Come Away … and Rest

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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer

Is there a place you go to escape the crush and commotion of life? A place where it’s quiet enough to hear yourself think? Hear God whisper to your heart.

For Laura Bell in The Miracle Tree, her quiet place was the front porch swing of her hilltop home:

Crickets trilled from the pond, and a bullfrog bellowed in the rushes along the banks. From somewhere to her right an owl offered a throaty call, answered moments later by another. No coyotes whined, no dogs barked, no cars traveled the county road skirting the ranch. All the world slept.

Relaxing, she burrowed deeper into the quilt folds and the movement caused the swing to sway. She could sleep like this, cuddled beneath the stars, in the shelter of her porch.

Jesus encouraged His disciples to “get away from it all” and rest – even in those pre-technology days. How much more must we need such a break?

We can’t always go on vacation or take a cruise whenever we want. But we can find a place, perhaps early in the day or late in the evening, where we can be alone.

Leave a comment below about your quiet place or your intention to find one. Your comment will enter you in the random drawing for a chance to win an e-book copy of The Miracle Tree. A winner will be chosen Wednesday night.


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7 thoughts on “Come Away … and Rest

  1. Elaine Perdue

    I appreciate your writings. Once again you have spoken to my heart.

    1. davalynn

      Thank you so much, Elaine.

  2. Paulette N. Delk

    I awoke with a headache today. I start full-time on my Agricultural Business Degree tomorrow. My heart is aflutter, as it has taken me two years of preparation to get here. A few days ago Our landlord told us he is giving our house to his daughter and I have to rework my entire life within 30 to 45 days. It is times like this that we need Him, His strength, His offer of peace through faith that a blessing this way cometh. So as I look out at the scene I have enjoyed through each passing season , drinking my coffee and shoeing away the wet weather flies of summer; I let myself feel the loss, the grief, the knowledge that I will miss the familiar world . I also smile and take joy knowing that I am His and I am going to a place He has already prepared for me. Not in death, in real life. Maybe I will get that farmland, maybe a fenced yard, maybe closer to school. I will let the worry subside and the peace He promised be real.

    1. davalynn

      Oh, Polly, yes – yes, you are discovering the peace of letting Him bear our worries. He has indeed prepared a place for you here. And He will walk with you through the transition.

    2. Polly Delk – your name was chosen in the random drawing to win a copy of The Miracle Tree. I pray it will be a blessing to you!

  3. Angie Carroll

    I try to find a quiet place. It usually is my bedroom. Right now there have been a lot of things going on in my brain and my life. I had her a counselor at a kids camp, was sick, led vacation Bible School and am getting ready to do two different placements for my student teaching and getting my child ready for school. I really need my mind to be able to rest.

    1. davalynn

      A quiet place provides that rest, especially in a busy life. There is not one thing wrong in closing the door for awhile. 🙂


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