Beautiful, Courageous You

Sometimes the Most Spiritual Thing You Can Do is Rest


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In my experience with healing from depression, I met many well-meaning Christians that were intent on spiritualising every aspect of my condition… everything was a stronghold or a soul tie, and yet most days I clearly heard the Lord say ‘rest is the most spiritual thing you can do today’.

It is true our battle is not against flesh and blood, there is a spiritual realm in which we must contend for healing (see Ephesians 6:12).

However if we are to contend for healing, I believe it is not to give the enemy so much ‘air time’ that we become paranoid and look for a demon under every rock. Rather I suggest we must embrace what needs to be addressed for spiritual health (prayer, deliverance, repentance etc.) alongside applying some practical steps towards healing our physical bodies.

Recently I read a daily devotion penned by L.B Cowman Streams In The Desert, she writes on the issue of confounding physical weariness with spiritual weakness:

And what did God do with His tired servant? Gave him something good to eat and put him to sleep. Elijah had done splendid work and had run alongside of the chariot in his excitement, and it had been too much for his physical strength, and the reaction had come on and he was depressed. The physical needed to be cared for. What many people want is sleep and the physical ailment attended to. There are grand men and women who get where Elijah was- under a juniper tree! And it comes very soothingly to such to hear the words of the Master: “The journey is too great for thee, and I am going to refresh you.”

Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is rest, along with spiritual laws we also must address the natural laws of ‘something good to eat and a good sleep’… today, give yourself permission to rest and have something good to eat 😉 X

Author: beautifulcourageousyou

About me hmmm... Happily married with two children, also the mum of three little ones in Heaven; twin girls and a baby boy. What matters most to me in life; Faith, Family & Fun! By God's Grace I have overcome extreme depression. As I share my journey with you I pray you will be inspired to live a life with vision and purpose, my passion is to offer hope to women young and old. I want to shout across the globe to every woman on the planet "you are Beautiful, you are Courageous" and you are outrageously loved!!

11 thoughts on “Sometimes the Most Spiritual Thing You Can Do is Rest

  1. Lovely post! Encouraging and refreshing.

  2. Be still…have a wonderful night.

  3. You know it is often when I stop fighting the wars in my heart and mind and rest that I find Jesus comes and meets with me. It is in these intimate moments with Jesus that He touches the struggles of my heart and mind and takes me on a journey of healing.

  4. Such a refreshing post! Sometimes that is the easiest anecdote; get some rest. We tend to stay up stressing over our cares instead of casting to Him as he never sleeps or slumbers. Then we can get the much needed rest. Thanks for the post.


  5. Amen! God Himself rested when creating the world so we should as well. Getting caught up in the busyness of the world and the the things thereof even if they are for God can get us burnt out. We need to listen to Him when that small voice if not louder calls us to a place of rest.

    Thank you for sharing. Many blessings to you today and the coming week. 🙂

  6. I have praying for days the right words to share with a friend. Thank you for being courageous enough to live transparently and write the post good work.

  7. Rest. Ahhh. God Himself rested. So it is valuable and important. This is a lovely post to remind us … We are made in His image in so many ways, including needing rest.

    Bless you dear heart!
    – Heather

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