15 Biblical Reminders About Rest For The Person Who Feels 'Too Busy To Rest'

15 Biblical Reminders About Rest For The Person Who Feels 'Too Busy To Rest'

You should never be too busy to rest in Him.

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I am currently a member of Sigma Phi Lambda at Ole Miss, which is a Christian sorority. This past weekend, we had our spring semester chapter retreat. The theme for our devotions for the weekend was "Rest," with our main verse being Matthew 11: 28-30.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Personally, I always feel like I am tired, but I also don't ever make time to simply rest. I was reminded this weekend that no matter what we have going on in our life, we need to make it a priority to rest in the Lord. Once I got home, I dove further into this idea of resting in the Lord, and here are a few verses I pulled that encourage us to rest:

1. Psalm 4:8

"In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety."

2. Exodus 33:14

"The Lord replied, 'My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.'"

3. Hebrews 4:9-11

"There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience."

4. Psalm 37:7

"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him."

5. Psalm 62:1-2

"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."

6. Isaiah 40:29-31

"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."

7. Psalm 91:1-2

"Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'"

8. Psalm 34:8

"Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him."

9. Psalm 116:7

"Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you."

10. Jeremiah 6:16

"This is what the Lord says: 'Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.'"

11. Psalm 4:4

"Tremble and do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent."

12. Psalm 130:5

"I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope."

13. Psalm 27:14

"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."

14. Philippians 4:6-7

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

15. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still."

Do with this list of Bible verses what you will (and many others about rest that are not listed here), but please know that our God loves you so much and will provide you with rest; you need only to come to Him. Let go of all your worries, your anxieties, your stresses, all of life's problems, and rest in Him.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.
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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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I've had short bursts of motivation as a last expedient to seize control of the downward spiral I have endured. But mostly they have diminished along with any motivation I have left.

None of these short term solutions have yet to salvage my mental, physical, and academic state. SO, as an attempt to overhaul my life, I decided the best way to strive for control, is to organize every aspect of my life.

Yes, this could become unhealthy if I used this tactic as a way to tear myself down or over analyze my accomplishments, or lack thereof. But I try to view my life as something I have a say in while considering that not everything will be perfect or completely satisfy my goals for myself.

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