The Antidote to Restlessness


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


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.


Embrace the Ugly

Ray Hennessy, the Editorial Director on, in a recent article stated that “we just can’t accept that people are human and they will always screw up.” He went on to say that our limitations should be “owned, not orphaned.”

I agree 100%. We need to own our stories, every part. It is the messy, the mistakes, and our muck that mold us into the masterpiece we are becoming! Redemption, renewal, and restoration help us transform the broken into the beautiful.

In the past, I was taught that you “ought not hide your sin” and yet the church did not offer us a safe place to find grace on the journey. I believe (along with Mr. Hennessy) that we shouldn’t try to erase those chapters of our story but rather allow them to remind us that we are humanly flawed but can succeed despite it all. A new chapter is waiting to be written. I also believe that a true grasp of the Gospel and the Kingdom of God allows us to see how we all play an important part in helping make all things beautiful. Jesus didn’t hide from the sinners but rather spent time among them and offered them hope and a future.

Thank you Ray for reminding us that it’s okay to be defective. We all are. It’s time to embrace the ugly. You can read Ray Hennessy’s article here: