Put Your Heart at Ease

Psalm 23:1 says The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 

When was the last time you relaxed? This is not a trick question but I want to talk about resting. Often times when we think of relaxing we associate it with taking a vacation. If we only relax when we take vacations we are in need of some serious help, because vacationing can’t be the only time you relax.


Did you know that your whole well-being is in need of rest? That includes mind, body and spirit. I know what you might be saying, you don’t have time to relax because you have so much going on. Well I say you do have time, you have to make the time. Each day a person should find at least twenty-minutes of getaway time so that you can refresh and refuel.

Most of the time when a person relax they end up doing something that they enjoy doing. But that’s not total relaxing is it? Relaxing is hard for some of us to do because we think that we always have to do something. Find a nice place in your home, sit or lay down and allow those thoughts of today to be faded out of your mind. Now when you start it’s going to be a challenge at first because we are so used to be doing and thinking that we don’t know how to quite ourselves. This is why many of us are so stressed out. We even become irritable with the littlest things.

Now for those whose minds are constantly thinking here are some scriptures to help you rest.

  • Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  • Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.

If you take time to rest you will see a whole new you and you will be refuel, it’s a reason why doctors ask you how do you sleep. When you’re not stressed you sleep right through the night. People who are stressed only sleep four to five hours a night and that’s not proper sleep folks. Proper sleep is eight to nine hours a night. Many of us gain weight when we aren’t relaxed, we feel the need to eat because we are bored. You heard the saying? “Milk does the body good?” Now I am saying Resting does the body good.

5 thoughts on “Put Your Heart at Ease

  1. First let me say; I know we all say we need a vacation and I know for me it is only time away from my office and the stress that goes along with it. For me, going on vacation is a completely different and yet just as tiring but in a different way. If it is a new place you don’t want to miss a thing. You plan it all! You are on the run to see it all in a short period of time. Then you rush back home and hopefully have a day of downtime to REST before you must return to your paying job. Then I usually login to my workplace email from home so I am caught up on anything needing addressed first thing or so I am mentally caught up on things that transpired in the time I was out so that I am not walking into a chaotic nightmare my first day back and so that I am not spending 2 or 3 hours combing through hundreds of emails. Didn’t mention all the extra work I put in BEFORE leaving for vacation. All the preparation at work and looping in everyone and giving written instructions to everyone on the current status of each aspect of my job and who needs to do what while I am out. I have a job that you can not simply be gone a week, not even a day. Someone has to be working on and responding to all the aspects of it. (Rest? Trying to take vacation usually requires more stress!)

    When I was reading your post and came to the verse Philippians 4:6-7. Before I read the words I had to pause for a second. I asked myself, was that the verses I just posted? Looked back at mine, no mine my verses were 4 and 5. ☺
    I finished reading your post and then went back and pondered upon verses 4 & 5 again.

    Philippians 4:4-5 KJV

    Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

    [5] Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

    I am pushed to think about how keeping our minds on the things of God, upon heavenly things. Helps us stay more centered. Calmer. Our
    ‘moderation’ if you will. As verse 5 says, ‘let your moderation be known to all men ‘. The Lord is at hand.
    Back to verse 4. We can begin by REJOICING in the Lord ALWAYS; and he says a 2nd time, and AGAIN I SAY REJOICE!

    When we do what verse 4 says then verse 5 is easier to do and goes hand in hand.

    Then, verses 6 & 7 seem to flow right in step.
    I need to put these verses in front of my mind and my eyes. Sticky notes on my desk perhaps. 🙄 Life is so full of trivial distractions!

    God bless you and your family!

    1. I appreciate you sharing your story. I once had a life of constant running without resting. In short of my testimony my health was in jeopardy. That was an eye opener for me and my family. Everything about me changed. I know now how to relax and enjoy my family and my relationship with Jesus.

      God bless you and have a blessed day in the Lord.

      1. Amen!
        I am learning to let go at work. I am in my 50’s and have let a lot of stuff go. I feel like I might lose my job some days because of all the pressure and I as of late find myself saying. ..the end, I am done and not rechecking what everyone else is or is not doing after I told them. Trust others to do theirs and then call it done.
        God is goid…ALWAYS!

  2. One of the attacks on our rest AND our ability to hear God’s voice is anxiety! One of the sources of anxiety and fear in our society is job insecurity. I appreciate your reflections on rest and peace found in God alone. Our Lord longs for a deep, sincere relationship where we always hear his voice and long to be used fully for the Lord’s will in this world. Desiray, you’ve done your part.

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