January 27, 2013

Winners for our Resolve to R.E.S.T. Challenge

What a joy to read your comments and to see how you have practically applied the Resolve to R.E.S.T. post!  Thank you for taking time from your busy lives to share how God used your time with Him.

Here are some practical ways you shared on how to rest:

Kay and her husband  spend time reading and praying together.

Mary meditates on the verse “Be still and know that I am God” and spends time alone with the Lord visualizing and remembering a time He met her in a very real and personal way at the beach.

Melissa finds rest in the precious moments of life, whether it be in the quietness of the morning, the sounds of her children playing or  in the arms of her husband.

Charlotte finds rest in carving out time each day to sit with Jesus.

Michelle ends her day in the Word with her Father just before she goes to bed.

Elisa walks daily with her husband and they pray together; she also meets the Lord alone, face down on the floor in prayer.

Noelle finds a reminder of the significance of rest by looking to the example of Chick-fil-A closing  on Sundays…just as our Lord rested on Sunday.

Jill finds rest by being proactive in the Word, finding verses on rest, memorizing them and truly living them in the busyness of her day.

What a blessing to hear how each of you finds rest.  Each story is creative and unique, just as we are!!  There are no rules about how to rest…no regulations.  Rather, God calls us “TO JUST DO IT!”

And I so appreciate the honesty from  many of you sharing how you struggle to rest with the busyness of your lives.  You are not alone and that is why we spent time together these past two weeks practicing R.E.S.T.

My prayer is that our time of R.E.S.T will not end here but  will be a journey we will continue.

I too have been setting side time each day to be with the Lord.  Some days it is just a few minutes and other days it is much longer.  What I love is that my prayer journal is full again.  Notations fill my devotional book  as I jot down what I hear as I read.  And my heart is more tender to hear the whispers of the Spirit.

I pray that you have found these  two week that there is NO BETTER PLACE TO BE than at the feet of Jesus!

I announced that I would give away two devotional books.  Well, guess what?  I will be giving away three because of a precious friend and sister in Christ who follows my blog.  She has offered to donate a third book for our giveaway.  Thank you, Tarnisha!

The winners are:

Jennifer January 19th

Jana who left a comment on January 20th

June who left a comment on January 25th

And, no, it was not a requirement your name begin with a “J’ to win.  It just worked out that way!

Please e-mail me at deuteronomysix@aol.com with your full name and mailing address.

Please join me here on  Friday as I have a Proverbs 31 Encouragement for Today Devotional running entitled “How Do I Know that I Am Called?”  I look forward to meeting you here on Friday!  If you have a friend struggling to hear God’s call on their lives, please send them here for a visit.  Scripture contains powerful truths on this subject, and I look forward to sharing  some with you and hearing from you!!

Blessings to you,

 

Comments

  1. Wendy,
    I stumbled upon your blog this morning as I was searching for a book to suggest for my next Christian Book Club. I am drawn to your book, Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner, because its subject matter speaks to each member of our group, the main reason of our fellowship.

    As my search continued on the Proverb 31 website, I discovered your January blogs and was captivated by your first post. Your words were speaking to my heart. I, too, had a very anxious December!

    I am a stay-at-home mom and have learned to relish in the service I do for my family– providing joy and peace at our residence by maintaining the home. As December’s responsibilites of shopping, wrapping, and entertaining grew, I started to become bitter and anxious. I was providing the joy and peace that our Saviour provides us, but I myself was not feeling it. I wanted so much to feel God’s love but it seemed so distant. I saw it in the eyes of my family but it was not resognating with my own heart.
    It was not until a few weeks ago, as I boxed the last Christmas decoration, that it dawned on me the reasons why.
    I live with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I am a victim of child sexual abuse. It took me years to forgive and it is through Christ that I do. However, some days I retreat and struggle. As I was packing that last ornament, I realized that my abuse occured during December. No wonder I feel bitter during that month! A month devoted to his birthday. There’s still a small part of me that is angry towards God to have allowed for the abuse. I struggle with these harsh feelings because He is the same God that I love and adore and draw strength from on the dreariest days.

    I thank Him for giving me this nugget of information and I pray that I can REST in him. I know that he has amazing plans for me. I am beginning to recognize that He wants me to help others through the similar stuggles that I have endured. This is a scary thought for me.

    Your simple steps of REST are a wonderful tool! I know that they can strengthen me and my relationship with the Lord and help me through the opposing feelings I have towards Him. The last two steps are my stubbling blocks, and sometimes feel like boulders. I pray that I can feel the warmth of his hand as we journey on His path together.

    Thank you for putting yourself out there, in this world wide web, and being an instrument of God’s love.
    Sincerely, Sarah

    • Sarah, thank you for taking the time to share such sweet words of encouragement and sharing from your heart. It means so much to hear when God uses a post to truly impact someone’s life; it is a true answer to prayer. I am so sorry for the abuse you suffered as a child, but I praise God that He is healing you from that trauma and pain. Remember, it is a JOURNEY and never forget that.

      I would love for you and the women in your group to do Hidden Joy as your study. If you order the books from Proverbs 31 Ministries, I would be honored to sign them before they are sent. Just let me know. My e-mail address is deuteronomysix@aol.com if you have any questions. Many small groups have used it and found it works well in that setting with the questions in the back.

      Sweet Blessings to you today,

      Wendy

  2. Thank You so much Tarnisha! and Wendy!
    What a blessing and such a kind thing to do.

    I look forward to reading and studying the Devotional Book. Right now I am doing the Proverbs Study. Edifying!!!

    Looking forward to reading your devotion on Friday Wendy. :)

    • June, so excited to hear from you! And I love knowing that you are enjoying the Proverbs study.

      Will you please e-mail me with your mailing address and full name so that when the devotional comes in, I can mail it to you? My address is deuteronomysix@aol.com.

      Blessings,

      Wendy

  3. I was taking my son to a birthday party and praying for clarity – where/what to do for work, where to live and whether or not to have more kids. What are His plans for me?? Then I open up my email and read the daily devotional. just amazing.

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