Midweek Morsel: Is Rest Calling Your Name?


Earlier this week when my husband Don headed out the door for work, he groaned and said, “Somebody stop the world. I want to get off.” The semester is winding down for him, and he’s feeling the crunch. I bet many of you can identify for reasons of your own. I know I can.

Do I hear rest calling our names? When stress mounts and demands keep coming, sometimes we just need to step back for a few moments and breathe. Let’s take a breather today and soak in the following thoughts expressed through this REST acrostic:

Retreat and refresh with a whispered prayer and a few moments of silence.

Energize by going outside and drinking in the beauty of nature.

Soothe your body and spirit as you relax with a cup of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate.

Take time to count your blessings and thank God for being your Rock and Refuge.

Let’s do it, friends. Let’s rest.

“‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

*What are some of your favorite ways to catch a little rest?

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*Flickr photo by Simon Matzinger, Creative Commons License


  1. This is a great reminder. Thank you for sharing REST. I think I might just have to pin that up on my wall as a reminder to take some time to do this each day. One of my favorite ways to rest is to turn on some Christian or classical music and enjoy doing a hobby like making pottery on my pottery wheel. It’s a great stress reliever. I hope you have a blessed day, Cheryl.

    • Rachel, you’re welcome — so glad this REST acrostic is something you’d like to keep handy! Thanks for sharing one of your favorite ways to rest. Enjoying a hobby is a great idea. For me, it’s taking a few moments to go outside with my camera and finding something cool to photograph. You have a blessed day, too!

  2. My favorite place to rest with Him and study His word is on the porch at the lake. I soak in the calm and quiet, while looking over God’s beautiful creation and listening for His voice. So peaceful. Looking forward to being their a day or two next week, and I’m so ready for it!

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