The Antidote to Restlessness

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“People look desperately for things to make them happy, often without realizing what they’re missing spiritually.”  ~ Jan David Hettinga

A BOOK REVIEW

Jan David Hettinga in his new book Still Restless: Conversations That Open the Door to Peace does an excellent job explaining that our restlessness comes from within – a longing that is in our DNA. We were all created for a kingdom bigger than ourselves and yet we try so hard to find inner peace and contentment our own way.

31yemfd3il-_sx321_bo1204203200_Spiritual peace is available to us and often comes with our being real with Christ, asking the hard questions, and finding true peace. These one-on-one conversations (thoroughly examined throughout the book) show us that we build kingdoms that crumble but Christ offers peace to our restlessness when we are willing to step through the door of repentance, faith and trust in Him.

Our straight forward gut-wrenching communication with Christ will allow us to “abandon our failed experiments with independence and self-rule” and be replaced “unexplainable peace” our “antidote for fear and restlessness.”

No book explains the kingdom of God, our profound purpose and God’s ultimate plan of redemption and peace any better that this. I highly recommend this book to all and especially those who are Still Restless.

Thank you to Jan David Hettinga and Kregel Publications for a copy in exchange for this honest review.

WaterPARKED

“Be still.” It has to be one of the most arduous things to do. In an age of instant satisfaction, google gratification, and misplaced relaxation it’s a major pain searching for peace. And that’s probably the problem . . . it’s not found in the search.

sunProbably one of the best things our family did this summer was buy a season pass to the local waterpark. This purchase challenged us to leave behind the melancholy and mundane and set forth on a weekly adventure of calm and composition.

We occasionally feel like pawns in the game of Wait. The “game” can leave you feeling helpless and stuck. If too much time is spent speculating God’s hand or fretting future ventures, one can be left feeling lonely, broken, or forgotten.

And so we’ve been waterparked. Parked by the water. Sitting still in the sun, reclining with a book, watching the children play, and thanking heaven for another God graced day. Waiting and worshipping, thanking instead of fussing, being still and knowing that He is preparing a place for us. Sometimes the best thing to do “in the wait” is relax and be captured by His wonder.

“Jesus did not suffer so that you would not suffer, but that when you suffer you will become like Him.” Tim Keller