Finding Spiritual Whitespace, Book Review

Finding Spiritual Whitespace This post is part of the  “Finding Spiritual Whitespace Blog Tour” which I am a part of, along with a group of soulful, journeying kindreds. To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE!  

It seems like I’m always in pursuit of deeper rest. It’s so hard to just let go of all the many things that need to be done. I too often forget that really I just need to be still. I just need to trust that He is making me enough. Bonnie’s powerful book echo’s what I’ve been saying to myself for months. What I’ve been hearing The Father say…

Close your eyes, child.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
Release your troubled thoughts.
Meditate on my promises.
For 10 seconds, 5 minutes, or an hour.
Come to me to receive your rest.

But Bonnie’s book goes way beyond finding rest in the midst of a chaotic lifestyle, Bonnie’s book teaches about finding rest in the midst of emotional trauma. Bonnie doesn’t present a step-by-step guide for achieving spiritual rest, rather she takes you, ever so timidly, by the hand and takes you along with her as she walks through her own real-life experience.

It’s real.

And Bonnie’s story quickly became as real for me as it was for her. My eyes were opened to the girl that nobody really saw and she became me. It reads like a novel you can’t put down. A true story all bound up with God’s promises and unending grace. It’s tragedy at it’s most vulnerable and most beautiful. It’s real life poetry. It’s a testimony of God’s unrelenting love and favor and His determination to make each of us whole. This is how He brings us back to abundant life. Because, as we’ve all come to learn by now, “True rest is not so simple,” Bonnie Gray. Wherever you are today, friend, I invite you to find true rest. Relish in the peace and the joy that comes from the emotional rest that He pours on us. He is the one who knows all. He is the one who sees all. He is the one who loves all.  And so we know we’re safest when we stop depending on ourselves and instead enter fully into trusting Him, wherever He leads.

Bonnie Gray is the writer behind Faith Barista.com who wrote a book about her inspiring, heart-breaking journey to find rest, which garnered Publisher’s Weekly starred review. I’m taking the journey to find rest through this guidebook and invite you to read it too.  You can get a copy HERE.

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Can you trust God with that?

Me and Her being silly

 Jennifer McLucas   My husband and my daughter were pulling out of the driveway. My daughter waved at me. I made a face in response. She made a face. I made another face. So did she. And as her funny face disappeared down the driveway I thought loud, “I LOVE my life!” The response was immediate. “He who loves his life will lose it…” My eyes brimmed with tears. “But he who loses his life for me will have eternal life.” (John 12:25, Matthew 16:25) And I felt it. That pull again toward surrender. That pull toward trust. My husband and I have a new inside joke. Anytime one of us starts to complain or worry the other one asks “Can you trust God with that?” in a somewhat mocking tone. It stems from us both working with the same business coach who asks us this question. All. The. Time…. [Continue Reading]

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How to Really Be Enough

My Life Testimony

Photo used with permission from Connie Etter Photography How many times have I read the story of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with one boy’s lunch? Countless. And countless sermons about the disciples, the boy, and the miracle. But never have I stopped to consider the part of the loaves and fishes. Never before today. This week I have been struggling again with my enoughness. Struggling with the knowledge that I am not enough. It just is what it is. I am only who I am. I try to be bigger, stronger, better but I still come up lacking. I just can’t make myself be enough. It’s frustrating and more than a little depressing. Today, as I was turning to the familiar places, the safe places where I discovered grace and what it means and how I-can’t-earn-it-I just-have-to-receive-it, I was struck again by the words of Emily P. Freeman. “You just want… [Continue Reading]

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