Written by Julie

On April 19, 2021

She didn’t want to rest.

She resisted and cried and wanted to go home. We took her on a long walk, let her run around, cajoled, commanded, bribed, even called Mommy and let them talk for a long time.

Finally, after 2-3 hours of resistance, she snuggled in my lap on the rocking chair and soon fell asleep.

I have to admit, I was frustrated with her. Just take a nap! You’ll feel better! It’s not that big of a deal!

How many times does God say that to me? To you?

Just rest; you’ll feel better.

Rest. Sleep. Slow down. Take it easy. Relax.

We live in a society of people–are people–who take vacations, chill, hang out, take it easy, rejoice when we get off of work early, look forward to the weekend. . .

But do we rest? And perhaps more importantly, do we rest when God tells us to?

How often and hard do we resist? Try to get out of it, get away? Cry and whine and say “no” and claim we’re not tired when really we’re a grumpy mess because we are tired?

She needed to rest. And she did feel better and was happier afterward. (Also, my heart may have melted and I may have taken several pictures while she slept on my lap. 🥰😄)

We need to rest. And we will feel better and be happier afterward.

What “rest” means can vary, as I wrote about in this post.

We can be resting even if we’re not actually lying down and taking a nap.

Julie (me), “Rest” blog post

I need to–want to–rest. To relax in God’s hands and let it all go, let Him be in control. To spend time with Him and keep my eyes on Him. To willingly “go to sleep” when He tells me to. To trust and hope and surrender.

It’s okay. You’ll feel better. Just rest.



Hi, I'm Julie, a 16-year-old lover of books, music, and Jesus. I'm a junior in high school (Abeka Academy) and have been blogging for two years. I also co-publish a digital magazine called Priceless geared toward teen girls. My desire is to use my words to glorify my Saviour and to encourage you in your walk with God. I'd love to hear from you!

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