Dare 32: “Rest”

The Unbroken Woman blog is hosting The Respect Dare. Starting July 10, participants will be using Nina Roesner’s The Respect Dare: 40 Days to a Deeper Connection with God and Your Husband as a guide, posting about their journey. And I will be doing it with you!

I’ve been feeling God’s presence throughout the day. And all day, I’ve heard the same word from God: “rest.”

I realized today that I’ve been feeling stressed. This entire summer has been one of preparing for transition, driving to and from kids’ jobs and the recruiter’s office, and a somewhat flexible work schedule. As the new academic year approaches, I need to ramp things up at work–but my daughter goes away in eighteen days (yes, I counted this morning), we still don’t know when my son leaves for basic training, and we don’t know what path we’re taking with my husband’s medical treatment. I still miss my dog sometimes. How can I find it in me to do more at work when my real life feels so shaky and my house is a mess and the lawn needs mowing and sex hasn’t been so awesome lately and I need a new pair of black shoes?

“Rest in Me,” I hear.

This Dare asks for reflection on the Respect Dare process and my own growth. That’s totally up my alley. I’m always reflecting and looking back–so I reread the chapter and begin to pull up the blog posts that chronicle this process. I hear it again. “Rest.”

I am sitting in the waiting room at the hospital. My husband is having a CT scan. I am the only person here. The TV is off. “Rest,” I hear. I am the only person in this room, but I am not alone.


So, friends, I will rest. No reflection to share with you today–not because I won’t do it but because I won’t do it now. And because I need to rest.

And yes, some of you saw this post a day early because I’m so stressed out that I forgot to schedule this and just posted it. So yes, God, I will rest now.

Read these other bloggers to learn about their experiences with the Respect Dare:

Unbroken Woman

My Beloved Is Mine!

Broken But Not Forgotten


The Respect Dare Blog (author Nina Roesner)

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