An Acronym for Rest
in my Visual Rest Journal
I get excited when a theme word works well for an acronym that adds meaning to the word. It helps me apply the word and live it out. Making journal pages helps cement the ideas and actions in my life. This post includes the images and definitions of the words in the acronym for R-E-S-T in the journal pages.
The definition of REST is “the refreshing, quiet or repose of sleep; refreshing ease or inactivity after exertion or labor; relief’ freedom especially from anything that wearies, troubles or disturbs; solitude, tranquility, mental or spiritual calm, cessation of motion, free from worry, to be found, to belong.
R – Release
Release is the word chosen for “R” in Rest. Release means to free from confinement, bondage, obligation, pain, etc.; To let go, to allow to be known, to free from debt, to give up, relinquish, liberate, surrender a right, to remove constriction, deliverance.
Before I could enter fully into a period of rest, I realized I needed to release some things I didn’t even realize I was hanging onto. It’s amazing how when we pray and ask God to reveal things, He does. I needed to let go of some things from my childhood and reconcile with someone so we could have a new beginning and I could be free.
The past month a song presented itself to me as I was searching online. It has become my theme song and personal favorite during this time of preparing to enter a period of rest. It is Alison Krauss’ song “A Living Prayer”
E – Enter
Enter is the word chosen for “E” in REST. Enter means to come in or go in, to be admitted into, to make a beginning, to share in, to have an intuitive understanding, to make a record of, to take possession; engage or become involved in, investigate, to consider, to participate in.
September is the month of my entrance into a period of Rest. I’m already amazed at the “divine appointments” that have come to my door and across my path. Even now, as I take time to intentionally rest, listen, read, pray, ideas are coming… Ideas that don’t feel burdensome, but different than what I would’ve come up with when planning from a mindset of “work.”
Sabbatical is the word chosen for “S” in REST. Sabbatical means to bring in a period of rest; an extended period of leave from one’s customary work for rest, to acquire new skills, study, or travel. It is related to the Jewish observance of the Sabbath day of rest. A Sabbath can refer to any special day of prayer or rest, religious observance, or prolonged haitus.
This study has prompted me to get more acquainted with the Jewish fall holidays as I consider what it means to rest in the Lord.
“Be still and rest in the Lord,
wait for Him and patiently
lean yourself upon Him.”
Psalm 37:7a AMDC
Time is the word chosen for “T” in REST. Time is an appointed fixed period for something to happen; a measured or measurable period during which activity, action, process or condition occurs, exists, or continues. It is a prescribed or allotted period of one’s life with reference to personal experience. Time is also a historic period, a season, a tempo, a period which something is available.
I wrote more about time and rest in the last post.
“In just a short time he will restore us,
so that we may live in his presence.
Oh that we might know the LORD!
Let us press on to know him.
He will respond to us
as surely as the arrival of the dawn
or the coming of rains
in early spring.”
Rest Journal Posts
I started this new “working from rest” with making a journal; not too surprising for me… In July I signed up for Mary Brack’s art journal making e-course. It’s not too late to sign up if you are interested. She has such a restful style that suits my season of rest.
StencilGirl® Products Stencils Used in this Post
You may notice I used two other music stencils in this post. They are music stencils I’ve designed to be released the end of October 2018 by StencilGirl® Products. I apologize for any inconvenience to you or StencilGirl® Products. After I used them on this journal and the “J” pages in my A-Z of Me journal I realized I needed to post these pages before the release of the stencils. I will be posting more inspirational pages with the new stencils the end of October when they are released. Thank you for your patience.
Bible Journaling with Stencils & More E-Course
At the end of May 2018 a new Bible Journaling lesson was added to the Bible Journaling with Stencils & More E-course featuring the Woman at the Well – John 4, including video demo with insights on the meaning of the text, and Bible Journaling margin image PDF.
Links to Posts about Word-of-the-Year & Everyday Journaling:
Making an everyday, calendar journal in a Leuchtturm1917 or Moleskine journal:
Ideas for scroll and banner headings for theme pages in an everyday journal:
About exploring a word of the year:
A surprise that led to an animal of the year:
“Why Journal? The Benefits of Journaling” . In addition to the post contents, check out the comments. People have contributed great reasons for journal keeping.
If you are seeking a Word for the year, you may find inspiration in the post “Listening for My Word of the Year.”
Visit my Pinterest Board: https://www.pinterest.com/valeriesjodin/everyday-yearly-journals/
Bible Journaling often is another facet of exploring a word or theme. In the Bible Journaling with Stencils & More e-course, I walk through how I Bible journal, the process of study and techniques. To find out more information check out: https://valeriesjodin.com/e-courses/
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Bernice Hopper, and Mary Brack, and I share insights through blog posts for keeping an Everyday Calendar Journal. We will be using the journal to record events, experiences and relationships; to explore our word’s meaning in visual and fun ways. If you would like to connect with others in creative way about organizing your word, your ideas, thoughts, prayers, events, or your projects all in one place, you are invited to join our Facebook group: Everyday Journals ~ Living Your Word of the Year.
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