A Christian Girl’s Guide to Restful Living – VIDEO

Are you weary and worn? Tired of rushing through life and desperately in need of rest? There is a secret art of restful living hidden in the midst of the hustle and bustle of this life, but it comes at a cost. Restful living can only be achieved when we fully surrender body, mind and spirit to our Creator. Christian Living Tips | Christian Woman | Healthy Living for Christian Woman | Learning to Rest

Because of underlying health issues, my body craves rest and often demands it.

This used to frustrate me to no end.

It made me feel weak, less-than, incapable, a burden to others.

I would push through all of the signs of fatigue, striving to be the person I thought everyone needed me to be.

I denied my body, soul, and spirit of the rest it was yearning for and I found myself in a tailspin.

The need to be needed, to be valuable, to be somebody drove me beyond myself.

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It pushed me to say yes when I should have said no, to stay up late when I should have gone to bed and  take on others burdens when I was drowning in my own.

I knew exactly who I wanted to be, the life I wanted to have, and it all required that I push through the fatigue that was closing in on me.

I over-extended myself to such an extreme that I was no longer capable of completing the simplest of tasks.

Restful living is hard work! But it is also part of God’s design.

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Rest is part of God’s design.

Are you weary and worn? Tired of rushing through life and desperately in need of rest?

There is a secret art of restful living hidden in the midst of the hustle and bustle of this life, but it comes at a cost.

Restful living can only be achieved when we fully surrender body, mind and spirit to our Creator.

In a practical sense, this means that we must carve out time to rest.

And I don’t just mean physically; we must also learn to rest our mind and our spirit.

In this video, the third session of my Living By Design retreat, you will learn how to “work at rest” and “rest at work.”

If you haven’t done so already, you may want to watch the first two sessions of the Living By Design Retreat. They lay a solid foundation of truth upon which this video lesson is built.

>>Click Here to Watch Session One of the Living by Design Retreat<<

>>Click Here to Watch Session Two of the Living by Design Retreat<<

I’ve also included a mp3 audio file if you’d rather download the teaching to your mobile device and listen on the go. {Click here to download the mp3 file}

Living by Design – Session 3

Key Truth: We must learn to rest in all that the Lord is, in all that the Lord has done, and in all that the Lord has made us to be.

Key Verse: Matthew 11:28-30

Key Points:

God’s Word is the source of our REST. Its purpose is to…

R-estore
E-quip
S-ustain
T-ransform

God’s Word is the source of our REST. Its purpose is {R}estore {E}quip {S}ustain and {T}ransform us.Click To Tweet
  1. Rest in Who God is
  • God Loves – Romans 8:35-39
  • God is Holy – Jeremiah 32:17, 27
  • God Forgives – Psalm 103:12
  • God Provides – Philippians 4:19
  • God is in Control – Isaiah 45:5-10

2.  Rest in What God Has Done – Romans 8:28-30

3.  Rest in Who God Says You Are

  • Temple of God – 1 Corinthians 3:16
  • Daughter of God – Galatians 4:6
  • Alive with Christ – Ephesians 2:4-5

4. The Ramifications of REST

  • Peace
  • Power
  • Purpose
  • Praise
  • Passion

Are you weary and worn? Tired of rushing through life and desperately in need of rest? There is a secret art of restful living hidden in the midst of the hustle and bustle of this life, but it comes at a cost. Restful living can only be achieved when we fully surrender body, mind and spirit to our Creator. Christian Living Tips | Christian Woman | Healthy Living for Christian Woman | Learning to Rest

Join us next week for another video training.

Here is an overview of the topics we will be covering in this series:

Session 1: Understanding God’s Design – The Body, Soul, Spirit Connection

Session 2: Body + Soul – The 10 Secrets of Healthful Living

Session 3: Soul + Spirit – The Lost Art of Restful Living

Session 4: Embracing an Eternal Perspective (Dec. 4, 2017)

Understanding God’s design has brought so much freedom and joy to my life, and I cannot wait to share these rich biblical truths with you.

The purpose of my Living by Design retreats are to equip women to embrace God’s beautiful design for their lives.

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Over the course of three-days, we peel off our old selves, layer by layer, and learn how to put on our new self, “created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness (Eph. 4:24).”

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I am currently accepting invitations for events in February 2018 and beyond. I would consider it an honor and a privilege to partner with your ministry, church, or small group.

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What was your favorite takeaway from today’s lesson?  I’d love to chat about it in the comments.

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9 thoughts on “A Christian Girl’s Guide to Restful Living – VIDEO

  1. Sarah, thank you for this. I can totally relate. Through some unexpected circumstances the Lord is teaching me about the necessity of rest. I guess I’ve come into it fighting because resting like this does not come naturally for me. But God is good. He knows better than I do what I really need! I”m bookmarking this page to come back to later today so I can watch the videos!

    1. Rest is hard work. I say it all the time. It’s just plain not easy for those of us who are driven to succeed. Phew, and it is totally counter-cultural also. I am so glad God is teaching you the importance of rest in this season. I’m learning that when I submit to God’s design, when I trust His rhythm for my life, I am far more content, healthy, and productive than I ever was before. He is so good to us!

  2. Your point, Ramifications of Rest is entirely thought-provoking. I think a lot of the consequences of the things I shouldn’t do, but not so much about the things that I should do. As my former DARE officer used to say, “Everything has consequences.” Thank you for showing me that the consequences of rest are full of blessing!

    1. Everything does have consequence (or blessings), doesn’t it? I think we feel like we are letting everyone down when we rest, but the truth is we are filling ourselves up so we can overflow on others. It’s so helpful when we find freedom from the need to perform (all the time!), and understand that rest is part of God’s design.

  3. We are certainly called to rest, we are called by the necessity of the pattern of our souls. And it draws us close to the One who put that trait within us, because He loved us so much. I am drawn into the concept of what REST in Him looks like, and I LOVE your acronyms,Sarah. Praying you are continually built up as you rest in him and lead others to find those gems He is teaching you because of it.

    Bless you friend,
    Dawn

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