Finding Rest for Your Soul

Go-go-go. That’s probably the mode our souls and bodies have been in since Thanksgiving. People to see, events to attend, food to make, and presents to buy. Now that Christmas is over, a new year is about to begin. I am looking forward to settling back into a routine, but also I am dreading a little the pressure of deadlines and the not-so-good surprises that the new year may bring.

How can we find rest for our souls—rest from the busy-ness of life and rest from life’s anxieties and pressures? By remembering Who takes care of us and spending time with Him.

“Return to your rest, O my soul,
for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.”

Psalm 116:7, NKJV

Remembering how God has taken care of us in the past helps us to trust Him for the future. How has God taken care of you in 2015? Just as David knew to trust God to defeat Goliath because of past victories God had given him (1 Samuel 17:37), we can trust God to fight for us and help us when we face new challenges and obstacles. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). His power, love, and wisdom are always present with us, and He will never leave us or forsake us (Heb 13:5). We can count on Him to help us.

Life should never get too busy that we don’t spend time with God. Bible study, prayer, and fellowship with God sustain our souls through the busy routines and pressures of life. We need that time with Him, and He delights in having that time with us. Even when we have a day to ourselves, one of the most refreshing things we can do is to spend some time with our heavenly Father and Best Friend. He refreshes us, delights our hearts, gives us direction, and strengthens us for the day’s adventures.

So in this new year, if you set any goals or make any resolutions, let rest be toward the top of the list. Our bodies need it, and our souls need it. Find rest for your soul by spending time with God daily and by trusting Him for what’s ahead. That fellowship and faith will sustain you through the new year, and make 2016 one of the best years yet! The closer we grow to God, the more we know the One who satisfies our souls and fills our hungry souls with goodness (Psalm 107:9).

Happy New Year!

 

© Copyright 2015 by Katy Kauffman

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Comments (14)

  • anon

    How did you know I needed to hear this? ---While even today I'm in "Go-go-go" mode getting ready for company this week end.  And, yes, I have scheduled in some rest in Him---My soul is grateful---So is my body. SO--NOW--I better get back to the grind! Great post. Thanks.

    Dec 30, 2015
  • anon

    Connie, I hope you have great adventures in this new year and the time you spend with God makes you ready for them! Thanks for your comment. :)
     

    Dec 30, 2015
  • anon

    On New Year's Eve we always look to the future - a clean slate to start fresh. Thanks for reminding me it is also a time to look back and see where God was with me throughout 2015.
    Happy New Year!
    Joni

    Dec 30, 2015
  • anon

    Happy New Year, Joni! Thank you for sharing, and I hope 2016 is a great year for you and your family. May God richly bless it!
     

    Dec 30, 2015
  • anon

    I'm so bad about resting. Even in the times I call rest, the TV's going or I'm busy with a hobby. While those are ok, I often ignore my body and mind when they ask for true rest. Thanks for a needed message, Katy!
     

    Dec 30, 2015
  • anon

    I can be the same way, Sherry! Not really resting when I should. Last year I found that time with God was a comfort, a solace. I hope you're able to do that regurlarly in 2016. Thanks for stopping by!
     

    Dec 30, 2015
  • anon

    This past year I've faced 10 months with mono--the prescription is rest. Thank you for encouraging me to not only rest my body but my spirit/soul.

    Dec 30, 2015
  • anon

    Carol, I hope your soul finds refreshment. And comfort, because it must be frustrating having to do life at a slower pace in order to get better. I hope you are getting better, and thank you for sharing devotions on your blog even with feeling badly. Happy New Year! I hope 2016 provides some relief from the mono.
     

    Dec 30, 2015
  • anon

    Katy, you hit it on the head! We just seem to get busier and busier each year and rest often gets pushed aside - especially our time with God. Thanks for these insights and the challenge to put rest into our lives this new year! 

    Dec 30, 2015
  • anon

    Thank you, Crickett. That means a lot since you wrote a book on the subject. :) I find it's easy to make a quiet time shorter when life gets busier. But time with God is the most important part of the day! Thank you for your comment. 
     

    Dec 30, 2015
  • anon

    Yes--God has really taught me so much about living in his rest. It's a discipline, but it's also a way of life for God's people. 

    Dec 30, 2015
  • anon

    "A way of life" is a great thing to remember. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your comment, Leigh!
     

    Dec 30, 2015
  • anon

    Enjoyed reading the devotional amazing how the Spirit of God works in the hearts of people...some to write...some to respond...He's got the whole world in His hands!

    Dec 30, 2015
  • anon

    Yes, He does! Thank you so much. 

    Dec 30, 2015

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