Resting in Him: I need to slow down but I can't!

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Women of Faith, renowned for their unique combination of personality and truth, offer fresh new messages in four new topical study guides in the popular Women of Faith Study Guide Series.

Each study guide, teeming with insights and quotes from the conference speakers provides twelve weeks of Bible study and a leader's guide for small groups.

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Overview

Women of Faith, renowned for their unique combination of personality and truth, offer fresh new messages in four new topical study guides in the popular Women of Faith Study Guide Series.

Each study guide, teeming with insights and quotes from the conference speakers provides twelve weeks of Bible study and a leader's guide for small groups.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781418529383
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/8/2008
  • Series: Women of Faith Study Guide Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 956,597
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Founded in 1996, WOMEN OF FAITH® has ministered to more than4 million women with the transforming message of God's grace. Throughevents and resources, they fulfill their mission to nurture women spiritually, emotionally, and relationally.
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RESTING IN HIM


By Margaret Feinberg

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2007 Margaret Feinberg
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4185-2938-3


Chapter One

The Stress Test

I said, "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest." -Psalm 55:6

Have you noticed all the time-savers available at your local grocery store? Prepackaged food promises to save you preparation and cooking time. Cleaning products claim that with a few quick squirts you'll never have to scrub again. When you approach the checkout, you can choose between the standard lane, the express lane, and the do-it-yourself lane-whichever is fastest for you!

One of the great ironies of the twenty-first century is that despite all the technological advances of time-saving devices, many people feel they're more time-crunched than ever before. For many, it feels like the pace of life has been steadily increasing-and with good reason. A recent study found that the average American now works a forty-six-hour workweek, and more than a third of those surveyed work more than fifty hours a week. That leaves less time to do chores, spend time with family and friends, and of course, rest.

At the same time, many people are feeling the effects of the time-crunch: stress. A recent survey on iVillage.com revealed that only half the people feel they are coping well with multitasking their lives-the other half are not. In fact, 47 percent-a majority of whom are women-said they are concerned with the level of stress in their lives.

Without much warning, the "To-Do List" of life can get pretty long-work, meetings, activities, family, carpooling, friends, exercise, shopping, chores-and can even seem overwhelming. Sometimes the stress in our lives manifests itself in our attitudes and responses to daily life. Just how stressed are you? Place a check mark by all the statements that describe you:

___ I regularly feel that I have too much to do in a given day.

___ I don't have time to get organized.

___ I tend to get irritated when I'm kept waiting.

___ I frequently give up sleep in order to get things done.

___ I find it's easier to do things myself than ask and train someone else to do them.

___ I have a tendency to set really high goals for myself.

If you checked more than two of the statements above, then you may have more stress in your life than you realized. No matter how overworked or overscheduled you've become, God desires to restore you. In fact, your level of exhaustion and need for rest will never match God's desire to give you rest. He longs to renew you! He invites you to step off the treadmill of life and find your rest in Him. This is the kind of rest that goes deeper than a good night's sleep or an afternoon at the spa; this is the rest that renews the innermost parts of your being and reminds you whose you are.

1. What are some of your favorite time-saving devices or best practices for saving time?

2. Have you ever purchased a time-saving device that actually took more time than it was worth? Describe.

Despite all the time-saving gadgets and practices in our modern world, many women feel more time-crunched than ever. The result of being overworked and overscheduled is often stress.

3. On a scale of one to ten, how much stress do you feel you have in your life right now? Can you identify some of the sources of the stress in your life?

During Jesus' life He undoubtedly felt pressure and stress. Wherever Jesus went, people wanted something from Him-a healing, a teaching, a moment with Him. In the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark, we get a glimpse into Jesus' busy schedule.

4. Read Mark 1:21-34. In the space that follows make a list of all the things Jesus did in a very short amount of time.

After all that Jesus did, His physical body must have been exhausted. Despite all the immediate needs, Jesus did something specific to handle the stress and pressure.

5. Read Mark 1:35. Why do you think this one activity was so crucial to Jesus' life and the impact He had on others?

6. Why do you think finding solitary time to pray is important to your life and the impact you have on others?

7. How does taking the time to get away to pray change you?

8. How does taking time to get away and pray enable you to handle the stress and pressures of life better? Is there anything that prevents you from getting away to pray more often?

Digging Deeper

On several occasions throughout the Gospels Jesus retreated to a solitary place. Read Luke 4:42-43. Why do you think Jesus chose a solitary place? One of the results of His time in this place was that He was more confident of His purpose (v. 43). How does spending time with Jesus make you more confident of your purpose?

Ponder and Pray

The opening Scripture for this lesson comes from Psalm 55:6, "I said, 'Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest." Have you ever wanted to "fly away" from a situation because of stress or exhaustion? Where do you tend to go when your soul desires rest? Are there any unhealthy places you're tempted to go? What kinds of healthy places can you choose instead?

Bonus Activity

Over the course of the next week, pay attention to any moments in which you feel stress. What are the causes? Are there any common sources of the stress you feel? Are there any areas in which you need to cut back, say "no," or make lifestyle changes in order to lessen the amount of stress in your life?

(Continues...)



Excerpted from RESTING IN HIM by Margaret Feinberg Copyright © 2007 by Margaret Feinberg. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword....................vii
Introduction....................ix
The Speed of Life....................xi
1 The Stress Test....................1
2 The Benefits of Rest....................7
3 Know Your Season....................13
Applying the Breaks....................21
4 The Gift of Sabbath....................23
5 The Power of Margins....................29
6 The Fine Art of Saying "No"....................35
Rest as a Lifestyle....................41
7 Your Home, Your Sanctuary....................43
8 Discovering the Secret Place....................49
9 Moments of Retreat....................55
Resting in God....................61
10 Resting in Who He Is....................63
11 Reasting in What He's Done....................69
12 Resting in What He Will Do....................77
Leader's Guide....................83
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