Website Closing February 6th

He Gives Rest

Sitting here, Bible open, soft breeze blowing, listening to the lovely melody of the birds, a peace and contentment flood my soul.  


I have everything I've ever dreamed of!


Do I have that "dream house" or grand piano room? No.  And maybe to some my earthly possessions may be little.  But I am so blessed!  And no matter where I've been, THIS is the only thing I've ever wanted!


Sitting here two memories are brought to my mind.  One of a little girl, then a teenager in her favorite spot in the woods.  Birds singing, breeze blowing, sun beams sneaking through the branches overhead and warming her face every now and then.  This was her refuge from her five brothers.

The second memory of a young missionary mother, living in a tiny 500 sq. foot home with her five babies.  Inside, sometimes a little noisy...and as soon as she opened her door, friendly neighborhood greetings in Russian.  All things she loved so dearly, yet there was no quiet, little spot to sit.  No listening to the birds, enjoy the flowers, or hit the pause button.  How she longed and cried for just a little corner haven!  A place where all was quiet and she could commune with God!


God answered her prayer.  


Maybe not in the way she wanted, as she dearly loved the people who God had brought her to minister too!  They had become her family.

But as I sit here in what sounds like a bird sanctuary - little herb pots behind me, white petunias around me, a few tears mist my eyes and a tear hits my cheek as I gratefully think...I have everything my heart could desire!  God knew I needed this!


God is a refuge to those who seek HIM.  He has a rest for those who come to Him. Our Father knows what we have need of.  Trust HIM.


Psalm 62:5-8
My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.  In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.




  • Claudine, Yes! That is a perfect song! Thank you so much!

  • What a beautiful post, Jessy! Thank you so much for sharing your testimony of God’s faithfulness and goodness in your life. I don’t know if you know the Ron Hamilton song, “The Secret Place,” but this reminds me of that song.
    May God continue to bless you with true rest, no matter what circumstances you go through!
    love in Christ,

  • Yes. We truly do serve an amazing God! Vvendenka is forever in my heart and prayers! It is amazing how God so tightly binds your hearts to those He calls you to serve. Love you and praying for your ministry as well.

  • We have an INCREDIBLE GOD. “Trust in the LORD, and do good, so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Ps. 37:3-4. I think of how of God works in so many ways that we do not understand. As I flew over the ocean, reading the letter that you had written to me, I could not understand how you missed that village so much. Now I understand. In that tiny house where we both have some blessed memories, now lives a young Ukrainian bride, Vika, soon to be Momma, who also loves God and wants to be a witness for Him. Keep praying for the people of Vvedenka and especially for Tamara. We do not know whose heart God is reaching for in that village, but for Him to keep sending believers there to tell them the story of Jesus we know that He loves them dearly. In regard to giving us the desires of heart, I have been so blessed to have recently spent 2 months living a 5 minute walk from some of my grandchildren and being able to have grandparent Bible camp with them. Such a blessing. “The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” Psalm 138:8 What a WONDERFUL GOD we serve! Praying for you and your family this day.
    Donna Kuenzi
  • Helen, I am so, so sorry. Please know that I will be praying for you, your family, and your daughter. Love, Jessy


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