Overcoming Restlessness

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Pursuing What Is Excellent - Overcoming Restlessness


Do any of you ever get a restless spirit?
Like, you know you should be doing SOMETHING (not like a missed appointment that you may have forgotten).
I felt like I was “running”…but running in place, not getting any traction.
I felt like I was supposed to be face to face learning something from someone in order to clarify my next steps…whatever those next steps are!

Come to find out, I just needed to have a sit down with God.
What it is, is God moving in my life but I hadn’t taken the time to be still enough to listen.
I allowed good things to replace the best thing.

I say yes to entirely too much, pushing the limit of my abilities. Click To Tweet
It’s good to be stretched in our giftings, but we must learn to discern the Holy Spirit’s leading and not indulge the flesh.

I’ve reached an end to my immediate obligations and have a friend or two holding me accountable in exercising self-control.

There are other areas in my calling that I need to push forward in, and the things that were causing me restlessness will be laid aside.

My pursuit is for God, and not forgetting what He spoke to me at the beginning of 2017: APPROVED!

Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.
2 Timothy 2:15


I want to be more and more like Mary, choosing the best thing, the good thing; sitting at Jesus’ feet more and more (Luke 10:42).

I’m thinking that the revelation of this IS about the approval process, but I’m diving in for even more.

It’s time to back up from whatever it is that’s causing your spirit to be full of overwhelm. We can take our cue from David.

From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Psalm 61:2

Cry out to God. He hears us!
I find that writing in a journal helps me to “brain dump”. It doesn’t have to make sense. You just need to get it out.
Pray over that list or those doodles that were just made.
Ask God to help you prioritize, or even get rid of some.
Get input from those that know you best. They’re on the outside looking in and can see what is weighing you down. Hey! You can even delegate some things!


We don’t have to let restlessness get the best of us.
What is it that you KNOW has caused you an unrest?
What do you do to stop it in its tracks?

Do you exercise self-control when a good opportunity comes up that may not be the best opportunity?


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  • What sweet encouragement your words are. Yes, I need to take my cues from Mary and/or David and choose what is MOST important. I’ve been in a restless season. Thank you for the great reminder. Visiting from #coffeeforyourheart

    • Thank you so much for that, Dawn. Sometimes its been hard for me to know if I’m making it harder on myself by pulling one way when God wants me to go another.
      I’ll pray for you during this time of restlessness!

  • Karen

    2 Timothy 2:15 is a fabulous verse that all believers should use as a guide. How much stronger would the whole church be if we all dedicated ourselves to be ‘a workman’ who can ‘correctly divide the word of truth.’ And how much more stable would we be through our time of restlessness as well? Thanks for your post!

    • Amen to that, Karen!!!! And thank you for sharing those words! Whew! Glory!! 🙂

  • Good reminders here!
    This is something that God has been teaching me over the years. It has taken a series of personal health crises for me to really learn their truths. Still learning, and thank you for the reminder.