The Joy and Difficulty of Rest

The Joy and Difficulty of Rest

Over the past several weeks I’ve had plenty of time to rest. It’s been a forced and required time for an empty schedule, one that I had planned to do in July but not because I had to! And it has been welcomed and needed. These past few weeks, I’ve slept and walked and reclined for more hours than I can number. And it got me thinking about some time I’ve spent abroad.

‘I’m busy’ has become a leading status symbol of our time. I already have plenty of time to rest. The question is: Am I using it to rest or filling it with more work? I encourage you and me to make a commitment to say no to the crazy busy life. I reflect on the necessity of rest in my bi-weekly commentary for World Radio. More here:

A new journey

A new journey

Two weeks ago today I was getting prepped for an unexpected surgery and after some prayer, I’ve decided it’s okay to share more.

In the spirit of 2 Cor 1:3-5, I’d like to share that I had a hysterectomy. I am young and have learned that many women have this procedure around my age (40, 41). I did not know this. My hope is to continue to share about my journey and recovery here on my site through reflection posts about what the Lord has been teaching me. I will say that I came into this surgery quite healthy and therefore realize that my recovery, both physically and emotionally, may look differently than many others.

As I’ve entered into this new season of life and began researching, I’ve realized that there are not a lot of women sharing about this common procedure. Similar to when I had miscarriages, there were not many sharing openly about their journey. Today you can find an abundance of resources for women who have endured the pain of miscarriage and infertility but this has been a recent phenomenon. I hope that as I share about what the Lord is teaching me about life post this major surgery, there will be more who follow.

Today, I don’t have much to share but maybe it will serve you to know you are not alone. As we wait for our resurrected bodies, we can rejoice in the hope to come and thank him for how he will use this momentary affliction. He will surely do it. He is so good to us.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too” (2 Cor 1:3-5).

(p.s. I have an army of dear friends giving me tips and such, so no need to share the latest trend. Prayers are always accepted and appreciated, however!)

My future self does thank me and other updates

My future self does thank me and other updates

I’d love for you to take a moment to watch this video that includes some important updates and a prayer request! See you in September! 

Here’s a link to the article I reference at the beginning of the video:

Check out:

The World and Everything In It! Here’s a link to my announcement and all the ways you can listen in:

The ERLC Podcast: You can listen to a variety of things and make sure to check out our series called “Better Together”: 

Not mentioned on the video:

If you are interested in some summer reading, join us in Come Read With Us. I will not be updating over the summer break but will continue to read each month.

I have been so blessed by the emails and messages about If God Is For Us and how the Lord has used it. I prayed He would and He is honoring that prayer. I’m truly grateful. If you are looking for a summer study, I hope you’ll check it out. You can learn more at I’ve been learning in new ways that God is truly for us!

HAPPY SUMMER BREAK! Grateful for you and pray the Lord gives you joy and rest this summer.  God is good, all the time!

If you’d like prayer, please feel free to comment or send to

With joy and hope in the Lord,


I Can’t Save My Children

I Can’t Save My Children

The pressure to try to save my children is off. I can’t. There’s nothing I can do to make them believe.

But what I can do is faithfully speak the truth—and live it out before them. I can answer God’s call to train up children in the way they should go (Prov. 22:6). I can wait patiently for Him to work.

It’s hard not to fear. But what I have come to rest in is that God is deeply invested in my children. He knit them together in my womb. He cares for them more than me. And my heart rests in knowing that not one prayer for my children goes unheard.

I share more about what I’ve learned and am learning about raising my little lads in this World Radio segment:

Is the World against You?

Is the World against You?

There are times when I’ve felt like nothing was going quite right. Relationships seemed hard and strained. Sickness wrecked my body and plans. And my mind had to fight hard to remember God’s goodness.

In that fight to remember God’s goodness, I’d rehearse Paul’s rhetorical question in Romans 8: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (8:31).

A rhetorical question is a question asked in order to create a dramatic effect. It makes a point, rather than seeking an answer.

In this verse and the verses that follow, it’s almost as if Paul is saying, “Come on, look at all the Lord has done. Taste and see. Believe. If he did this, then why in the world wouldn’t you believe him, trust him, and rest in him?

God is “for us” means God is on our side. He is working on our behalf. God is working all things together for good.

If this is true, then who can be against us?

Listen to more of my reflections on The World and Everything In It:

The “If God Is For Us” online study begins this week! Here’s some FAQs

The “If God Is For Us” online study begins this week! Here’s some FAQs

I am so thrilled about this 6-week online study hosted by the wonderful team at Moody Publishers! It begins on Monday, April 1, but as you’ll see below, if you miss this week, no big deal! I’ve received a few questions and want to jump right into the answers.


  1. Who can join?

Answer: Absolutely anyone! You can join as a group or an individual. But make sure to sign up here first:

  1. I signed up but I did not receive an email. What do I do?

Answer: First check you spam folder. Emails may be there. If you have Gmail, check your “promotions” folder or other folders similar to that. If you do not find it there, go ahead and sign up again via the link above. If that doesn’t work, email me at and we will make it happen!

  1. When will you (Trillia) be joining the group?

Answer: Over the next six weeks, I’ll be in the Facebook group every Monday at 9:00 am. I won’t likely be able to be in there much more than once or twice a week but I will make sure to pop in as much as I can. The wonderful Moody Publishers’ team will be leading the rest of the week.

  1. What if I miss the Monday video study time?

Answer: The videos will be recorded and available not only all week but even after our six weeks is over! We are keeping the Facebook group open until June. So, if you need to watch the video as an individual or a group on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm, you can do that (or any other day and time)!

  1. What if I can’t join right on April 1?

Answer: This is similar to a video study that you would do on your own and therefore you will have access to the videos that are recorded each week until June. Please don’t wait to sign up officially via Moody (here) and go ahead and join the Facebook group. If you begin by May 1, you will be able to complete the 6 weeks.

Reminders from Moody Publishers:

Our online Bible study If God Is For Us begins this week and we are so excited!

Over 600 of you will be joining us as we dive deep into the riches found in Romans 8.

To make sure you’re ready to go, complete these three easy steps below:

  1. Join the private If God Is For Us online Bible study Facebook group. This Facebook group is where we will discuss the Bible study, meet with author Trillia Newbell, and interact together throughout the week. Join today, and be sure to introduce yourself! Please note that we will officially begin on April 1st.
  2. Pick up a copy of the If God Is For Us book by Trillia Newbell as soon as possible. This online Bible study is FREE, but you will need the book to follow along. You can find it at your favorite book retailer or purchase a copy for 40% off at Moody Publishers now through 4/7/19.
  3. Invite your friends to join you in the If God Is For Us online Bible study! They can join by signing up here. If you have note signed up, sign up here too.

Now you’re all set. We’re excited to study with you.


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