I have always been a good girl. I really mean that, and it’s not in a prideful way. It’s not something I’ve had to work that hard at, it is probably just how I was made.
In school, I was usually quiet and reserved. I enjoyed making friends, but my circle would be small because that’s how I felt most comfortable and happy. I had a natural inclination to listen to my teacher’s instructions and I would follow every instruction. You know – cross every t and dot every i. When someone in authority said something was to be done a certain way, I would never think twice about doing it in another way. My Mum said I was never a problem child.
Was I made this way? Maybe.
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But as I grew up being so compliant, I started to become weary. I had become so used to pleasing people that I found it very hard to do anything that was against the grain.
In fact, this good girl syndrome was so ingrained in me that in 2006, when my ex-boss prayed for me and asked if I was willing to accept Jesus into my life, I smiled politely at her (because that’s what good girls do right?) and said, “It’s okay.”
Deep in my heart, I was curious about why she wanted me to receive this person I did not know into my life. And deeper still, I honestly didn’t think I needed Jesus – after all, I didn’t do anything wrong! I had always been a good girl, remember?
I led an okay life. It wasn’t until I finally decided to receive Jesus into my heart (7 July 2006) that I started experiencing true rest for my soul. God started peeling off layers and layers of emotional baggage, insecurities, lies I believed in and He began a work in me that is still not finished till this day. I thank Him for His faithfulness.
One of the ways He has used to bring about internal change in me is through books written by godly people. Bonnie Gray’s books Finding Spiritual Whitespace and Whispers of Rest have been such books for me.
Finding Spiritual Whitespace came in a time when I was highly stressed and confused about God’s direction for my life. It helped me so much that when I knew Bonnie’s second book was coming, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.
True enough, she continued to write authentically from her heart, and with solid biblical principles. Whispers of Rest helped my good girl heart to learn simple ways to rest again. To stop striving and start resting in God’s unconditional love for me. It is a 40-day devotional detox that is so needed in our modern society. Everything is so loud and demanding, calling for fast and in “I needed those yesterday” sarcasm. God’s whispers tend to be drowned out when we let our souls be bossed around.
Today, take charge of what influences your soul and protect it with God’s whispers of love and rest to you. We are loved. Let’s live as His beloved.
“Most of the things we need in order to be most fully alive never come from busyness. They grow out of rest.”
I love this quote in her book (p.38) because it is so true.
Also, she says in Chapter 5, “Walking by faith is the harder choice, but it’s the only choice to feel alive again. Choosing to nurture your heart gives God space to renew your joy each day.”
Whispers of Rest
This wonderful book has helped me so much in experiencing God’s love in a more intimate way and guarded my heart with His peace even in emotionally challenging times. It has also made me see how easy it is to do little things with God that can spark joy in my daily life. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. Sipping tea every morning while doing my Quiet Time, buying flowers from the grocery store, taking walks in nature whenever I can…
Doing these on a regular basis was so refreshing for my soul, and I believe this book will help you in more ways than you will realize.
If you are like me and struggle with the good girl striving syndrome, Bonnie’s words will help you see yourself as God sees you – His beloved. If you desire to grow in your relationship with God and want to learn how to serve from a place of rest instead of stress, this is the book to get.
(Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book as part of Bonnie’s launch team. I am only sharing this with you dear readers because I sincerely believe that this book will make a big difference to your lives, and I hope my sharing blesses you.)
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