In today’s seemingly out-of-control world, who among us does not feel a need for rest? Not a five-minute snooze, but a down deep sense of calm that all is well within my soul.
My friend Karen Jordan has struggled with a sense of restlessness for many years. In her book Words That Change Everything she transparently opens the door to the stories of her life. She tells about her Aunt Jo who politely reminded her that she tested her boundaries as a child and was a “bit stubborn.”
She introduces her friend Kathy who said, “I’ve tried to stop worrying, but I just can’t seem to quit.” And she takes you to many other places, including the hospital room where she once sat with conflicting emotions—trying to encourage her dying mother, while at the same time, feeling trapped by circumstances.
Discouragement … worry … grief … overwhelmed and feeling boxed in – can you identify?
“How can we readily recognize the warning signs of worry?” Karen asked. And then she gave the answer: “I finally admitted that I couldn’t figure out the answer myself.” Karen discovered that the help she needed was far beyond her own logic. “For me, the Bible offered the guidance and wisdom I needed.”
I don’t know where life finds you today. You may be in a season when all is well. Enjoy it! But maybe you are struggling with a broken relationship or even wondering how you can just make it one more day. You may want to pick up a copy of Karen’s new book, Words that Change Everything. It offers hope and practical strategies to help women speak God’s truth to their emotions.
And do you like FREE? Well, Karen also has a free e-book, RestNotes: Fifteen-Day Devotional Guide. It begins with a question: How can we find REST in the waiting rooms of our lives? Just go to Karen’s website, and request the ebook there.
No matter what happens today remember the words of Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Only when you and I give our burdens to God can we have that deep down calm in our soul … and truly rest.
© 2016 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
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