Be Fully Persuaded: God Provides Rest

Be Fully Persuaded: God Provides Rest - jenniferajanes.com

Welcome to the Be Fully Persuaded series! This week I’m sharing how God has provided rest for me—if I’ll take advantage of it.

Thank you for meeting me here every week to rejoice in God’s faithfulness to keep His promises and in His creative provision for every area of our lives. I pray that we are all encouraged to stand strong in our faith and that God will make Romans 4:20-21 a reality for all of us as we focus on Him and His Word:

Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.

Romans 4:20-21 (NIV)

God Provides Rest

My theme for the week is rest. It’s what I keep telling myself over and over. Yes, I’m letting some things wait for a bit while I rest. Yes, I have to keep reminding myself that many of the deadlines I have are self-imposed. It’s true that there are things I need to get done, but they can wait so I can rest.

Last month and the first of this month were very busy. I was doing a lot of writing, both for this site and for other projects that had hard deadlines. I pushed myself to meet those deadlines, and then, when everything that had to be done was done, I forgot to slow down. I kept pushing, staying up later, to get things done that could have waited until the next day. I pushed until I was worn out.

And then Princess Roo’s health drama started. I added phone calls to insurance companies and infusion providers to the list of things I was doing. I kept adding, without taking anything off or giving myself grace. I got concerned about myself, and people who love me got concerned too.

Then I had Matthew 11:28-29 show up in a devotional I’ve been reading for almost a year. I started a new devotional, and Day 1 was about rest. God is speaking to me. He promises rest.

God has provided rest for us—physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual, but we have to take advantage of it. I haven’t been ordering my days with a margin for rest, for reading, for playing outside with my kids in the beautiful spring weather. It’s time to change that.

I’m slowing down, going to bed earlier, spending less time at the computer. I’m reading more, playing with my kids more, and trying to get a head start on the amazing things happening here for Autism Awareness Month in April so that I can spend April with margin in my days.

I want this to be a lifestyle—this resting, enjoying life. I understand that there will be crazy times with deadlines and unexpected crises, and God will give me grace to deal with those times. But the in-between times, those are the ones for resting. God has provided me with rest. It’s up to me to take advantage of it.

How do you build margin and time for rest and relaxation in your days? Please share how you avoid the temptation to keep doing so you can enjoy being.

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4 Responses to Be Fully Persuaded: God Provides Rest

  1. Rebecca says:

    YES! Less time at the computer and more in real life – now, you need to move here! I can’t wait to see you and I’m thankful for that still small voice God speaks with.

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