Jesus Calling Family Devotional: Rest in My Presence

Rest in my presence

For Adults

Rest in My Presence when you need refreshment. Resting is not necessarily idleness, as people often perceive it. When you relax in My company, you are demonstrating trust in Me. Trust is a rich word, laden with meaning and direction for your life. I want you to lean on, trust, and be confident in Me. When you lean on Me for support, I delight in your trusting confidence.

Many people turn away from Me when they are exhausted. They associate Me with duty and diligence, so they try to hide from My Presence when they need a break from work. How this saddens Me! As I spoke through My prophet Isaiah: In returning to Me and resting in Me you shall be saved; in quietness and trust shall be your strength.

Read Together

For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning [to Me] and resting [in Me] you shall be saved; in quietness and in [trusting] confidence shall be your strength. But you would not. — Isaiah 30:15 AMP

Read More:

Psalm 91:1

Proverbs 3:5 AMP


Plug into Me!

For Kids

Come to Me when you are tired and exhausted. Come to Me when you just need a break. Rest in My Presence. Rest is one of My gifts to you. It is not just being still. And it is not being lazy. Resting in Me shows that you trust Me enough to relax and lean on Me.

Some people actually run away from Me when they’re tired. They think spending time with Me means more work, more responsibilities. So they hide from Me. But the truth is that I am the only place they can truly be recharged. It’s a lot like plugging in your cell phone or your video game when the battery is low. Your phone or game waits quietly and then, after a while, it is ready to be used again. When you are tired and your battery is running low, plug into Me by resting in My Presence — and I will give you new strength.


How do you know when your “battery” is running low? What do you do to recharge? Have you tried resting in Jesus? What is the difference between sleeping and resting in Jesus?

Excerpted with permission from Jesus Calling Family Devotional by Sarah Young, copyright Sarah Young.

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Your Turn

Have you ever had devotions together as a family? It doesn’t have to be perfectly organized, or lengthy. Choose a time that’s organic for your family — maybe at dinner, or have one of the kids read out-loud on the drive to school — and enjoy 10-15 minutes of this devotion and the Word of God together and see what the Lord does with it! Come share your thoughts with us on our blog. We want to hear from you! ~ Devotionals Daily


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Sarah Young

Sarah Young’s devotional writings are personal reflections from her daily quiet time of Bible reading, praying, and writing in prayer journals. With sales of more than 30 million books worldwide, Jesus Calling has appeared on all major bestseller lists. Sarah’s writings include Jesus Calling®, Jesus Always, Jesus Today™, Jesus Lives™, Dear Jesus, Jesus Calling for Little Ones, Jesus Calling Bible Storybook, Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids, Jesus Always: 365 Devotions for Kids, and Peace in His Presence-each encouraging readers in their journey toward intimacy with Christ. Sarah and her husband were missionaries in Japan and Australia for many years. They currently live in the United States.

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