In Others’ Words: Finding Rest



I’ve been wrestling with a decision … and wrestling … and wrestling … and wrestling … and I just can’t pin the whole “what should I do?” dilemma down and make it say “Uncle!”

You know what I mean?

I’ll think I’ve got the situation under control — the issue settled — and then something changes and there are new questions to answer. New decisions to make. New “what should I do’s” to wrestle with. 

I do a variety of things to help settle my mind:

  • I walk and talk with Mary, my walking buddy
  • I FaceTime with Rachel, my writing mentor and friend
  • I come out of my “mull zone” and talk with my husband


But there’s one thing I do that calms both my heart and mind: I find my way to the red leather chair in my office, settle into it and the silence, and I set my heart on God. I write out Scripture verses (thanks to the monthly Scripture Writing Plan posted by Shannon over at Sweet Blessings) and I pray through the prayers I’ve written out, thanks to the powerful book Fervent by Priscilla Shirer.

I believe that it’s true what St. Augustine said: God created me for Him — to have relationship with Him — and my heart quiets when it finds rest in Him. But I have to stop wrestling … and seek the rest offered me.

In Your Words: Where do you find rest when you need to quiet your heart?

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  1. October 11, 2016, 6:46 am   /  Reply

    That has got to be one of my favorite and strengthening verses of all time. Yes, anchored, rooted, maybe a little leeway on the cord that ties us to Him to zig or zag but never enough to detach or really go astray. He’s got us. He’s beautifully got you in this situation and I can’t wait to hear the full story of some of your present choices.

    • October 11, 2016, 1:42 pm   /  Reply

      Dee: I agree with you that this is a favorite quote. Just reading it quiets my soul, reminding me to tuck in closer to God.

  2. October 11, 2016, 7:28 am   /  Reply

    For me it’s full-speed into death’s waiting jaws, wherever they may lie in wait on this fog-beguiled road.

    I’ll rest when I’m dead.

    • October 11, 2016, 1:43 pm   /  Reply

      Andrew: Oddly enough, I knew your response would be something like this. 🙂 But I imagine there are moments of rest along this fog-beguiled road for you … even as you go full-speed ahead. We all need those.

  3. October 11, 2016, 4:02 pm   /  Reply

    I’m in the middle of a storm right now and if it weren’t for the shelter of His wings, I would have crashed and burned last week. He is our only refuge.

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