If you haven’t met Crickett Keeth, you’re missing a lot. She may be a tiny, little thing, but she is a powerful messenger for the Father! We met years ago when I was teaching at North Texas Christian Writers Conference and it has been a joy to get to know her better through her writing, speaking, and as Director of Women’s Ministries at First Evangelical Church in Memphis, TN.
I’m honored to share Crickett and her newest book with you. And in this season of gift-giving, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Her title? The Gift of Rest. Can I get an AMEN? I know you want and need a copy of this book, so be sure to leave a comment and you might win it next week! Now, let’s get started!
Welcome, Crickett. Before we start talking about your new book, would you tell us how you got started writing Bible studies?
I was leading a small group Bible study with some girls in Dallas, and we were using popular studies on the market. To facilitate richer discussion, I would add thought-provoking questions to the book questions each week. One summer, my girls challenged me, â€śCrickett, why donâ€™t you write our next Bible study?â€ť After praying about it, I accepted their challenge, and Iâ€™ve continued writing Bible studies ever since.
The Father certainly uses a variety of ways to move us, doesn’t He? So what compelled you to write a Bible study on the subject of rest?
I meet with women all the time as the Womenâ€™s Ministry Director at my church, and I started to notice a trend in what I was hearing. â€śCrickett, Iâ€™m exhausted. Iâ€™m worn out. I need some rest.â€ť And I was feeling the same way. Weâ€™re all in need of rest. And I canâ€™t imagine that this is Godâ€™s plan for us – to frantically rush through life at breakneck speed. So I began to search the Scriptures to see what God has to say about rest, and the result was this Bible study. In eight weeks, we look at Godâ€™s perspective of rest from Genesis to Revelation. And as we understand His perspective, it gives us freedom to embrace the gift of rest instead of feeling guilty about it. When we see how God emphasized, even commanded, rest, how can we not rest?
I totally agree! Why do you think people arenâ€™t making rest a priority these days?
The reasons I most often hear are:
(1) Iâ€™m too busy. I donâ€™t have time to rest. If I stop to rest, I canâ€™tÂ get everything done. Once I get everything done, then Iâ€™ll rest.
God gives us 24 hours a day, and He will never give us more to do than we can do in a day. The problem is not having too little time, but taking on more than God ever intended for us to take on.
(2) I feel guilty. I should be doing something productive. People will think Iâ€™m lazy if I take time to rest.
Jesus rested, and He didnâ€™t feel guilty for taking time to do so, and neither should we.
(3) Itâ€™s not spiritual to rest. People who love the Lord stay busy. Itâ€™s selfish for me to take time to rest. I need to be serving others. I want to be a Proverbs 31 woman, and she didnâ€™t rest. Iâ€™m notÂ a godlyÂ woman if I rest.
Thereâ€™s nothing unspiritual about taking time to rest. Itâ€™s actually unspiritual to work ourselves to the point of exhaustion without taking time to be replenished in order to carry out the ministry Heâ€™s given us to do.
I know you were going through a time of â€śno restâ€ť when you wrote this study. How did you find rest in that season of life when circumstances wouldnâ€™t allow you to rest?
Yes, the timing of this study was perfect for me in that tough season of life. My 98-year old mom was in the nursing home in Memphis, and I was there every day after work and on the weekends. Emotionally, it was draining to watch my mom lose her quality of life. I would come home from the nursing home every day, exhausted â€“ physically and emotionally. But during those times of no physical rest, I found soul rest – a peace that God was in control. I found rest in that season by meeting with God, and letting Him refresh me through His Word. I knew He would give me strength for each day, one day at a time. But I needed time alone with Him to be reminded of His strength and sovereignty in this tough season.
I have learned to value the gift of rest as a result of this study. And I pray that those who go through this Bible study will also come to embrace that gift.
And I join you in that prayer. What better gift could there be than to rest in the Gift of Jesus and His love? Thank you for sharing your book with us today, Crickett.
And friends, be sure to leave a comment for Crickett and you’ll be in the drawing for a free book! And return next week to see if you’re the winner.
Here’s more about Crickett:
Crickett Keeth is the Womenâ€™s Ministry Director at First Evangelical Church in Memphis, Tennessee, where she writes and teaches the womenâ€™s Bible studies. She is the author of several published Bible studies, including The Gift of Rest and Sumatra with the Seven Churches (co-authored with Sandra Glahn). Crickett was on staff with Cru for ten years and is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. In addition to teaching regularly at her own church, she also speaks at womenâ€™s conferences and retreats. She offers free resources for discipleship and encourages others in their own walk with God through her website at www.CrickettKeeth.com. You can also connect with Crickett on Facebook and Twitter.
Blessings as we prepare to celebrate the beginning of a new year!