Do you struggle to find peace and rest in your life?
Today's guest, Melanie Redd, reveals why rest has become a challenge today more than ever. Melanie is an author, blogger, speaker, and podcaster.
We discuss the current issues and modern habits creating barriers to restfulness and inner peace. Melanie details practical ways to improve rest and wellbeing. She recommends walking, taking time to experience stillness and quiet spaces. We explore scripture references and Biblical recommendations to improve peace. Redd suggests using an app to turn all notifications off on our phones during certain hours.
We also detail the specific risks of constant intake of screen input for young minds.
Melanie recommends the following specific ways to improve rest in our lives:
Take a break from screens each day. Pray. Read scripture. Journal on paper. Talk to others about what's going on in your life. We discuss the problems caused by harboring struggles internally without releasing them in healthy ways.
Redd also recommends praying through the names and qualities of God. We highlight the power of praise to diffuse worry. Melanie says, "Satan is allergic to praise."
We emphasize rest as a gift from the Lord who loves us.
Melanie offers suggestions to help improve sleep. She encourages listeners to keep a prayer list, listen to soothing hymns or worship music, and praising the Lord for his attributes. We also highlight physical activities, hydration, and nutrition as ways to cultivate rest. Redd encourages prayer walking and journaling when battling insomnia. Off-screen hobbies and activities are also discussed.
Redd dares listeners to give themselves the freedom to take a few minutes each day to take deep breaths and rest. She encourages taking time to think and ponder.
Connect with Melanie at melanieredd.com, where you can also find her new book, Just Rest. Check out her podcast, Women Living Courageously, on your favorite podcast platform.