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Bonnie Gray is the author of Sweet Like Jasmine, Whispers of Rest, wife, and mom to two boys. An inspirational speaker featured by Relevant Magazine and Christianity Today, she’s guided thousands to detox stress and experience God’s love through soul care, encouragement, and prayer. She loves refreshing your soul at...

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  1. Thank you Bonnie for your encouraging words. You always bring the love that God has for each of us so alive and help us realize we are each one of His beloved children and there is hope in Him. May God continue to bless you as you have certainly blessed me.

  2. Beautiful post! Anxiety certainly is not the end. God gets the final word, not our feeble, human minds. Praise the Lord for that. Thank you so much for your encouraging words.

  3. Thank~you, Bonnie, for sharing a timely Word in due season & by helping to ignite souls whose flames have been flickering less brightly, due to much unexpected adversity…Your encouragement brings fresh fire from the Throne Room of God, affirmation to those who are weary to point more to the awareness of the sustaining Love, strength, & restorative power of our Loving Heavenly Father. Truly He does see everything every one of us~ His Beloved~ are in the midst of & gently bids us to come to Him with our burdens & lay them down at His Feet, as He is The Perfect One to lighten them. Thank you for allowing Him to have you be His messenger of grace, hope, assurance, & echo the Love He has~ without end…It is a steadfast, enduring Love that can transform, heal, & cause us to soar above the winds of adversity, while finding that peaceful place of solace under His Wings~ a shelter from life’s storms, & respite for us all. God Bless you, Bonnie, this New Year, & all the years ahead, in every way possible. Your encouragement meant more than mere words give justice to, & are so eternally grateful! You are His Beloved Blessing to countless lives… Many hugs of appreciation~ mair xo

    • Hi MB, YOUR encouragement means more than I can express. It’s a special gift to connect with a kindred spirit on this journey of life and your words made my heart smile! Have a beautiful day, beloved!

  4. Thank you Bonnie for such a beautiful blog. I especially liked the following: a sunrise for new beginnings, stars to light the night and friends to share quiet. Words have such an impact on our well-being and yours always inspire and encourage.

    • Hi Elaine! that was a poem and prayer that lit my heart as I was taking a walk on a new year — and felt it was meant for all of us, from our Loving Savior. your words give my heart reassurance and kindness. thank you! have a beautiful day, beloved!

  5. This was very encouraging. Just what I needed to hear this morning. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Thank you Bonnie! Your words blessed me so much this morning. Anxiety is so creepy and subtle….sometimes I tell myself “I’m not anxious” but I am! I love it when God confirms something….the 3 practices you recommend are ones i have tried this year and it has made a huge difference. Probably the one with the most impact has been saying out loud to a friend what I’m anxious about, depressed about…..it’s almost like speaking it breaks its “hold” on me. Keep sharing! Xoxo

    • It’s so true, isn’t it, Paula? God made us to need to name things — all things — esp. if they’re in your heart. So wonderful you have friends to name all that’s in your heart with! have a beautiful day, beloved!

  7. Much needed. Feeling a lot of anxiety with the holidays and being down after back surgery. Still not 100% back on my feet and sitting around not doing much has been depressing. Thank you.

    • dear Jesus, just whisper your words of love and reassurance to Shelia during this time of healing. And spark some ideas that will refresh her and bring her your peace and joy during this season you’re walking with her! In your name, Amen.

  8. Happy New Year, Bonnie!
    Writing a letter to Jesus is something I will do today! I know I am seen as a woman of faith, but sometimes comparing myself to other women of faith, I feel like I am lacking somehow. I know I shouldn’t compare, but reading your post about finding my one word for 2017 and then reading those wonderful replies, left me feeling like I do need to get closer to the Lord this year.
    I read this post after reading those replies, and it spoke to me softly and gently. It was a reminder that we are all on our own paths and our heavenly Father embraces each of us for who we are and where we are.
    Thank you again for allowing God to speak through your words.

    • You, beautiful, beloved Gail — there is ONLY one of you — and God’s gentle whisper – His One Word is only going to only be for you — It touches my heart to know that today’s words brought God’s whispers close to your heart. For He is.

  9. thank you bonnie! i have been having nightmares for over a week. still dont understand why it continues. but i pray that this will help.

  10. Bonnie,
    Your “anxiety happens when…” perfectly explain what my heart has been feeling lately. I was anxious but could not put my finger on why. Your words helped bring clarity. Thank you.

  11. Thank you, Bonnie. I feel strengthened and encouraged by your words.
    Good work for my soul. It’s so much easier to share someone else’s burdens and keep mine hidden.

  12. Thank you friend. Your words are wise and I KNOW that you get it because you have been through it. And go through it. I am so grateful for your words today. They help. Sending this link forward to a friend today. I think she can use this reminder also.

  13. I have been really feeling overwhelmed by fear and uncertainty at the start of this new year. Thank you for your encouraging blog that reminds me again that God is in control and we need only trust in His perfect grace and provision when we feel anxiety creeping up on us……New beginnings can be daunting but they also open the way for God to work in wonderful ways, if we trust in Him.

  14. This is a great post. Women are just talkers, most of us kept silly little diaries as girls, but as mature women of God, we sometimes fail to express the emotions that get bottle up in day to day life. As caregivers for others we lose ourselves in being wives, mother, and friends. Just work, cooking and cleaning can overwhelm us from time to time. I like the Bible journaling, though I haven’t tried it, I love shairing pictures and verse on Pinterest, and doing a blog has been a blessing. I knew I could share something to encourage women, Never forget, He loves us most, so as Bonnie says, be the beloved, and get some rest.

  15. Bonnie,
    Your words bring a sense of peace, and I appreciate that so much.
    Have a Happy, and blessed New Year

    Penny

  16. I just spent the afternoon with a girlfriend, drinking coffee and pouring our hearts out about the things that are troubling our souls right now and praying for each other. Such a blessing to then come home and see your post. Love your authenticity, Bonnie. And your heart to encourage women.

  17. Happy new year, Bonnie! Thank you for sharing this post. Thank you for the reminder that anxiety is not the destination … thank you for being living proof of God’s grace and beauty. Be very blessed.

  18. Dear Bonnie,
    Thank you for this heart felt and helpful post. I really appreciate it. I do find myself feeling anxious, fearful and overwhelmed a lot. I have been this way for a long time and am really wanting to pray the Lord would really change me this year. I know He desires this as well.
    My friend sent me the following link that I found helpful as well. It talks about how just a few minutes of heart felt sharing can do so much good. I am praying to slow down and seek to build deeply into a few relationships this year and to be available to just be with those who need a loving and listening ear.
    Thank you for your encouragement. God bless you, Susan
    http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/friendship-bench-proven-alleviate-mental-illness-symptoms/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_medium=weekly_mailout&utm_source=04-01-2017

  19. “Anxiety is a doorway through which your loving Savior can enter.” These words caught my attention, challenging me to turn worrisome thoughts into prayer immediately, as soon as I realize anxiety has wormed its way into my consciousness. As soon as I do, Jesus will be there with his peace and encouragement. And thank you, Bonnie for those three research-based strategies that combat anxiety. Very helpful!

  20. As we face difficult days and we look for God’s strength, your encouragement to take a quick walk, journal your thoughts or call someone for coffee are extremely encouraging. We aren’t alone, He is with us even when we might not feel it.

    Thank you for helping us to refocus. Blessings!

  21. Thank you so much for sharing. I can’t even begin to tell you how God has spoken to me through your words. I have been praying about these very issues throughout today with a heavy heart. And then how quickly He led me to your writing this evening. Oh He is so Gracious! Comforted & encouraged by your words.

  22. Bonnie,

    Your writing is inspiring to me. Women tend to have anxiety, depression more than men. We feel like we have to do it all & be composed all the time. Truth is God never intended for us to live like this. He asks us to sit still and know. He wants us to quiet our souls and get spiritual whitespace. Yes walking outside in the woods or just along the road with good Christian music is great therapy for the rushed, upset soul!

    “Anxiety is a doorway…” Yes. Just love this!! He can enter in and give us that soul rest we desperately need!!

    Have a great 2017! 🙂

  23. Wow, Bonnie, what a well-written post! You really summed it all up so well! I also appreciated this quote, as I have seen that many women, even in Bible study classes at churches I’ve attended, don’t always agree that regular, traditional journalling is best for everyone:

    “Studies show you don’t have to “keep a journal” to reap the benefits of writing. Research shows just 15 minutes of expressive writing makes a difference, leading to behavioral changes and improving happiness.”

    Thanks for being such a clear and succinct voice for so many in need of (in)couragement:-)

  24. Bonnie your first book was the starting point of making the quiet my friend. Being still in a do it now world is very hard for me. 2016 brought many changes. I’m looking everyday for our Lord in the noise and quiet. You’re the blessing reminding me He loves me. Thank you for your courage to share and tenacity to remind us – we are beloved.

  25. Hi Bonnie thanks a lot for sharing and making God’s Word alive. You are such a beautiful soul. Your posts have been of much help when I was dealing with loss some years ago. Helped me to stay connected to the Living Word. This morning, its early morning at my place cause I live on a small island in the Indian Ocean, I am very happy to hear from you. Had to take a very painful decision yesterday, Your sweet words are of much comfort. Been thinking of journaling lately. Dont really know how to start….. Continue to share your stories. May your family and yourself stay blessed. Take care