Choose Rest

LAC Unit 3- saliboats-1

Choose Rest

By Susie Teramura

Stewing, like a pot

Of chili on

The stove,

Over a decision that

I just could

Not seem

To make.

It wasn’t a big

Dilemma or

Even something life changing,

Just a simple, everyday, decision

That somehow

Had me


So I whispered

A prayer under my breath

And asked Jesus

What to do.

And then it happened

(and I love it when it happens.)

His voice came clear and

Firm and

Spoke right

To my heart.

He said, “choose rest.”

Hitting me like

Cold mountain air

Awaking me from

My dizzy-eyed stupor.

Ok, I thought,

Let’s look at

This again.

And all of a sudden,

It was plain.

The way forward

Was clear,

And I felt free.

I had permission

To choose rest

The funny thing is

This message has

Lingered and

Hung around in

My head for a while

And has become my

Go to

When I can’t decide.

I am learning I

Am free to

Choose rest because

Of what Jesus

Has done for me

On that cross

On the hill.

Spreading out his arms

He covered me with

His blood

And love and grace

And took care

Of everything,

And now

I don’t have to

Earn a thing.

I am already

Valuable, loved,

And have purpose

I have a place

Next to Him.

And the best part is

I am finding

Treasure there,

In the rest.

It’s the place

I can hear

Him best.

When my heart is

Quiet and I draw near

Confusing things

Seem to clear.

Thank You Jesus

You know best

And for teaching me

To choose rest.

Psalm 62:5

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him

Psalm 116:5

Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you


Matthew 11:28-30 The Message (MSG)

28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

11 thoughts on “Choose Rest

  1. God has again breathed hope into my heart through your poem, Susie. It’s so encouraging that He has spread out His arms and covered us with His blood and love and grace. We so easily feel we need to do more, but we don’t have to earn a thing. I always love the Message verse about the “unforced rhythms of grace.” Thank you for this reminder, my friend! Love and hugs!

    P.S. I had to first dwell on your painting. It already spoke rest to my soul. So beautiful and peaceful! I imagined sitting there and gazing out the window. 🙂

    1. Hi Trudy
      I am so glad- I alway feel pressure to do and be more without even knowing it. I was so grateful for this word from Him! I love that version too- So beautifully said isn’t it? I am glad you liked my messy sketch! I hope it will turn into something beautiful and restful too! Thanks for your encouragement and kindness! with much love,

  2. Susie,
    Loving the sailboats — I can imagine myself inside that little cafe. 🙂 So I’m not the only who overthinks and agonizes over decisions, no mater how large or small? Sometimes the smaller ones cause me even more anxiety!

    But I love how God brought the word rest to your mind. I was praying about one of my decisions last week and I’d gotten one opinion and I felt like I should stop gathering input and go with that one. It was more restful, that’s for sure! I think maybe our tendency to consider all sides and be thoughtful can manifest itself in good ways, though, if we turn our thoughts God-ward. Considering him and his words is the place to rest, isn’t it?! Love to you! xoxox

  3. Hi Valerie- I am so glad- 🙂 Sailing and the beach sound nice tonight as it is very cold and grey here! I am the worst at making decisions!! It takes me forever and i go back and forth and see every angle! I am thankful he did too. Somehow It felt freeing to hear that from Him as I often feel I am never doing enough. Just to know he is pleased and loves me as is was so good for my soul to hear and think about. I am glad you came to a peaceful decision on things-I agree that there is good and wisdom in considering things for all sides too-I just sometimes get so stuck there and I guess it is because I don’t want to mess up or let others down. Thankful for a Father who loves us and wants us messes and all! Praying your week goes well and that you find rest and all you need in His lovely presence ! sending a hug! xo

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