Finding Rest

Posted by Danielle Street on Oct 30, 2013 in Blog | 30 comments

Finding Rest

When the world around us feels like it’s falling apart, I’m so thankful we can find rest and comfort in the arms of our Savior. Rest is essential along our journey towards growing both emotionally and spiritually. It gives us the strength and perseverance needed to continue carrying out what we were called to do.

This month my family and I traveled to a cabin in the Poconos. I admit the idea of being in the middle of the woods for a weekend terrified me at first. However, I knew my husband and two precious children were looking forward to it and I decided this was something special I shouldn’t miss. To my surprise the trip was refreshing. Taking a break from our busy routines to enjoy moments of quietness and the view of God’s magnificent creation with people I love is a memory I will always treasure.

Whether we are spending time alone or with a community of believers, let us remember we will be rewarded with eternal peace and strength when we set our hearts on the One who never grows tired or weary. For God has promised, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest” (Exodus 33:14).

Are you dedicating some time to rest along your spiritual journey? Which places have you traveled to that resulted in gaining much needed rest?


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30 Comments

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    Danielle I truly enjoyed that Pocono trip with you. There is just something about being isolated in God’s tranquil creation that puts the soul at ease. Being surrounded by still waters, vibrant and colorful trees, and silence is the ultimate place for me to commune with God and take a rest in Him. “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength” (Isa. 30:15)

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      Thanks, Josh. I agree! “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him” (Psalm 62:5).

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    There have honestly been times when I’ve experienced rest when I will just lay on my bed in a dark room and listen to worship music! I have a certain play list on my itunes that has especially soft music. Or I might just listen to one song over and again. A particular favorite of mine is Audrey Assad’s song “Good to me.” There is a sort of meditative quality to listening to a song on repeat in a quiet dark place.

    What are some of your favorite worship songs? I’m always looking to expand my itunes playlist!

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      Amen! Love what you shared, Rachel! Listening to worship music is a fantastic way we can rest and worship in the Lord. I am so glad you reminded us of this. I’m going to check out that song by Audrey Assad that you mentioned. I love songs by Tenth Avenue North and Phil Wickham. :)

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    There have been times that God has given me such supernatural rest in the midst of chaos. One time my daughter had to be in a Hampton Hospital for a week. I cannot even describe fear I had about going there each day. God gave me such a peace and rest within that it could only be supernatural. Naples, FL. is a place that I find much tranquility. God is the source of all rest and peace and I feel Him with me every moment.

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      Thank you for sharing this, Betty. Your beautiful comment reminded me of a verse in the Bible where Jesus states: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”(John 14:27).

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    God’s timing is truly amazing. I just returned from a ladies’ retreat Monday evening. We were in a house on the channel at Chincoteague. We watched the sun rise AND the sun set from the porch. I marveled at the stillness of the water in the early morning and the colors of God’s creation morning and evening. Our study was about Elijah. We read 1 Kings, Chapter 19. God directed Elijah “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Elijah did not hear the Lord in the wind, the earthquake or the fire. But after the fire “came a gentle whisper.” Elijah heard. I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to “hear” away from the noise of everyday life. Psalm 46:10 tells us “Be still, and know that I am God.”

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      Wow! Praise God! Thank you for sharing this, Vicki. I love what you learned about this topic and how God spoke to you at the Ladies Retreat. Those verses in the Bible are such a powerful reminder that God often speaks to us in a gentle whisper and we need to dedicate time to be still and listen. May we all continue to encourage one another to find rest in the Lord!

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    Hi Danielle:)
    I had a stressful weekend. Was really on a path to thinking of myself and what I should do about my situation. I read the bible on Saturday, and Galatians 5:16-18 was part of what I read…”So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh…they are in conflict with each other…”
    So I read that, but still wanted to feel stress. It’s all about me, ya know?! God was telling me to let it go and doggone it, I wouldn’t! It wasn’t until the next day when I went to church that, wouldn’t you know it, in conversation with two people, they both shared that verse with me (again). Next, my pastor had an entire sermon on it! It was then, finally, finally, that I found the rest that I was seeking.
    I am learning that rest can be in any situation…church, a traffic jam, in the middle of trying to break up a fight between our kids, an angry coworker…peace is there if we just seek Him. He is always there.
    God is so cool!
    Have a blessed week,
    Love, Kathy

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      Hi Kathy,
      Yes! God is amazing! I love how you listened to what God was trying to teach you. Then you took it even a step further and shared it with us! We can inspire so many people along their spiritual journey when we share how God is working in our lives. Thank you so much, Kathy, for inspiring me with your story. You reminded me that sometimes it takes a few times of hearing God gently speak before we discover how to find rest. Thankfully, we have a merciful and patient God who loves us very much!
      Love,
      Danielle

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    Amen! We all need rest to rejuvenate and reflect on things we sometimes take for granted. Gardening is my favorite way to rest both spiritually and mentally. Although, it requires physical work to make a garden beautiful, I can see and feel God’s tender love in the unending process of making my garden even more beautiful than before. Thank you Lord for every detail in all of your awesome creations!

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      What a great example of how we can find rest in the Lord! Thank you for posting a comment, Yvonne. I learn so much from you! I love how you reminded us that we can find rest in the Lord when we are using our creative gifts. We were made in God’s image and we were all born with creativity. When we utilize creative expression, I firmly believe we can find peace, rest, healing, and strength.

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    Hi Danielle!
    This is a great reminder to make sure we rest! As a new mother of a 10 month old who is always on the go, I am learning to also rest in many different ways I may not have noticed or even put much value to before becoming a mom. “Hiding out” in the closet for a few extra minutes when we are getting ready to go somewhere (and my husband is baby wrangling), or staying in the shower a few extra minutes bring moments of rest during the week. Thankfully, my husband recognizes my need for rest at the end of the week, so he enjoys taking our little one out to the living room to play Saturday mornings while I get about 30 minutes or so of “me time”. I am sure these times will change as our family unit changes, and our little one grows, but for now, these serve me well. Music is also a big part of my life! While the baby is napping, I will often plug in my headphones and listen to some worship or even soft music while I watch him sleep. :)

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      Hi Christina!
      I can relate to what you wrote! Thank you so much for taking a moment from your busy schedule to share how you are finding rest. I’m so glad your husband recognizes your need for rest and it helps you get some time alone. You reminded me how God places special people in our lives to give us much needed rest. Sometimes they are individuals we know and sometimes they are musicians who use their gifts to serve others! ;)

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    Finding rest when you’re in the darkest moment in your life and when you feel this way, you turn to God. Well I do anyway. I go to my quiet spot in the woods and just sit there and sing this worship song called Still by Hillsong. That is how I find rest. Thank you, Danielle, I needed this right now in my life.

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      Lisa,
      Thank you for sharing this on Facebook and on my blog. I love the songs by Hillsong. They are very talented musicians who help me meditate, worship, and find rest in the Lord. You are also very gifted and I love how you are utilizing creative expression to serve others! I know I already shared this verse with you, but I wanted to post it again…

      “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:28-31).

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    I’m glad you could get away Danielle, it’s needed — the more I understand the importance of sabbath the more I see how God’s design is always best. Even in the OT, the Israelites were required to let their ground lay fallow every seven years — we need rest too.

    Bless you, Hester

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      So true! Thank you, Hester. Your comment reminded me of this verse: “And He said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath’” (Mark 2:27).

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    Danielle, Love your heart, and your smile :) Knowing Presence, and knowing Presence is always present, I have found that I can have rest in the midst of some real messy chaotic stuff. It is a conscious, contemplative rest that is needed to snuff out the noise and really rest as well as listen. Sometimes i cannot get away to my favorite place in the mountains and sometimes I cannot even get away for an hour, but for even taking a few moments to get alone, contemplate life, God, and what matters most, and all of sudden, hope increases, energy is revived and I am ready to soar into my day again… there is no peace and no rest outside of His Presence, but will e take sometime to engage with Presence who is within us, and will never leave us. thanks for the reminder my precious sister.

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      Thank you, Robert! I agree. Your’re right. Eternal peace, hope, and rest is found in God’s presence. I’m so grateful to be a part of a body of believers who can encourage and remind one another of this. I was in New York with my daughter the day before we went to the mountains in the Poconos. I love the excitement of New York, but getting away to a quiet place is where I was able to be still and really listen to God’s voice! “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him. Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken” (Psalm 62:1-2).

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    Danielle:

    I am elated that I discovered your site this morning!

    I am outdoors several times a week, for hours at a time, with my camera. Here I experience rest, fulfillment, contentment, and an indwelling peace. This is all provided by our loving creator. He brings me inspiration to write spiritual poetry. I give the Glory to God (G-3)for His awesome creation.

    Thank you for all that you do to bring others closer to God.

    Gratefully,

    Richard Havenga

    http://walkwithfathernature.blogspot.com/

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      I’m so glad you stumbled across my site, Richard! Thank you for sharing how you find rest. Your blog is beautiful. May you continue to glorify God with your creative gifts and inspire others to seek Him in all that they do!

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    Great post. Only Jesus can give us peace and rest.

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      Thank you, Dicky. God is so good. I often need to be reminded that Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest…” (Matthew 11:28).

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    I totally agree. One of our best trip was a place with no internet & TV. We talked, played games really engaged. IT was so refreshing!

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      That’s wonderful, Theresa! When we choose to spend some time in a quiet place where there’s no distractions, we can fully focus on the Lord and the special people He placed in our lives. ;)

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    Danielle, what wonderful, inspirational posts you create. I’ll look forward to discovering more as time goes on. You are truly beautiful inside and out which pleases the Lord.

    I was reading your “about” page. It was interesting to see you live in New Jersey. I grew up in McAfee in northern NJ on a small dairy farm which was sold to a developer who created 3 golf courses on it. Loved Jersey produce! There’s something about Jersey residents that is so vibrant and alive with a never grow old attitude!

    I’m so glad you found my website and I certainly hope you’ll come back again – I so love comments and making my readers my friends! Blessings to you,

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      Aw, thanks, Ellie! I look forward to learning more about what God is teaching you on your blog! McAfee is about two hours north from where we live. I love Jersey produce, too. I especially like the Jersey corn and tomatoes. Thank you so much for visiting my site. I love getting to know more sisters in Christ. May you continue to record what God has placed on your heart and share it with others!

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    Danielle, reading your posts are a place of rest – and especially this post. Our family was not able to get away overnight this past year; however, we find a place of rest when we go walking together at one of our local ocean or river parks. Today’s families need nature more than ever to get away, get unplugged and get inspired by God’s handiwork. Thank you for reminding us to rest both in Him and from our busy schedules.

    Blessings for 2014 ~ Wendy

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      I agree, Wendy! I’m truly honored that you added your thoughts to this post. I love how you recognize God’s creativity in nature through your beautiful photographs and poetry on your blog! It inspires me to get outside and find rest among His remarkable creation.
      Love Your Sister in Christ,
      Danielle

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