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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. I love this truth: “The hardness of the journey doesn’t mean you’re on the wrong path.”
    I protest sometimes about how hard a path has become. Surely, God, this could not be your will for me.
    And I forget that He is walking beside me on the path of His plan.
    Blessings to you, Bonnie!

    • sweet michele, how beautifully Jesus whispered into your heart – that even the hardness of the journey, He is with you and will never leave you. thank you for sharing your tender heart with us!

  2. I want you to know that I asked God to speak to me today, and He spoke to me through YOU.

    I’m packing up to move. Leaving a house that I love. Going into an uncertain future. And the sadness and anxiety wants to overtake me.
    You see I’ve been called to the mission field since I was 7 years old.
    And I’ve been on many, many, mission trips.
    But I always came home, to kids, grandkids, and my home that I love.
    Now, my husband and I have reached a point through a series of events that I now know was God pushing us out of our comfort zone and saying, “It’s time…..”

    So thank you for your words today. For speaking to my heart. For being His words to me today.

    • Renae, it is a sweet honor to have the gift of your words and your tender heart – in the middle of this journey of moving – and stepping into the unknown. May today’s sweet words in this devotional reassure your heart – look down, it’s His hand, the hand of your Loving Savior, holding yours so gently and firmly – with great love – to walk with you!! Thank you for sharing such honest part of your journey with your husband – hearing “it’s time.” see the love on Jesus’ eyes as He walks this new beginning with you! I was also a missionary once upon a time, so we are kindreds. if you feel it would encourage you, I hope I can share continuing encouragement for your heart in my book Whispers of Rest. 😉

    • Renae,
      Blessings on your missionary journey. How beautiful on the mountain are the feet of those who bring good news. You are bringing the nearly-too-good-to-be-true news, the best news ever! Thank you for your obedience to His call.

    • Renae

      I pray God will bless you & hubby on your journey. May He calm your anxious heart & give you a wild adventure to enjoy for His kingdom. You will receive your reward in Heaven. Soak up God’s wondrous love for you now!!


  3. We all need someone to encourage us through this life. I know for myself I feel as if I need to walk alone. I don’t want to burden others or my family so I trudge alone and think I can do it all, only in the end to fall apart. This is a tough one for us independent woman. All my life I had been taught to keep everything in and do not show emotions, for that is a sign of weakness. I have been pretty good about keeping it all in until my very best friend passed away suddenly this January. I am still so lost without her and my emotions are all over the place with no one to see how broken I am. I am learning daily to allow others in and it will be a struggle for someone who’s never learned to show much emotions. Even with my husband, I am afraid to let him see this brokenness of me for some crazy fear, he will think negative of me. He is a man with little emotions and I guess I can’t let him see me crying all over the place, everyday. Thank you for sharing Bonnie!

    • I am so very sorry for your loss. It makes total sense to be broken hearted and emotional after losing your friend. I’m just learning that it’s ok to let my emotions out and even though my husband is very unemotional he is getting quite good at holding me when I cry! I definitely need someone other than him to talk emotions through with, so I pray there would be someone you can share your broken feelings with that can show empathy and caring. Be kind and patient with yourself as much as you can. ((Hugs))

      • thank you Morag for being the voice of a friend – the voice that reflects our loving Savior Jesus. and for sharing your story. love, bonnie

    • Dear Maylee

      You are NOT alone in this! I also am one who has it “all together”. I’m the one others lean on and I’m okay with that ministry. But now can’t keep my emotions all in all the time because of my losses. I think my emotions scare my husband (Marine with PTSD). My husband, and maybe yours, have emotions, but have grown up thinking that the only acceptable reactions for men are stoicism, anger, and negativity. It’s okay to cry. Even Jesus wept. Keep sharing with others, it may be their ministry to listen to you! You are loved and so am I!

      Bonnie, this is such a good message. I’m sharing it with my Bible study class. Thank you.

      • Sweet Kay, thank you for sharing your heart of encouragement with Maylee – the voice of our Loving Savior – through you and your story and journey. It’s a beautiful gift. To know we are not alone. I was invited by the U.S. Military Army to lead a Spiritual Rest retreat for the officers who who lead soldiers into battle. And I myself have recovered and healed from emotional PTSD. I wrote an article that spoke to many men and women readership, and perhaps it can also encourage your husband. I’m posting here, just in case it may be of help: https://relevantmagazine.com/article/having-mental-health-issues-doesnt-mean-youre-a-bad-christian/ and if you’re looking for a devotional to care for your soul during this season, may I invite you to read my book Whispers of Rest. I think you’ll love it. If you’d like more resources on how I dealt with emotional PTSD, please email me with the “Contact” link on my blog thebonniegray.com and i can share specific links for you and your husband.oh, and thank you for sharing this post with your Bible Study class!! that’s an honor to encourage other women in your real-life community!

    • Hi Maylee, I’m so sorry for your deep loss of your friend. someone who was that someone you could turn to and pour out your heart. Give yourself permission to grieve this loss. It is a beautiful gift to have someone to have loved you and that you loved share life together and tears are evidence of that love, in a time of loss. Thank you the gift of your story because it gives others here permission to feel their losses to. And this is healing. I believe that is why our loving Savior Jesus was so open in allowing his walk to the cross be so public. He doesn’t want us to hide and be alone. He shows it all to us. Dear Jesus, I pray that you will guide Maylee in this time of remembrance of her beloved friend – and I pray you guide her to find a new friend – one she can begin anew slowly, with the love she has from this friend and with you. I pray for her husband, that you will also help and comfort him, as though he may not show very many emotions, he is your beloved son, who you hear ever emotion in his heart. Bring this couple close to each other as they share with each other, tears as well as joy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” Maylee, I wrote an article that spoke to many men and women readership, and perhaps it can also encourage your husband know it’s safe to express hard emotions. I’m posting here, just in case it may be of help: https://relevantmagazine.com/article/having-mental-health-issues-doesnt-mean-youre-a-bad-christian/ and if you’re looking for a devotional to care for your soul during this season, may I invite you to read my book Whispers of Rest. I think you’ll love it. 😉

    • Maylee,

      You are never alone. God is with you always! We are here for you also!! So sorry for the loss of a beloved friend. I pray God will comfort you & bring peace & calm to your soul. Don’t be afraid to show emotions. Crying is good. It can release stress hormones & reduces tensions. It is God’s way for you to release pent up negative feelings, stresses & frustrations. He will keep each tear in a bottle. Crying will make you feel better.

      (((((Hugs))))) from Watauga, TN!!

    • sweet Sarah, thank you for sharing – and it touches my heart to know the words that brought me beauty in the poem brought beauty to you today. xo

  4. Wow! This really spoke to me today! Thank you! I love how you said to make a choice to say yes today and not wait till tomorrow to be better and say no to things.
    Jesus loves you.

    • how beautifully and powerfully God’s Holy Spirit spoke *just to you* – in the phrase that touched your heart! thank you for sharing, MaryMargaret!

    • yes, it’s so vulnerable, and to see Jesus himself needing someone – even as the path was so hard for him. needing someone is a beautiful thing. a heart come alive. thnx, Pearl!

  5. I am reading your book, Bonnie, and it is such a good book to be considered as a gift to others!

    • Cary!! how wonderful to know I’m with you on your journey of the heart – through the pages of Whispers of Rest!! I already know we are kindreds, aren’t we. If only I could have coffee and hear all the ways God is touching your heart, coming alive with beauty and peace on this journey! Thank you for the honor of being gifted to your friends. Together, through *your voice* and your story – with this #WhispersofRest devotional, we can be ambassadors of being the Beloved! 🙂 xo

  6. This has reassured me, I have sometimes posted comments but never, ever received a reply. I have been lonely and lost and thought that nobody read my comments. oday I have for the first time checked my email address and I had originally posted it incorrectly!
    It doesn’t matter now because I know that someone, somewhere did hear – Jesus? – and I am at peace now.
    Thank you for this beautiful post I will hold it in my heart.

    • sweet May, what a discovery! that you are not alone, that Jesus is with you – even as you thought you were unheard and unread, Jesus whispers, “I am here with you. I read every word that falls from your heart — and into mine.” He captures every whisper and unspoken longing. How beloved you are to Him. and to us. Thank you for sharing your tender heart with us.

    • May,

      You are never alone!!! God is with you always!! I know it was God who heard your silent prayers. He lead you to that discovery! We will read your comments & send replies. I pray for a lot of the people here. I will pray God will send a good friend your way to end the loneliness. You are His Beloved! We love & care for you here!

      Blessings 🙂

  7. Thank you, Bonnie, for being a channel of God’s amazing love. I am in a lonely season and am clinging to God but have felt so unworthy to ask Him to send a friend. I mean, He is ALL we need so I feel I should not ‘need’ anyone else. However, we are His church and should bear one another’s burdens and live as a body, not a group of individuals. You have given me courage to ask Him. My past year has been tough with health issues and friends have slipped away in the busyness of their own lives. This is fine. God always has a plan and allows what is best for His glory and our growth. How good He is!! Thank you for your encouragement – as soon as I saw the title I knew this was for me. God never tests us beyond what we can endure. This has given me encouragement. Thank you!!

  8. Durante todo dia, passei meus olhos por vários textos. Procurando um único suspiro de esperança. Sei que sou filha, do seu amor por mim, e de sua obra redentora. Mas ontem falava com Deus, eu não aguento mais, e falava. Estou no caminho errado? Tá pesado demais, e não com quem possa dividir. “A dureza da jornada não significa que você está no caminho errado.” Foi como um suspiro de por mais doloroso que esteja, eu posso confiar no Pai e terá um fim. Obrigada <3

  9. Bonnie,
    I just wanted to say thank-you so much for sharing your beautiful, touching words,
    Blessings to all,

  10. Bonnie,

    We all need someone sometimes. Emotional wounds can hurt deeply. God said we are to carry each other’s burdens. I remember a time when I needed someone. I had people praying for my situation. God sent a special friend who was walking a similar path. We understood each other. Go ahead show your emotions-let them out. It is God’s way of cleansing us of life’s pressures & frustrations. Talk to a friend or hubby. Let them in on your struggle. We are all here to help each other. Great wisdom & lovely prayers!!

    Blessings 🙂