Doing Busy Better: Enjoying God's Gifts of Work and Rest

Doing Busy Better: Enjoying God's Gifts of Work and Rest

by Glynnis Whitwer


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So many women are living overcommitted lives and buckling under the nagging guilt. When they are busy, they feel guilty for not playing with their kids or having a quiet time of prayer and Bible study. When they try to rest, they feel guilty because there's so much left to do. It's an endless cycle of overwork and exhaustion. Yet inside every woman's heart is a longing for true rest. It's there because God designed us that way—but it seems out of reach.

Enough is enough. Our lives probably aren't going to get less busy, especially if we're in a demanding season of life, but we can do busy better. In this burden-lifting book, Glynnis Whitwer helps women examine their hearts and their schedules in order to seek a healthy and holy balance between—and enjoyment of—both work and rest. She shows readers how to prioritize their goals and their time, how to be present in the moment as Jesus was, and how to find the freedom of true soul rest. Most importantly, she shows women that their worth is found not in their accomplishments but in the love of the One who made them for work and for rest.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800727154
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/04/2017
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Glynnis Whitwer, executive director of communications for Proverbs 31 Ministries, is a regular contributor to Encouragement for Today, the Proverbs 31 email devotional, reaching over a million women each day. She is the author of Taming the To-Do List, I Used to Be So Organized, When Your Child Is Hurting, and work@home: A Practical Guide for Women Who Want to Work from Home, and the coauthor of Everyday Confetti. Glynnis, her husband, Tod, and their five young adult children live in Arizona. Learn more at

Table of Contents

1 The Undercurrent of Unease 11

2 What Drives Us to an Overbusy Life? 21

3 Being versus Doing 35

4 God's Original Design for Work 47

5 God's Gift of Rest 63

6 Four Conditions of Unhealthy Busyness 77

7 Hurry Is a Heart Condition 89

8 A Heart at Rest 105

9 The Sabbath Reset 115

10 Is It Ever Okay to Quit? 129

11 How to Find Sustainable Balance 143

12 How to Be Peaceful and Productive 151

13 Finding True Soul Rest 167

Acknowledgments 181

Notes 183

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