Lent 2018: See the Lord's Salvation: Day 1

The Heart of Lent


Today's Text: Genesis 3:17-19, Psalm 78:1-7, Isaiah 30:15-18, Joel 2:12, Acts 3:19-20, Romans 3:22-23, Colossians 2:6-14

Scripture Reading: Genesis 3:17-19, Psalm 78:1-7, Isaiah 30:15-18, Joel 2:12, Acts 3:19-20, Romans 3:22-23, Colossians 2:6-14

From the moment our first parents were deceived by the serpent, we have been striving. “You will eat bread by the sweat of your brow until you return to the ground,” God told them (Genesis 3:19). And so we toil—whether sitting at a desk or plowing the land, studying for classes or scouring job listings, growing children or crops or companies. The work is not easy and, truth be told, it overtakes us. It is no surprise, then, that this is how we view the work of our salvation: as a matter of toiling and striving.

If achievement and acclaim are our chief end, effort is our primary means. That is the world’s gospel, but it is not the gospel of Jesus. The salvation offered by God in Jesus Christ does not follow the world’s rule of merit. All of Scripture is a story of God’s unearned love and unmerited faithfulness toward a rebellious people. It is an exodus story, where the primary job of the rescuee is to trust the Rescuer.

Isaiah 30:15 reads: “For the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said: ‘You will be delivered by returning and resting; your strength will lie in quiet confidence.’” It’s a deep breath, this verse. A deliverance that comes from rest and quiet? What a dream.

But rest and quiet—much less returning to our holy God—do not come naturally to our Genesis 3 hearts. Our tendency is to run. The verse continues: “But you are not willing. You say, ‘No! We will escape on horses’—therefore you will escape!—and, ‘We will ride on fast horses’—but those who pursue you will be faster” (Isaiah 30:15-16).

We cannot outrun, outwit, or outwork our sin. No amount of effort or grit or good intention can deliver us from the world of death and dust. As hopeless as it may sound, this truth rings of freedom! We cannot deliver ourselves, but the One who can deliver us has come.

Lent is a long, slow season where we pause to remember who we are, who God is, and what Jesus has done. We are made from dust with love and intention, in the image of our Creator (Genesis 1:27). We have sinned and we are sinners, incapable of saving ourselves (Romans 6:23). Jesus Christ is the perfect expression of God’s eternal love and faithfulness, given to reconcile us to Himself (Colossians 1:19-20). We are invited to repent of our sin, return to our merciful and compassionate God, and rest in the freedom of His grace and forgiveness (Acts 3:19-20).

His love for us cannot be outdone or undone. Enter this season of repentance and remembrance with humility, willing to see and confess your sin. And enter with confidence, trusting in the completed work of Jesus Christ on your behalf. Don’t bother running away on fast horses or hiding behind your best efforts. Run to Him, and rest.


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  • I have started late on my lent season but I this message is an on time message for me, The scripture that I had an connection with a lot like God was definitely talking to me was Romans 6:23 ” For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our lord”

  • Jessica Rennich

    Would love to have the SRT bible to go along with the study, I see they are mostly sold out. When will they be available again?

  • Alina Kalinchuk

    Wow! Starting late, but perfect timing!

  • Faith Edeko

    I am trying to find myself in Christ and I think this is working

  • Siatta Zinnah


  • Nancy Christofferson

    Starting late, but in perfect time!!!

  • Thank you so much for this resource! It is a blessing.

  • Jennifer Parker

    Praying for you Annette! I’ve been feeling the same tugging at my heart.

  • Annette Hyslop

    Prayer request. Feeling Gods nudging to dive into the Word and prepare. Giving up fb and other distractions to focus. Thank you

    • Kayvona Branson

      You are in my prayers, I too had that same urge Saturday night and have deleted all social media apps so that I can focus and find myself in Christ.

    • Tanya Stemmerman

      I love this! I just subscribed to this and I’m hoping this will help ween me off of Instagram. I understand it can be a good tool but it doesn’t help me at all. It’s encouraging to know there’s someone else out there too that’s trying!

  • First time here today already love it♡

    • She Reads Truth

      Welcome Ayodele, we’re so glad that you’re joining us! -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Lark Terry

    I am loving these studies! This is so refreshing! I love how y’all have set this up, it makes you want to dive in!

  • Jen Trent

    Coming in very late to this Lent study I can’t put it down! Right on time. Thanks ladies for the prayer and hours spent writing this study, it is beautiful and perfect ❤️

  • Good morning everyone, I am so blessed at this moment. I had just said a prayer to God our Father : What does it mean to be in Your Presence, and then I pick up my phone to Google again on this subject (Psalm 16:11) and this devotion was just sitting there on my phone , I didn’t even do a search, just sitting there amongst the news and other trendings. How outrageously our Father wants me to learn how to consistently be conscious of His Presence through many different ways . This Devotion is God orchestrated for me. May the Lord bless you all with His Anointing to continue in this ministry because you never know who prayed a prayer and the Lord answered through this ministry . I am encouraged to continue to seek His Presence and that I will find one day myself in the fullness of His Joy ! I thank God for His Son Jesus who rescued us from the enemy that we might serve Him without fear in holiness and righteousness all the days of our life (Luke 1:74-75)

  • Jessica Thompson

    I’m loving the She Reads Truth Studies! Late on Lent, but ready to dive in! I have the app and recently brought home the She Reads Truth Bible and OMG, the layers and levels of beauty are absolutely amazing. I cannot put it down! It truly draws me in to seek the Word of God each and every day. Many blessings to you ladies for your willingness to pour into this ministry and be obedient to the will of God on your lives! Truly a blessing, I’ve been non-stop telling others!

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Jessica, thanks so much for the sweet encouragement! It always means so much to us and I’ll be sure to pass it along. We’re grateful that you’re here! -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Samantha Cimino

    I am starting late but so excited I found this app! I have followed the She Reads Truth Instagram for ages but never downloaded the app.
    So I am striving to be a blogger and YouTuber and recently, just as big brands started reaching out to me, the Lord showed me to pause. Similar to Joanna Gains He showed me that He has better plans. I have stopped taking collaborations and work from companies, i plan to fast from social media and my blog the month of May but this is all so hard. I have put a lot of time, money, effort, and passion into what I do and have been chasing after more and more to grow my business. I think that chase has left me empty in Christ. He is revealing to me that I have a heart issue and have felt dry for a very long time. This is so hard for me because I love being creative and using my Instagram and blog to relay my heart and my passions to my readers. Taking a break from it is harder than I was expecting because I just want to continue. I feel if I break now I will have to start back at point A and it will be hard to build my brand again. I think the Lord wants to do a new work with my blog but I don’t know what that looks like and when it will happen. This bible study is encouraging to me because it just keeps confirming what the Lord is showing me.

    It’s hard not to blog in this season because I get married in 15 days and I just want to blog about it! How could I not?! Haha but I know the Lord has a great purpose for this.

    If you’ve made it this far, please pray for me to be strong and follow the Lord and to be able to be filled with Him once again and not filled with desires of my flesh and the things of this world. Above all, that is what I want. To feel His presence again.

    • She Reads Truth

      Thanks so much for sharing this Samantha. We’re praying for you during this time and are so grateful that you’re reading along with us! -Margot, The SRT Team

    • Melissa Acosta

      Praying for you Samantha! Our God is soooo good and He will make you strong and fill you up with His peace and purpose for your life! Lots of love sis

  • Savannah Brantley


  • Sally Arthur

    Eager to soak up the word!

  • Nichole Ducharme

    Um lol you know when God hits so close to home it scares you?….well…lol. So needed.

  • Petra Vander Goot


  • Bonnie LEWIS

    I wish all do called Christians were really chridlstian in their hearts thoughts and actions.

    • Bonnie Lewis

      This was typed properly

    • Alisha Bostic

      I know! I wish I acted more like Jesus, too. God is working on me, but I have a ways to go yet…ugh. I encourage you to get to know Jesus of the Bible. Look at how he interacts with people (especially women). He meets their deepest need and they are never the same again. Christians aren’t like Jesus yet. We all fail in different areas and I’m sorry that we’ve failed you. But you can help us. How? Get to know Jesus. Love him deeply. Then hang out with Christians so that we become jealous. :) Because what we Christians need is more love of Jesus.
      Does this make sense?

  • Amber TennilleEwing

    Better late than never! God reminded me in this season of life changes to rest in Him. ❤️

  • starting late also…

  • Jarelys Lopez

    Starting “late” as my fellow sisters, but convinced that He has more for us because His timing is P E R F E C T

  • Christina Grant

    Hey I stumble across this app looking for a daily devotional and many friends has said incredible things about this app , God’s timing is perfect

  • Michelle Emery


  • God has just been led me here….starting late but right on time. I was looking for an online bible study during a time where I felt like I was being overrun by the cares of the world and of course experiencing great anxiety. I also was feeling guilty for the need to get quieted. As I read the devotional scripture and the words”rest and return”, a peace came over me. Looking forward to continuing with study. Thank you.

  • Wanda MayLewis

    Late start here as well

  • Alexandra Wise-Ehlers

    Late here too! 32 weeks pregnant and going through some terrible new physical symptoms that I’ve been trying to fight on my own. It’s drained me. This is such a perfect message; rest and return. I trust my God is strong enough to battle for me and to give me rest. Praying for peace of my mind and body.

  • Abigail Johnsen

    So late in starting but excited to get going. I’ve been fasting for Lent but haven’t found the right study until now. Returning and resting is going to be going through my mind all day.

  • Christina Popham

    I’m so grateful I found this. One of the girls I work with was talking about her new bible and when I searched for it I found this. I’ve been looking for a new bible study and am so ready for this new adventure

  • Laura Ulrich

    “Scouring job listings”? Talk about me and my husband. This hit the nail on the head. I have to remind myself that I find my firmest confidence and assurance in Christ’s unearned and unyielding love. Thankful for this message! God bless you, sisters. Praying a restful week for you all!

  • Linda McClellan

    To rest in the Love of God! How beautiful is that? I’m behind on my Lenten Study book due to 2 major back surgeries at the end of January. I’m still supposed to take it easy which is not in my nature! But I’m feeling well enough with the help of pain medication to start this study. Even the first day is beautiful and I’m looking forward to the rest of the study.

  • Kanisha Kirk

    I needed this message , and to return , rest and refresh myself within the Love of God. I’ve been going through my own toil having to wait for my job to start due to my clearances ,but not working in between . Going to Grad school, but not really focusing on the tasks. Things happen in life that seem complete left field , but if I hold on to God and his unwavering Love… I can do all things within Christ whom strengthens me. I enjoyed this reading, pray for me .

  • Madison Musser


  • Erin Packard

    So my life has been turned upside down over the past year. And in the hardest year of my life, I have grown further from God – not on purpose but because I have put my focus on my career and my current situation… I am beyond thankful for the way this study has started. To return and rest in Him, that speaks volumes to my heart. I need our overcomer in my life but I am reminded of His good and faithful timing and purpose. ❤️

  • Rachel Correll

    It’s beautiful and encouraging that sometimes God moves in our lives through resting and waiting. To me, “rest” means His Shalom and “wait” means trust. I think of Jesus as he would go away to the erémos, the quiet place, to be with God. Jesus found power and strength in the stillness with God to then begin and continue sharing his Good News that the Kingdom was near. Oftentimes, I don’t think about finding strength in stillness. God’s word is so refreshing!

  • A late starter here, I’m not really driven to give something up, instead to devote more time to this study and meditation. Thus by default, something unnecessary will dissappear from my schedule. Lord help me to be faithful and rest in you more.

  • Kayleigh Prather

    This is an amazing study and we all should believe and trust in what God can do for us.

  • Alyssa Whitfield

    Prayers for me, my sisters.. going through worldly things and the devil is giving me a sense of fear. Please pray that I can fight him off and have victory over this part of my story ❤️

  • Ilana O'C

    I am overjoyed to have found this devotional. I am grateful that in this season where so many things are going on (school, new baby boy who is turning 1, and walking closer with Jehovah and Jesus Christ)that I don’t have to rely on my strength but the strength of he who has ordered my steps and sent his son to die on my behalf. Thank you.

    • She Reads Truth

      We’re so grateful that you’re here Llana, thank you for sharing! -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Katy Sherman

    I’m so grateful I stumbled onto this when I did. I’m woefully late to the Lenten season, but so grateful to read these words and see the community of women here. My heart is heavy – filled with stress over earthly problems made worse by my worry. My aching heart has been a call to realize I’m not filling my soul with faith as I so desperately need. Praying that the remainder of this season can be an opportunity to remember I’m not in control and it’s ok to let go and fully trust in Him.

    • She Reads Truth

      Thank you for sharing Katy and we’re praying for you. So grateful that you’re here! -Margot, The SRT Team

    • Jessica

      Don’t worry, you are not alone! I just started tonight too! This was beautifully perfect timing!

  • Brianna Stevens

    I’m late to the party, but this is wonderful!

  • Mikayla HopeChildersAdams

    All of Scripture is a story of God’s unearned love and unmerited faithfulness toward a rebellious people.

  • Alexis Minick

    SO MUCH GOODNESS IN THIS!! I am so excited for this study!! I feel like I need this on my wall as a constant reminder that joy is not found in striving but in resting in Him. In that “quiet confidence”.

    • Nikki

      Same Alexis. I feel like I’m always trying to clean my own heart, but I’m always failing miserably and I am. Because I can’t clean my heart, only the blood of Christ can do that. The stains will always come back when I try, but with Christ, they are clean.

    • She Reads Truth

      We’re so glad that you’re reading along with us Alexis! -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Joy S Schulte

    I remember over 17 years ago God telling me to trust. I was praying about whether or not I could have a child. I heard him clear as day. I told him, “I trusted him.” But when I found out, I couldn’t have a child, I did not trust him. I became angry and upset and turned my back on him and walked away. But God is faithful and God is good. He let me go for a little while and then he brought me back home. Today, I find myself grieving the loss of my marriage. The message talked about the rescuee trusting the rescuer and how we will be delivered by rest and quiet confidence. I find myself resting in the Lord and having a quiet confidence in him. Thank you for leading me back to you and for delivering me. Amen.

  • Danette Dillon

    I’ve been reading “Rhythms of Grace” by Kerri Weems. In the book she writes about Sabbath as God’s form of reminding us that we are free. We are no longer slaves. Rest is a gift, but as Amanda writes, it is so contrary to our form of thinking.

    I’m going to put new rhythms of Sabbath and rest in my life.

  • Amber French


  • Deanna EmilieSmith

    I’m starting to feel like I’m running nonstop and this study makes me feel more at ease. I’m so grateful for this opportunity to share in this community for Lent.

  • Denise Powers Fabian

    Read this the other night solely on the screen, but reading it again looking it up Scriptures and marking them in my Bible. No striving? Just returning and resting? Sweet release.

  • Sarah Kwon

    ❤️❤️❤️ needed this so badly. Remembering who I am and most importantly who God is

  • The scripture from Isaiah was speaking directly to me today. Answers my prayer. God is awesome!

  • Tracey Loewen

    Amen. Looking forward to digging deeper into Lent this year as I follow along in scripture ❤️

  • Elisa Filipo

    I needed these words.. words of truth & power cloaked in grace. Thank you Father God for this time of renewed rest in Yeshua’s name. Amen.

  • Shea Pugh

    Love Isaiah 30:15. It’s what I need right now.

  • The Lord Will Be Gracious

    18 Therefore the Lord owaits to be gracious to you,

    and therefore he pexalts himself to show mercy to you.

    For the Lord is a God of justice;

    qblessed are all those who wait for him

  • Lucy Griffin

    Truly a feeling a rest: laying in bed with my bible (with the flu, yes) and my journal on my lap. So ready for what God has planned for this season of lent

  • Katie Gilchrist

    Repentance and rest = salvation, quietness and trust = strength. Such a powerful thought. How often I perceive repentance and rest as sloth and quietness and trust as timidity. It is so easy to take the world’s message and try and fit the Lord’s message into that – but they are such opposites. It doesn’t work. Thank you, Jesus, for rest and quietness and repentance and trust.

  • Victoria Lyon

    I keep running closer and away from God at the same time. It’s time to settle and dwell in God. It’s so easy to become distracted by life and not properly prioritize.

  • Sydney Smith

    May God…. speak to my soul and encourage me with all that is ahead. My life is hectic. BUT if I run to god, I see quiet and rest within him. And that is more than enough.

  • Mish Pope

    I love this so much. To know that what is at the core of our lives is to honor and embrace the love Christ has for us. And that no matter what, no matter how much I acquire in my life, Christ’s love for me is paramount. Such an important anchor in Lent and in life. Lay down compassion and know that your true belonging is in Christ

  • Hannah Collier

    Life’s been a little overwhelming for me lately and that’s all I want to do is rest. I’m glad God tells us to rest in him because that’s all I want right now. I’m excited to start this Bible study!

  • Julia Beebe

    I’m a little lost in my faith right now but hoping this can put me back on the right track

    • Tracey Loewen

      It is so great that you are still turning to God for answers Julia, keep the faith and God will reveal himself to you. He is good!

  • Celia Whitehead

    How do I get this sent to my email daily?

  • Echo Hill Porterfield

    I’ve never done a Bible Study for Lent before, I’m excited to embark, reflect and learn. I love that we are meant to rest in Him, and this study is giving me a breath of fresh air to do just that, rest in Him.

  • I look forward to growing closer to God. That is all I desire & thirst for. More & more & more of God. Praying to become more Christlike, be transformed & spiritually mature through this plan. Let the journey begin!

  • Sydney Belcher

    Can’t even begin to explain how refreshing it is to know that each one of us is struggling with something and God tells us all the same, Rest in him.. Helllo Lent and community!

  • Jen Brackman

    Entering this season after a very heartbreaking breakup with no easy solution in my human mind how to heal. But I’m so grateful already for the reminder that I need to do is lay in Jesus arms and rest.

    • Sara Campos

      Praying for you. I’m sorry you are hurting and pray you fine peace and rest in Jesus. Keep your eyes on Him and pour your heart out to Him.

    • Mary Beth Barden

      I am right there with you. There is no easy solution, but there is a Father who works all things for our good and his glory. He is the Healer, and his way is perfect. In him we find everything we need. My prayer for this season is that by his grace and mercy, I come to truly believe he is sufficient, trusting and pursuing him with everything I am, because there is nothing that the nearness of Christ cannot cure. I pray the same for you, sister; for peace, comfort, and the passage of truth from the head to the heart. May the Lord reveal himself and his heart to us in this season of pain. Hosea 2:14 “But then I will win her back once again. I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her there.” Amen.

  • Peony Noirr

    When the stress of home life and work life become too much too bare, I find immense comfort in knowing that God wants me to give Him my burdens so I may rest in His name.

  • Denise Mangaoang

    this lent it is time for me to rest and trust in God. i gave up social media this lent to use my time to focus more on my relationship with God.

    • Sharron Fires

      I too was impressed to give up social media & devote my time to reading The Bible & praying. May God speak to my heart in amazing ways during this season.

  • Mandy Jahner

    Entering into this season after a very heartbreaking breakup. Thank you for this study!!

  • Nyla Martinez

    YES! Love that! ❤️

  • Sara Brooker

    Really trying to focus on God and run to him with all I have. Currently in a relationship where my partner re-dedicated his life to Christ along with me in June, but he sees nothing wrong with sex before marriage or us living together while I feel immense conviction about both and a desire to move out and allow God to work in me at full capacity. He’s very upset about it but I need the strength to do what I know I have to do to truly know God with all my heart.

    • Marlaena Guenther

      Wow! Congrats on rededicating your life to Christ! That is such a huge step. I cannot say that I know what you must be going through but it must be so challenging to be torn between what you know is right and what your human heart desires. Praying that you will have the wisdom to know what is right and true and the strength to follow through no matter the cost.

    • Deborah Stone

      You can trust God with your heart and that relationship. He won’t let you down. I’ve never known greater joy or peace than when I followed God’s conviction and made some hard choices. The freedom I experienced on the other side of obedience made it laughable that I ever considered myself to have made “sacrifices” to get there.

    • Becky Smith

      Dearest Sara,
      Our first love must always be our God and our first calling must always be His will.
      The result of this, as we’ve read above, will be rest and resting.
      I encourage you, Sara, to choose not to run with this world’s way of doing things but run to God and follow His way. You will find His peace through obedience.

    • Sarah Katalak

      Hi Sara! Another Sarah here! I faced the same dilemma that you are facing now and when I dedicated my life to Christ last August. I had been with my fiance for a year and a half and we were very sexually active so when I made the choice to stop having sex and wait until we were married it was a difficult transition but THE BEST decision we have ever made. Our friendship has grown closer and our relationship with Christ has blossomed in a way I never thought possible growing up a catholic and thinking I always needed to earn my salvation and I would never be good enough to have a relationship with Christ. It has literally changed our lives for the better in so many and turning to God, trusting him, with your whole self and putting him first is the most beautiful gift you can ever give yourself. God has you, he always has you and when you choose him the whole world opens up in a way you can’t even dream. God will give you strength through this and it will allow you to become who he wants you to be and to take that time and spend it with him before you choose to become one with another. It was very difficult to sit down and have the conversation with my fiance and to continue to commit to it but it is the most beautiful transformative experience and if you are feeling called to do this then listen to God, he will never ever steer you wrong.

  • Sarah Sierra

    Thankful for this season to dig deeper into my relationship with god. Eliminating distractions of the secular world and filling in those gaps with time spent with Jesus and reflection.

  • Anna McMillen

    This Lenten season I chose to give up social media and on-demand media. Like Michelle. I had already started a full read through of the Bible to fill my time. Already, God is blessing me and humbling by reminding me how much I am like the Israelites in Exodus: so quick to forget who my deliverer is and who has provided me with every good thing. I continually find myself choosing the path of sin over the path of life.

    So thankful for this season and that God is merciful and provides a way to Him through Jesus.

  • Lisa Leach

    I don’t know that I’ve ever read that verse from Isaiah but I’m so glad I have now. Resting/being still/waiting is something I’ve always struggled with, for a long time even struggled with accepting that God actually tells us to do that. But that’s salvation returning to God and resting in Him. The being still and waiting is from a place of resting in Him.

  • Lacyrose Dickinson

    This is my time for breakthrough. The limits of my God are endless. I am loved and I am cared for by Him. The tides are changing and I’m ready to embrace every wave that comes my way.

  • Michelle Griswold

    Such a beautiful reflection. I love reading all the responses. This Lenten season I have given up social media, online shopping and on-demand media (Netflix/AmazonPrime).

  • Joyce Jopio

    So thankful for this season and for this study. Really needed to rest in today’s scripture reading.

  • Amanda Montgomery

    Deliverance that comes from rest and quiet—YES Lord! Thank you!

  • Monica Davis

    Run to him and rest. Love that picture!

  • Sarah Marshall

    Lent is one of my favorite times of year. I am so looking forward to focusing on God, letting Him do a work within me.

  • Wow!! Just a reminder of all we need to do is to be still. We are always striving, always trying to fix ourselves. Amazing reflection.

  • I cannot outrun, outlive, outdo or hide from my sin. How often do I think that my sins are insignificant compared to others, but they still separate me from God. Thank you Lord for the mercy you have given us through Jesus. I must admit and confess that I am sinful, but Jesus has done the rest.

  • I’m giving up frivolous spending in order to die to self and focus on how I can give it back to the Lord instead.

  • This is so good! So often I get caught up in feeling like I’m not doing enough or I’m not obeying God enough…basically I’m not being a good Christian. Yes, I need to be following and obeying Him, but I have to remember it doesn’t come from my strength, it comes from me RETURNING and RESTING in Christ’s strength and grace.

    I was worried because it’s the end of the day and I’ve been so busy with work that I forgot to pick something to give up for Lent. Now I think my Lent focus is going to be spending time each morning returning to God in these devotions and prayer, and relying on His strength and power through the day.

  • Annette Briones

    Looking forward to growing closer to Hik this

  • Kaitlyn Zubrzycki

    Woah so I was just reading today’s verses and I only wrote down one verse that really stood out to me in my journal, and it turned out to be Isaiah 30:15! Definitely going to use this as a lock screen.

  • Melanie Brown

    I just read an article about “secular lent” or lent of our age. The article stated that many people look to lent for an opportunity for self improvement. I never really thought about it but there is a difference about sacrificing something to better ourselves versus giving up something to focus on God. I found this so enlightening. I hope this helps someone else!

  • I just downloaded the SRT app for this Lent study!!! Already in love. I’m in a season of rest from ministry and hearing from the Lord, but I also feel convicted to give up social media for Lent. I’m ready to continue a life of repentance, and sanctification. I know that growth is not easy, but that is the Cry of my heart. However painful it might be, I pray the silence would show God’s greatness and his power. LET’S DO THIS!

  • I’m giving up alcohol in order to stop avoiding my life AND giving up Facebook to stop comparing my life!

  • Muvhuya Ramaano

    So good. I have given up on social media and have downloaded more Christian Apps that will help with me getting close to God.

  • Emily Conner

    I am fasting every two days and I’m giving up social media … I wan to focus on god and god alone!

  • Lize Engelbrecht

    Wow. Thank you.

  • Ashley Ayson

    I’m giving up rice, fast food, swearing, and committing to a healthier lifestyle.

  • nollywise

    He also wrote, “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity” (Colossians 4:5).

  • Helen Havel

    I think my thought process has always been if I can just do things right Jesus will love me and accept me…my heart knows different its convincing my mind. Todays reading showed me I just need to come and trust and believe and allow the Lord to work in me.

  • Jennifer GarzaSchmidt

    I have always loved Isaiah 30:15. What a beautiful way to begin Lent being reminded that Jesus has done it all for me. No more striving. ❤️

  • Emily Riley

    “We cannot outrun, outwit, or outwork our sin. No amount of effort or grit or good intention can deliver us from the world of death and dust. As hopeless as it may sound, this truth rings of freedom! We cannot deliver ourselves, but the One who can deliver us has come.”

  • Wow. I was wondering how the Genesis passage connected to the others. And sadly I do tend to view salvation as a matter of toiling and striving, but we cannot deliver ourselves! We need God, and He waits patiently for us to realize this and call to Him. Thank you for this devotional this morning

  • Returning and resting…a perfect way to start Lent. Thank you!

  • Bridget Nelson

    Thank you for sharing, what a great word to start the day and study!

  • Rachel Clair

    Thanks for sharing that verse! I love it.

  • Vanessa Hoyes

    I was just making some major decisions yesterday because I felt like they were coming from a place of striving. Wanting ‘rest’ but striving for it. My challenge is how to navigate letting go but continuing to believe in faith for what we want. I receive your rest Lord

  • A reminder to remember who we are in Christ.

  • Return and rest. My prayer for today and always. amen

  • Erin Weston

    Return and rest. Such a simple reminder. So thankful for the Lord’s kindness to us.

  • Erin Brunner

    Wow. We can’t outrun our sin. That’s a good word. Thank you Jesus!

  • Rae Ann Smith

    Thank you Lord for rest in you. May this season of lent bring my focus and heart close to you.

  • Ashley Nolen

    How sweet it is to know He gives real rest to our weary hearts.

  • e.j. cash

    I am overcome by the enormity of my debt and poverty and I am a desperate woman in need of a Deliverer and Rescuer and Redeemer this Lent. I want all of it, Jesus! Give me all that I can handle this season. Please God let my heart not still be in such utter despair over the brokenness of the Body by Easter. I need to see Your mercy with my own eyes this year, Lord.

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi E.J. thanks for sharing. Praying for you now- for peace and encouragement during this season. We’re grateful to have you here! -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Anna Newsome

    Looking forward to this time of lent to work on rebuilding my relationship with God , hoping the slow pace and idea of rest will help this happen.

  • This is a good reminder for me. Rest does not come easy for me. I need to work on this. I pray that this season of Lent will restore me and draw me closer to the Lord.

  • Megan Wright

    So thankful that I can rest!!!! ❤️ looking forward to 40 days of connecting and coming closer to God!

  • Robin NHendrich

    Return and rest. So simple, truly looking forward to this study and remembering we are human but He is God, our Lord and SAVIOR. ♥️

  • Zainab AyomipeBoa-Amponsem

    I can rest!! Thank you Jesus!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Thank you for your grace!!

  • Tamar Bostock

    Return and rest – love this.

  • Elizabeth Neels

    Ahhh….return and rest! Looking forward to focusing on Jesus and letting him refine me this Lent

  • Christie Algeo

    Return and rest – how simple and wonderful.

  • Hannah Tompkins

    Return and rest❤️❤️❤️. This lent season will be a beautiful one for all of us.

  • Hannah Tompkins

    Return and rest❤️❤️❤️. This lent season w

  • Olivia Bello

    I think the most important thing I have taken from this is the idea of rest! People give up such tangible things for lent, but I’m wondering what it would be like to give up being hard on myself and allow myself to love me the way Christ does. Thoughts?

    • Kimberly

      ❤️ Love

    • Lori Lalonde

      DO IT!

    • Adelle Southall

      Love this! Might need to do the same thing.

    • KJ Reed

      Such a great idea! You’ve encouraged me.

    • Ellie Wilde

      That’s beautiful ❤️❤️❤️

    • Elaine Keller

      Yes! Resting in His love, grace and mercy towards us. Resting in the finished work of the cross! Resting and trusting in Jesus Who began His work in me will be faithful to complete it. Why not give up trying to earn my salvation? Just to rest in His gift of grace to me. The same grace that justifies me is the same grace that sanctifies me. Thanks Olivia! I was thinking about what it is I should “fast” from? And now I’m simply going to fast from beating myself up to just finding myself at the feet of Jesus in gratitude for all HE has done.

    • Olivia B

      Thanks ladies! Your support means so much!

    • Erin Abeln

      This is what I’m striving to do as well…not give up, but add to my studies of the scripture and God’s grace…

  • Kelley Fokey

    “Run to him and rest.” Five words that instantly put my heart at ease.

  • 15For the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said: “You will be delivered by returning and resting; your strength will lie in quiet confidence.

    I’m having trouble understanding this part… can anyone explain, please? ☹

    • Heather

      Hi Marlene,
      If you continue to the rest of the passage, God points out that even though He invites them to REST in His deliverance, they want to do things their own way – they think they need to deliver themselves or outrun their enemies. Similarly, we think we need to deliver ourselves from our sin, but WE CAN’T. God is inviting His people to STOP trying to do things themselves, and to realize their deliverance will ONLY come from resting in HIM, not by our own efforts. Does that help?

  • Chelsea Thomas

    REST. I forget that part far too often.

  • I need this so much. I need to learn how to slow down, listen to God and disconnect from all the noise around me. I am praying for help and guidance to learn how to do this.

  • Erika Ikwild

    This is the most magical thing I’ve read in a long time.

  • Emma Bridge

    I have been prompted so much to give up worldly things (social media, television etc) in order to find rest. To slow down. To spend time enjoying the wonderful world God has created for us. Yet I sometimes still feel like there is a wall up keeping me from resting fully in the Lord. I know where I want to be with Him but I’m constantly so distracted. My heart is often feeling so unrested . What a blessing to find rest in the Lord alone.

    • Molly Lynch

      I also have chosen to give up social media in an effort to be more mindful of myself and how I spend my time. God gives us so much and I know I owe him more of myself. God Bless you this Lenten season

  • Michelle Smith

    I constantly have to remind myself to just stop for a second and breathe, because he did say, “Be still, for I am the Lord.” I can’t hear him if I don’t shit out the background noise called life.

  • I feel lost and need a sense of direction. Living in a foreign country with a language barrier makes it more challenging to feel a sense of connection since when I do go to mass I am not getting “THE Message”. But I know there is comfort, purpose and solitude in HIM.
    No excuses, this is my shortcoming that I need to correct & RECONNECT.

  • The message of resting in quietness and trust ministered to me very deeply today. I was reminded of the song by All Sons & Daughters called “Rest in You,” which feels so fitting in the midst of this discussion.


  • Friends, what does resting in Him look like for you? I struggle with this because rest can be so hard to take! I love to be moving and doing, but I know that the Lord, because of his incredible love, demands rest of us. Perhaps hearing some if your resting patterns will give me some guidance in this area.

  • Brittany Couch

    Returning and resting… this is where deliverance is found. ❤️

  • Lori Jones

    This was much needed today. I can feel Him speaking directly to me. My goal is to return and rest in Him. What a peace this brings me. I have been going through a lot, and this definitely showed me that I have been running too much. It’s time for me to stop running, rest, and return. It’s amazing how His love for me can’t be undone.

    • TMO

      Perfect Lori, me too desperately trying to make this a season of purposeful striding not running and it was very moved by the simple call to rest and return

  • Ally Mairaro


  • Lois Wilson

    In light of the season of lent, when people seem to think they should give up coffee or chocolate or whatever, I find Colossians 2:20-23 interesting (I read a little further). If the Spirit is prompting someone to give up something in their lives, then YES, give it up. Let the Spirit cut away at your sinful nature and make you more like Christ. But keep your eyes on Christ and the blessings that come from being daily transformed into His likeness and not on your own accomplishment of giving up coffee for 6 weeks. There’s no salvation in that.

    • Terri


    • Sharon Lovegrove

      The older I get the more I see that “giving up something for Lent” is more of a spiritual thing as opposed to a deprivation. Giving up TV and spend those couple hours in reading the Word and praying would change anyone’s life for the better. It will change my priorities. I will still watch TV after Lent is over but will spend less time doing it and more time with God. Although God may want you to give up something else!

    • Jane Andrews

      Thanks for this encouragement. If we give anything up, it should serve to remind us of all Christ sacrificed and to help free our hearts and minds to dwell on Him. It’s not about achieving, it’s not about the thing we are giving up. That’s a really helpful challenge as we head into this; thanks!

  • Emily Mickus

    It’s so easy to fall into the Prove, Produce, Perform mindset. What a good reminder to rest in Him and fully accept the freedom He yearns for us to walk in.

  • Angela Sackett

    The opposite of striving… repentance (which seems so scary!), and remembrance (which reminds us He has already done the WORK!), redemption and rest. Amen!!!

  • Tilar Saunders

    I love this idea of completely surrendering to God during this season of Lent. I am excited to see how our relationship grows stronger

  • Barb Ver Sluis

    “His love for us can not be outdone or undone.” So looking forward to following this plan this Lent Season. Can not wait to see how God works in me through this study.

  • Amy Tarara

    Thank you Lord for the truth of your Word! Thank you for your rescue plan that takes our obstinate hearts captive to your grace! Rest and peace is what we need! Going back and reading more of Isaiah ❤️

  • Rest, not run!
    Oh How I need to rest in His truths and not run my own race in life!!!

  • Beth Vaccaro

    Isaiah 30:15 “your strength will lie in quiet confidence.” We need to stop running from our sin, turn back and trust God with our sins. Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” No one is perfect. When we repent, our slate is wiped clean, giving us the ability to once again write and illustrate our life. With regular penance, that skate stays clean. Without it, the murkiness begins to overshadow our life and today is no longer clear.

    God gives us what we need when we need it. Thankful and blessed to begin this study with everyone.

  • Lord, help me to be humble as I walk confidently in your love.

  • Jenny Yahn

    I love the Isaiah verses, a prophecy that tells us the secret: return and rest, and also tells us what we & God will do: run and chase. Then pair with Acts and Colossians, and we see that when we received Christ, that the fullness of God himself is IN US! Look how many times the NT uses the words “in him”. We have so much life, love and power in Christ, the fullness of the kingdom of God right here, right now, as long as we remind ourselves who we are, rest in him and put off our flesh. Lord, may I rest in you minute by minute. May I let you fill every part of me, may I remember to let you. Amen.

  • Kay Baker

    To trust and not strive…. Looking forward to the next 48 days

  • Priscilla Gaitan

    Wow! Isaiah 30:15. So good. So much truth for my weary soul. I’ve been striving in my own strength to get deliverance from fear and anxiety, to manage it with my own striving. I also realized that in my own mind I did not equate that with being a sin. How foolish of me! How prideful. I need to return to God with a quiet and humble heart, because no striving or toiling will bring me peace.

    • Elizabeth L

      I can relate to this Priscilla. I have done the same in trying to heal my own anxiety- to manage it through my own actions and trying to control things. Unfortunately, it led me down a road away from God because I started trying solutions commonly recommended today for healing anxiety- meditation, self-help, etc..

  • Ashley Updike

    So is day 1 today? Or was it yesterday? I don’t see a day 2 yet.

    • Carrie Cragen

      I think day 1 was yesterday, another reading today & will officially start on Wed. This is my first time using the app & hoping they’re able to post the readings in the morning ☺️

    • Alishia Wright

      I have the book too and yesterday was definitely day 1. There’s two days of intro before we get into Exodus.

    • Kayla Agarth

      Glad I’m not the only one having issues with seeing day 2. Hopefully it’ll be up soon :)

    • Priscilla Gaitan

      My app is showing Day 2 already. Maybe refresh the app. :)

    • Ashley Updike

      Thanks ladies! I’ll try to refresh

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Ashley, we did have some problems this morning but Day 2 is now available! If you’re still having trouble just email us at [email protected] and we can help. – Abby, The SRT Team

  • Kerri Pittman

    This is my first She Reads Truth study and what a beautiful way to begin! Thank you for bringing this striving & tired Mama’s heart to this Word from our rescuing Lord ❤️

  • Alysia McCord

    “If achievement and acclaim are our end…”. So thankful this is not the end for us! Praise God He’s given me more to live for. Needed to remember this! So thankful for a Jesus’s faithfulness to this “nobody”! He must become greater; I must become less.

  • So excited to see how the rest of this Lent devotional turns out. Already loved day 1

  • This is such a relief, to not have to do a thing but rest in my God.

  • Christy Roberts

    Love, and I needed this message!

  • Stephanie Brasser

    “Run to Him, and rest”. Exactly what I needed to hear today as I often run to anything and everything instead of Him. So excited for this study!

  • Jacinda Daddow

    “GOD, the Master, The Holy of Israel, has this solemn counsel: “Your salvation requires you to turn back to me and stop your silly efforts to save yourselves. Your strength will come from settling down in complete dependence on me— The very thing you’ve been unwilling to do”
    ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭30:15 MSG

    I love reading all different version of scripture because each one reveals something new. I loved the MSG version of Isaiah 30:15 from today’s reading. “Turn back to me and stop your silly efforts to save yourselves.” “Your strength will come from settling down in complete dependence on me” Wow. Complete dependence on the Lord is where I will find my strength how amazing is that! Honestly so excited to start this Lent season!

    • Celine

      thank you for sharing the other translation! I really liked the way that was worded and how I was able to see the verse in a different light.

  • Leah Rehberg

    Looking forward to what the Lord has to offer through this study.

  • Samantha McCulloch

    “We cannot outrun, outwit, or outwork our sin” so poignant and hard to remember! This is my first SRT study, but I’m going to jump in! In the middle of a crazy busy season, I feel God tugging my heart to slow down and find rest in Him. This will take more focus and surrender than I have practiced in more time than I admit to myself ❤️

    • Dana Duggins

      I am thinking all of the same things. That was a statement that stick out to me. And I also feel led at this season of my life to start my day in His word and His presence. I am looking forward to this study!

  • “We cannot outrun, outwit, or outwork our sin. No amount of effort or grit or good intention can deliver us from the world of death and dust. We cannot deliver ourselves, but the One who can deliver us has come.” Sooo good. So thankful for the rest and salvation that comes from Jesus.

  • Melissa Hagopian


  • Jen Jennings

    Loving this study already and embracing the community in SRT. Thanks for sharing together!

  • Charmaine Block

    So thankful for this group and this study! You all bless me with your eagerness to dive in and SEEK FIRST HIS kingdom, I get so distracted by my phone and social media and it robs me of real life, real relationship and real moments. Looking forward to a ” quiet ” season… resting in Him❤️

  • Tara Stam

    Excited to unplug from TV and minimize my online usage and focus in on what God has for me.

  • Our day so easily gets away from us and we are left at the end of the day tired and exhausted. Taking time now to read the importance of our God’s word reunites that light inside us. We have love and promise from Jesus. We just have to remember and stay faithful.

  • Brooke Nagel

    So I am a missionary and people assume that it means my life is always full of Christ. But honestly, it is not. Just because I am in ministry does not mean I am resting in God. I need this. I am so excited to be doing this study and remembering the truth. Resting in Christ, focusing on Him.

  • Jennifer Howell

    Praying a hard prayer this season; that my sin be revealed. May I run to Him this Lenten season and find rest from the world and rest from my sin.

    • That is a very brave prayer! ❤️ May God grant you the desires of your honest heart and patience and grace to deal with it. Praying for you.

  • Olivia Walker

    I am truly overjoyed at the fact that Jesus did not come for us to try harder and do our best but He came to be the Best for us. There is so much peace and joy that’s found in just resting in Him and quieting your soul before Him. This season of Lent will be truly amazing because it will all be spent with Jesus and only Jesus. Super grateful for this study!

  • Joyce Smittkamp

    I think God gave me the answer to what am I going to give up for Lent!! My iPad died a few days ago and i was going to rush (which is how I do everything) right out and get a new one, because i love it and spend hours on it!!!!! DUA!! NO I AM NOT GETTING ANOTHER ONE!!!

  • Praying that importance of the Gospel will urge me to boldness in sharing it with everyone around me.

  • Becky Katzorke

    I’m so looking forward to this study. This season has left me weary and wondering how on earth I am to rest in Christ with so much work and chaos.

  • Ella Leach

    The passage from Isaiah really struck a chord. What a contrast to the world this God that we serve is! I’m spurred on to truly find rest in him alone!

  • Sherree Hunsberger

    Hi everyone! I’m reading these beautiful words! How perfect for my life right now! “Returning and Resting” in Him.

  • Sabrina Michelle

    Colossians 2: 6-13 really blessed my spirit. I’m so thankful to have found this amazing community of believers. I’m so excited about starting this study with you all.

  • Jana Hanna

    This is a good word for me this season. Thankful for this community of truth-readers and encouragers!

  • Anna Caggiano

    This my first study during Lent and through this app. I’m really looking forward to digging into the Word and having this awesome community to walk through this Lent season with. I’m praying I can feel refreshed and just reconnect with God and His Word during this season of my life, which has been a struggle these last few months.

  • Amanda Pauling

    My first She reads Truth study and I’m loving it! Couldn’t wait to dive in when it came in the mail.

  • Carrie Doss

    Amen and amen!

  • I’m happy to be studying this Lent with an online community of women. We cannot deliver ourselves, but He has come to deliver us. So, so beautiful.

  • Love this. Will definitely be coming back everyday for this season.

  • Marina Rushing

    I love this new app and the ability to start my days in Gods Word! What a blessing it is to have a community of women all over who are reading the same passages of scripture. My hope is to replace my morning social media time with this study!

  • Katie Braun

    “Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elements of the world, rather than Christ.”
    ‭‭Colossians‬ ‭2:8‬ ‭CSB‬‬

    Praying over this verse today. I want my mind filled fully with heavenly thoughts & to be influenced completely by the Holy Spirit. This verse speaks directly to some fear I am experiencing in friendships. I want friendships that speak life & truth in to me, & to not be afraid of what others think. Only Jesus’ opinion matters.

    • Marina Rushing

      I completely agree! I’m really struggling with this in my current work environment. Praying for the boldness to speak Truth even when it isn’t the popular belief

  • Brittany M

    I love that surrendering to Him is resting in Him. Who else could give us such great rest – He is not just a biblical Father, He is our spiritual Father! Our holy spirit to rest in.

  • Erin Droese

    Reading today’s scriptures and Amanda’s words above have me so excited to just release, rest, and lean into God’s word through this Lenten study. My soul finds relief and comfort in Isaiah 30:15 “You will be delivered by returning and resting, your strength will lie in quiet confidence.” And then I was left feeling completely convicted by Colossions 2:8, “Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on elements of the world, rather than Christ.” Why do I post on social media? Why do I foolishly spend money on new things? Why do we say yes to that extra drink, extra TV time, etc.? Why do we spend those extra hours in the office when we could be home with our family? Because the world tells us that’s what we should be doing to receive acceptance by our friends, coworkers, society! Too often I let myself be influenced by others around me rather than listening to my heart and to God. All that to say that I’m just excited to use the Exodus study as a tool to return and rest in God.

  • Wendy McSwain

    To rest and return and I’ll add #myoneword, release, as the goal this season. I’ve been waiting to get started!

  • Lily Townsend

    Isaiah 30:18 – I can’t get over how blessed we are to have such a just, patient and loving God, that even when we turn away from Him, he waits to show us His mercy and compassion. I’m so excited to wait on the Lord to see what He does through this study

  • Sheryl Potts

    Excited about the Lenton study of exodus… and using my She Reads Truth bible I received from my husband for Valentine’s Day! #heknowsme!

    • Lisa

      That’s what I got from my husband too! It just came in the mail today, and it’s so beautiful and perfect that I’m afraid to use it! But I’m really looking forward to being in it daily and “roughing it up” with my notes, thoughts, and reflections!

  • Kathryn Kamin

    I’m very much looking forward to the daily reminders to let God work through me rather than for me with this study!

  • Grace Graber

    What a great opportunity and season to refocus my heart and head towards the bigger picture.

  • Brittney Webber

    Isn’t this what we all need? To rest and return, to rely and trust in the Lord? Because I know for certain that’s exactly what I need this Lent season! To stand firm on his good word and the promises he has for all of us.

  • Lynn Feist

    “All of Scripture is a story of God’s unearned love and unmerited faithfulness toward a rebellious people. It is an exodus story, where the primary job of the rescuee is to trust the Rescuer.” So thankful for this truth.

  • Lindsey Dent

    Thank you Jesus for what You will teach me. Prepare my heart to receive your Truth and to not run from it. ❤️

  • Kara Caruso

    So thankful for this study and KNOW God intended for me to read it during this season of my life. Thank you, Jesus, for a new day!

  • Sofie De Wandel

    I get a warm fuzzy feeling every time I read that God wants us to return to him and will forgive all our trespasses – even though we might fall short every single day (I will be the first to admit I fall short a lot). And the best part is, even when having faith and walking with Christ isn’t easy some days, God understands and still loves us. How awesome is that? That someone has enough patience to love you even when you’re struggling to keep your faith and/or even keep walking with him?

  • Lynda Harkins

    Thrilled to be using this study during this amazing season. The hard copy is so beautiful! I just love holding it in my hands and feeling the weight of its words. Looking forward to diving in the story of our history!

  • Chrissy E

    Exactly the Scripture readings my heart needed to hear this morning! Oh, what an incredible God we serve, that He should only ask us to trust in Him, and He will take care of the rest.

  • I LOVE those verses from Isaiah. I love how the MSG paraphrase puts vs. 15:
    “God, the Master, The Holy of Israel,
    has this solemn counsel:
    “Your salvation requires you to turn back to me
    and stop your silly efforts to save yourselves.
    Your strength will come from settling down
    in complete dependence on me—
    The very thing
    you’ve been unwilling to do.”

    Ugh how often do I try to save myself?! It’s like I think, “God is pretty busy, so I don’t want to bother Him with this… I’ll just do my part on my own” when my only part is to go to Him first. Wow! So Good.
    I’m so expectant for this season of Lent. To turn away from the promises I’ve made into idols and focus on my Rescuer. Thank you, SRT!

  • Andrea Lopez

    Rest and quiet certainly doesn’t come easy for this Genesis 3 heart! and yes my tendency is to run!! I am looking forward to this lent season in hopes of finding rest as I focus on what Jesus Christ has done for me on the cross.

  • Haleigh Wiederrich

    Love love love this!

  • Sarah Jayne

    This is going to be my new morning ritual. My husband is scheduled for a back surgery and I am recently unemployed. I guess there is too much truth to that old saying that when it rains it pours. So, I’m giving it to God! He will carry us through this season of change in our lives.

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Sarah, thank you for sharing. Praying for you and your husband during this time. We’re grateful that you’re a part of our SRT community! -Margot, The SRT Team

  • Hannah Beth

    Just what I needed at the exact time I needed it. Excited to do this every morning . I will be cutting out Diet Coke and I would also like to cut out complaining. I am going to truly focus for the next 21 days to focus on the positives in my life because I really do focus way too much On the negatives. I’m excited to see where the Lord takes me on this journey because I definitely need to rest in him right now.

    • Grace

      Wow!! Complaining….yes!! That’s a good one!!

    • Sarah Tarkington


      • Sarah Tarkington

        Well, that was certainly strange but moving on, I think asking for the Lord’s help to stop complaining is an excellent idea. Most of us do it and it’s so second nature we don’t even realize it. I need to also quit taking my worries to the Cross then, in a day or so, going back and picking them up again. I need to work for more patience in waiting on God’s directions.

  • Absolutely LOVE this!!! What a perfect way to start of the Lent season – realizing our sins, knowing how much greater God is, and returning to him!

  • Such an easy sounding deliverance, return and rest. Yet we fight so to earn our justification. We struggle so to grasp the grace extended to us when the bible’s truth say return and rest in those times when we are stopped, physically or emotionally it is a concept that works, but when the “tyranny of the urgent”, the days that don’t have enough hours it is much harder to return AND rest, and somehow one without the other does not yield the same result,

  • Ebony Ankra

    God is good,I started reading Exodus last week and I saw on your Instagram that you are going through the same topics of provision and deliverance. I am excited to unpack this season, with God and just learn more about Him through this amazing devotional :)

  • Ebony Ankra

    God is good,I started reading Exodus last week and I saw on you Instagram that you are going through the same topics of provision and deliverance. I am excited to unpack this season with God and just learn more about Him this amazing devotional :)

  • Amy Alexandra

    These days, I’m overwhelmed. I’m stressed, my depression is back, and it feels like I’m being drained so that I can barely get through each day. I feel like I’m stuck in a rut and can’t find the energy to pull myself out of it. This devotional gives me hope that I don’t need energy to change: I need rest and stillness. I need to slow down so that I can face my sin and repent; I need to slow down so that I can see Christ clearly. I want to know God the way I used to, when I felt at ease in His presence rather than feeling like I have to strive to keep Him satisfied. I want to bring my focus back to the cross, where Christ’s sacrifice satisfied God so completely that I can enter His presence without fear.

    I’ve never really observed Lent before (it’s not something my church does), but in the past several weeks I’ve been drawn to the intentionality of it. My soul is craving a season set apart to focus on Christ and His perfect solution for my sin. Because I’m new to Lent, however, I’m not really sure how to do it. Am I supposed to give up something concrete, like sugar or bread, or can it be a more abstract change, like reading my Bible and praying before bed instead of reading a novel or watching a show? I don’t want to use Lent as an excuse to do something I’m already supposed to be doing, like eat right; I want it to be focused on seeking Jesus, but I’m not really sure how to do that. Can anyone give me some advice about how to approach this?

    • Sabrina Klomp

      Amy, I’m in the same boat! I loved reading what you wrote and totally relate to both parts. Praying that God blesses this lent season for both of us with that ‘refreshment’ spoke of in Isaiah and new eyes to see His work on the cross.

    • Jill

      Hi Amy! I can absolutely relate. I am right there with you, friend. My advice for what you should give up for Lent would be to pray and ask God to show you something that stands in the way of your relationship with Him, and then give that up. That could be something different for you, than for someone else, so don’t feel like there are any “rules” to what you give up. It could be that there is something that you need to add instead of give up! I encourage you to trust the Holy Spirit to lead you in your decision. Please know that I will be taking my same advice, as I am struggling right along side of you.

  • For the last two years, I felt like i was rock climbing with a heavy backpack on (and someone was throwing rocks at me from the top)! I felt i had no choice but to stay strong and put one foot in front of the other. Then three months ago, I started having panic attacks at work. God metaphorically carried me the rest of the way up the mountain and set me beside still waters.

    AND YET I still struggle to truly rest and trust. I’m confessing that today and want to lead a life known by rest and peace amidst challenge – what a witness for Him!

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Kara thanks for sharing. We are praying for you now- for encouragement and peace during this time. We’re grateful to have you a part of our SRT community! -Margot, The SRT Team

  • April Osgood

    Reading this helped to confirm what I am doing for Lent. I’ve had it on my heart to take the time wasters away from my phone (social media, games, etc) so I will spend more time in God’s word, with loved ones, and following Isaiah 30:15. So I can spend Lent in worship and following and discovering God more and less waisting my time on my devices.

    • Lisa

      That’s exactly what my plan is! I’m hopeful that I will spend that time that I would normally spend scrolling in prayer, reading my Bible, reading a Christian book, or even just in relationship with others. (I’m also hopeful that even after Lent, I’ll be more likely to stay off social media for the most part, since I won’t be used to constantly scrolling.

  • I have used the SRT app since conception. Donated to fund it but the new app just doesn’t work. I realized in the last couple of weeks that to see comments from long time readers like Tina, Churchmouse, etc. I had to come to the website. This alone as an issue but now copying to your notes section on the app doesn’t work either. I love SRT so much and have grown in spending time in the Word. Is anyone else having an app issue? I use an iPad and an iPhone. I am excited for this new Lenten study. This is my favorite most reverent season.

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Claire, we’re so sorry you’re having trouble with the app. All of these are features currently noted to be corrected in future updates by our developers. Please stay tuned as we work hard to make the best possible app experience for you, our community! We’re grateful for your patience and are so glad you’ll be reading along with us through the Lent study. -Margot, The SRT Team

      • Claire

        Thanks Margo, I am so happy they are being addressed. I really love using the app because the scripture is right there before you read, already pulled up. Then when something one of the writers makes a point that you want to remember in the past you could highlight and save to notes. #SRT❤️

  • Heather N (MNmomma)

    First off, THANK YOU SRT for one BEAUTIFUL study guide…..WOW!! The entire team absolutely outdid themselves. I especially love your notes in the beginning about how we are created to create and that God values beauty and quality. I have a deep yearning to create and have an essential part of me that sees beauty in things and wants to capture it….to be immersed in it. I thank God for the gifts of beauty He so generously has given us…..from flowers to sunsets and everything in between (and even my mug that makes me smile this morning)….they didn’t have to be beautiful, but I sure do appreciate them….

    Returning to Him and resting…..that has been my theme for the past 9+ months. I have been in a season that has everything flipped upside down. I have gone from running marathons, working full time as a school nurse, teaching cross training classes and leading a super active life with my family to essentially homebound (this part has now improved a bit) and quite sedentary. I have had complications from an injury to my foot and subsequent surgery that has limited my mobility due to nerve and circulation issues. Yes, there have been a few days where I have felt the weight of it all….but those were the days I stepped away from Him. He says to return to Him and rest…..well, I’ve certainly been doing A LOT of that these past 9 months….and also learning how to allow OTHERS to help me, to accept help, to realized it’s not all up to me….I used to be a “do-er”, an overly independent, thrive on getting 50 million things done a day….. it has been an interesting change for our family. Praise God that He has been here supporting us thru it all…..but that REST??? It is REAL. When forced to STOP. To quit running (literally and figuratively :) …..to RETURN….it has allowed me to REST…..to rest in His presence….His promise…..allowing Him to lead me and guide me…..

    • She Reads Truth

      Hi Heather, thank you for the sweet encouragement! It always means so much to us. Praying for complete healing of your foot and for continued encouragement during this season. We’re grateful you’re a part of our SRT community. – Margot, The SRT Team

  • Cynthia Johnston

    “We cannot outrun, outwit or outwork our sin.” This struck me this morning as I strive to love Him more each day. Returning to Him and resting in Him this season to remind myself that Jesus completed the work of my salvation. He said,”It is finished!” Let us believe!

  • Priska Jordan

    I’m reading along in the physical study, and my oh my! Amanda, I’m so excited to read Exodus with you! Day 1 is already so good! I especially love Psalm 78 – it’s what I’m praying over my family to begin a new legacy of following the Lord together.

  • Today I will not attempt to escape on my fast horses. Today, Lord I will wait on you. Today, I will be obedient to your leading.

  • This past week or so, I’ve just been exhausted, physically AND mentally. In the winter I tend to slip into a state of depression and anxiety, and some days it feels like the world is asking a lot of me. How incredibly nourishing it was to read this on a Monday morning. Deliverance through rest. A reminder from God to use this season to reflect and slow down.

    • Claire

      I am there with you and hope this season to lift me out of the winter doldrums. Prayers

    • Amy Alexandra

      Courtney, I struggle with depression as well. I completely identify with your feeling that the world is asking a lot of you—I have felt so overwhelmed lately that sometimes I wish I could just crawl under the covers and stay there for a month or two. I definitely needed this reminder: that God calls me to rest, that He saves me without any effort of mine. I am without strength, but Christ died for me. I pray that both of us will use this season to rest in Him and that we will come out of it knowing Him better!

  • How beautiful is it that our repentance and humility lead to rest in Jesus. His word doesn’t say that repentance leads to shame, it’s quite the opposite, it gives us rest. We will toil in this life, but our safe place, our restful sanctuary is in HIM! Jesus has flipped our ideals upside down and truly brought us life abundant in His name. How cool. Praise the Lord! 2 Samuel 17:28 And now, O LORD, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant.’ Amen!

  • How lovely the thought is to run toward Jesus, into his arms and rest. I was reminded again today how God holds us fast, in his hands. He knows what is going to happen…and all we must do is trust him! Amen!!

  • Do any of you lovely ladies have a good REPENTANCE GUIDE?! I find my mind gets so distracted when I pray and I love when I have questions to ask myself when I intentionally take time to reflect for the purpose of DEEP repentance. (I’m not a very structured, robotic person typically but, DO feel I need this.)

    Help please?!

    • Rebecca

      How about using Galatians 5, the fruit of the spirit, as your checkpoint?

      • Valerie

        Try writing out your prayers. This helps to clear your mind and focus. Remember prayer is just a conversation with God. Just talk to him like you would a friend with complete honesty. You can trust EVERYTHING to Him.

    • Rachel D

      I love the prayer journal from Thedailygraceco.com ! It prompts you with questions and helps you prayer more intentionally!!

      • Rhonda Johnson

        I looked up the prayer journal! It looks wonderful, I think I will order, thanks so much! I need something to prompt me in my prayer life!

        • Rachel

          Happy to help!! I find that the tools from both SRT and The Daily Grace Co. together, bring me deeper in God’s word!

  • Vanessa Sue

    I am reminded of my tendency to think I can fix everything that falls apart in my life on my own; that somehow I’ll know exactly what to do or how to avoid certain conflicts with my enemies. However, this route, as the Word says, always leaves me alone and in an even bigger mess. This scripture reminds me to rest in Him. He’s already got me! By diligently remaining in His Word and in His presence, there is no other outcome but to come out victorious. Oh how I love Jesus!

  • The picture that came to my mind as I read this was a drowning person who fights the rescuer. We learned in lifeguard training to turn the person around so that you are behind them and can hold their arms to keep them from flailing and drowning you both. I see repentance as turning around, putting your back to the sin and going in a different direction. Resting in the arms of your rescuer is the only way to be saved. You can’t save yourself by fighting harder.

    It isn’t my tendency to ask for help or receive it graciously. I am way more likely to try and give the impression that I’ve got this and don’t need help. Today I’m sick and having to spend the day in bed. Everything in me wants to get up and do, but I’m forced to stay in bed and let my husband care for me. It is a good start to the Lenten season of being quiet, resting and letting others help me.

    I like how Amanda said that Lent is a long, slow season where we pause to remember who we are, who God is and what Jesus has done. May it begin today.

    Have a blessed day, my friends.

    • Heidi V

      Yes! Lovely illustration and reflection. I hope and pray you are up and at it soon!

  • Sarah Miller

    I’ve decided to not just give up social media but my phone. I spend too much time on it in general. No need to check emails when I am not at work or to browse sites as a time waster. It is time to dive deep into His Word and to explore it with my family. I look forward to the rest and challenge of it all.

    • Susan

      In case of emergency only. I am with you! I am not that important that I need to check my email, Instagram, FB, etc. all the time. I tell my kids , “back in the day, it was one phone on the wall and we survived. ” Much more important things to do to build up His Kingdom!

  • Kelly Chataine

    Jesus Christ has done all the work, the complete sacrifice. We need to repent, trust and wait. He has done and will do the heavy lifting.

  • Ladies, I am having difficulty with this app. Can you help?

    • Wickwoo

      I was as well – just went to the website for now. I’m sure they will figure it out soon

    • bevin

      if you can’t get the app to work, the website is very user friendly. that’s what i use because my carrier doesn’t always support the app for some reason. hope that helps

    • Amanda Bible Williams

      Hi friends—we’re having some technical difficulties this morning but they are being resolved as we speak. Thanks for your grace!

    • Amanda Bible Williams

      Fixed! xo

    • charlie woodruff

      Hi Andrea:) I too was experiencing difficulty. i deleted the app, did a soft reset and reinstalled the app. It s working well now. Have a good Monday!

    • Cara Eshleman

      Mine was too. I restarted it a few times then decided to just go to the website. It started working about an hour later though.

    • Wendy McSwain

      Seems to be working better now!

  • I am so grateful for this! We can never preach the Gospel to ourselves too many times. Today I’m especially encouraged that when we humble ourselves to see our sin, we then can have confidence in God. Sometimes I allow shame from recognizing my sin to keep me from confidence and rest in Jesus… how reassuring that we do have confidence… in the work of the Cross!

  • Anyone having trouble with the app?

    • Kelley

      Yes! I can only get today’s study to work on my computer.

    • Andrea

      Yes, I can’t get the study to load fully even though I was charged on Google play for it.

    • Michelle Johnson

      I bought the paper version of the Lenten study. But in it it doesn’t have the devotionals those are in the app. But it cost 299 in the app to get the devotionals, but it looks like through the website the devotional is free each day? Or is what is on the app different? Just wondering if any of you ladies know! ☺

      • Churchmouse

        Study book has the Scriptures and a lot of extras but not the devotions. The mobile app and the website have the Scriptures and the devotions. I use the study book because I’m a paper and pen person and I use the mobile app for the convenience of the devotions. I don’t mind paying for any of it because it supports SRT which in turn blesses so many.

      • Kris

        I receive their email for free every day. I used to use the app. I can read it off of the email or click on it and read it in a browser. That also allows me to tap on the Bible verses and read them if I happen to be away from my Bible.

    • Courtney Cates

      I’m able to read this on my iPhone!

    • Amanda Bible Williams

      Hi friends—we’re having some technical difficulties this morning but they are being resolved as we speak. Thanks for your grace!

      • Mary Borgsmiller

        I usually get daily emails but all of sudden, I’m not. Is it because I have missed a few days?

        • Amanda Bible Williams

          No, they should still be coming! You might try checking your spam folder in case it’s decided to weed them out. Or try unsubscribing & resubscribing. If you’re still having problems, email us at [email protected]. xo

    • Amanda Bible Williams

      Fixed! xo

    • G C

      Since the new updates to the app I regularly have trouble getting my studies to open. They often just won’t load :-( I wrote to SRT for help but didn’t really get any answers. I finally deleted the app and restored it, seems to have helped a little.

    • Lisa dK

      Michelle, I think the devotionals on the website and the app are the same. From looking into it in the past, I think the difference is that you can’t access past days in the website and you can access all days in the app. The app is handy if you miss a day and I sometimes like to revisit the comments.

  • Churchmouse

    Some days I’m walking pretty wobbly. Wobbly and weary. I’m ready to enter the rest that comes with the season of Lent. For me it will be a season of contemplation and sacrifice. So I will daily contemplate the Scriptures selected by SRT and I will sacrifice from social media. I will take a break to make more time for Him. I’ll remove the time thieves so that I can steal away into His presence longer and know Him more deeply. I’m counting on the joy of the Lord to be my strength to persevere through Easter. Or longer… I’ll ask Him. Removing my social media accounts now…

  • Sheila Busch

    Resting is so hard for me. I want to receive love by doing, by works, by being worthy. But God doesn’t want that from me. God wants me to pause, to rest in my strife, to accept His love and forgiveness through Jesus. God’s salvation is simple, while the world is hard. God’s love is forever and steadfast while the world’s love is fleeting. During this Lent season, my job is only to rest. To believe, to trust, to rest in God’s love.

    • Bonnie Maw

      Sheila, this is so true for me as well. Resting does not come easy, but yet when I allow myself rest I can see Him working in me.

  • I love this verse from Isaiah 30:15, such hope. Also a great reminder to just “be” and to abide in Him, to not strive!

  • How amazing is His love for us! There is nothing or no one that can make Him stop! During this time, I’m returning to my first love and allowing Him to give me rest! I’m still so amazed at the grace and forgiveness He gives me everyday and I can rest knowing that He loves me inspite of anything I can say or do!

  • Beautiful. I totally got stuck on two thoughts. “In quietness and trust shall be your strength,” and “that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” Such great words to mull over today. Don’t we all need some refreshing right now? I have never participated in lent even though I understood it and wasn’t against it. I guess I just never wanted to set an expectation. I saw it as just another thing I could try to do to be a better Christian but fail at. These verses just might be the key to what I need to do this season.

  • … Not running… ..” ..”.. Where couldi go to escape from you?
    Where could I get away from your presence?

    Looking forward….
    Nothing to lose… everything.. everything to gain…
    “Examine me O God, and know my mind, my heart, my being…test me and discover my thoughts. Find out if there is any evil in me, and guide me in the everlasting way…”


    Looking forward to the journey ahead with you my Sisters here at SRT. .
    May peace and Grace be yours today, whatever your dsy looks like…
    Blessings and love… always..xxx

    • She Reads Truth

      We’re grateful to have you a part of our SRT community Tina! – Margot, The SRT Team

  • nursedodie

    I read your comment about about giving up something for Lent my answer is no I am add something an extra Bible study/devotional I’m already doing two and now I am adding this Lent one

  • Another thing: I’m wondering if others here intend to give anything up for Lent (e.g. meat, sugar, social media…) and if so, what is the precise motivation behind it…

    • CMR

      Hi Songbird,

      I am giving up social media and my busy schedule. ..I have decided to learn to love the word “No”, this season and spend time resting in God’s presence and with my daughter. I noticed I am always available for a phone chat with a friend just to hear them talk about Nothing or vent, running errands for others which leaves me with less time for myself/household, serving/volunterring at every event because others will not step up to help meet the need. I’ve been one people pleasing, neglectful (my household), individual who has also placed God on the back end with my actions, while calling Him first with my mouth. Yes, I am here physically tired, mentally stressed, emotionally worn out and my soul is tired and crying out because of the inflictions and the rest needed to revive in Christ Jesus alone. Lent, here we come.

      • Carrie

        Amen! I think we are all at this point CMR! Here’s to a season of repentance, rest, and returning to Him!

      • Amy J

        Your post could be my post, almost word for word.

    • Megan

      I also plan to give up social media. I’ve had “mini fasts” from social media before, but never anything this long. It’s such a time waster. I want to be able to get ready quicker in the morning (because I’m not mindlessly browsing social media) so that I have more time to devote to the Word and prayer in the morning. In the afternoon, I want to spend that time with my family or doing things around my home that I’ve neglected.

    • Momtomany

      Last year I gave up facebook (dont use much other social media) and found it so refreshing. I had to remember that it wasn’t just giving up something but replacing that with time spent with Jesus. I am good a setting aside the time but find my mind so often wanders in my quiet time that I lose focus quickly. I love these readings to help with that focus!

    • Cara Eshleman

      My church is doing 21 days of prayer and fasting (started 2/5/18). I’ve chosen to fast from the TV apps on my ipad (no TV unless it’s on a real television and someone else turned it on). I may extend it past 21 days and do it for all if Lent. I’m really missing some of my shows right now. Ha!

      • nursedodie

        after reading your comment and the others I think I am going to give up my games I play every night on my iPad and limit myself to 1 hour of TV at night only because I work 2pm to 10pm and that is how I unwind at night

    • Terri

      I have never celebrated, never given anything up for Lent, I’ve never belonged to a church that did this. Since studying with SRT, I’ve learned so much, and decided I wanted to participate in this Lenten ritual – hoping that is the correct term. I thought of so many things I could give up, coffee, TV, Instagram, the list went on, but they all seemed small somehow. A devotional from John Eldredge showed up in my mailbox about this very subject, suggesting I ask God what to fast. So I did. And my answer came clear as a bell – Fear. It’s perfect as I am fearful, I have been for as long as I can remember. I’m giving up fear, I’m going to be brave and trust in God in all things, for if he is for me, who can be against me.

      I began yesterday when I was faced with a situation that always puts me on edge. I said a quick prayer, and faced it head on! It went so smoothly, I was left wondering why I had been so afraid and nervous!

      With God’s help the fasting of fear will become a permanent fast!

      God is Good!

      • songbird

        inspirational, Terri, thanks!

        • nursedodie

          that is very inspirational but please don’t forget to listen to God and do as he says I lost my oldest son because his father told him to fear nothing – he ended up drowning in a creek that was way out of its banks I believe he wasn’t listening to God. He believed in God and Christ and he wanted to become a minister.

    • Deborah Craytor

      I had always understood that the purpose of giving something up for Lent was to redirect the money spent on that luxury to the church instead. I plan to give up Starbucks, and since I spend quite a lot of money there, I should have a nice donation at the end of the 40 days.

    • Marie Brown

      I’m giving up buying things impulsively on Amazon to teach myself moderation and patience. Also want to give up gossiping because I don’t believe it is helpful and not consistent with how I want to live. Never celebrated Lent before and new to the Bible so we’ll see how it goes!

    • Marly W

      I’m giving up social media, more specifically Twitter and Instagram. I still need to access FB for events, but I’m restricting myself to certain times in the day for FB. And only on my iPad or computer and not on my phone.

      My intention is to decrease my usage of social media period and not just over the Lenten period so I can focus more on spending time with God and on my offline life.

    • Emily

      I’m giving up social media because though it’s normally a really useful tool it also makes me feel stressed and restless, so am giving it up for Lent as a bit of a rest from it.

    • nursedodie

      I’m not going to give anything up for Lent I’m adding a second devotional I’m sorry I’m a little late responding

    • Michelle

      I’m giving up Netflix. I run to that in order to avoid pain. I feel God inviting me to learn how to rest with Him in the midst of pain, instead of trying to stuff it. Letting go of Netflix will force me away from distraction and into God’s arms. … Prayers for everyone!

  • I’m so excited for this reading plan! Last year I started this during Lent, planning to replace my facebook ritual in the morning with a bible-reading ritual. Since then, I have followed quite a few plans.

    I think repentance is a vital part of Christian life, yet I don’t often “do” it. I am not too sure how to. May this plan help me to focus on repentance. 40 days should be a good amount of time to “get some of it done”, shouldn’t it? (I know, this way of saying it is so not in line with today’s devotional. It just shows how much there is to learn for me the next few weeks ;)

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