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Author Jess Connolly Encourages Us to ‘Experience Realistic Rest From God’

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Author Jess Connolly Encourages Us to ‘Experience Realistic Rest From God’

By Movieguide® Contributor

Author Jess Connolly recently discussed with Sadie Robertson Huff why we should stop being proud of our exhaustion. 

Connolly shared that she began feeling exhausted in college, taking part in Bible studies and working at her church. That exhaustion carried over to her married life and motherhood. 

“As time went by, I actually started to see it as a badge of honor, and when I would push past my physical boundaries of what my body needed to rest…I would push past my spiritual limits of how much I could carry,” she explained while appearing on Huff’s “WHOA That’s Good” podcast. “I was proud of myself. I thought that was being very godly, and I lived like that for a really long time.”

Connolly eventually “hit a wall,” saying, “I knew I needed to rest, [but] I’d think, ‘My life is not quiet…I can’t just quit everything.” 

She decided to figure out how to rest without removing herself from her life and responsibilities.

“I’m going to research. I’m going to study God’s word, I’m going to study as many other books as I can, and then I’m going to use my own life as an experiment, and if there’s a way that I can experience realistic rest from God…without quitting everything…I’m going to try and figure that out,” Connolly said. 

This research led to her latest book, “Tired of Being Tired: Receive God’s Realistic Rest for Your Soul-Deep Exhaustion.”

A description of the book reads, “With relatable stories and eye-opening insights, bestselling author and speaker Jess Connolly offers good news to soul-weary women: There is a better way, and it is yours for the taking…You can break the cycle of living like you’re constantly on the hook and come to Jesus to find rest for your weary and burdened soul. This book will show you how to find new rhythms so that you can experience the abundant life God intended for you.”

In a recent Instagram post, she said that writing the book “changed my life. What God taught me, how He shifted my heart, the rhythms and practices I found as I researched – it not only changed my life, it might have saved it.”

Connolly also shared some encouragement with people who are feeling mentally, physically, and spiritually exhausted. 

“The first thing I want to say to somebody who would say, ‘I’m exhausted and I can’t stop everything,’ I want to say is just, ‘Grace to you, compassion to you, peace to you,’” she said. “[God is] not disappointed in you that you’re tired. Your fatigue does not mean you’re weak. It means you’re human.”

Movieguide® previously reported on Huff’s podcast:

Sadie Robertson Huff and author April Rogers recently discussed why we need to give our worries to God on an episode of Huff’s “WHOA That’s Good” podcast.

“Worry robs us of trusting the Lord to meet our needs. We falsely believe that if we worry, we can invoke some kind of control over our situation. But in reality, God is the one who is in control and has the power to change out situation,” Huff read from Roger’s new book “Resting In Jesus.”

Resting in Jesus,” a 30-day devotional, teaches readers the “art of letting go of daily chaos to find perfect peace in Christ.”

“When our phones are pinging, children are crying, emails are pouring in, and the refrigerator is empty, finding time to rest in Jesus can seem like a near impossible task. If we aren’t being productive, we feel like missing out and falling behind. But Christ invites us to sit at His feet, especially in the midst of our daily chaos,” a summary reads.

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