Rest is a Verb

rest is a verb
Let perseverance
finish its work
so that you may be mature and complete,
not lacking anything.
James 1:4  NIV


See Hear LoveThis Friday I was a guest on the women’s TV Show, See, Hear, Love with Melinda Estabrooks and a few of my incredible, world-shaking girlfriends {I’ll let you know when the episode airs}.  At one point in the show, we talked about our hectic schedules and the issues we have with letting ourselves get too busy. As a firstborn, Type A personality, raised in a racing family of over-achievers who owned multiple businesses; rest doesn’t come easily or naturally for this girl and my friends are much the same.

In the last year, God called one of my closest girlfriends to a time of radical rest.  Now, the idea of God asking you to not work would seem a blessing… but to my hard-working, others-focussed friend, the task has been daunting and difficult.  Attempts at heading back into the workforce before God’s release, have resulted in closed doors and her submission to wait for God’s perfect timing.  I believe her answering God’s call to drastic obedience will pave the way for the incredible things God has for her future.

As I was thinking about all this, Todd’s aunt forwarded me an encouraging post about rest. When reading, this phrase popped into my head and hasn’t let go. Maybe it’s because I was a huge DC Talk fan back in the day {Only those who were young Christian in the 90’s will get this connection—check out this fun #musicpics post}, but I had this repetitive thought in my head… Rest is a Verb.


Combining the truth of this week’s verse with a line from the blog post I read, led me to a new understanding I want to share with you!  The line in the article that inspired me was essentially saying,

Rest in God’s Kingdom is not inactivity, but total dependence on God.1

When I read the definition of the original Greek word Hypomoné used in this verse, translated in our Bibles to read as: perseverance, endurance, steadfastness, or patience, it got me to researching a little more. I googled the definition of rest and it all came into clear vision.  Rest is defined as “relax, refresh, or recover strength”.2

Sometimes, we need to endure in rest, in order to become strong, getting ready for the next God has for us.  We’re like athletes who need to take a break, so they can recover strength in their muscles; or dough you need to let rest, so it can rise.  Rest isn’t inactivity, it’s activity out of sight.  Rest is a Verb!

I hope this new understanding helps you to be patient in rest, allowing God the opportunity to build you up, make you strong, mature you and prepare your heart for the exciting adventure He has in store!


Father… Thank you for being loving enough to keep working on me.  I will work hard to stop wiggling my way out of your crucible and rest in you.  I’m asking You to produce in me the character and strength needed to fulfill your call on my life. In Jesus Name…Amen


#musicpics dcTalk-Luv is a verb post here

Soul H2O BookIf you liked the refreshing in this #SoulH2O devotion, you’ll love my latest Soul H2O Devotional book: 40 Thirst Quenching Devotions for Women.

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Drawing From The Well-Blue

  1. James 1:4
  2. Luke 21:19
  3. Colossians 4:12
  4. Psalm 37:7


  1. Website Accessed:  2018-05-02 Definition of Rest
  2. Website Accessed: 2018-05-03

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  1. Michele Morin says

    It seems as if it’s been a long time since I bumped into one of your posts, so either I’m not paying attention, or you’ve been busy elsewhere.
    This is a timely post for me, coming into a strange season of “children” coming and going, bringing their schedules (and their laundry!) with them, and then disappearing for hours on end. Trusting for grace to make the most of the time I have with them, as well as the time I have without them!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      It’s been so long. I haven’t done very many linkups in the past while. You’re one wise woman so I’m sure you will discern what Daddy wants you to do… or not do 🙂 Remember rest is not inactivity.
      Love ya,

  2. Karen Friday says

    Well, Amen, Sherry. Never thought about rest as a verb. And this, “Rest in God’s Kingdom is not inactivity, but total dependence on God.” Great and fresh insight. The TV show sounds great. Blessings!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      The show is fun and the insight a breath of fresh air 🙂 Praying you have a blessed day!

  3. Rebecca Jones says

    I like that, rest is total dependency on God, not inactivity. But sometimes, that is good.

    • Sherry Stahl says

      We need that physical rest so we can express that dependency on Him. Praying you have a restful weekend 🙂

  4. KellyRBaker says

    Been thinking about you lately so glad to be your neighbor at Holley’s today! This post is just another confirmation of God’s reminder to me lately to not push myself past what is wise. Have a great day, friend! 🙂

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Glad God used me to be your ‘holy nudge’ 🙂 So glad we were ‘neighbours’ again. Praying you have a restful weekend.

  5. Sarah says

    Congrats on the TV appearance!
    I think it is funny how our definition of rest is so different from what the Bible says. We need both but the biblical version is more important!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      Thanks for the congrats. I’m getting pretty familiar with TV in the past couple years. I co-hosted a cable television show when I was in College and love it <3 Sarah, we so need rest. Praying you get some this weekend 🙂

  6. Stacey Pardoe says

    I love this so much, Sherry! It has NOT been a restful week in these parts. It seems I’m striving again. In the midst of it all, I had one of those moments the other day in which these familiar words streamed through my mind: “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset over many things, but only one thing is needed.” If my mother had named me Martha, this would really be the keynote verse of my first 35 years of life! At any rate, your words echo the reminder of the importance of resting in the One who can handle the details of my life. Thanks, sister!

    • Sherry Stahl says

      On those words, I’m going to take a rest 🙂
      Much love,

  7. Lisa notes says

    This is something I need to do, too. “I will work hard to stop wiggling my way out of your crucible and rest in you.”

    • Sherry Stahl says


      Soooo good to hear from you, another wiggler 🙂 Praying you have a blessed week!

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