Grateful for Rest

A month of gratitude! Let’s focus on gratitude throughout the month of November. I challenge you to look around and be more aware of the blessings in your life. And each day write down at least five things you are thankful for.

When I have a lot of tasks on my To Do list, it makes me feel stressed. I worry about lack of time and getting everything accomplished. This is not a good environment when you are trying to grow in gratitude. And lately my life has seemed extra busy. So before this month began, I tried to clear my plate as much as possible. And each day I am trying to be intentional about how I spend my time.

When we begin to walk in gratitude, we might have to be extra diligent about focusing on gratitude. It’s not easy to change our mindsets. These things take time and practice. And I believe a key piece of the puzzle is to slow down and savor life. This helps us to keep gratitude in mind, instead of allowing a million other things to clutter our minds. Be picky about the things you do each day. Especially when you are first starting out on this path. Allow yourself time to rest in the Lord’s presence. Be still. Listen.

“Be still and know that I am God…” – Psalm 46:10

When we take time to slow down and rest in the Lord’s presence, this helps our gratitude attitude to prosper. The weight of the world falls off of our shoulders. Stress melts away. And we find a sense of peace.

“Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7 (NLT)

If you sit most of the day, you might think you are resting. But I am talking about resting the mind. Allow yourself to sit quietly with God for a few minutes. Even just five minutes with the Lord with refresh your soul.

So today take some time to sit quietly with the Lord. Reading your Bible for a few minutes would also be helpful to get yourself in the right mindset. Then ask Jesus to allow His peace to wash over you.

“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” – John 14:27 (NIV)

Remember that every day is a gift from God!

(I will be sharing similar gratitude related posts here the first four Saturdays of this month. So be sure to visit again. And on each Thursday of this month, I will be sharing similar gratitude related posts on Christians Read. If you want to read the most recent Thursday post, click here.)

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11 Comments on “Grateful for Rest

  1. I try to walk the walk of gratitude everyday, and in November I try to write it down in my orange journal, embossed with GRATITUDE. Last year my journal entries stopped on November 4th. 😂 This year so far I’ve journaled up to the 9th. #growth

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    • That’s great! You made progress over last year! Even if you forget to keep writing, it sounds like you still have a positive perspective, which helps when walking in gratitude. 💜

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  2. Writing in a gratitude journal makes me focus on being more grateful. Have been trying it out like I mentioned to you before. It is changing how I look at things. It is such a good habit.

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  3. God has been surrounding me with the theme of “Be still and know that I am God” and resting in God’ peace. Timely, as I face the dentist for a broken molar. My experiences with the dentist have mostly not been happy ones, so fear and anxiety are piling on. But God. He keeps sending me messages of peace and encouragement through various angels — also known as people who listen to promptings from the spirit. Thanks God.

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  4. Reading your post today was another great way to rest. God definitely works through people, so sometimes reading through a blog post slowly is a great way to get your mind off of the billions of tasks yet to do.

    I’m still working on getting our home freshened up after finding mold. I am cleaning EVERYTHING in the master bedroom because that’s the room that felt the dampest this spring.

    The good news, which I will be sharing more of on my blog (hopefully soon) is that our landlord installed a baseboard heater in the master bedroom. I tried it out today, and it got mighty hot, mighty fast, so I don’t think we’ll have a problem with dampness in the spring. I am grateful for that!

    Despite the mountain of work I’ve yet to do, there have been so many blessings in the process! Now I just have to convince Andrew! He’s sure this place is going to kill us. Lol. He’s the one who really needs to read a post on rest! Lol. I find that rest pretty quickly when I receive my reminders. Andrew needs more convincing, but that could be because he is a protective husband.

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    • You are right, sitting down for a few moments to read can be relaxing and give your mind a break from the business of life. I am honored that you felt my post gave you a bit of rest today.

      I’m glad to hear that the mold situation is improving and that your landlord installed a baseboard heater. But so sorry you have to do all that cleaning. I am sure it takes a lot of time and energy.

      My husband is the same way. He cannot sit still, so rest doesn’t come easy for him. And he too is a worrier always thinking of the worst case scenarios! Lol.

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