7 easy steps to help you find rest in God

In your everyday life, you must strive to find rest in God.

Otherwise you take the weight of the world on your shoulders and let me tell you, that’s a battle you are certainly going to lose.

 

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What does it mean to find rest in God?

It means resting in God while you do your daily work.

A lot of people misunderstand the phrase ‘to find rest in God’ to mean that they fold their hands, sit back and retire from work.

No, it doesn’t mean that. In fact, the scenario above defines laziness. And the bible sternly warns us against becoming lazy.

Instead, to find rest in God means not worrying about anything while you do what you have to do. You are relaxed as you go about your daily hassle, trusting God to take care of you.

It’s important to find rest in God because only then can he make a move in your life. God won’t compete with you. So while you are struggling to make everything happen on your own, he’ll sit back and watch you.

But as soon as you cast your care on him, let him know and show him that you trust him for your provision, then he’ll take care of you.

 

So how do you find rest in God?

  • Step #1: Read his word

By now you should know that God’s word is the ultimate truth. You can’t successfully maneuver through life outside of his word and his counsel.

Read my post on a simple healthy lifestyle requires spirituality.

Immerse yourself in the word and let it carve itself into your heart. Live by it. Things might seem impossible but that’s according to your understanding, which is far from sufficient.

Proverbs 3 v 5: Trust in the Lord with all you heart. Never rely on what you think you know. (GNB)

Proverbs 3 v 5: Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. (MSG)

Proverbs 3 v 5: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (KJV)

Those are just three translations of the same verse. There are many more translations for your convenience so you can find rest in God.

If you have trouble understanding the bible, read my post on 6 easy tips to help you understand your bible.

 

  • Step #2: Pray

All along I’ve been making the mistake of lumping prayer and word study into one step.

But there are a lot of people who diligently and faithfully read the word, but then fail to pray, hence I’m putting prayer on its own category.

Prayer is effective because it’s your communication with God. Find rest in God by asking for his help.

Remember that prayer is a two way street. So remember to listen to what God is saying instead of you talking the entire time.

Read my post on 10 easy tips to improve your prayer life.

Also read this post on 5 ways to position yourself to hear from God.

 

  • Step #3: Be productive

This is a very important step.

Like I said earlier, to find rest in God doesn’t mean to be inactive or to cease working. It means to trust God while you are working.

Now, we must remember to be productive at all times. Productivity is not only important when you are doing your office job, or your studying. It’s also important and applicable in your leisure time.

So, do the best you can in the job that pays your bills, and do the best you can in your leisure time.  Do your day job, and in your leisure time, entertain yourself in the word, meditating on it until God’s promise of rest echoes in every fiber of your being.

Read my post on 8 effective but simple strategies to be productive.

Also read my post on this is what you didn’t know about meditation.

 

  • Step #4: Remove money as an issue

I know money is at the center of everything, and is the cause of stress for most people. But it’s very possible to live a simple healthy lifestyle with less than what you are spending right now.

Don’t be one of those people who work themselves to the bone just so they can afford unnecessary expenses.

Lead a minimalistic life that removes money as an issue and you’ll definitely find rest in God. Don’t be obsessed with money because that’s a burden that will separate you from God.

Hebrews 13 v 5: Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never leave you; I will never abandon you.” (GNB)

Read my post on here’s the truth you didn’t know about money so you can know the real place of money in your life.

 

Step #5: Be of service to others

Reaching out to others always works the trick of making you less self-absorbed.

Sometimes you think you are struggling, and then you take one look at someone else’s life and you realize there are people with bigger problems out there.

So, in your journey to find rest in God, focus less on yourself and more on others. Give whatever you think you don’t have enough of; your money, your time, your resources. This will make you feel richer and more fortunate.

Read my tips on 8 important tips to be more generous.

 

Step #6: Find a support system

You will remember that a simple healthy lifestyle requires healthy relationships.

Your support system must be people who love God. They must have found rest in God or aiming to find rest in God.

Your support system can’t be that pessimistic friend who worries about every little thing.

But it can be your family, your work colleagues, your friends, or your local church.

 

Step #7: Be grateful

This is very important. When you are trying to find rest in God, it’s easy to become selfish and think all about yourself and what you are trying to achieve.

Realize at this very moment that you already have God’s blessings with you. You are alive and that’s more important than anything else. Be grateful for that and many more things that are going on in your life.

I have a post on are you aware of God’s blessings for you?

Take it a step further by being grateful for your challenges because they teach you a lot.

If you read the word of God, you’ll notice that he calls for us to be grateful.

Philippians 4 v 6: Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. (GNB)

So, instead of complaining in your prayers, offer thanksgiving to God who continues to give us more than we deserve. Gratitude is a virtue we all must work hard to possess.

 

The final word

We need to strive to find rest in God. It’s the only way we’ll survive this hyperactive, stressed world.

Let’s not be lazy but do all that the word says we must do to find rest in God. Then we’ll have the kind of peace we won’t even be able to explain to those around us, and we can help them achieve that peace too.

 

Thank you for reading this post. What are your own steps to find rest in God? Please share with us by commenting.

How to be free from anger

Being free from anger is liberating beyond explanation. See, anger is a negative emotion that takes more than it gives, unless you are talking about giving you disease. Being free from anger is something we must all strive to achieve. Continue reading so you can learn how to be free from anger.

 

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A lot of people struggle with anger management. There used to be a time in my life when I did too. It didn’t take a lot to anger me, and when I did get angry, it was excessive.

Let me tell you. I once blew up at my boss at work. I stood up in a meeting of more than one hundred people and called out the boss that everyone, including myself, was scared of.

That might have been brave because I was standing up for my rights. But it was the wrong way to go about doing that. Since then, I’ve consciously stepped away from that kind of anger, and anger altogether.

A life free from anger is a life of freedom in every way imaginable. You free up your spirit to focus on the positive and in the process, you free up your body to enjoy that positivity.

 

Here’s how you can be free from anger:

  • Get into God’s word

I know. It seems like this is my first answer to every question. Well, the truth is, it is. The word of God is literally a manual for your life. It has the answer to every question you have right now.

The word of God tells us to not go to bed angry, and it tells us to love each other. It tells us to patiently put up with each other.

There’s no anger evident in any of the scenarios above. And in the first scenario, the word of God comes right out and condemns anger.

So, be free from anger by getting into God’s word and meditating on it. Pray to God for guidance. Read my 10 easy tips to improve your prayer life.

 

  • Avoid anything that triggers your anger

Avoid people who make you angry. If it means changing the people you hang around with, then so be it.

If it’s someone at work or school who you can’t avoid, then converse with them only in matters concerning work or school so you limit the chances of them saying something that makes you angry. This will definitely help you be free from anger.

 

  • Practice forgiveness

I’ve already mentioned patiently putting up with each other. Now, go further by forgiving others for the wrongs they’ve done to you.

Everyone makes mistakes, including you. And everyone deserves forgiveness for their mistakes, including you. Forgive others just as you’d like them to forgive you and by doing this you will be free from anger.

If you hold grudges, you open yourself up to a lot of heartache, which births diseases. Plus, holding grudges robs you of healthy relationships and we know that healthy relationships are one of the key components of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle.

Read my post: a simple healthy lifestyle requires healthy relationships.

 

  • Address your personal issues and make peace with your life

Sometimes all you need to be free from anger is to address the issues in your life. And these are issues no one else but you might know of. Maybe you are struggling with addictions.

It’s common that when you are frustrated with your private things, you tend to take them out on others in the form of anger.

Instead of lashing out, address your addictions. Lean on the word of God, and seek counseling. You shouldn’t be alone in your time of need and there are a lot of people who are ready to help you so you can be free from anger.

 

  • Live a simple life

This is extremely important. I know the world today encourages cut-throat competition and a high lifestyle few can afford.

Don’t let people dictate how you should live. Read this post on having the guts to live life on your own terms.

Be clear about what you want. Know yourself enough to know the kind of life you want to lead and be firm about it. I have these 6 useful tips to know yourself better.

A simple life is the best life. Simple means affordable, and you can never go wrong with affordable.

Living a life you can’t afford burdens you, and this breeds anger. So be free from anger by living simply, quietly, minding your own business.

 

The final word

Do everything you can in order to be free from anger. Freedom from anger will liberate you and attract good things into your life.

You’ll have the best that life has to offer, and though challenges will arise, your new attitude will ensure you deal with challenges with amazing positivity that will enable you to always emerge triumphant at the other end of your problems.

 

Thank you for reading this post. I know a lot of people struggle to be free from anger. Are you struggling too? Let us know. If you’ve struggled to be free from anger before but you managed to conquer your anger, please share with us how you did that.

 

You’ll also be interested in:

10 biblical truths to overcome sinful anger by biblestudytools.com

3 ways to break free from anger by huffingtonpost.com

Keys to powerful living: overcoming anger by cbn.com

10 easy tips to improve your prayer life

Do you feel like you need to improve your prayer life? Because I feel like that every day. We know we can’t have a relationship with God without prayer because prayer connects us to God. It’s our conversation with God in which we learn of what God wants us to do.

I repeat, you can’t have a relationship with God outside of prayer so you need to make sure your prayer life is sufficient to keep this relationship going. Now, keep reading to learn how to improve your prayer life.

 

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So, if prayer continues to elude you in your relationship with God like that missing piece in the puzzle, please do the following:

 

  • Tip #1: Tell God about your challenge

Go ahead. Tell God about your challenge. The funny thing is, you are already praying. Yes, by telling God about your challenge, you are communicating with him, and that’s all prayer is.

Jesus Christ already taught us how to pray in Matthew 6 v 9-13. Now, you don’t have to take this prayer in the literal sense and recite it all the time. Jesus was trying to give us an outline of what prayer entails. We have to recognize God as our father, we have to offer praise to him in our prayer, thank him for his presence, provision and the forgiveness of our sins.

Thanksgiving is what strikes me most. Most people have taken prayer to mean a session for asking God for stuff. They complain to God about everything and forget to thank him for everything. So remember to praise God when you tell him about your challenge. You will greatly improve your prayer life by doing that.

 

  • Tip #2: Be genuine and humble in your prayer

Yes. Pray in the most heartfelt way. Don’t take pride to your prayer because then your prayer will be in vain. Don’t act all self-righteous before God because he might just humble you in a way that will shake for a long time to come.

Seriously, don’t pretend before God. Just be genuine and most importantly humble yourself before him. That will definitely help you improve your prayer life.

 

  • Tip #3: Listen

Ironic, huh? I’m asking you to talk to God and now I’m telling you to listen? Yes, listen. The mistake most of us make when we pray is that we talk nonstop and don’t give God a chance to say even a single thing.

Prayer is a conversation. And a conversation between two people isn’t about only one person talking. It’s about both people having a chance to say something. So in order to improve your prayer life you’re going to have to keep quiet at some point in your prayer and listen to God. God might just give you the answer you need if you’ll close your mouth for just a minute.

 

  • Tip #4: Don’t put embellishments on prayer

I have to say this tip would’ve come handy if I’d known about it a long time ago when I was really struggling with my prayer life. I thought prayer was this dramatic event where I had to kneel in front of a cross for hours on end, crying. Now I don’t cry easily, so then prayer seemed impossible.

But that’s not prayer. Prayer is about conversing with God. It can be as short or as long as you need it to be. Don’t think God is impressed with all your talking because he isn’t. Say what you need to say, listen and end your prayer. Of course if you need to talk for hours, go ahead.

But I’m just saying if you want to improve your prayer life, you shouldn’t be worried about the amount of time you spend praying.

Many people continue to be baffled by prayer because they think it must have all these embellishments, the same way they seem to think about meditation. I talk about meditation here, and this post on how to improve your prayer life is similar to the one on meditation.

 

  • Tip #5: Pray all the time

And I’m not joking. Remember how I just said in Tip #4 that prayer doesn’t need embellishments. So then if prayer is simple, you can and should do it wherever you are, whenever. You can pray as you are working in your office, or riding the bus to work, or cooking in the kitchen, or taking a shower.

You remember the old saying ‘practice makes perfect’ that we roll our eyes at? Well, in prayer this saying works. If you practice praying, you’ll get so used to it that it will become a part and parcel of your life.

A week ago I was with my sister’s 16 month old daughter in the kitchen. I was silently praying in tongues as I washed the dishes. She was really impressed with the sounds I was making because they were eerily similar to the ones she makes all the time, so then she looked up at me and started making those noises too. I know, my niece and I prayed in tongues together.

 

  • Tip #6: Pray quietly

Another thing that scared me away from praying was that I always heard people hollering and screaming whenever they prayed. They did scary things and I wanted nothing to do with that. I’m not judging them because they might have been moved by the holy spirit.

But I’m saying you can pray quietly and have your prayers answered. You don’t have to shout. In fact, it says in Matthew 6 v 5-8, just before Jesus Christ teaches us how to pray, that prayer is to be done quietly and secretly. You can sit in your corner and pray quietly. God has supernatural hearing and will hear your prayer even when you whisper it, or even when you pray inwardly.

If you want to improve your prayer life, it might be best to practice by praying quietly. But if the holy spirit moves you to shout, then go ahead. It’s all about letting God guide you.

 

  • Tip #7: Pray with others

This will definitely help you improve your prayer life because you get motivated by others. If you are in a setting saturated with God’s spirit like church, that’s even better for you.

 

  • Tip#8: Don’t feel forced to pray in tongues

You can pray effectively without speaking in tongues. Praying in tongues is a great thing though, because it lets you communicate with God in a language the devil can’t even begin to understand. It also conveys your prayers on a whole new level. But it’s not a requirement of prayer.

But you will need to learn to pray in tongues for the reasons mentioned above.

 

  • Tip #9: Pray about the scriptures you read

Every time you finish reading a scripture, pray about it. This will let you have fresh and vivid material to pray about, not to mention it’s perfect practice for you to be able to pray all the time so you can improve your prayer life.

 

  • Tip #10: Pray for others

In our journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, we emphasize love beyond self. In order to improve your prayer life you have to pray for others. Pray for your family, your relatives, your friends, your colleagues, your leaders, your government, etc.

Your prayer will definitely help others who might not be able to pray for themselves. Imagine God blessing someone else because of your prayer. Now that’s huge. Praying for others is an act of selflessness that will definitely improve your prayer life.

 

The final word

You need prayer in order to maintain an intimate relationship with God. And prayer is as simple or hard as you want it to be. The truth is, simple is better and gets your message across to God perfectly. Employ the tips above and improve your prayer life.

 

Thank you for reading this post. What do you do to improve your prayer life? Please let us know by commenting.

 

Also check out the following for more tips to help you improve your prayer life:

5 simple ways to strengthen your prayer life by ibelieve.com

Seven steps to strengthen prayer by desiringgod.org

8 keys to a more powerful prayer life in 2018 by worldvision.org