It’s ok to tell your soul to rest

“but I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child rests against his mother, my soul is like a weaned child in me” Psalms 131:2

Have you ever burst into tears from a simple question such as “Are you okay?” Well, it’s astonishing because you were going about your duties as normal and nothing seemed amiss. But once you get that question, emotions within you are triggered. You can’t quite put your finger on what’s wrong but still nothing feels right.

Well if you have been in that situation, you will understand what I am saying. You try compose yourself but tears still flow freely. You will notice other things that aren’t going right, but I mean those aren’t enough reasons to make you burst into a Thompson falls of tears! It is the condition of your life (or my life if I might put it that way.)

I was just weary. My soul was weary! Can you relate??

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The experience has however taught me that speaking rest to my soul was something I desperately needed and should be part of my daily inner conversation.

So much of our self talk is directed at revving up ourselves. “One more time, Raquel! One more activity! One more! Just one more”.  Without a doubt sometimes this is a recipe for burnout.

Burnout is not just physical, but is also emotional and mental! If we aren’t in the habit of telling ourselves to rest, we burn out, wear out and even freak out (like I did)

Rest therefore isn’t just for our tired bodies. It’s also for our weary souls.

The psalmist recounts of how we need to soothe our souls to rest like a child rests against her mother. 

We should strive to rest in the Lord. Allow your heart  and soul to rest! Slow down and rest!

Wait for the Lord, Be strong and let your heart take courage, Yes, wait for the Lord.” Psalms 27:14

*Let not the hustles and ambition of this life push you to the point that you become restless and afraid, don’t torture your soul! Trust in the Lord and wait on him!*

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