It’s OK to Tell Your Soul to Rest

It’s OK to Tell Your Soul to Rest

June 5, 2017

“Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child rests against his mother, my soul is like a weaned child within me.” Psalm 131:2 (NASB)

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The morning began well enough — the first five minutes anyway. Having coffee with my friend Karen, I was fine until she asked me how I was doing. Before I could respond, I burst into tears.

I couldn’t put my finger on what was wrong; nothing felt right. I tried to hold it together all morning, but the tears flowed off and on until she took me home.

While I was out crying — I mean having coffee — with Karen, a painter was at my home transforming my bedroom. My husband was out of town and I’d planned this as a surprise for him. But the surprise was on me.

I arrived home to find the painter hadn’t put back the curtain rods. Not only that, he had removed all of the nails in the walls and painted over the holes, so I had no idea where the pictures went! The furniture sat in the middle of the room. It was a wreck, and so was I. I burst into a Niagara Falls of tears … again.

Times like these are when I most feel the disabling effect of being blind. Alone, I couldn’t hang the rod. I couldn’t move the furniture. I couldn’t hammer the nails back into the exact places where the pictures hung. I sat on the bedroom floor between a bedpost and a mirror and leaned against a dresser. I was spent.

It wasn’t the condition of my bedroom that was the problem; it was the condition of my life.

I was weary. Soul weary. Can you relate?

The whole experience taught me that speaking rest to my soul was something I desperately needed and should be part of my daily inner conversation.

So much of our self-talk is directed at revving ourselves up. “Come on, Jennifer! One more event, one more activity, one more goal, one more phone call, one more, one more, one more!” All this revving up often leads to a petering out until all that’s left in us cries, “No more. No more. No more!”

And the result? Burnout.

Burnout is a state of exhaustion — physically, emotionally or mentally — due to emotional demands that never seem to end. We all find ourselves in these draining situations. For some of us, it’s our jobs. For others, it’s family responsibilities. For you, it might be both — and more.

If we aren’t in the habit of telling ourselves to rest, we burn out, wear out and even freak out (as I did).

Rest isn’t only for our tired bodies. It’s also for our weary souls. Our wills, our minds and our emotions get burned out if they never experience rest. Sometimes the silent signals of exhaustion are so deep within our souls that it’s more difficult to recognize than when our bodies cry for physical rest. Our minds must receive rest. Our wills must experience rest. Our emotions must engage in rest.

As the psalmist David recounts in today’s key verse, “Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child rests against his mother, my soul is like a weaned child within me” (Psalm 131:2).

We need to soothe our souls to rest like a child rests against her mother. My friend, that kind of quiet and composed rest does not come easily for adults.

So how do we get there?

David reveals the answer to us just one verse before: “O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; Nor do I involve myself in great matters, Or in things too difficult for me” (Psalm 131:1, NASB). He goes on to encourage the reader, “Hope in the LORD (Psalm 131:3a).

Simply put: Relinquish control of things beyond our ability and trust God who is always able. We must rest from striving so our minds can quiet the noise of our thoughts and our emotions can detangle our knotted feelings.

Meanwhile, I’m so grateful for good friends! Thankfully, my friend Christin came over and helped me put back the furniture and hang the pictures. And, when Phil came home he was happily surprised!

I wish this kind of soul rest automatically happened when we put on our PJs. But soul rest only happens when we quiet our souls, surrender our wills to God our Father and hope in Him.

Lord, help me pay attention to what I say to my soul. I want to tell my soul to be still and rest, to cease striving, to hope in You. Show me if I am heading toward burnout and give me wisdom to run to You instead. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (ESV)

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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Have you ever had an emotional day like Jennifer described? If so, what was the reason? Could soul weariness have been a contributor?

Choose one way today to give your soul — your mind, your will and your emotions — a break, and then pay attention to the difference it makes for you.

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  1. So good I often have times where I can easily physically rest but my brain seems to resist it from now on I will pray for my soul to rest too thanks

  2. Jennifer, thank you for pointing us to that image in Psalm 131. It was just what I needed this morning. It took me back to the days when I had upset or ill or just plain tired toddlers who sat on my lap and leaned in to me. What a picture of rest, trust, contentment and security! And I should be doing the same with my Heavenly Father instead of getting nervous about upcoming events in two of those (now older) children’s lives this week!!!

  3. Latasha says:

    I am the lady in the story! I feel like I have cried all weekend and even now reading this story! I am overwhelmed, stressed and feel like I’m at my breaking point. I know I have to get rid of the things that are causing this stress because it has began to effect me physically. I really needed this devotional today. It’s encouraging and gives me hope! Thank you!

    • I can totally relate. I too have had a rough time last week into the weekend feeling worn out, desperately needing rest for my mind, emotions, and body. The message at church last night talked a little about this too. One example the pastor gave helped me and hopefully you as well. He said it was like a man who carried a heavy burden on his back as he walked along a road. Soon, someone with a wagon coming down the road offered him a ride. The man with the burden got on the wagon, but still kept the burden on his back. Even with the driver suggesting that he take the burden off and leave it, the man refused. Sometimes it’s hard laying our burdens down, so after hearing that story I began to speak out loud to the Lord on the way home that I am releasing my burdens, stress, etc. to Him. This is something that I need to continually do. Also, I found instrumental praise to be soothing as I spoke this. As women, we are naturally multitaskers so for us to have our minds constantly going in multiple directions is a habit and that makes it all the more challenging for us when we need to stop and be still. I pray that the Lord gives you the peace that passeth all understanding and provides much deserved rest for your soul.

    • God Bless! May you find peace in your loving Fathers arms.

  4. Despite spending a few days with my daughter, while my step-son looked after his father for me, I still feel exhausted. The responsibility of caring for a sick husband isn’t going away and I feel guilty for not being cheerful because I know some people have much greater problems than I do. Thanks for the reminder that I need to rest with my Father and let Him take care of me and my problems.

  5. Thank you for the beautiful devotion and words of truth. My Heavenly Father knew I needed to read this today.

  6. Penny Guynn says:

    Jennifer this is truly great stuff. I am always talking myself down or I am feeling like I don’t know what’s wrong with my soul. I can’t pinpoint how I feel but it isn’t a good feeling. I need to focus my thoughts toward Jesus before it goes to far. I just need to give them a rest and know it’s ok.

  7. Jennifer thank you and Bless you !!!

  8. Zulaika says:

    Yes my husband who I love with all my heart. Always says I call you back but on many times he does call back. And the that makes me mad. So I told him if he does not have time for us we do not have time for you. But what my heart feel so sad for tell him that it tells me to rest let things rest pray and leave it in Gods hands. He is not here with me he is in another State but it hurt me my husband is to be the person I talk to but I feel like he does not want to talk to me. I feel lonely, depress, and not wanted by him. This hurt me so bad I cry and cry all night wishing some one can hold me and say it will be alright. If anyone can pray for my relationship with my husband can get better. And I ask god to help me rest my soul. Thank you

    • Ukinebo says:

      Hi Zulaika,
      I am with you in prayers……God will heal your heart and your relationship with your husband. I know what it is like not to have your spouse living with you, but when those moments of loneliness and depression comes, just start talking to God as though you can see Him standing there right beside you about how you are feeling…..if possible play some worship songs and before you know it, your spirit will be lifted…… God indeed will give you rest for your soul.

    • Lord Jesus, I pray for Zulaika and her weary soul. I understand her loneliness in her marriage. I pray that someone will enter her path today to encourage her and to be her friend. i lift her husband to you too, lord, that he will be more sensitive to her needs and not be critical of her, but to support her. Amen

  9. We aren’t designed to run 24/7. We are created for a weekly Sabbath rest. It is our culture, not our Lord, that tells us to do it all. Embrace the Sabbath. It is restoration for your soul!

    Sisters, God asks for one Mary day out of your Martha week.

  10. Zulaika,
    I will pray for you.
    God, first and foremost i want to ask that Zulaika finds fulfillment and worth and peace in the fact that you are ready and eager to hear from her each day. That you hang on her every word. That you delight in her. You are waiting at any moment. Day or night. I pray that knowing and experienced that will be enough. I pray when loneliness hits, you will wipe her tears in such a personal way that she will be filled. And it will be enough. I pray that her intimacy and time with you will increase and she will find herself being your bride. And that will be enough.
    God, I pray that she will be drawn so close to you that it will overflow in every area of her life. Especially her marriage.
    She feels lonely and rejected. Cover her and her marriage. Cover her husband. Make him aware of the hurt. Heal it. You can do anything and I ask you revive their marriage. You always being first in both of their lives. In your Sons powerful and Holy name. Amen.

  11. This reminds me of one of my favorite psalms, Psalm 62:
    My soul finds rest in God alone…

  12. I so needed this devotional… I have felt some guilt not working VBS this year. After several years of year round planning of props and crafts, I experienced absolute burnout last summer. Tears and exhaustion flowed heavy! God allowed burnout to have me rest my soul and say “no” this year for VBS commitment. God has given me permission to REST! He cares about our WHOLE self!!

    • Yes Lynn, you needed to rest this year. Our minister told me recently that I cannot do everything and if something that really needed to be taken care of is left undone it is not my burden. If the roof caves in, the consequences will have to be dealt with. its the entire Congregation that has to their share. God calls each of us to service not just a few..

      • Rose, thank you for your words…”if the roof caves in, the consequences will have to be dealt with”. I feel this way with my 18 year old son. He just graduated from high school (by the skin of his teeth because he didn’t apply himself), he cannot seem to keep a job, he won’t do what he needs to do to register for college classes, he’s not looking very hard for a new job and he plays those stinkin’ video games. I look to myself and ask what I did wrong raising a son who is lazy. I have taken this responsibility that isn’t really mine at his age and it has worn me out to the inner most part of my being. I’m exhausted and angry, not only at him, but it has spilled over into all aspects of my life. I am so disappointed in him because if you’d meet him, you’d think he’s a great guy. He’s very personable. I am done. I don’t know what else I can, should, want to do. I know that I am in fear of what he will turn out like. He has cousins who are worthless, one age 30 still living in his parents’ basement and doesn’t even have a drivers licence. I am so afraid my son will end up that way. He’s better than that. I know that but I don’t know if he’ll ever amount to much at the rate he’s going. This has left my soul drained.

  13. Thank-you for this word. So timely in my life right now.

  14. Love the part when you mentioned that we are always revving ourselves up to do the next thing and make our goals. Taking time to tell our soul to rest is of equal importance. Just went through burnout recently so this hit home for me. Thank you!

  15. My Grace is sufficient for you for my strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9 This verse eohoed in my head last night. As I lay awake thinking of all the problems in my life. My husband’s health is failing, my son is in the military and my others sons wife has spinal bifida and they are constantly struggling.
    But God was able to quite my soul with this:
    When I am weak He is strong!!!

  16. Michelle says:

    I needed this today. Thank you so much.

  17. Tracey Bachert says:

    I had no idea I was so desperate for a word like this until I became physically ill
    after a small disagreement made me realize how several emotionally draining situations and people have left me exhausted. Thank you for speaking the truth that my soul needed to hear this morning!

  18. Jennifer, what timely words! Just yesterday I was having a conversation about how many regulations, restrictions, obligations and duties that I impose on myself on a daily basis. They are not grounded in grace! Thank you for sharing some much needed wisdom and reminding me to cut myself a break! I am SO looking forward to the P31 Online Study “Me Myself and Lies” !!!

  19. Rose Hardin says:

    I have worked 30 miles from home for 4 years, so often being gone since 8 AM getting home past 6, it has grown tiring. I left that job to work closer to home, the full time opportunity I thought would be mine didn’t come to be. For the first time in 9 years I am working a PRN position, which resulted in 6 hrs 1 day and 2 the next. Possibly the same this week. I am learning again to trust in the Lord that He will supply our needs and that I am in a time of rest and getting things done at home that have gone neglected. Thank you for today’s devotional. I need the reminder to be still and quit struggling

  20. Thank you for this timely lesson. I have been tired weary worn. Emotionally I’m exhausted. There are so many who call and depend on me. My adult children call daily with drama and vent, I help some older ladies who need my love and support .My in-laws need help as they are older. My husband’s work is stressful and he needs to vent. My daily home chores. My health isn’t the best. I’m tired from not being able to say no. I feel guilty. I find myself crying alot over silly lil things which at the time seem huge. My mind is tired from trying to fix and help. I never thought to ask rest for my soul..I’ve been to busy! Lol. But I will. Thank you!

  21. Amy Ferster says:

    I needed this today. My 16 yr old son is going to a job interview this morning. It’s raining, the restaurant is across town and I am a hover mom. I had almost decided to drive him myself but, between my husbands encouraging words to me and this reminder of God’s unending ability to take care of my son I feel better. I know because he too is a Christian and growing in his faith my son belongs to God sometimes I need to be reminded that God loves him even more than I do and he will be with him all the way. Now I think I can rest a bit.

  22. This was what I needed today! God is so good in giving us the encouragement we need for the day. I’m experiencing step mom burnout as well as marriage burnout. I give and give, and have drained myself emotionally and physically. For me I simply would like to be respected in my home. I need rest and to be rejuvenated. God can only do that.

  23. I skim many devotions each day bc I subscribe to so many. Today I read all of this bc it described my day yesterday, my weekend.

    I am tired of being everything for everybody. My nieces made my daughter cry—-and my daughter doesn’t cry. She doesnt let things bother her, but my nieces meanness has crushed her. It’s all petty and we’ve let a lot of it go, but yesterday at one nieces graduation party (that my daughter and I were throwing for her), the other niece pulled the other cousins aside and refused to speak to my daughter until she apologized for missing the graduation ceremony the day before.

    The event had been rescheduled 4 times since Friday evening due to rain. My husband and I were working and unable to be reached by phone most of the day, my daughter didn’t even know if we were all still planning to go to the ceremony. She is 17 and had to decide if she was going to pick her younger sisters up from various places they were at and try to find the venue alone.

    She opted not to and went to run errands, thinking it would rain again anyway as the forcast suggested.

    I got out of work, ran home to change, saw the text messages about the time change and barely made it to the event after picking up the other kids. I advised my daughter to head home and watch out dog during the upcoming storm bc the dog will literally go crazy and destroy things due to storm anxiety.

    Meanwhile her older cousin was texting her “where are you? You can still make it.” My girl felt pressure—always striving for acceptance with the older girls—and didn’t know what to do.

    From my sister, brother-in-law, and nieces perspective they didn’t know anything about our day (or even ask). They felt my daughters “excuse” for missing the ceremony was not good enough and she owed the graduating niece an apology for missing the event.

    She hadn’t even had time to talk to her, nor had the graduating Neice even spoken to my daughter since we walked in to the party the next day. She couldn’t get a moment with her bc when she tried, my Neice was being teenage-ugly to my sister and we all had to walk away while they worked that out, and then the grandparents had her engaged in a long conversation.

    And during that in-between time the older neice barricaded the other kids inside and shunned my daughter.

    When I came to my sister to ask is she realized this was going on she did not. My brother-in-law, however, went straight to defending the shunning by saying how hurt his daughter was that my daughter missed the ceremony–“this once in a lifetime event.”

    Let me explain, that we live 20 minutes away. We see them every Sunday. The kids spent the night together in their younger years often. We went out to lunch after church the Sunday before as a family to an expensive restaurant to celebrate the graduation. I put together a simple party for her st their home this Sunday. But bc due to rain and life and confusion one of my kids missed the ceremony, they felt it was fine to let them vent their hurt on my daughter.

    I’m appalled. To me this ceremony is a formality. It’s a big event, yes. I want to be there for all her events. We tried. Most of us made it. It had been rescheduled 4 times throughout the day. The rain was significantly bad. The event was outside in the Texas heat and humidity at 3 pm.

    And we are always there for them. We are always with them. But that my brother in law and neice would shun my daughter and hurt her to the point that she left crying bc they wouldn’t listen just kept talking down to her, is stupid. Pointless. Petty.

    I had to stay. I was hosting the party.

    Add to this that the same older Niece and brother in law have been angry for two years that my family didn’t sit through all of her graduation two years prior. We stayed to see her walk and then left. They’ve always been upset and have not stopped making snide comments about that all these 2 years.

    My nieces graduated from the biggest school around. It takes 4 hours. They hold the event outside in Texas in late May. I threw a party the next day for the older niece too.

    Maybe it is my fault for not agreeing with their idea of the “significance of the ceremony”. But I told them in advance and have always said, I’m
    Not staying to watch 1499 kids I DONT know walk the stage.

    So beyond all this….I’m a teacher, mother of 3 teenage girls and my husband works days and nights, being home 2 nights a week only. My husband is a social alcoholic and if he has a work event I have several times had to go pick him up in his belligerent inebriated state. He has also had several car accidents not alcohol related that have stressed our finances and hurt his health.

    School has just ended and I am working on plans for a summer job I took and a mission trip I will attend.

    My overload:
    Stress at work.
    Teenage daughters (some of you get that!)
    Absent husband
    Marriage disappointment
    Difficult finances
    Dog who destroys the house in storms
    Trying to provide fun for my girls
    Trying to be there for niece/family for graduation and party

    I’m doing a lot. I’m trying so hard. But nothing changes and my efforts make no one happy. Even the thanks after yesterday’s party didn’t feel real bc all they really cared about was the ceremony. Apparently if I never saw them except at that once ceremony it would mean more to them.

    Ugh.

    And my husband is back at work this morning. So I am single mom again to deal alone.

    I’m exhausted. I’m pissed. I want this elusive rest.

    • D’Anne:
      Wow! I SO want to share my heart with you! As “we” get older (I’m 55), these verses make More & More sense…
      Paul writes, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” ~ Galatians 1:10
      “…because of the Pharisees they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved human praise more than praise from God.” ~ John 12:42-43
      There are so many more verses… please search for them (“Bible… pleasing people”)! Perhaps God makes our family & friends “challenging” so that we learn God’s CALM dependence on Him alone (in spite of turmoil surrounding us from ‘controlling’ family/friends)… knowing that the faults of all genuine believers will be GONE for those who do make it to His Eternal Kingdom… yet we are all flawed humans until then. Perhaps God uses the flaws of friends & family (& ourselves) to have a ‘longing’ to be WITH our perfect Heavenly Father, Lord & Savior and, right now, the indwelling Spirit… they LOVE you SO MUCH right NOW… whether or not you go to social gatherings due to ‘controlling’ people in your life.
      Memorize Psalm 23… concentrate on each verse. Also, “The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble” ~ Nahum 1:7 Research “Bible… God is our Fortress” and memorize your favorite. Picture yourself Inside His Fortress and saying prayers of Thanks to God for His comfort & security from evil words and everything evil!
      I have a family situation which required me to Sever the Cord… forever. I pray all the time for “that person” but I do not NEED to accept their abuse. Neither do you. (It took me 45 years to realize it WAS Abuse.)
      Love you!
      BB

      • Also, I am on a mission (from God, I hope & pray) to spread the word about the Sabbath Rest to Christians. See my post below “BB” and see if your heart (His indwelling Spirit with you) asks you to make any changes. XO!

      • Thank you. I know my rant was long and ridiculous. But your words are from God to my heart. Thank you for helping. Truly, thank you.

      • Hi BB

        YES…I agree!!
        I had to make a decision to stay away from negative and angry people. Satan works through them to cause us misery and heartache. Sometimes famiy and friends can be so plain mean….we need to pray for them and also to keep them at a distance and to let them go. Life is too short to be dealing with people who do not care about you. I am at so much peace right now for letting all these people go.

  24. Lynda Bonenberger says:

    What an amazing message today….I actually sat at my computer and cried a little reading it. It truly speaks to what is going on in my life right now. THANK YOU….
    Lynda

  25. Thank you. I needed to hear this today.

  26. I so needed to hear this today. Definitely having a day like this today. My soul is way beyond burned out! Thank you !

  27. Marsha Tennant says:

    My granny would go out on the porch. She called it her sittin still time.

  28. God is amazing! This devotional goes along with the song my daughter sang in church yesterday called Be Still My Soul (In You I Rest). I cried yesterday and then again this morning when I read the devotional. These are just what I needed and God knew it all along. Thank you, Jesus.

  29. Angie S says:

    Today is the first day that my husband has gone to teach summer school, and my children have gone to attend summer school, and I’m at home alone. I always teach summer school because I enjoy it, and because the money is really, really nice for our family. When there weren’t enough students signed up to allow me to teach a class this year, I was initially very disappointed…I felt like I was being lazy and letting my family down by not bringing home that large “extra” paycheck. Over the last several days, however, the Lord has given me a peace about this situation…and now, as God starts my day with a message about rest, I am more convinced than ever that He knows what’s best for me, and this month can prove to be a wonderful time to recharge, and grow closer to Him. Thank you, Jennifer, for being His mouthpiece to my heart.

  30. I just got reminded of my over working self. I’m just seventeen, but sometimes I behave like I’m seventy. Thankfully, each day, I get strengthened by God’s word that reminds me to be still and know that He’s with me every step of the way. I know He’s with every one too.

  31. Susan Kolb says:

    I sure needed to read this today, to be reminded who is in control! The saying “when it rains it pours” has been our theme song for about the last seven months, starting when my husband’s company closed his office. Aging parents, health issues, financial challenges, and the list goes on. I needed the reminder to rest my soul, to spend time with God and rest in Him. Thank you! Getting ready for coffee and Bible study and journaling to rest!
    Blessings on your day!

  32. “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day {God did not need Rest; He chose it.}. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” ~Exodus 20:8-11 God instructs us How to Rest in His Word. Read, study His Word.
    “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work [not because He was exhausted, but because it was & IS His desire to enJOY His Creation!]. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” ~Genesis 2:2-3
    “…there was evening, and there was morning—the first (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th) day.” ~ Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31 God defines each of His holy 24-hour days as beginning in the evening… @ sunset. REST with God, family & friends each Friday evening, beginning at sunset. Learn & accept God’s Gift of quality time with God and His entire Kingdom (family, friends, pets, His Creations in nature, and unbelievers) through sunset each Saturday. Christians may go to church services on Sundays (as Paul gathered new believers on Sundays) and/or ANY day of the week.
    Marriage was also defined at the time of Creation (Gen. 2:24), but after God defines the Sabbath (Gen. 2:2-3).
    The “Law” was given to the new nation of Israel much, much later in history… @ Mt. Sinai with Moses & Aaron (Exodus 20, Leviticus 23).

    • So true. It would change so much to follow His Word this closely. Too often, I take too many liberties with my Christian freedom. And this deep soul unrest is the consequence.

      I will try.

    • Amen. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  33. It’s as though God speaks to me through you… I had such a rough night last night, battling the demons in my mind who were trying to convince me that I’m not good enough for God’s grace, that God has abandoned me. I know these things aren’t true, but as Vivian (Julia Robert’s character in Pretty Woman) said, ‘the bad stuff is easier to believe.’ It was a fierce battle, but as I put myself into the Word, God’s grace did come over me and grant me some peace. I cried myself to sleep, thanking God for the incredible blessings in my life. But this morning I found myself in a state of exhaustion and sadness. Until I got to work, opened my email, and found this beautiful, wonderful devotion that spoke straight into my weary heart. Thank you, Jennifer, for reminding me that it is absolutely okay to rest into God and let Him take care of me. With His arms surrounding my tired soul, I am protected by His mighty armor and nothing will harm me. Peace and love to you and the Proverbs 31 team <3

  34. Also, don’t neglect the power of counseling. I was experiencing a lot of anxiety and felt similar to this – I felt like I had so much to do even when there was nothing on my calendar. I was tired, and I was repressing grief. I went back to counseling and it helped so much! Likely, we all need it more than we will admit.

  35. Staci Helmich says:

    I have been struggling a lot lately and it has been causing a lot of issues between my boyfriend and I. I lost my job in April and have been trying to figure out what I want to do and where I want to go. Back in January I learned my boyfriend cheated on me and he said that he was very sorry and wanted to work things out. We have been going to counseling and I just wanted to move on and get married. He said we couldn’t do any of it until I forgave him, which I did and he started feeling more of not feeling he deserved me and hatred for himself. Because of that I have begun to feel more insecure and scared about myself. We live together and because I’m not working right now I have to rely on him and it scares me. After taking a short break, Saturday we decided that we would talk. He told me positive things and said he was ready to work on the realationship and move towards marriage. I should be so excited right? Instead I became angry and upset and emotional, I’m not even sure why but Sunday he told me he could take it any longer and wanted to be alone and I left. I don’t know what is wrong with me, sometimes I feel like I don’t deserve the relationship. I have been praying nonstop since then and hope that we will be able to work it out. I am trying my hardest to give it to God. Please Lord help me through this difficult time and I pray that whatever the outcome I can believe you and not the negative self talk that I tell myself

    • Stacie-I m so sad for you. Marriage is a sacrament to be revered. I think it is so difficult for people to live solo that they must move in to save money and survive. Put your worries in our Lord’s hands.
      Men go thru so much pressure to provide and protect us. Some do not know HOW to show their love and devotion and may even shut down (in their worries and fears).
      In my experience my troubles came after we were married, and there was no fear of leaving each other, because we were married.
      Don’t you feel that IF you’re NOT married, he could leave? So much pressure for you and you are a loving young lady.
      Just know God knows the person we will be with. God has already chosen him for you. Marriage is a lot of work, but having the right person is all worth it. I pray for your discernment for guidance and love.

  36. Wow, did I need this today. I’ve been feeling this for almost a week now. Yet sometimes it takes something like this post for the Holy Spirit to get my attention and then show me what’s wrong. Thank you so much for sharing! Now I need to hit “Send”, get of my phone, and spend some time quieting my soul!

  37. Thank you! This is exactly what I needed today. I am resting my soul.

  38. I need to rest in all aspects of my life. Yesterday, my sibling went off on me only because I was letting them know the “facts” that they thought were “facts” were incorrect. I was gentle because I know they sometimes have a short fuse. I feel so drained hardly slept and my soul does need to rest. Prayers for this situation would be appreciated.

  39. Weary…there are days when ‘weary’ IS my soulmate.
    “Be Still”…our greatest opportunity and for me my biggest challenge. What does that look like and how do I get there?
    Your day sounded like mine yesterday. We had multiple presentations at church yesterday, I didn’t get home to pick up my husband, he didn’t offer to drive me, I didn’t ask him, it was his weekend off…he works 12 straight days, work is stressful for him, I feel as though I’m holding all these tenuous threads together with nominal support and little engagement.
    As I continue to pray and surround myself with other women of faith I find the most frustrating part is locating where the “rest” is, where the “being Still” is, where the “peace” is. It’s not that I expect it to be a state of constant being, but rather that I would be able to retreat there mentally/emotionally with more frequency.
    I’ve just reread “Hinds Feet On High Places”…I need to call on my Shepherd…Me…Much-Afraid…to hold the hands of ‘Suffering & Sorrow’, to embrace the Journey, to lay down my “stuff” on the alter, to see these offerings burnt, to release, change and grow without resistance to who I am becoming by God’s grace!

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  40. Thank you for this devotion and perspective. You are my inspiration as I am gradually losing my eyesight. I am often overwhelmed and frustrated because it is difficult and some days impossible to do every day tasks (cleaning, paying bills, and reading devotions). My wish is that Proverbs 31 would print books in large print and offer audio devotions. This site has helped tremendously as I deal with health issues. God bless you all.

    • I so agree…audio devotions I can listen to on my way to work! Any chance they might be available on Audible?
      Thanks Proverb’s 31!!!

  41. Almost every day! I pray for God’s direction every day too! And usually finally pray myself to sleep! Thanks for the timely reminder to rest my soul!

  42. I complete understand her! With work, marriage,and family I feel like I don’t have time to breath some days. I am learning to think of me first and take time to breath and reflect. i’m learning to pray more and ask for guidance and comfort. Thank God every day for our blessings because it could always be worse. Have a KIND and Blessed day!

  43. This is what I needed for today because I am definitely the person that you are referring to in the devotion. I only got four (4) hours of sleep last night because my brain just would not shut off with everything going on.

  44. I completely identify – I am exhausted and close to burn out – physically, emotionally and mentally. Much stress both at work and personally. My soul definitely is weary. It has helped me enormously to read this today – I often quote ‘Be still and know that I am God…’to myself – I am encouraged to pray more deeply into handing it all over to God. Thank you. Being close to burn out is a very lonely place that others can’t understand unless they have experienced it.

  45. Here I am. I was crying even before I read this today. My heart was bursting, and so are my eyes. My heart and soul were overwhelmed, so much so, that I couldn’t even let myself think. In the midst of “being a receptionist on the job,” but nothing could stop the flow, no matter how hard I tried. Honestly, I didn’t really want to either, because it was something, Someone had brought me there totally unexpectedly. I’m a mess. Thank you for this tender message as though it were only for me. There must be many of us in this same place. Thank You, Father for Your tender mercies and for our precious family in Christ. Thank you, Jennifer for allowing your own mess to meet up with mine.

    • Someone Who Cares says:

      I have been where you are right now. And, I’m sure, someday I will be there again. I’m so grateful that Jesus meets us where we are, right in the middle of our mess. He loves us so much. His power is made perfect in our weakness. You are his beloved daughter. You are his BELOVED daughter. You are HIS BELOVED daughter. YOU ARE HIS beloved daughter. Rest in his love. Rest in his strength. It’s OK. We were not made to be superwomen. That is a lie of our culture. We were made to press in close to him and rely on his love and strength. God Bless You.

  46. Perfect reminder that we must make our souls rest, most times it doesn’t happen on our own. We push ourselves way too much thinking we must earn certain things. Help me to stop the cycle! Thank you Jennifer.

  47. Susan G. says:

    Thank you for this Jennifer.
    Such good words of wisdom when we are anxious or frenzied.
    Thank you for always encouraging others with your words and books!
    Bless you!

  48. how do I recall when I had those moments. It was called senior graduation. It comes with so many emotions, dead lines, parties, and shear exhaustion.
    I think we’ve all been here. We cannot control everything. But we can stop and schedule time for ourselves. I said no to my friends when they anted to celebrate birthdays, or just US.
    Also asking for help-helps. As in this situation. A friend could easily fit it all for the surprise to the husband.
    But when “we” need to nourish our souls, I think the body catches up and cries out for “US” to listen to it.

  49. Carolyn R says:

    Thank you, Jennifer! I really need to pay attention to this and allow myself to rest. That is how He designed us and it is good to rest, even when I feel the need to go, go, go.

  50. I am battling anxiety and depression I am a single parent of 4 I love the Lord but having difficulty keeping myself from sleeping and crying

    • Do you have someone in the medical field that you could speak to? I understand the emotions you feel but my feelings comes from other circumstances in life. I will lift you up in prayer for the Lord to calm you and give you peace.

  51. Vicky Nordeen says:

    I am soul weary right now. I’m in the middle of a snail paced divorce. My husband hates me and is irrational. My school year just ended, and I had a really rough group of at-risk students. I am taking classes for my ESL endorsement. Most days I am a single mom of two little ones. I’m beat. In the last two weeks I had a flat tire on the interstate and I the hosebib burst and water leaked into my basement. I’m tired of crying. I’m tired of being sad. I know God has a plan for me, but I’m tired. I feel like most things are out of my control, and unlike Jennifer, when I needed help with the water in my basement, I didn’t have a friend. My support base is small, too. I know the best is yet to come. God saves the best for last.

    • Hi Vicky…as I read through all the messages, I was led to pause and write to you. What church are you going to? The beautiful thing about God is that he has many helpers…my challenge was always in asking. I didn’t feel I could because I was new or newer to the community of faith, I didn’t deserve help, someone might need it more than I do, there are people who would judge me. I soon learned that my Pride was too expensive a commodity!

      You’re right, God DOES have a plan for you, and he does have people ready to help you…he still gives us the choice to ask. If you get a No, then ask where you can go to get a yes. Don’t give up, you’ve got this…reach out your hands so God can put them in the hand of his helpers. I will continue to lift you up in prayer; God Loves You!!!

  52. I truly believe this message applied to me tonight. I am truly exhausted and just knowing that I’m not the alone going through this.

  53. Oh, boy you really a time for yourself. A much needed vacation, time to go window wishing, go to the beach, long walk on the boardwalk. Join a book club. You really need a getaway with your best friends. When all is said, and done. Just remember to give the Lord Praise. Give the Lord thanks for your good days and your bad days. This to shall pass. AMEN

  54. Today I found out that our daughter who is not married is expecting a child. I believe that God has rescued her from a path of destruction. I know that God will work it all out for our good.This was very encouraging to me. Prayers needed for our family. Thanks

    • Gayle S says:

      I recently heard a beautiful testimony from someone who found themselves in your daughter’s situation several years ago. She had wanted to get out of the life she had been living but could not make herself do it – but when she discovered she was pregnant, her love for her unborn child gave her the strength to make the right choices. She said she couldn’t do it for herself but she HAD to do it for her child. Praying for your family as you walk this path.

      • Thank you Gayle for the encouragement! I believe that this is only part of my daughter’s testimony. Looking forward to seeing all that God will do with this situation.

  55. Thankful says:

    Thank you, Jennifer, this spoke to me right where I am. I have not been able to identify my turmoil within and this really helped. Bless you!

  56. My heart is full of sadness. My daughter’s husband is bipolar. He has been committed two times in the last 5 years. Finding the right medication has been a challenge as it seems to be a cocktail that helps. It needs adjusting which his psychiatric tries to maintain him with. The meds seem to take away who he was, which is heartbreaking for our family. He is not the person she married 10 yrs ago and they have a young family that needs both parents. Their credit card debt has been in the tens of thousands. We have tried to help, but they still went behind our backs starting another one. It seems hopeless, she angers quickly towards me, never calls only when help is needed. There are so many things in this marriage that I am concern about. I remind myself that nothing comes to us that God has not approved, which some days is so hard to understand. I continue to pray AM, PM and all day long. Trying to let go and let God. I’m asking God to please show what He wants from them so that their lives together will have good meaning and not a tragedy. Thank you for giving me a platform to speak my heart and not to do any damage to anyone. God bless all!

  57. Thank you so much for sharing your life
    and encouragement!
    I definitely need to quiet my soul. Hugs.

  58. I am days late reading and responding to this devotion. However, it was on MondY I decided to take a summer break from a hobby Etsy shop I run.

    We have a trip planned, have bought a home and will be moving into it and I simply felt this overwhelming need to rest and enjoy summertime with my family and these big events coming up.

    I’m blessed to not have to work, so I can take a couple months off.

    The moment I finally settled in my heart and mind, after praying and considering it, I felt such a freedom and a peace. Summer will be time to relax, regroup and refresh … for all of us, because when I’m not overly busy I’m able to take care of my home better.

    Thank you for this post. Even two days later it’s like confirmation of the decision I made. 💜

  59. Thank you for this wonderful reminder! I have been trying to trust and fully rely on the Lord A week ago we found out my 22 year old son (who lives 6 hours away) has lung cancer. This past week has been exhausting – driving all over GA and FL for tests. It’s been very stressful. My son and I have been praising God for the little things but it has been so hard being away from my husband and the rest of the family I have continued to read these devotionals and sharing with my son and today really spoke to us and is a wonderful reminder Thank you.

  60. Suffering from a chronic illness, this article spoke to how I often feel. Helpless. Resentful of the ‘new’ way I must live. In an effort to insure I don’t allow my illness to control me, (by always pushing towards ‘one more thing’), I am starting to realize it IS controlling me by never allowing for rest, for peace, for reliance on anything or anyone. Being still doesn’t come naturally, but I have begun to work as hard at ‘resting’ as I do at ‘working’. God uses many avenues to reach us, thank you for sharing your story.

  61. “Let us be silent so we will hear the whispers of God”. God is Love.

  62. Kristi lemmen says:

    Thank you for your devotionals. I am so lonely and isolated because of my chronic pain and health issues. Friends at our church have all left me out of their lives since My health issues several years ago. My husband and I have been married for 47 years have 2married kids and 5 grandchildren. Our daughter calls me every am. Our son, wife and 3 kids live 2hrs. away. Rarely call here. Our DIL is always finding fault with me etc. life is boring and I’m sick of it.
    Please offer some advice or direction for me.
    Thank you. Kristi

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