A Weary Soul In Search Of Rest

I honestly don't understand why all the bad stuff happens in our lives, I really don't. But the Bible doesn't promise us that once we accept Jesus as our Savior and enter into a relationship with Him that it's all rainbows, lollipops and roses. I wish!

spiritual rest is a beautiful thing.

God does promise, through His Word, that He will be with us when we face those trials, He will even carry our burdens if we ask for help. He will lift us up when we are down, provide comfort when we are weary and rejoice with us when we face the joys of this life.

To be honest, it’s been a bit of a rough few years in my neck of the woods. Lots of life "stuff" has left me emotionally, physically and spiritually exhausted! Thyroid surgery, infertility, family drama, plus the usual trials of life.

But the reality is we all have struggles. We all carry burdens. And it sort of stinks some days, doesn't it?

We sure like to put on that smiley face most days and pretend everything's ok, don't we? Some days we need to do it, simply to get through the day. But eventually, the more unreal we are with the people around us, the easier it becomes to detach from the world. And that's so not a good thing.

One of the most valuable lessons I've learned over the past year is to just rest in Jesus. To trust, knowing that even when we have no answers, all things do eventually work together for His good and His glory. (Romans 8:28)  Even if we can't see it.

Spiritual rest is a beautiful thing!

Do you need some spiritual rest right now? Is your well dry? Have you been wandering in the desert searching for something you can’t seem to find? Maybe it’s time for you to rest too.

Rest. What an elusive four letter word!

How can we rest? Especially as women...we are wired as multi-taskers!

For starters, let's stop running around like a chicken with our head cut off!

Give yourself a break.

Stop comparing yourself to other people.

Better yet…stop comparing yourself to an ideal that exists only in your head. 
H E L L O… we all do it!

I don’t know where you are in life right now. Maybe you are facing a crisis in your marriage. Or dealing with a disobedient or sick child. Or heaven forbid both! Maybe you are dealing with loss. The loss of a job, a loved one, a friend or financial security. Maybe it’s the loss of what could be. Whether that's a child, a job or a relationship. Or maybe, life has handed you a huge bag full of lemons and it’s all you can do to just squeeze out a tiny ounce of lemonade right now. Maybe you are hanging on by a thread and you need a little rest.

“Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Or maybe you are finally coming to terms with the fact that you can’t do life on your own.you must rely on God first and foremost, as well as the other wonderful people He has placed in your life.

My own heart is weary. But I think most days you wouldn't know it. I think most people think I’m on a sugar high most of the time. But it’s really just a God high. I have been able to find joy amidst most of the hardships in life. Even our current struggles with infertility. It's hard and I have to fight to find joy each day. But I do it, only through God's grace.

Will you join me today?

Let's rest and drink from the well of our heavenly Father.
Devour His word. 
Remind ourselves of His promises.
Ask for prayer.
Lean on friends.

Trust in HIM.
Trust in HIM.
Trust in HIM.

My heart hurts so much sometimes, that it almost feels like I will burst into a gazillion pieces if I can’t just cry out all the pain locked deep inside my soul. So I've been pouring it all out to my Heavenly Father. And like Pringles, once you start, you just can't stop!

“Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

It’s time for this girl to listen and rest. Rest in God’s promises, drink in His word, and spend some quality time with some really awesome, inspiring people who love me just for who I am.

Will you join me today and do the same? Reach out to someone you love today and let them know what's going on in your crazy life. And spend some time in God's word. Rest in His promises.


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32 comments:

  1. You are such an amazing, inspiring individual! Have a blessed, God-filled rest ... and we'll enjoy hearing from you again when you return. :)

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    1. Aren't you such an encourager. Thanks for the lovely words! I enjoy many wonderful moments with you during this rest. :)

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  2. Praying for you and the path you're on!

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    1. Bless you! Thanks for stopping by Kate. Looking forward to checking out your blog when I get back...soon! :)

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  3. What a beautiful blog! God is so aware of us. He sends people or experiences we need at any particular time, if we only recognize them. Thank you for directing my thoughts today. I really needed it!

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    1. Bless you for your kind words! Thanks for stopping by Diane! :)

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  4. Hey Nicki ~

    I'm visiting you since our posts were side by side at Courtney's! And as a pastoral counselor, I've gotta tell you how touched I am to read about your commitment to take a break from the whole online thing and find renewal, rest, refreshment for your soul ...

    You go, girl!

    Linda

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    1. Aw thanks so much for the encouragement! I plan to be back at it soon and look forward to checking out your blog. Blessings!

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  5. I stumbled upon your "little corner of the Internet" last night and I just picked up where I left off. I have read lots of blogs written by Christian women but your blog has been so *human and real and down to earth. Thank you for taking time to reach out to other women. Insecurity was my definition. But as I dig deep into God's word, I am reminded of His promises to me. But if I don't nourish my spirit daily, I grow bso weary and weak. I'm sure u know what I'm saying :) anyway, thank you. :)

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    1. I am so glad you stumbled upon my little corner of the internet! Thank you for your kind comments. It was a huge encouragement to me today. We are all secure in Christ but why oh why is it that the world shouts so loudly at us? And why is it that we are so scared of being authentic with our fellow brothers and sisters? I ponder this in my own walk with the Lord and am only able to battle the world with His truth. THANK YOU, seriously, for your kind encouragement of this weary sister. Blessings to you. :)

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  6. Nicki, I love this! I too have walked the road of infertility and miscarriage man, I feel you girl it is HARD! So hard to remember to really rest not just physically but spiritually when you are going through times like that. Especially, I think, when you are a bubbly person who doesn't seem to be struggling on the outside.
    Such beautiful reminders that He cares, he carries our burdens, he invites us to rest in Him.
    Thanks for sharing your heart! (A tad dramatic is good IMO)

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  7. Thanks for the encouragement. I think the one thing I'm truly learning through all this is the importance of being authentic in a church culture that is exactly the opposite. And to lay all our burdens at the foot of the Cross. (And yes, it does get a bit hard for us bubbly gals.) Blessings to you! xoxo :)

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  8. The trial of infertility is certainly a hard one. I've written a few times about my personal journey. It was only when I gave up the fight that God was able to move in and surprise me in a way I never expected. I wouldn't change a thing if I could.


    But no matter what hardship I face, knowing the Lord is what gets me through it.

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  9. Oh that ideal in my head, 'the should's' I call them! I am weary and I know God wants me to rest, why is it so hard to do that? Why do I feel so guilty? This is not the first thing I have read just today that has encouraged me into God's word, I think maybe God wants me to listen. Thank you for sharing even when you are weary :)

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  10. Yes yes and yes! Amen to that Dayle. It is so true, sometimes we are our own worst enemy, and if we can just get out of the way and let Jesus take the wheel, so to speak, that's when all the good stuff happens! Totally agree! Blessings!

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  11. Oh that ideal, why do we have it Tania? I don't know either. And It is hard to rest, isn't it? But rest is a term that I have come to LOVE, but still struggle with. Why is it so hard resting in Him and just resting in general? Praying you get lots and lots of wonderful spiritual and physical rest this week! xoxo

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  12. Wonderful & encouraging words, Nicki, for those very hard days. I'm so with you on this one even though for different reasons. I am so learning that when God says He will never leave us, He truly means He will NEVER leave us. We are never alone. Oh that we would have eyes to see Him this Advent season & ears which hear Him as He whispers in our ears, "I am with you!" Blessings!

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  13. Thanks Joanne! I love the image of Him whispering in our ears, "I am with you!" Thanks for that great imagery. I needed to hear that today. xoxo

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  14. I'm so sorry to hear about your struggles, especially with infertility. When we don't struggle with something, it's hard to understand how another does in fact struggle with it. And because we don't always understand the severity, the hurt, the pain, the weariness from dealing with it, we can sometimes be callous and cold and just tell the person, "Oh get over it." You are in such a wonderful place with our Lord, though. Having gone through my own issues (divorce), knowing that He is the One who will get you through it all is what gets you through sometimes. Hang in there. Praying for you.

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  15. Thanks Mary. You are right, it's hard to understand what others go through when we don't have a similar or same experience to relate to. But on the same note, we all really do have struggles in this life, the Bible told us we would, and all we can really do is hang tight and know the Lord has it all under control, and pray and life one another up. I pray the Lord will continue to hold you up and keep you focused on His purposes for your beautiful life. Blessings to you! (And thanks for praying!) :)

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  16. You take all the time you need to rest and soak up the Lord's healing balm, Nicki! And remember, when you're physically hurting and wounded, you wouldn't think twice about resting and giving yourself time to heal. I'm so glad you've realized that and are challenging each of us to do the same when we are "weary." Praying for you, sistah--every day! Hugs!

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  17. Thanks lady. It's been a very liberating thing to lay it all out, but so rewarding to just rest in Him and learn I can't do it on my own. :) Thank you so very much for your prayers. You are such a blessing. xoxo

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  18. Thank you for reminding us to rest, especially at this time of year.

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  19. Those words from Matthew never fail to give me the deep sigh. Such a needed message for this season, Nicki. Thanks for sharing your heart.

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  20. Yes, this is a difficult time of the year to really rest, isn't it? Praying you will find time to just rest in Jesus this Christmas season and rest in the promise of redemption. Blessings!

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  21. These words are so ingrained in my soul these days friend. I'm glad they provide you comfort during this busy season as well. xoxo

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  22. Spiritual rest, just thinking about it {sigh}, thank you for sharing. Have a blessed week.

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  23. Praying you get some wonderful spiritual rest during this upcoming season June. Blessings!

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  24. Just the word "weary" brings memories of a few times I have been weary beyond the normal. Each time it was not so much a physically weary but an emotional weary that comes from giving out and giving out till there seem there nothing left. Yet more would be requires and then I would sense a supernatural surge that carried me through the next bout of weary. Good post.

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  25. Weary beyond the normal is a good way to describe it Betty. But thank heavens that we serve an awesome God who can pick us up when we are weary and fill us with everything we need to get through this fallen world. Blessings to you. :)

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  26. I just happened to stumble upon your blog and I'm so glad I did. My husband and I have been struggling with infertility and I have my good days and my bad days and today was one of those bad days. I love how God uses other people to encourage us at just the right moment. I wasn't even looking for blogs on infertility. Thank you for your boldness and your encouragement! if you want to check out my blog I'd love it! www.filledwithgrace.org

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  27. I don't know how I missed this comment Erin! But I am so sorry to hear you are facing this path right now too. And I am glad that the Lord allowed me to lift you up on one of those bad days. The difficult days are so tough, but God graciously provides some happy ones in there to keep us going. :) Big hugs to you! xoxo

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