Last week I posted a blog post about time-saving hacks, because as mums we have a lot on our plates, and time-saving helps us manage the load and give us the time we need to rest every day. However, more than physical rest, we need to learn how to rest in God.
Now resting in God isn’t about a formula, but there are certain things we can do that will enable us to position ourselves better to let go of our anxieties and trust in Him.
Reading and meditating on His word, for instance, will help us look more at God, and less at our circumstances.
So below are 6 things we can do to better position ourselves to rely on God and grow in faith, thus helping us rest in Him.
1- Spend time with Jesus on your own
Carve out a time in your day to spend time in the word and prayer.
One way you can do this is to wake up before your family and make the most of the quiet. This is something that works really well for me, personally.
If you’re in a stage where your children wake up very early, or you don’t get much sleep, try to do it while the children are watching TV, or in the bath.
2- Process your emotions
I love how the Bible is so real about people. In the psalms, for instance, David was raw and real with God in the midst of his pain.
In my own life, I have found that when I’m real with God about my emotions and my anxieties, He comes and gives me peace.
So when you pray, be authentic! Tell God exactly what’s going on inside you.
3- Let go of control
When you spend time with Jesus, surrender all your anxieties and troubles to Him.
In fact, surrender control of your life. Let God be God! Let Him decide what’s best for you!
In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus said to the crowd:
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
4- Listen to and Read Truth
I have found that the best way to grow in peace and rest is by reading and listening to truth.
So reading the Bible, listening to podcasts and preaches based on sound theology and listening to worship music that is rich in biblical truth (I recommend CityAlight) can help remind you of God’s truths.
5- Meditate on Truth
For me personally, when I’m feeling anxious, I find that meditating on God’s word helps steady my emotions.
I feel like nowadays many people emphasise feelings over intellect, but in fact, our brain leads our emotions!
The Bible talks about this when it says ” We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
So, tether your mind to the truth, and soon your emotions will follow!
God is in control. God is good. God is all powerful. God is sovereign. God works all things for the good of those who love Him. God is Holy. God is merciful. God is just. In Jesus, I am free from condemnation. In Jesus, I’m a child of God. In Jesus, I’m forgiven.
6- Go out in Nature
Spending time surrounded by nature helps remind me of God’s sustaining power, and care for creation.
I love watching how life around me just gets on with things, without any of my interference!
In Autumn the leaves turn, in Winter plants and animals go into hibernation, in Spring new life grows, and in Summer fruits appear aplenty!
Some ways you can do this are taking a walk, working on the laptop in your garden or in a park, going berry picking, or doing a nature scavenger hunt with your children.
As busy mums, it’s important that we get physical and mental rest but it’s equally important that we rest spiritually by letting go of our fear and trusting in God more. Spiritual rest doesn’t come about from emptying our minds or simply ignoring our anxieties, it comes from:
📖 Spending time alone with Jesus
📖 Processing emotions
📖 Letting go of control
📖 Listening to truth from God’s word
📖 Meditating on truth
📖 Spending time in nature contemplating God’s power
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