NLIC Women’s Update (11/17) | “Rest” – Reflection

Focus for November: Rest

Matt. 11:28-29 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Scroll down to read a reflection on this verse by Sarah Schroeder!


  • Sewing & Quilting Ministry Meeting | Sat., Nov. 19, 9:30-11:30am {Room 116}
    Come and be a part of our Sewing and Quilting Ministry!  New and beginner sewers welcome! We will be making blankets for Project Linus! For information on materials needed to participate in the ministry, contact: Cassie Adams |
  • Operation Christmas Child | Sun., Nov. 20
    Share the gospel with children all over the world by sending a shoebox filled with small gifts.  Boxes are due 11/19.  For more info, visit Samaritan’s Purse or contact: Brenda Storms |
  • Thanksgiving Ministry | Thurs., Nov. 24
    Click here to sign up!  Ways to serve: volunteer on Wed. 11/23 & Thurs. 11/24, provide food and supplies, attend the church dinner, childcare, and leadership roles.  Contact: Camille Lorei | 

By Sarah Schroeder

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.   John 16:33

Do not fret – it leads only to evil.  Psalm 37:8

The following is an excerpt from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers: “Fretting means getting ourselves ‘out of joint’ mentally or spiritually. It is one thing to say, ‘Do not fret,’ but something very different to have such a nature that you find yourself unable to fret. It’s easy to say, ‘Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him’ (Psalm 37:7) until our own little world is turned upside down and we are forced to live in confusion and agony like so many other people. Is it possible to ‘rest in the Lord’ then? If this ‘Do not’ doesn’t work there, then it will not work anywhere. This ‘Do not’ must work during our days of difficulty and uncertainty, as well as our peaceful days, or it will never work. And if it will not work in your particular case, it will not work for anyone else. Resting in the Lord is not dependent on your external circumstances at all, but on your relationship with God Himself.”

Sisters, in what area of life are you fretting today? In what area of life are you feeling “out of joint” mentally and spiritually? It is easy to say we must “rest in the Lord,” but it isn’t so simple in practice. Too often our peace is swayed by the changing winds of various circumstances in our lives. Sometimes it is small challenges that start to pile up, causing discouragement to set in. Sometimes it is major life challenges that can seem overwhelming and insurmountable. Where do you turn in those moments?

Thankfully, peace and rest in the Lord are not dependent on our circumstances. Thankfully, they do not come from us at all. Peace and rest come from God Himself. In John 16:33, Jesus promises that we will face trouble in this world. But, His promise doesn’t end there. He goes on to promise that He has overcome the troubles of this world. Sisters, whether you are currently facing small challenges of everyday life or major life challenges, remember that your rest comes from the One who created the heavens and the earth. His rest is perfect.

Have you not known?  Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.  He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.  Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.   Isaiah 40:28-31

Ongoing Needs

  • Food Pantry
    The food pantry needs cereal and peanut butter!  Any brand and size is fine.  Items can be dropped off in foyer in bin marked “Food Pantry.”  Contact: Connie Both |
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