Resting in Peace

What a blessing it was to be the guest speaker at my church’s annual Mother’s Day Tea this weekend!

Although I usually shy away from public speaking, I decided to talk about a challenging area in my own life: finding peace. Specifically, I wanted to share ideas on how we can each find peace in our everyday lives, no matter where we are in that moment.

If you have been reading my blog posts regularly, you will know that peace and rest are important topics to me. Despite my busy schedule, I’ve learned to find peace through intentional rest. I say “intentional” because we must recognize our need for rest, and then be very deliberate in making it a priority.

Forced rest is no fun when you allow your pace in life to run you into the ground. Trust me . . . I know. Internalizing stress led to chest pains and an overnight stay in the hospital last year. Fortunately it was nothing serious, but that scare caused me to re-evaluate my priorities and I learned a valuable lesson in the process.

While God wants us to use our gifts to glorify Him, to care for our families, and serve others, we cannot do that if we are completely exhausted. God did not create us to live life with our foot on the gas pedal from morning to night, yet for many of us, that is the only pace we know. We have accepted this as normal and we feel powerless to apply the brakes.

Intentional rest doesn’t require taking a vacation day or spending an afternoon at the spa (although that does sound tempting 😉). Instead, I ask God to help me slow down as a reminder that my personal peace needs to be a priority. It does require loosening my grip and letting Him take control, but God always provides me with that much-needed time and space to re-charge, even on my busiest days.

Finding peace may look different for each of us, but for me, it’s as simple as taking a walk around the block, reading a devotional, or just lying down for a quick nap.

So the next time you feel yourself running on empty, slow down, take a deep breath, and seek peace in the Lord’s presence. Let Him be your resting place.

Restoring Joy

I don’t have a whole lot to share today.

Aside from being sick most of this week, I have been feeling overwhelmed and anxious with all the turmoil in our world. I am deeply saddened by all the anger and hatred. We have lost our ability — and our desire — to listen to one another.

What I want most to share today is this: Despite all the evil in this world, I am trusting that God is still in control.

I know it sure doesn’t always feel that way, and many (myself included) struggle to understand why evil often prevails over good. But fear and anxiety can quickly overtake us and leave us feeling hopeless and alone. This is what happens when we look to the world to comfort and console us. Only one Comforter is able to fully restore our peace and bring joy back into our lives.

Take some time away from the news this week. Instead, look for ways to share joy with others, just as Jesus taught us to do. I think you will find that a simple act of selfless love is just what this world needs. ❤