Mission Impossible? A Mom’s Quest for Real Resting in God

Biblical Rest is To Come

It’s an eternal reward for believing in God and doing His work.

For only we who believe can enter his rest.

Hebrews 4:3a

God himself is at rest. And at the end of the journey we’ll surely rest with God.

Hebrews 4:9-10, MSG

So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world.

Hebrews 4:9-10

Rest is the opposite of work, and it’s what comes when we’re depleted so we can be restored again. It just makes sense that the hard work of believing and living out our faith is going to be rewarded. I love the translation of verse 9 above, where it says this is “a special rest still waiting”. We haven’t experienced this kind of rest yet, and it’s not the everyday kind of niceties we’re used to. It’s beyond what we know. And it sounds pretty good to me.

Resting in God is Better Than Hygge

There’s a small part of me that wishes just the teensiest that there was a verse in there about hygge, or leggings, or warm beverages and reclining sofas. But I’m kidding myself, because those things don’t even scratch the surface of what God has for me. I might light a candle and wear slippers today, but my real reward has a soul-level depth.

Restful Ideas

There isn’t a formula for getting the peace and relaxation you need. But here are some tips and ideas for learning to rest in God.

  • Take breaks to pray throughout your day, even if they are only a few seconds long.
  • Grab a journal and write in it.
  • Read a Christian book about rest. I highly recommend the devotional Whispers of Rest.
  • Meditate on a single verse (like the one in the free printable below).
  • Practice gratefulness.
  • Start to intentionally cultivate a peaceful heart and atmosphere in your home.
  • Take moments to enjoy rewards from your hard work.

Simply put: God’s here, and you can relax.


This article originally appeared at Fantasticallyfour.com.

Laura Emerson
Laura Emerson
Laura is a wife and stay-at-home mom who loves encouraging others and passing along grace out of her own flawed experiences. She shares light-hearted words of inspiration and real life at her blog, Fantastically Four, and is working on her first devotional.

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