It had been a month since I had slept through the night without waking too early and letting my mind race.
Due to emotional stress, I had lost about 15 pounds in 30 days and I struggled each morning to put one foot in front of the other. The shock of my husband moving out and my world turning completely upside down, did not change the fact that I had a full calendar. I had children to homeschool, meals to cook, and holidays to make special for the kids. I also had an on-line Bible Study to lead, as we began our study through the book of Job.
I remember hitting the red button to stop recording my Youtube for the study in Job. I smiled throughout the video and the minute I stopped the recording, I literally broke down in tears. Then I gave thanks to God that he held me throughout that video. He gave me words and strength to smile, in the midst of my very personal and private mess.
In time, days turned to months and months turned to seasons and seasons turned to a complete year passing. 2016 was the darkest year of my life and yet it was also my most intimate year with Jesus. It is out of that year of learning how to rest and release, that this study is written.
For years, I have practiced rhythms and routines in my home to maintain my walk with Jesus. It was these habits that were formed during the good times that maintained my emotional, mental, physical and spiritual life during the worst of times. So whether you are going through a happy season or hard season – this study is for you.
If your calendar is full and you feel tense, rushed and even panicked at times – this study is for you. We must stop overbooking ourselves and slow down to meditate on God’s Word and let the Psalms comfort us, the Proverbs counsel us, the Gospels draw us nearer to Jesus, and Revelation fill our hearts with hope.
God wants you to talk with Him about your struggles, pains, and frustrations, and give Him all your cares in exchange for His peace.
Because we do not rest, we miss hearing God’s voice. Psalm 23 comes to mind.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
Are you experiencing the green pastures, the quiet waters, and the restoration of your soul that Psalm 23 speaks of, from resting with your Shepherd?
Remember how the crowds pressed in on Jesus everywhere He went? Everywhere He turned, there was a need unmet, and though there was so much to do . . . He withdrew to rest.
Luke 5:16 says, “But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.”
If Jesus needed alone time with God, then certainly we do. Just think of the wisdom He wants to impart to you, the strength and the peace you may be missing out on.
Give yourself permission not to have your to-do list all checked off in order for you to rest and get alone with God.
Bible Study Details:
- Monday through Friday, inside the Rest and Release Journal, I provide a verse of the day, a short devotional, a reflection question and space to use the SOAK method, to soak in the passage of scripture for the day.
- Each Monday, here on-line, I will provide free resources to go with your study for the week, along with a practical challenge of something I do in my home that helps me rest and live blessed. I hope you will take the challenges. They do make a difference!
- Each Wednesday, I will post a devotional here on the blog that corresponds with our scripture reading for the day, along with a discussion question for us to discuss in the comment section.
- Each Friday, here on-line, you will find 4 videos (one per week) that correspond with the scripture we are studying each week. There is space inside your Rest and Release journal to take notes on each video.
This study begins on October 1st and is a 4-Week Bible Study.
I pray that your time spent in God’s Word will lead you to resting and releasing all of your burdens, so you can live a life of peace and freedom in Christ –no matter what you are facing.
Join me on this journey, as we walk with the King.