Do you feel out of place in your relationship with God? Have you struggled with understanding the concept of “quiet time” or “the secret place”? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is a must-read for you.
This book has been a life-changer for me. My relationship with God took another turn, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the day I came across this book. I hope you consider reading this book, and when you do, I pray that your relationship with God grows to another level.
About the Author
Nancy Leigh DeMoss is a sound teacher of the word whose teachings have significantly impacted my life. Her love for God and the body of Christ is not hard to point out. She reaches millions of women around the world through her online outreaches, conference messages, books, and podcast – Revive Our Hearts.
I particularly love her simple approach to teaching the word of God; That approach remains consistent in all facets of her ministry, and several people have been able to understand Biblical truths better.
So, about the book;
A place of quiet rest is a guide on how to have an authentic relationship with God. Nancy emphasises the importance of creating time daily to seek the Lord and spend time in His presence because we were made for intimacy. As children of God, there ought to be a hunger for more of Him, and the only way to satisfy this hunger is by spending time in His presence. She explains how spending time with God brings forth renewal and restoration daily. Grace is released at the feet of Jesus, and we are empowered to do more for Him.
Nancy pointed out how a lot of people are self-sufficient and miss out on a lot that God has in store for them. Here is a direct quote from the book,
“And this is precisely where you and I so often miss out on all that God has for us. Unlike Jesus, we attempt to live life in our energy. We think we can keep giving out without getting replenished. Then, wearied and weakened by the demands of life and ministry, we become impatient and annoyed with the very ones God has sent us to serve. Rather than exhibiting a gracious, calm, joyous spirit, we become uptight, frizzled and frenzied women, resenting, rather than welcoming, the people and opportunities God brings into our lives.”
Another important thing Nancy made mention of in the book was the fact that a lot of people spend time reading the word and praying but haven’t cultivated a love relationship with God. We may know a lot about Him, but don’t know Him. I find that scary because of how easily a person can miss it. She also goes on to explain that understanding the purpose of spending time with God daily, keeps you in check. She states,
“Setting aside time for devotional activity, in and of itself, does not necessarily make us any more spiritual. (The Pharisees were renowned for their devotional habits, but they were far from spiritual.) Neither is a quiet time some sort of good luck charm, that gets God on our good side, guarantees our day will go better and keeps us from having problems. Daily devotions are not a way of bartering of negotiating with God.”
Reading this quote was a light bulb moment for me. I had heard teachings and read articles by different people on how your quiet time determines the outcome of your day, which I now know isn’t a Biblical fact. The truth is, only God is sovereign; we don’t have the power to change the future if the Lord does not permit it. Nevertheless, spending time with God helps us gain direction on how to navigate the future and align ourselves to His will.
Finally, a key lesson from this book that I took is that I must stay in Gods presence until I know that I have met with Him. Nancy goes further to give out comprehensive advice on how to go about spending time with God, how best we can handle distractions and the benefits of a devotional life.
There are several commentaries by various teachers of the word, which makes the book worth the read.
A place of quiet rest is not a book that you read once. I urge you to read it over and over again because we need to keep reminding ourselves of everything that there is to gain from spending time with our Lord.
Find the book here.
If you prefer to listen to Nancy talk about the importance of a daily devotional life for spiritual growth, then check this podcast.
Check out Nancy’s website for more resources that will edify you.