The Holiness of Rest — 20 Comments

  1. A beautiful picture painted here Janis in words and photo’s, thank you for sharing, I need to ponder the question at the end.

    God Bless

  2. Beautiful images! And I love the phrase you used about seeking the type of rest He has provided for us…a great way to avoid the vacation that you need a vacation to recover from 🙂

  3. Janis, what beautiful pictures from your time in Carmel. Thank you so much for sharing. Your words on rest were also a needed reminder.
    Blessings to you,

  4. It is good to take both a physical rest and a spiritual rest too. Getting away and basking in God’s beautiful world is one way to do both! I loved your photos! Oh Yes, my cataract surgery went well and colors are so bright now.

  5. Hi Janis! I am going on vacation tomorrow, so I hope I’ll get some rest too. Your pictures are just wonderful, and you look so happy 🙂 Nothing like some rest to make those frown lines disappear.

    Thank you for your message today!

    Peace in Christ,

  6. I love Carmel – and I’m so glad that the two of you had such a lovely time. The photos you shared in this post were spectacular – I especially loved the flowers.

    Rest – ah, that word. I find it so hard to find quiet within myself. Even when I put myself in a bodily position of rest, turmoil still seems to stir. Most often, the rest comes when I turn to the Word. God’s words speak peace to my soul.


  7. Your scripture was such encouragement – and I loved how you pointed out that we each see rest differently and find it in different things. Carmel is simply beautiful – and your photos were a blessing! Thank you for sharing your message of rest – it had been an important boundary setting topic for me this weekend:)

  8. Oh my! Such beauty and bounty. I’ll have to add Carmel to my wish list of “resting places”… so glad we were neighbors at Laura’s today.

  9. Your descriptive gifts shine through in this, Janis. I can tell your senses were enlivened on this trip, and your soul, as well, as you drank deeply of this special place. Thank you for sharing this with us. You could have gathered this up and held it close; instead, you let it tumble onto the pages of your space here online so that more people could see the beauty and celebrate your time of rest (and your love!).

  10. I am a big believer in the importance of rest. Thank you for these lovely photos and words reminding me that it should also be seen as holy. Blessings!

  11. oh how lovely! I could feel the peace oozing from your words. You know June was a crazy month for me. We left for our trip out west on a Friday and it was the following Tuesday when I said to my husband, “This morning was the first day I feel back to normal.” took that long to “reset’ the dial. yes, yes rest is essential to our growth and to life. Love your words and photos, Janis

  12. I love Carmel-by-the-Sea. I’ve only been there once but the whole area is so breath-taking. It’s like breathing in rest…breathing in God.

    • Dear Dena,
      Thank you for the honor of being selected as a featured post over at The High Calling. I must come over to read about your discoveries and discussions on Sabbath and rest. I’ve heard some of the quotes and they sound quite thought-provoking.
      Couldn’t reply sooner because we were off taking a mini-rest, camping with friends. Camping is one of those rests that always has a question mark. Part relaxation and part exertion. My husband likes to call it relaxertion.
      Thank you, again, Dena for noting my post.
      Blessings to you,

  13. Oh, Janis, this is so beautiful. I could feel myself breath deep and slow as I read. Such a gift a time like this is. I felt I was unwrapping it!

  14. Oh Janis, how I love Carmel! I almost felt like I was there as I read your description and looked at your amazingly beautiful photos. My friends rent a house along 17 Mile Drive for three months each year and I have an open invitation from them to visit. I went twice but it’s been years now since I’ve been able to go. Right now, my rest is in my bed at home or sitting in the front entry in my garden.

    Blessings and love,

  15. Rest (for me) generally always comes in the morning. Soft breezes through my window, gentle do-nothing days are like hugs from God. He tells me often I can find this rest in the storm and I take comfort know that is true.

    Very nice poem of pictures and words were shared here. Thank you.

  16. I feel blessed to have come here today from your response to the Coast-to-Coast sisters @ SDG. My mother once lived in Pacific Grove and spending time with her along this beautiful California coastline was always such a favorite place for me to be and with her. Much of my life has been in CA but San Diego and Orange County so Northern CA is special. Thanks for sharing the place but mostly the REST that God gave to you and to me. May He rain His blessings upon you as He reigns in your heart.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda