NLIC Women’s Update (11/3) | “Rest” – WMC Corner Update

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 note of encouragement by Phyllis Di Bella!


  • Last WMC Training | Nov. 1210:30-12pm {Room 217}
    A friendly reminder for those completing the 2016 training. 
  • Operation Christmas Child | Sun., Nov 19
    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 |

Women’s Ministry Committee Corner Update: “Rest”
By Phyllis Di Bella

“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.” Matt. 11:28-29

As we read the Word of God in these verses from Matthew, we hear Him telling us He will give us rest, and we can find it for our souls. So what is rest exactly, and what does this mean to us in particular? I thought a definition of the word would be helpful, and so I sought it from Merriam Webster. He gives several, and I found at least four that relate directly to these verses. Rest can be repose or sleep, a state of inactivity or motionlessness, a place for lodging, or peace of mind or spirit.

The Psalms, which give us comfort and assurance, state, “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8) We can gain the rest we so desperately need as we sleep because He allows us the assurance we are safe. “It is vain that you rise up early and go late to rest eating the bread of anxious toil; for He gives to his beloved sleep.” (Psalm 127:2) He assures us that we need not be anxious as we live this life or toil in vain as He is in control.

Again in the Psalms, we find the word rest, and now it is used to mean a state of inactivity. “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!” (Psalm 37:7) Sometimes we need just to be still, wait, do what we know to do, and not try our hand at orchestrating the situation to match what we desire or what we think God wants for us. What a relief and assurance that we can know He is sovereign even as we watch the evildoer prosper!

There are also the times when rest is referred to as a place of lodging. Yes, we can find this clearly stated in Jeremiah 9:2 “O that I had in the desert a travelers’ lodging place, that I might leave my people and go away from them. For they are all adulterers, a company of treacherous men.” Jeremiah needed this rest to be separated from the evil surrounding him, to be with His God, and to find this place of rest.

And lastly in the book of Isaiah, we find the mention of rest as it refers to peace of mind or spirit. “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3) When my mind is focused on Him, He gives me the peace that reminds me He is the Sovereign God of the universe who has chosen me as His child. I have the absolute assurance I can find peace of mind and spirit as I trust in Him for each of my daily needs.  


Ongoing Needs

  • Food Pantry
    The food pantry needs macaroni & cheese and cerealAny brand and size is fine.  Items can be dropped off in foyer in bin marked “Food Pantry.”  Contact: Connie Both |
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    Sign up to fold bulletins after 1pm on a Friday.  Takes about 2hrs (faster if you bring a friend!)  Contact: Dayra Rumbaugh | 540-786-4848 |

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All for His glory,
The Women’s Ministry Committee

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