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Divided into two parts, Rest Assured offers not just an intervention, but also a recovery plan. If the soul is weary, it's time for an intervention. Rest Assured is not a quick fix but rather a bold challenge that aids women in identifying the negative patterns that prevent them from experiencing rest in their souls. Most importantly, it will give them the tools needed to break the cycle.
A "Rest Stop" challenge is included at the end of each chapter for use in Bible studies and book clubs. Bonus material includes a 30-Day Restoration Plan and 100 Ways to Give It a Rest.
Unabridged audio CD; approximately 5.7 hours; read by Marguerite Gavin.
|Format: Compact disc|
Vendor: Blackstone Audio
Publication Date: 2015
Alison5 Stars Out Of 5An honest and heartfelt call to REST. Practical & courageous.January 4, 2016AlisonQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Courage always seems to involve RISK.
Something might go wrong or not end well, but Im close my eyes and do the brave thing.
There is always something at risk or it wouldnt take courage.
If I feel sure of success or certain of an outcome, I dont even think about courage.
It is the risky stuff that requires me to jump in anyway, not sure of what I will find.
The places that involve risk are where I need the most courage.
What is your greatest risk right now?
What do you need some courage for?
As I try to answer these questions for myself, my mind initially floats to dreams of writing a book or other task related goals, like the practical aspects of living more simply. But I cant help but wonder if those are truly my biggest risks. Vicki Courtney shares about a conference she spoke at, where she asked the women there what their biggest risk might be. Like me, many shared of books to be written and dreams yet to come true. But Vicki had a different answer.
As I thought about the question, What is your greatest risk? I realized that my greatest risk at that moment was not to do more, serve more, or prove more, but rather to do less. Much less. So I decided to tell the truth. My greatest risk is slowing down and resting. I have forgotten how to be still.
When I read her words, I felt like Id been sucker punched, in the good-kind-of-Holy-Spirit-conviction sort of way. One of the words that Jesus gave me for this year (unwanted, though much needed on my end) is REST. My hearts knows that I feel like I have something to prove. I feel like I need to earn rest. I feel like I need to deserve the right to slow down. But even as I say this, my heart knows that this isnt how the Lord works. The rhythm of work and rest is how I was made. The Lord doesnt ask me to earn anything. All of life is a grace.
I love what Vicki says about the Lord giving us grace, He does not tire of offering you grace to cover your sin. Again. For the bazillionth time. He wont lecture you for being a no-show, regardless of your reason. He eagerly waits to offer mercy and grace in your time of need. Regardless of what hinders you from connecting with God, your soul will lack rest until you turn to Him as the one thing you needed. (113)
I truly appreciated the truth found in her book, Rest Assured. She speaks of her own struggle to slow down, to rest, to choose a different option for living. As she shares, I say me too over and over and over again.
When we say yes to too many other things, we are actually saying no to God. Only God can bring the rest and satisfaction our souls crave. (11)
This is me. This is what happens when I try to prove myself and pretend to not need rest.
When Martha tattled to Jesus about her slacker sister, she fully expected Him to intercede on her behalf. Isnt that what we do when we say yes to too much and end up with too much on our plate? We send up a flare prayer for reinforcements to help us maintain the pace, never imagining that God wants us to change the pace. (122)
Seriously. Okay, this is me again. I so want the Lord to help me keep up with something that isnt good for me, instead of imagining that he might want something entirely different for me. I pray for his help to accomplish everything on my to-do list, never imagining that the to-do list might not be what he hopes I will do.
Oh sure, we put up a spiritual front and say we deeply desire more time for rest and solitude, but deep down we fear solitude because it strips us of our titles and roles. Our worth is so destructively connected to our doing, serving, solving, and going that apart from that pace, we might suffer a loss of identity. Yet the very thing were trying to avoid--solitude--is the very thing that heals our weary souls.(123)
Yikes. This is me AGAIN. This was one of the biggest reasons why I feared leaving my job. My worth felt so tied up to what I was doing. I was afraid to slow down and let go of a familiar role and title. Solitude is the healing I need and Im afraid of it.
She quotes Henry Nouwen as he talks of solitude being the furnace of transformation:
In solitude I get rid of my scaffolding; no friends to talk with, no telephone calls to make, no meetings to attend, no music to entertain, no books to distract, just menaked, vulnerable, weak, sinful, deprived, brokennothing. It is this nothingness that I have to face in my solitude, a nothingness so dreadful that everything in me wants to run to my friends, my work, and my distractions so that I can forget my nothingness and make myself believe that I am worth something. (133)
No wonder I want to jump on social media or scrub a toilet or anything but be alone sometimes. It is scary to be alone. It is absolutely frightening to have to trust the Lord with my enoughness instead of proving it myself.
If you struggle with allowing your work to bleed into your leisure time, I encourage you to set some firm boundaries. Only you can solve the problem of overwork. The daily demands of your job will hijack your leisure time until you decide to take some drastic measure to protect it. (159)
Yep. So often I blame the event or the other people or the job for overwork and a lack of rest in my life. But it is me who is saying yes. It is me who is showing up. I always have the power to say no. I always get to choose. Rest is something I can choose to fight for.
Tim Keller calls the Sabbath an act of trust, and I couldnt agree more. (I have a feeling Vicki Courtney would say so too.) In this current culture of comparison and busyness, I wont fall into a state of rest without fighting for it. Rest might just be my biggest risk.
It is risky business to make a move towards rest.
It is risky business to choose boundaries.
It is risky business to slow down and be alone.
It is risky business to turn off my phone and computer and be still with the Lord.
These things may be risky, but I also think they are the things that bring the healing and wholeness my soul so desperately craves.
They are risks worth taking.
*If you resonate with the need for rest, I highly recommend Vicki Courtneys book, Rest Assured. Not only does she honestly share about her convictions and journey with choosing Sabbath, but she provides practical suggestions and questions to work through. Thomas Nelson and BookLook Bloggers have provided me with a complimentary copy of Rest Assured, in exchange for my honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255