Brave rest

Lauren Vandermeer Blog Post
March 23, 2017
Lauren Vandermeer Blog Post

I’ll be honest with you: Rhythms of Rest is rocking my world. It comes as confirmation of things I’ve hoped for but didn’t dare believe could be true.

On page 121, Miller writes, “Our brave yeses pull God’s finger on a divine trigger, unleashing a new season of life together.”

So, it’s an act of bravery to choose rest, an act of faith to trust that, after all, success really isn’t all hinging on my efforts. Not.At.All.

She goes on to say that sharing with others about the decision to prioritize rest is a way of extending hope, holding a witness before them, saying “Yes; it’s true!” There really IS another way to live life in the 21st century.

Every year we host some of our local nieces and nephews, each for their own “Aunt Lauren and Uncle Phil” weekend. It’s one of the ways we’ve chosen to be intentional about investing in the next generation even though we’re not raising little ones of our own. The mamas reading this get this already, perhaps. But, the activities we do with our little and not-so-little loved ones are almost irrelevant since the purpose is just to BE and to nourish the relationship.

Aunt Lauren and Uncle Phil weekendsLauren and little one

I can’t help but think it’s the same with God and our lives. The purpose is to nourish the relationship. To celebrate the connection. And that can happen in the midst of any activity, even when that activity is rest. Even in sleep, right?!

Oh … there’s so much comfort in that for me.

You see, I spent more than a decade in an organization that prized work over rest. Later down the road I’ll share some of the twisted fears that haunted me, always driving me to do more, More, MORE lest I be ashamed before God one day.

I don’t know if you’ve been fed lies like these before. But, I hope you’ll hang with me as we explore what it means to cultivate a quiet life. Because it’s in the quiet we are confronted with our fears. It’s in the quiet we gain the courage to fight against them.

And, it’s in the quiet that we can come to know in our deepest know-er that we are loved for who we are rather than what we do.

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2 thoughts on “Brave rest

  1. Sooooo right and inspiring and hard to actually act on…thank you for your journey and sharing it! I have been working with a missionary organization for 13 years that has driven me many times to value work over rest, and I am on my own journey as well to figure out how this rest looks!! With 2 children and 1 more on the way, as well as leading the pioneering of the mission in a new city, I am trying to understand what balance looks like, how to expose my children to living lives of service and at the same time living normal lives, how I should care for others and yet not lose caring for myself!! Such a treat to read!

    1. Thank you, Amber! You are most welcome. You are just the kind of person I hope to connect with and bless through my writing. God bless you as you learn how to serve Him and others while also caring for yourself. YOU are an important person in the kingdom!!

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