out in the world today. So many hurt, lost and lonely folks that need to hear this message. Daughters, Mothers, Sisters, Pastor’s Wives…the list could go on and on. Thanks for your encouragement!

  439. This is exactly what I needed. I have been running the fast, fast and faster pace lately. I need to slow down and let God set my tempo.

  440. Candie Amos says:

    I love the idea of letting God set my pace, but am not sure how to do that. I do love music and it does help to speed me up or slow me down. This book sounds very interesting

  441. Love Lester Sing says:

    Thank you for acknowledging what is in my heart all along. Letting me know that God’s plans for me does not border on exhaustion and weariness. This rat race that the world is into is not what I should be in. Running God’s race is what is important. He is now driving my car nd now I am in the backseat enjoying His ministration. Trusting my life in His hands, whatan amazing and glorious feeling. I love you, Father.

  442. Grace Crapitto says:

    I would love to read this and share it with others. I certainly need to learn to tune into what Gid’s pace is for my life and let Him be in control. How wonderful that would be!

  443. This would be a great tool to pass around to the ladies in our small church. Every woman struggles with burnout from time to time, so I think every woman will be able to glean some encouragement & help from reading it!

  444. Hey God bless! This definitely spoke to me today even though I honestly thought this wouldn’t, but God insisted and so I did. No regrets and just so you know I just turned 19 last week so that goes to show that Proverbs 31 Ministries is reaching young women as well! Thanks p31 ministries for everything.

  445. Laura (from Québec, Canada) says:

    I was struggling with fears and the wonderful verse about Jesus’ Legacy of Peace for us blessed my soul!

    Thank you for the devotional and for the verses!

    May God bless you life and your ministry!

    Laura :)

  446. This book would be a blessing as I struggle with maintaining faith in a difficult personal trial. I desperately want to find peace.

  447. Yes, I generally feel like the hamster in the wheel. I feel worn out and am already looking to forward to the holiday break from work. Hoping that I’ll be able to rest and get everything organized and ready to go for 2015. Maybe I need to sort through things during my break and determine the important things. Not everything needs my attention. At times, I need to let go. Let God. I give it all to God and want to learn how to live for His Glory, truly and sincerely.

  448. I’d give a copy to my sister…..

  449. Wendy Mitchell says:

    Loved the devotion, and would love the book! :)

  450. I would love to read this book to possibly suggest it for our ladies Bible study.

  451. Pam Miller says:

    I must have re-read your post on face book 10 times. So inspiring! I was deeply disappointed by recent events in my life 2 days ago and readying this post lifted me up and reminded me where my strength comes from and what my priorities are. Thank you for sharing thi…

  452. Kay Kurth says:

    This verse has spoken to a whole group of us for two years now. We were in VantagePoint3 Bible growth study. We took a whole week and meditated on Matthew 11:28-30. The MSG was the Bible translation we used. One of our members is a singer/songwriter, and wrote the song “Come” from this. It has been ministering to all of us since.
    We all move through life at different paces, need different rest rhythms. I would love to read this book, then pass it on, either by sharing inspiration or sharing the written word! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

  453. Madeline MartineZ says:

    I’m 22 years old and Ive recently hit a wall in my life, struggling with no longer being a child, and living my life as an independent adult, and instead of turning to God and letting him heal me and guide me, I made my own decisions and now Ithe ‘m living with regret and pain. I’ve since been fighting the world, seeking God in all I do. I would love a copy of this book to instill this in my life. After reading I would share this book with my sister who is 20 years old and struggling with the same things as me, but also trying to instill the love of God and raise a 3 year old to be a Godly man. She recently shared a book she read about Ruth me and it brought me to tears knowing she thought of me and helping me when I’ve shut my family out… Reading this message today really gave me a what I needed to hear. That I am not the only woman struggling to be who God intended me to be.

  454. Lord your grace is sufficient. I must rest in this. Though I am weary & tired I must lean into you to help me continue the fight to show others who You are. Amen.

  455. Oh how badly I need to learn a better pace. I’m either one extreme or the other. I would love to know how to find the rhythm God intends me to have without being worn out!

  456. This IS the season I’m in!

  457. Kathy Rigdon says:

    Stepping back, taking a deep breath, lingering in the Peace that the Lord gives freely…life gets frustrating and stressed sometimes and we need to do just that. The Lord will give us everything we need, all we have to do is ask. Why do I have such a hard time asking? He freely gives His Grace. I have been pondering this very subject lately. I am very interested in the New book

  458. Carla B. Still says:

    Sounds like a great book to read during this season of my life where I am experiencing the abundance of God’s grace in my life.

  459. Are you there Lord? Do you hear my prayers? I hear of all your goodness in others but I’m starting to believe it is not applicable in my life. My grief consumes me and I feel very alone.

  460. So needed this today! I often feel that I am doing, going and going and always left empty! Would love your book!

  461. Darla Tilley says:

    So needed this today! Constantly feeling out of sync and out of time! Blessings to you!

  462. Marina Kensinger says:

    We need this reminder daily – to let go and let God. The world will try her best to pull us into busyness and menial tasks (but to us it looks and feels important and timely), just to distract us from the REAL timekeeper, the REAL destiny giver, the REAL promise fulfiller, the REAL Abba. I would share this book with all my oh so busy female friends, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, nieces, cousins, pastors, daughters and daughter-in-loves……. Please continue to write encouraging and uplifting articles and books…. we need them as reminders that we are not alone in this journey to stay in step with Him. Blessings, your sister in Christ, Marina

  463. I would love a chance to get this book. I’m tired and weary. Some days I do oak and other times I feel like what’s the point in trying again.

  464. Hayley Tiger says:

    I sooo need this book!! Struggling so much with Gods timing not my own!

  465. Angie Gutierrez says:

    I am all three types of people, or women you described. Last Winter, after a long time spent on the hamster wheel, then ignoring all my problems altogether and doing some serious damage with prescription drug abuse, I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. It has only been through Gods grace and my wonderful family that I survived. I have finally found my Lord and Savior, but I still have not truly learned how to lean into him and rest in his arms. I am hoping and praying this book will enlighten me. I pray to be chosen.

  466. I have been feeling this way for quite some time now and felt like a fake a hypocrite, but this blog has truly helped me.

    Thank you

  467. Not even sure which race I am in. They all blur together and there are too many to sort out. Truly yearning for that ‘still small voice’ and searching for the way or where-with-all to stop. My solace right now is Sunday morning and church. That is my respite.

  468. Natasha Newton says:

    Right now this book would probably be my saving grace in dealing with the race I’m running. A storm hit two weeks ago that destroyed my family and now I’m anticipating a divorce and he won’t let me see my son. I really could use this book to help focus on God’s timing in all of this. Amazing article by the way!

  469. I just separated from my husband and all I have been doing for a month now is rushing around, getting settled into my new home. Whew! I feel sooo burnt out on life in general. I thank the Lord daily for his wonderful grace!

  470. Diane Cordell says:

    Would love to read it myself and then pass it on to my daughter-inlaws

  471. I think we all tend to hit a point of burn-out from time to time. Maybe we are just tired or maybe we take offense to something someone else says and does, but we all need renewal. I would love to receive this book to give me a boost at this present time. I think I have hit that point where I need refreshing!

  472. I so badly need to read this book! I am a musician, but the Lord has allowed circumstances to put me on a shelf right now. I so long to be back to music, but I am learning to allow JESUS to be my metronome for the next course of my life. It is the hardest faith-walk I have ever known, but I believe I am learning deep lessons for the future.

  473. Kristine Melius says:

    This devotion was just what I needed today. I serve as a children and youth director at our church and this described identically how I have been feeling! I have been working with youth since I was 18 and just recently started feelinf empty and after reading this today it was like a
    Light went on, like someone else understood. I would love to be able to read this book so that I can grow in rhythm with God again, so that He can fill me once again.

  474. I am a very weak Christian and when life throwes me fireballs i run away from God instead of to Him. I am in a very deep valley right now and any encouragement i could receive right now would be most appreciated. Thank you.

  475. After working in ministry for two years in a church in turmoil I too have been burnt out. Thank you for the reminder to listen to God’s rhythm and slow down. I really needed this today.

  476. Beautiful devotion, right on time for my life. Id keep it for myself and use it for my bible study group.

  477. Melissa M. says:

    I needed this today and hope to read the book soon!!!

  478. Iwould like to read this book, then share it with my friends!

  479. Kara Bridgers says:

    I’d love this book for my best friend! She’s going through so much lately :-(

  480. Carole O Wolff says:

    I am going through questions that need to be answered in my life and could use this book as a source of strength and direction.

  481. I would love to win this book. Life always seems to be a “rat race” and I feel like I am chasing after so many things. I would love to read the insights this book could provide to me.

  482. Candy Hamilton says:

    Oh this hits home with myself completely stopping to my daughter trying to outrun the stress. I’d be blessed to receive this book!

  483. If love a copy of this book because one of my focuses over this past year has been to learn how to slow down and hear God in the middle of the busyness of life. It can be so hard to slow down! Then, I will lend to my sister :)

  484. Searching and working my way through this right now. Would love to read the book and pass on to my daughter as well.

  485. Nancy Dare says:

    I would love to read this & share it with my sisters

  486. Brittany Edwards says:

    I loved this! And I love the devotions I get every day! I think I could learn from this book and gove me a new point of view for God to be in my life!

  487. Kim Almas says:

    My husband has stage 4 brain cancer, and I’m homeschooling our boys. I am desperate for moment by moment reminders that His grace is enough, and to live in step with Him…….. Thanks <3

  488. I’ve been bitten by the “grace bug” recently and, the more I learn about it, the more alive in Christ I am becoming. I’m also a worship singer, so connecting grace in musical terms really resonates with me.

  489. Theresa Fepuleai says:

    I love to dance but even doing that is out of sync with everything else I’m going through. And the worst part is, I’m finding that time for God is as hard to find as time for anything else…would love some help in time and rhythm

  490. I am a social worker who dedicates my life working with special needs children and children with mental health needs. I sacrifice all of my personal time to serve God and help others. I am terrible at setting a healthy pace and because of this I overwork and have anxiety. I’ve been reading the best yes to learn ways to say no to things that God can take care of better by using someone else. I’m slowly learning how to set priorities and making sure I’m making time for God and his will. Met the man of my dreams and I’m slowly learning the importance of making time for him too even though I am so used to being independent and a workaholic. Please continue to pray for me!

  491. I needed this encouragement. I am guilty of always rushing. I rush anything and everything. From waking my kids up and getting them out the door in the morning, to client phone calls, to driving in traffic, to after school pickup, dinner and homework. What for? Who does that please and where does that get me? Honestly I think this is the perfect timing that this book came I to my life at this moment. I’ve been realizing more and more just how I need to slow down and listen to Him, but I’m not exactly how to slow down or how to ask Him to help me realize when I need to slow down. This book would be a great start for me.

  492. I am going through some terrible trials in my life. I’m struggling to make sense of God’s plan. I’m relying on God, trusting that He is in control, reading His word and praying. I watched the video for the book a couple of days ago and cried like a child. I’ll read the book, whether a gift copy or one I buy, but free would be fabulous!

  493. Stephanie Ferguson says:

    I have been moving at a pace that is not God’s for so long. Reading today’s devotional was a blessing. Keri’s book and God’s guidance are available to help me adjust my rhythm.

  494. Natasha Simmons says:

    Well I’m was in the hamster wheel trying to out run it for years and for the past 2 I’ve been trying to get it right but for whatthe reasons here (i. haven’t let him lead me) I’ve all but give up. so now I’ve stopped moving anywhere and i try to just over look the problems and just let others. now I’m seen as weak and lazy. I’m glad to have at least found this. God Bless you for what you have been able to put out there from God.

  495. amy brown says:

    I so need this word of encouragement

  496. Loraine Ayne Fadriquela says:

    This book’s title gave life to the metaphor that our very life is a wonderful music played by the great Musician and that is God. And as a musician myself, I only appreciate life and the Musician when my life is in harmony. I still fail to recognize the Musician when my life is in discord because I focus more on the pain and hurt but the truth is it is sometimes necessary to have that unpleasant chords in our lives for us to appreciate more the beauty that the Musician is playing in our lives.

    I need this book because I want to know how God plays my life and with that, I want to let somebody know and appreciate how God is playing their life. :)

  497. Would love to read this book!!!

  498. Ana Bueno says:

    Ugh, ante todas las cosas que atravesamos en nuestras vidas, en nuestro día a día, es tan fácil perder el foco y apartar por completo nuestros oídos de la voz de Dios. Nos adentramos tanto en nuestros problemas y situaciones particulares que ya no importa el ritmo con que Dios quiere guiarnos, solo importa lo que necesito hacer para mañana, mis responsabilidades del momento y queremos ir a nuestro propio ritmo. El tiempo es del Señor y nuestras vidas le pertenecen pero por nuestro egoísmo es tan difícil dejar que sea Él quien controle el ritmo de nuestra vida.
    Que tu oración sea una verdad en nuestro diario vivir, que afinemos nuestros oídos para solo escuchar Su voz por sobre todas las demás voces que quieran prevalecer y que sea nuestro mayor anhelo movernos en Su tiempo y ritmo y que victoriosos y triunfantes terminemos la carrera que El nos encomendó.

    Ugh, before all the things we go through in our lives, in our daily routine, it’s soo easy to lose the focus and turn our ears of God’s voice. We are so immersed in our problems and particular situations that we don’t care about the rythm in which God is trying to lead us, we just care about what I need to do for tomorrow, my current responsabilities and so we want to set our own rhythm. God owns the time and our lives belong to Him but in our selfishness is so hard to let Him control the rythm of our lives.
    May your prayer be a truth in our daily lives, that we could tune our ears so we could only hear His voice above all the others that want to prevail and that our greatest desire shall be to move on His time so that victorious and triumphant we finish the career that He entrusted us.
    Glory and honor to Him forever.

    • Ana Bueno says:

      I would really like to win the book so I can learn more about this subject that I believe God wants to teach me and to all His children. I would pass it to all my friends after I read it.

  499. Monica Mesikapp says:

    When I read the first sentence I felt as if someone read my mind. My husband tells I should be happy for all my blessings and I am. But I fell physically and emotionally drained. I try to turn to God but I find myself pushing away instead. I even find excuses to miss service. I just can’t find peace, my rhythm, grace.

  500. Danielle S says:

    I needed to read this earlier in the day! I pray daily for God to set my tempo to that of a slower, soulful violin piece. And daily I tend to mess it up by not following that rhythm. I’m too quick to act and too slow to listen to God’s nudgings in different directions than the one I’m going in. Getting better at it though, by not giving up my quiet time with God, which I do daily without exception (something I learned from “The Best Yes”).

  501. Hope I’m commenting in the right place to enter to win a copy of this book. Being a single mom, there are so many times I wish I could go with His rhythm and give up my own.

  502. Bernadette says:

    I would LOVE to own this book. I am a single Mom and life can get so chaotic especially as I am suffering with anxiety and panic attacks. Tonight I was reminded of how GREAT God is even in the midst of my trial. Putting my son to bed tonight was very challenging and I confess…I raised my voice at him :( My heart ached instantly and as I began listening to music of my phone to regain control…I couldn’t even ask God for help but in this moment, I knew the Holy Spirit was working on my behalf! My son fell asleep cuddled next to me. As I opened my email to do my devotion; I asked for a reminder that God is still there though I already knew that in my mind…my heart was feeling different. The tears began to flow as I read each word hungry for the next sentence. Im still in awe as I type this and though I know I raised my voice at my innocent son; I know I am forgiven and realize how blessed I am to have him!! My hands are raised in faithfulness knowing HE alone gave me the strength I needed this very night :) Thank You for your beautiful heart and transparency as u shared ur story. I pray God continues to bless and keep you in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. AMEN

  503. I am tired of religion.


  505. Living by waves of grace right now.

  506. This book would be great in my season in life. I am just drifting around with no rhythm, let alone God’s.

  507. Thank you for the devotion today. I need God’s tempo and grace in my life right now.

  508. I will be starting counselling tomorrow to try and deal with the rat race I feel I am running. This post was just what I needed. My personality is to go til I have no energy left and I am not always enjoying the race.

  509. Love the this, but I would send it to my friend in ministry who has had a tough year I think it would really bless her

  510. Tiffannie says:

    I have been dealing with feeling burned out for awhile. Just dont feel it anymore. Not sure if thebook would have insight or truth for me or not but I would try it.

  511. Sherri Scott says:

    THANK YOU for your post–for your vulnerability and transparency–you are truly an inspiration to women who have a tendency to live a double life. There are so many moments, hours and days that I feel like “I’ve got this…I don’t need to bother God with these problems as they are way to insignificant for Him.” But, over times these little problems build up and I get overwhelmed and rather than being able to juggle all the plates–the plates come crashing down AND the floor I’m standing on gives and I plummet 3 stories down. Then, my ego says “Get out the hole!!” and I fight, struggle and crawl my way to what I think is “out”–but it’s really only millimeters higher than the bottom of the hole. And as a working women, it is so hard to share with my highly-successful friends that I am stuck. But honestly, they are living double lives too–so I shouldn’t be looking to them. I need to be looking so much HIGHER…to GOD!! But somehow, at times, He seems so distant…and then when my head clears I realize He didn’t move…I did!

    So thank you for sharing your journey and for being an inspiration to me and others. I look forward to learning how to LEAN IN more to God, my Father, and let Him guide me through my life.

  512. Jessica C says:

    I am just starting my walk with God and I would love to read this book as a part of that.

  513. As a homeschooling, trying my best every day to make good choices for my kids, exhausted, frazzled, perpetually behind Mama- I would love to win and read your book!!

  514. LaFawnda Kubacak says:

    I’ve been burned out for as long as I can remember. I grew up attending church twice on Sunday and every Wednesday night. I attended all the classes and camps I was supposed to. Then I went to a Christian college and I quit. I keep telling myself how important it is that I get back, but I’ve got myself in a rut. I try devotionals off and on, but lose interest real fast if it doesn’t speak to me right away. I know I need a huge boost-especially now that I have kids and need to set a good example.

  515. Leslie M. says:

    Well…currently the tempo playing over and over in my head is the melody to “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” as my son is practicing it over and over and over and over again on the piano! Though, I supposed it is a GOOD melody to think about – the tempo of REST….I’d love a copy of the book to read for myself as I go through a change in my mothering from full time homeschool Mom to full time Mom of college students and a college student myself….

  516. Love this. Have been struggling with this idea lately & this was a very timely post!

  517. I am currently struggling as to what I am expected to do at my church and what God is calling me to do. I am not even sure as to exactly what he is calling me to do.

  518. Jessica Thomas says:

    I needed this today. Thank you

  519. Great devotion……I needed this tonight. To set my rythem of life to God’s. Grace. To learn to lean on him at all times.

  520. Jennifer Russell says:

    I just got baptized 3 weeks ago. It is such a special thing but that doesn’t make the daily struggle less difficult. With society being what it is today it is hard for everyone to stay in God’s grace and rhythm. I think this book is good for everyone to read as a reminder. The more u follow God’s word the more the devil works away at you. You always need resources like this to remind you that God’s love is what will always get you through.

  521. Dotti Harris says:

    Wow, wonderful devo! I have felt all three of your illustrations – hamster wheel running faster and faster, feeling helpless (and overwhelmed) and stopping altogether, and “ignoring” everything piling up while I’m “ignoring” it (I don’t actually get to “ignore” it because it’s always eating away at me that it has to be done!). I would love to get a copy of this book – thanks for the opportunity in the drawing. I’m praying that I will pay attention to God’s pace He’s setting for me and follow Him, surrendering to His will. God bless your day!

  522. I so needed that today. I am trying to find the pace set by God for me right now.

  523. I believe seeing this post was for a reason. I am on the hamster wheel and I could use advice on how to find my place. This book would be a tremendous help

  524. I read this as if it was written just for me. God has been dealing with me about how I live my life and about how His grace is abundant and it will never run dry. I would be absolutely thrilled and blessed to receive a copy of this book. I would delve into it and then pass it along to my friends. Thank you for the daily posts. I look forward to them every day.

  525. This was a much needed devotional today. I am definitely not feeling like I am at the pace of God’s rhythm for my life. I am more at the place where I’m not moving altogether-just trying to figure out how to take the next step.

  526. Beautifully said. I have felt Him trying to set my pace for me and I keep pushing, asking Him to hurry up and show me what is next. What a fool I’ve been. So much more peace when I yield!

  527. This sounds like a book that would be a joy to read and be challenging. This is a topic I am passionate about. It would be great to win and have the opportunity to further grow and develop in this area.

  528. Wow! What a beautiful visual devotional! It’s written like a song that speaks to my heart. Thank you Kerri.

  529. Desperately need to live freely and be accepting of His Grace <3 However for as much as I would love to win this book I know of 4 women personally that this would be a blessing for, so they stop beating themselves up and find joy & Gods love amist the choas of children, work, school, chores, health issues, problems that try to engulf their hearts so they don't have time for spiritual well being & growth. I pray for those that struggle as I do, with whats enough, feeling happy and accepting of what we can do rather than focusing on what we can't… everyday <3 God bless all!

  530. This was the perfect read for me today. I often feel rushed, exhausted, and disappointed all at the same time because I don’t have the time to do the things I want to do. I would love the opportunity to read the book and grow in this area.

  531. Janetta Dobler says:

    I would love to win this book! I thank The Lord for His Love, His Grace, and His Mercy every day!!

  532. Thank you for sharing this with me today, it was just what I needed.

  533. Phew! I’m a volunteer Chaplain, as is a close friend of mine. We’ve recently made a commitment to each other to visit weekly and share devotionals after we both sheepishly admitted we are burned out from giving and not feeding our spirits and didn’t have anyone to poor into us all that we give… Its been great having that fellowship, but at the same time we are both so exhausted we can’t seem to figure out how to heal, rejuvenate, build boundaries and get our hearts back into it.
    I’m so grateful to hear of your ministry and that you are using your experience to help others and honor Him!
    If I won it,one of us would get it, and order one for her to read and discuss. I know so many chaplains who would benefit from a book such as this! We’re good about teaching others self care, but so bad about doing it ourselves!

  534. Still a baby learning what christ rhythm is. I tend to fall back to the world and devils lies. Because that is the norm. But i want my norm to be to that christ lovea me and we r here for a reason. To be witness.

  535. Would like to read and then share with our son, who is a pastor for a small church. He has been frustrated recently due to declining attendance. Feel this would help

  536. I feel like I need this now. As a new pastor’s wife, I need to be reminded to take things at God’s rhythm

  537. Thank you for this wisdom today. I’ve been struggling with health issues for about 7 months. It seems too much of a good thing can be ruining my body along with learning which of the good or best activities for God. Activity lacing is a hard lesson to figure out unless you are really listoning to God for specific minute to minute guidance.
    Thanks for all you do!

  538. I need Jesus! I need grace!
    Would also like this book to read…

  539. Thanks for this devotion today, it was very timely. I would love to win this book!

  540. M. Fulbright says:

    I absolutely loved this piece! It is so easy to get caught up in ministry and not even realize it. When I was in high school, I was very involved in church and was a student leader my junior and senior year. Then last year I came to Liberty University to pursue my degree. It was hard being away from home and not having any friends starting out fresh. During that season I solely depended on God and had to trust that He would bring me through the transition of being away from home and working for something I desperately wanted to do. This year, I am a sophomore and I am a Prayer Leader on my hall. I absolutely LOVE what I do and I fall in love with this campus every single day. I would love to read this book by Kerri Weems as I have realized in the past year what it means to be in tune with the Lord.

  541. I think this would be a great book for my freshman college student to have during this transition in her life

  542. Amanda Watts says:

    So good!! A reminder of waiting for God’s timing in each moment if our lives!

  543. Veta Millard says:

    I would love to read this.I saw her recently at my church.I was touched by her testimony. I want to learn how to”pace” my life.I am overwhelmed with life..work,church kids,relationships !!!

  544. This sounds like a great follow up to “The Best Yes”!

  545. After 3 years of sickness and recovery, I feel like I’m struggling to rise above it all. Would love to have this book!

  546. So needed this message and would love to read the book! Getting very little sleep trying to keep up with teaching responsibilities and home/family responsibilities. Feeling like it is not possible to slow down and still get done all that I need to. I am certain God doesn’t mean for our lives to be this stressful, but I don’t know how to get off the hamster wheel. I know there are many others living the same way.

  547. Shelley Laight says:

    I am in a place where “just getting through” is not enough – I am hungering after a victorious life. This book sounds like just the tool I need to help me find that place. Where the voice of God can be heard above any other sound.

  548. Cindy Griffith says:

    Very interested in the book. Would live to receive a copy.

  549. Denise rosas says:

    i have felt Gos’s urging me to slow down and learn to release to stress. This devotional hit home today. This book sounds like just the resource I need to learn to let it all go and let Him set the pace.

  550. I don’t know that I even hear His voice anymore, much less the rhythm of the best He has for me. I feel so apart, bc all I hear are my own petty desires, my insecurities. I feel kind of lost bc I don’t know how to get away from me and find Him again. It’s depressing and numbing at the same time.

  551. I could really benefit from having God set the pace for my life right now, and that is why I would love to receive a copy of Rhythms of Grace: Discovering God’s Tempo for Your Life by Kerri Weems. I am re-entering the workforce after having taken a 5 year break in which I cared for 2 dying parents and later myself after having had open heart surgery. I am an elementary teacher and am worried that my all-consuming, highly demanding, enjoyable but tiring career will wear me out once again.

  552. Donna Torrado says:

    Finally learning to listen to God but struggle, especially when I am feeling overwhelmed or struggling with change. Would love to dive deeper into this book.

  553. Thank you for sharing your own struggles with finding God’s rhythm in your life. Your words about letting it all go–to Him–are just beautiful and a God message to us all. I would love the chance to get a copy of the book to learn more about how to tune in to the Master Composer…. it’s been a long time since I felt that guidance, so I’ve just kind of been going through the motions, and it’s so draining that way.
    Anyway, thank you!

  554. I have been in such a dry place in my life. I want so much more!! This book sounds AMAZING!! Thank You Proberbs 31 Ministries for being sauch a blessing!!

  555. I’ve been struggling at work, first I was overwhelmed with all I had to do, then someone came in and lifted that burdened, but I didn’t take it in the way that I should have and became defensive because I thought I was being replaced. Your message today is just what I needed to hear.

  556. What a timely post! I have been running at a fast pace for so long, I am not sure that I know how to slow down. In my mind I see myself on the hamster wheel, but in reality I am frozen…stuck in a place where I can’t prioritize or discern what needs to be let go. I would read this book cover to cover!

  557. I need a break. It seems my life is a roller-coaster; so many ups and downs. I need for God to set the pace and not the world around me.

  558. I would love this book. Growing up play in piano taught me many lessons and I value different tempos in life. :-)

  559. liza montague says:

    Im a 46 year old single mother,I also just lost my job,so my head is really spinning right now!!I need to keep a healthy balance between raising my son and supporting financially,which is a huge challenge!I can use all the guidance I can get at this time!I am really finding your posts very helpful and think your book would be very helpful to me as well,thank you and God bless you.

  560. The quote with the picture of a piano and the quotation fr the author and book is encouraging me to look into reading or possibly purchasing this particular title…The quote to spoke to me…Putting it on my future to read list, along w/ Dr Paul White’s “Rising above a toxic workplace:taking care of yourself in an unhealthy work environment.”

  561. Melissa Chambers says:

    This devo came in God’s perfect timing as I have just started a mentor relationship with my friend, Paula and I have been led to remind her to let God lead especially when it comes to panicked urgency of the enemies lies.

  562. Marie O'Grady says:

    This devotional came at the right time for me. I have come out of a really hard healing process where I had to face the fact that both of my parents may have done the best that they could, but they were still missing one key ingredient: Jesus. I am trying to find my correct pace with Jesus, God, the Holy Spirit, and everything that God is bringing into my life. There are endings here, but new beginnings on their way. It’s scary, tough, and exciting all at the same time. All I can think about is music and trying to find out what’s going on and where I’m going. I’m so used to being busy busy busy, yet knowing that relationships are the most important, all I can do is want to cry.

  563. Kapila Jaykumar says:

    Thank you Keri for sharing your experience. I am at the threshold of wanting to go back to work after a break of 6.5 years, I have two sons aged 8 &4 , we moved back to our home city to be closer to family , so we could help each other, my parents stay close by so we could be there for each other. My husband is on his journey of looking at a new venture, it has been 2.5 years since his last full time job, now I need to support him and am overwhelmed at this point as I want to be a stay at home mom and be there for my kids and my parents and, at the same time I want to be there supporting my husband financially . I need Jesus in my life. I hope by reading this book I do get inspired to just leave all the worries to Jesus and listen to his voice. I want to pray hard and be close to him

  564. Debbie Marshall says:

    Beautifully said, God’s tempo! This has been difficult for me. I have always been very busy. It felt wrong not to be doing something. Now, I am learning how to deal with autoimmune disorders; which means I never know what each day will bring and what I will be able to accomplish. The Lord has taken every step of this journey with me; which I am so thankful and grateful for. My desire is to draw closer to my Lord and learn how to truly walk in HIS tempo and not my own.
    If by the Lord’s grace I receive a free copy of Kerri’s book. I will read it, then pass it on to one of my sisters.

  565. Yvonne Dell says:

    Rhythms of Grace! I want to discover God’s Tempo for my life. For years I have been running on the treadmill trying to stay ahead of the stress, expectations and life in general. The scripture in Matt 11 out of the message Bible has come up twice from different sources – this must be the Lord showing me because for ages I have felt so far away, even though I know that is not the truth.

  566. laura serrano says:

    Please pick me. I’m a working wife/mother who is really struggling to see my role here on earth. I can’t seem to grasp why my schedule is so hectic and how I am supposed to balance everything. I know I can only do it with His help, but i am really really struggling!!

  567. I am in a waiting stage for a long time for a job I like, a husband and healing in my body. Then there are expectations from my family’s, friend’s and strangers on what I should do and how I should live my life. I am tuning into what God wants me to say and do, even though the light in the tunnel is not seen. This book may help me in resting my head on his shoulders and dancing with God to the rhythms of His grace, as He takes my hand and leads me out of this phase into a new song and a new season.

  568. Grace is my word study for 2014.

  569. alison bell says:

    I am burned out!! 3 children single mum

  570. Devotion I needed the past two mornings as I too am struggling with walking away from a job of 12 years and learning to let God’s rhythm for my life take hold. A copy of your book would be greatly appreciated as it would be another tool in my toolbox to help me in my walk with Christ. Thank you Kerri for your words of encouragement.

  571. I am a single Mom. I am in nursing school. I work full-time and I homeschool my 10-year-old daughter. If this is not a busy life, I don’t know what is. It can be quite overwhelming. Many think, ‘Well, then stop something!’ It is not that easy though, because everything I am doing, I am called to do, at this time, in this moment. Knowing that and ensuring that I start every single day with my Lord and Savior, in His Presence is what gets me through it. I saw this devotion, and I thought this is EXACTLY what I need!! I would love a copy of this book, it would be a wonderful way to start my day with Him. Thank you!!

  572. Johnna Sigmon says:

    Thank you for sharing this!! Truly a blessing & the exact words I needed for this moment in time. Love in Christ!

  573. Christina Stottlemyer says:

    If I win a copy of this book, I plan on keeping it for myself and using it as the encouragement I need to truly “let go and let God”. Once I feel safisfied, I will happily bless others with it, and hope that it brings them the same peace I feel it will bring me.

    My husband and I have been trying to have children for 2 years. We’re at a very difficult crossroad, as our last IVF procedure just failed. We have no more embryos and no more money to pursue more treatment. I really need to find God and learn that I beat to his drum, not my own.

    Thank you for this giveaway!

  574. Tabatha Schreck says:

    This devo is just what I needed today! As a stay at home mom and childcare giver, I’m constantly asking God His will for my life. Being a Children’s Ministry coordinator, I do get it! Thank you!

  575. I would love to have a copy of this book. Sometimes we just need that little nudge to give us confirmation. I believe this book would help me and give me that nudge I need to know that God is in control and to let him set the pace for my life.

  576. Need help in let go of the past this book will help me thank you

  577. I am weary from the struggle. I long to be able to let it go and feel God’s grace and find the joy in my life. I have such beautiful gifts from Him, but have lost the joy.

  578. I love to read and be encouraged!

  579. I would love a chance to read and pass along the book to others that could also use it. Thank you for the opportunity.

  580. I love this! I have two little ones so this is something I work on daily!

  581. I am in a transition time in my life. I’ve working in ministry the last 15 years, but for someone else. I have been in training to carried the legacy of this ministry into the future as the founders prepare for retirement. In the process they work seven days a week, we have no staff and no funding at this time for staff. Did I mention I took this position with no pay! But I know God called me to do this. All that bing said. I am not the one who sets the pace of day to day life here. And that pace can be overwhelming at times for all here. Thanks for your prayers and consideration for this book or any other resources you may have.

  582. This devotion is a beautiful reminder to my heart to trust that God is and does work through all things. Since roughly 2010 it’s been hard to find that perfect rhythm in life, that perfect in-sync motion with the LORD. After being hurt by a church and “friends”, and then two big home moves, to being an entrepreneur, wife, mom, and homeschool teacher… I can see how this book would fit perfectly in my life.

    Thank you again for writing and sharing a devotion that has such perfect timing for today. Blessings of God’s grace, joy, and love always!

  583. Mark Becker says:

    I am posting as I have felt burned out for a long time, and have had to go through the pain of a divorce a few years ago, separation from my boys, and imminent job loss end of 2014. I am trying to let go, and let God, but finding it difficult in my mind even though I know that He is in control. This was really awesome to read, and from these comments, I am not alone on my journey, so feel a tinge of hope creeping back. Gods timing is not mine, but I know, its time to let go, and let Jesus set the pace, Bless you.

  584. leslie sheffield says:

    Being a single mom for so many years left me exhausted. My passion for Jesus got less and less as my demands to survive rose. I compromised my beliefs and married a non believer which just left me further away from the Lord and the path that I should have been on. Peace was non existent . I have suffered and in turn my family suffered because I had full control not God. Today in God’s perfect timing someone posted this truth and God’s word penetrated my heart as I was reading it. Peace is His legacy and His grace is ENOUGH. I only want to be on the right path with peace and His assurance that no matter what ( child on drugs, horrible marriage, illness ) His grace is enough to keep me there. Please pray for my family. (salvation and restoration)

  585. Jennifer Moorefield says:

    This was great! I often am super burned out with all the daily tasks that life has to offer, not to mention the things that I also do at my church. I often feel like all I do is work. I’ve always prayed for help a week at a time but just recently I have changed that. I pray for help daily- just what I need for today and focus on that. I pray that God will provide me with strength for today in keeping up with the children that I take care of. I pray that God will provide me with what I need for today to deal with whatever may come my way. I pray that God will provide me with what I need to be encouraging, helpful, and a blessing to my kids, family and my job. I pray that God will provide me with what I need to make this day amazing! This has helped me so much, just to focus on the day! I think this book would be a great addition to that, and when I have finished reading it I can pass it along to others who may need this encouragement as well!

  586. This book really spoke to me. I am just coming away from a long ministry and trying to listen to His guidance. I think I could really draw some encouragement and strength from this book.

  587. Wow!! You hate to see people go through things you are but it is comforting to know that you are not alone. I feel burnout in so many parts of my life at times. I just want to give up. But you are right…the comfort God provides is nourishing to us. Thanks for sharing!

  588. I needed this. My Pastor keeps reading this passage to us at all of our women’s services this season. I feel like that hamster on the wheel, always running but never getting anywhere. I desperately need God to help me with His perfect tempo.

    Thank you for this post!

  589. i have 3 little kids a working mom and always feel like i am not doing enough and yet my plate is sooo full. all i really want is more of God and to be a stay at home mom

  590. I would really love a copy of this. I feel like I haven’t heard the music in my life for quite some time.

  591. Such a timely message. I was just talking to a friend at church this week about feeling like this. I am very active in my church and love it but do feel like I am just putting in the motions sometimes. The premise of this book is such a blessing to all of us in the hustle and bustle of our lives. I would love this book to study and be lead to get my rhythm back and fall back in love with my works with my church.

  592. Carolyn Rogers says:

    Thank you, Kerri, for a wonderful devotional that brings us back to Jesus’ wonderful pace, his light yoke and not one of slavery which I and so many ladies are suffering under. The slavery of too much to do, even if they’re good things like you mentioned regarding your ministry, overwhelms us. I have been working on this so much lately because it affects my attitudes and responses towards those I love most. Thank you again for your devotional and reminder of Jesus’s words regarding our pace…God was my designer, guess I should follow his “instruction manual” more.

  593. Thank you for speaking to my heart and helping me “know” that this feeling that is enveloping me is real and not foreign to anyone. I was just “fed” His word and His love by 60 five year old children. Now I just have to take the step of running to Him. Appreciate prayers to be able to do just that.

  594. stephanie adams says:

    Much needed!!! I would love to have this book!!

  595. I would like a copy for myself because I really think it’s something I need right now. My husband is gone for the whole month and then leaves in January for a six month deployment. I know I need God’s strength and guidance now more than ever to make it through this difficult time. I am struggling already with him being gone just for this month and I know that the deployment is going to take its toll on our relationship. My husband and I both need to bring God into our lives now more than ever.

  596. There is freedom in letting the Most High God set the rhythm of my life!

  597. I need this. My life is a hamster wheel.

  598. Sheree Brown says:

    My name is Sheree Brown , I’m am a 35 year old Divorced mother of two. I just discovered this minister from reading a book called the Mended Heart which I picked up in Barnes & Noble book store as I stood in the alias asking the Lord to lead me to something to read in the place that I was in my life then I saw the Mended Heart. And just the little I read captured my heart and I knew it was GOD. I am about to relocate to NC soon Matthews. As I was sitting on a football field at my daughters practice book in hand because it was so rich with the power of God I wanted to read it again something said turn to the back … when I saw where the location was of the minister I said for sure the Lord is speaking to me. I said to myself I need to go on this website but I kept putting it off until the other day when I did I was so blessed by the devotion for that day and when I saw the Title of the book Rhythm of Grace I said that’s it that’s where I am now and this book is for me. I am in this place where I most understand what God is saying to me and what I should be doing for Him by His Grace for me. I love the word Rhythm to be in Rhythm with God is what I want and need. I would very love a copy of this book . Thank you.

  599. Roxanne Jarman says:

    I am at a stand still in my life right now. Sometimes it seems like I am just going thru the motions. I know I need Christ in my life and I know He is there for me. But that seems to be all it is right now, I’m not growing in my walk with Christ. It’s like my walk with Him just came to a stop. I just go thru the day to day things in my life. I live with fibromyalgia and post neuropathic nerve pain. I’m allowing this to take control of my life. I need to gain my life back. I need to get off the bench at the corner and start walking with Christ again!!! Always love reading posts on Facebook from Proverbs 31 Ministries. The authors of books they have always have such touching and inspiring words to read.

  600. I would love to get this book. I would love to share this book with someone who is really struggling right now and I feel this would really benefit her in many ways

  601. I would love to have a copy for myself… I think that we all need to be in the word every single day. Sometimes it can be difficult when you might not understand what you are reading or where to go to look for the answers. The beauty of devotionals is to be in the word daily and to have an understanding and to not just be going through the motions. To be women of God and to truly seek after His heart. As woman we can read this and take it in for our own lives, but also use it to help build up other woman who may be struggling or just need to hear the word. It also can help us to grow a deeper relationship with God and to seek His will in our own lives.

  602. I have been exactly where you shared about today. Putting on that smile when others are around me but my inside is totally wiped out and worn out from all the ministries that we participated in. Thank you for sharing.

  603. My mother died unexpectectly yesterday. At times like this we reflect on our loved bone’s and our lives
    and we wonder and ask questions about life’s rhythm

  604. Debbie Parker says:

    I would like to win this book because we served in ministry for twelve years and feel burned out while waiting for God To settle us into His next phase He has for us. Life is hard right now and encouragement is always welcome.

  605. I’m sinking in a flood of “religion”. I’ve been a child of God about 16 years and will NEVER forget the weight He lifted off my shoulders that day. I was pregnant with my 3rd child, living with my then bfriend-now husband, and knew I needed God.
    We eventually found a non denominational church and allowed our Pastors to set a foundation and began to build upon it for 5 years. After 5 years my husband and I felt that we were at a plateau and needed more. We eventually moved on to a different churchwe believed the Lord was calling us to. Our two oldest children were attending the church’s private school and have come to befriend the Pastor and his family.
    At first, I remember going to service and really feeling God’s love from MOST people. This is a denominational church a btw. Alongwith the loving people, I noticed MANY women who had a downcasted face/countenance and felt grieved for them in my spirit. I remember wearing my make-up and feeling alive!!!
    Well, 9 years later…here I am…one of those women with the downcasted face, no makeup, loving God with my heart yet feeling like I’m swimming and going in a dark circle.
    I fell into “religion” and need help!

    • your message rang true for me also. The line when you said here I am one of those women with the downcast face… It spoke to me and I know so many women at my church including me are feeling this same way. Hold on because God is our hope.

  606. I just began reading these devotions this morning and am enjoying every minute! I am too in a changing season of my life doing my best to trust God’s will for my life. Desperately trying to become a mother and my husband has been the best being there for me. Its truly an emotional roller coaster that I wasn’t prepared for. I’m surrendering it all to him and trying to remember each day is a gift. This journey has revealed to me not to take anything for granted which God provides for us. Winning a copy would be great. Could give me more support to just slow down and have faith in God’s will for our lives.

  607. Thanks for helping me not feel alone in ths rhythm of life that a child urch can tend to throw off

  608. I’d pass this book along to my daughter, who at 25 yrs, is suffering by bearing the (heart breaking) burdens of so many of her young friends. It seems to threaten to “stop her music” and as a Mom this makes me so sad for her. I’d LOVE to minister to her young soul through the gift of this book.

  609. Love this:
    Dear Heavenly Father, Help me tune into Your voice above all others. I want to move to Your rhythm and at Your pace so I can finish the race You have marked out for me with joy and wholeness. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

    Very much needed. I will be reading & sharing w/friends and family. Thank you, thank you!!

  610. I started crying as soon as I read the verses at the top of the post. This scripture was given to me from a dear friend the day we left East Asia (4 months ago) for a one year sabbatical. After 14 years of overseas ministry, living in dark, oppressive, and remote locations… our hearts were tired, worn out and empty. This devotion spoke to my heart today. Praise Him that He is teaching me the unforced rhythms of grace during this season of my life. Falling in Love with Jesus all over again, and rediscovering who I am in Him. Would love the book.

  611. This is just what I needed to hear. Struggling with “doing church”.

  612. Christina Kirby says:

    This would be a real blessing!!!!

  613. Whew…thank you for sharing this. As a working, new-mom this is a message that I need to hear daily. Sometimes life feels like just too much. But by God’s grace I am saved, I am accepted, I am loved, and my tank is filled.

  614. Jillian Y. says:

    I need to hear more about this! Definitely something I’ve been struggling with lately.

  615. Martha T. says:

    I would like to win the book because it would help with having a good balance between activity and rest.

  616. I needed this today. I’m getting a lot of conflicting information on how to walk the Christian walk, and although I know I have freedom in Christ my current Christian family is getting more and more militant/restrictive in their teaching. I pray to God to convict me if my walk is not right, and change my heart where it needs change.

  617. Thank you so much for this devotion… Letting God set the rhythm or pace for my life has been a theme over a number of years… As I continue to think I can set the pace of my life His gentle loving voice is getting louder… This sounds like the book for me… Praying I am one of the winners :-)

  618. As I was browsing through my mail, of which I read prov 31 devotions everyday, this one particularily caught my attention. After being with the Lord 42 years, and currently in fulltime ministry, I am finding myself in a burnt out state of mind. Trying to change my prayer time with the Lord, Changing my devotions, but still in some way I feel empty and voided on the inside. I know that it is the enemy’s job to bring about weariness , but I just don’t know what else to do, but reading this devotion has truly enloghtened me and encouraged me. thank you

  619. I can totally relate to the hamster wheel and full stop for sure! I am in search of that perfect peace and heavenly pace… and when i settle into it its oh so lovely!

  620. Beth Shelton says:

    I surrender!

  621. please send me your book.Thank you

  622. Wow. This was so good. I, a member in my HS’s band, can really relate with this. The director sets tempo, and if everyone picks their own tempo instead of the original, then everything gets messed up. In life, God sets the tempo and if we are selfish and try to speed our lives up we get off beat. God is the ultimate director, and I absolutely love the way you wrote that. I’d like a book please! I feel as if I could use this to help remind me that God sets my tempo and I just need to follow his direction!! :) :)

  623. The truth is that I am just plain burned out and this looks like something I need to read… If I were to win it, I would read it and then pass it along….

    Thanks, Lina

  624. The pace of my life has been way to hectic – and my husband suffers for it the most. I would pray that this book would show me the way out of this…

  625. I would really like to win a copy of your book. I am at a place in my life where I want to pursue Jesus with all I got,but not sure if I’m doing it right?! I think your book would be such a wonderful resource. I am thankful for the opportunity.:)

  626. Music is a universal language … it signals emotions and memories – a powerful tool – I would love to read the book and share it with Aunt Martha – she is 99 and does not use the computer so she needs a book to hold!

  627. Sarah Pavich says:

    Your words speak deeply to my frazzled mind and heart, which have been straining for balance. Thank you!

  628. leeann fuerniss says:

    I ‘m on a treadmill of medical challenges right now and it’s challenging. The hours that seemed vital to efforts needed to provide income for our family are now shrinking. I need the encouragement of this message. I must remember that it is God who sets the rhythm and pace of my life. If He asks me to slow down I must trust that He will redeem the hours.

  629. What a great opportunity to remind myself (and others) to allow God to set the rhythm of my life instead of being on the hamster wheel or at a full stop.

  630. I have recently been going through many struggles which have strengthened my faith and made me happier. I have learned to adjust to the tempos God has set for me, he never lets me down. I would love a copy of this book to read and then pass along to others, thank you.

  631. I would really love to have this book.I almost didn’t leave a comment because there were so many I thought I wouldn’t stand a chance but GOD said keep going and that’s what I did. I’m kinda running on empty and I need to find God’s pace for my life.Thank you.

  632. Definitely have lost my rhythm with God and church and people around me. Feeling angry way too much. It has been a hard year of medical issues for me and my husband. Our longtime church has had deaths of strong Christian mentors and friendships have been broken or lost. I feel emotional most of the time and wishing for peace alone with God. No doctrines, no certain ways of being. Just time to let go and be who He wants me to be without a constant need to be what others think.

  633. I have been very burned out and broken spiritually lately. I could really use some spiritual uplfting and growth. I don’t wish to lose my relationship with God while I ma struggling. This seems like it would be an excellent pick me up. Thankyou! I love your posts!!

  634. I will soulfully benefit from literature of this nature. I feel like I’ve came to a stand still phase in my life. I use to serve in many different community and local ministries. I hurt my back company terminated my employment 1yr later then with age in full force developed two seriously harmful back diseases I have not been able to work since 2008. My youngest dtr has tucked me under her wing since, I’ve had a multi level back fusion in 02/14 & cervical fusion 1week ago and still waiting for a decision from a 07/10/14 3rd appeal hearing for my SSD benefits So sry so long even feeling patient for GOD’S timing I’m in a life rut. God totally has covered me with His grace when He called me to walk away from my home of a 20 yr marriage of 6 children precious after my ex had a liver transplant and returned back to alcohol after being abstinent 6 yrs prior. Please pray if u read this I’m hoping and praying i get chose because to read this book would bless me in so many ways and I can’t even afford to buy. Thabk U all who took time to read and plz reply if u have any supportive feedback for me. I ask what’s next Lord. Thank U for Your Mercy and Grace that surround myself Amen

  635. Angela Renae says:

    Wow this spoke to my heart this morning. My husband needs to hear this message. I would share the book with him if I won.

  636. Oh the HAMPSTER WHEEL. I too know it all too well.

  637. This is exactly what someone dear to me needs to hear. I would love to give her your book!

  638. Sounds like a good follow-up to THE BEST YES & I connect with the musical terms!

  639. I have been very burnt out with my husband not working since June. The stress is getting to me and our relationship. I have not been as close to God as I should. I could really use this right now.

  640. Teresa Grammer says:

    I loved this msg of tempo and pace. I took it as not everyone fitting into the same mold that some people have Christians placed into and then you feel like either you have to work extra hard to e that way or others see you or “Christians” as hypocrites! I can see their point either way and I, truthfully don’t want that for my life or my family. I want when someone sees ME, they see my Lord and Savior through my words,my actions and my being!

  641. My rhythm is out of sync at the moment as God is leading me in dance and I am stepping on His toes. Thanks for the reminder to let go and let Him lead.

  642. I needed to read this today!!

  643. I have read this section “quote” three times and have found encouragement each time… can always use a new book to share with others who need a touch of encouragement

  644. I’m sitting in a place of letting it all go…church, bible studies, the constant go, but in the end I’m thankful because my heart for God and loving others has remained, actually increased. I’m learning that pouring into him and others is what it’s about. We are the church. We need to be the church wherever we are. I value the fellowship and message, but nothing speaks to me like the feeling of helping those in need. So, I get the letting it go and clinging to God. I’m finding myself in that place.

  645. Felicity Solomon says:

    In hearing the rhythm of love songs. God has brought the most amazing man to my life and I’m dancing dancing dancing in praise!

  646. Lynore Torrey says:

    I really needed this. I’m at a standstill in my life, wanting and needing to move forward. I believe this book could help me with that.

  647. I definitely needed to read this today. I feel like everyone around is setting the pace of my life except the One you should.

  648. God’s grace is needed … everyday, in every situation, and for every person!

  649. How Divinely timed!!, As a full time RN going to school full time to become a Family Nurse Practitioner while serving in the United States Army Reserves my pace is run the “wheel” until I am exhausted, then collapse. Being in the autumn of my life and no spring chicken, my lovely mother-in-law says I have more energy than anyone she knows at my age.

    As the Christmas break approaches, I would love to have this book to read and then share with my classmates.

  650. Rhonda McGough says:

    I am a nurse and I stayed home today because I just didn’t want to do it again. I don’t know exactly what this devotional means for me today but God does. So thank you.

  651. This verse is exactly how I feel!!! I so need to learn something else! Thank you for providing guidance today.

  652. I need GOD to heal me and if his will that I have to live like this then I need to find a way to understand why my family has to be stuck with me for a mom asthey deserve better. Doctors need to find whats wrong.

  653. I feel so overwhelmed, confused, hurt…my husband and I have different belief. And I feel it is affecting our marriage as well as our parenting style. I have been praying so hard for God to intervene and to open our heart, especially to my husband. There is nothing I can do, or say to change his mind. I realized that only God can do miracle for him. I turned everything now to God and let God take care of him. Everytime I bring up God’s name. Our tune of voice start to escalate and it becomes uncomfortable. Please, I disparately need of your prayer. Thank you.

  654. This is so good, sister! Thank you for reminding us that it’s not about what we get done or don’t get done in a day. I get so lost in housework, errands, kids, etc. Dont we all? I love the image of finishing this life with a smile & a joyful heart!

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