You are My delight, yet you mostly do not recognize it. Why do you have such difficulty believing this? Come to Me. Step forward out of the dark corners you stay shadowed in. I want you to be fully seen. Let My tears of Grace wash any past shame or regret away. If there are talents and skills you are timid about, hear My encouragement to bring them forward. I need all of you, not just the pieces you assess as “good enough”. Hold nothing back from My tender gaze. Allow My Light to permeate, warming you at your core and highlighting the Goodness I have designed in you as your Creator. Step out today with confidence in your true worth.
I don’t call you to a life that is HARDER. The slowing of your pace or productivity, if done for My Purposes, is totally acceptable. There are times requiring much of your focus and energy, but I am also a God of replenishment. The world’s standards and demands can pull you in many directions, yet I call you to simplify. Ask for My Guidance as you discern when to move and when to rest; when to interact and when to be still. In all things, know that I am God.
Kindness. This is the gift I seek for you to know and to give. A word that sustains. A listening ear. Hear My voice whispering soft lullabies of reassurance to you. Experience My tender touch on your life, wrapping you in soft blankets. Be gentle and kind with yourself and others in this hurried and hurting world.
Get up. Get going! We have things to do together today! Be ignited and excited by our partnership in the tasks ahead of you. Think of Me as your business partner – equally invested and fully “in” for the long-haul. Don’t get caught up in calculating the return on that investment or worrying about productivity. Take on the work at hand as if it’s mission work: done with love and passion without thinking of the payoff. Whether in big or small tasks, lay it all down at the end of the day, trusting that it’s enough. That’s all I ask of you.
Listening to Me does not always mean something ‘profound’ will be heard. Instead, I may instead be sending simple guidance, like “Make that call”, “Get up and take a short break”, “Go for a walk and notice the breeze”, or “It’s okay to feel ______”.The biggest thing to realize is that My conversation is constant. I want to hear from you. I am inside and around you, accompanying every moment and intertwined in every experience. Talk to Me. Share with Me. Level with Me. I already know what’s going on but I want to hear it from you. I am here, listening and responding in mysterious but real ways.
Let Me reach you in the mundane. If something you are working on seems dull and repetitive, try looking a little deeper at how you contribute to the benefit of others through these menial tasks. Every time you fold a load of laundry, wash a dish, pack a lunch, respond to an email…you do it for Me and for the good of all. See My purpose in the little things you do and take comfort knowing everything you do out of love MATTERS. It matters to Me and is therefore important for My world. You are valued and needed.
Even though sometimes life is hard or filled with difficult emotions, I am showing up. I am with you. You might feel like glimpses of Me are only fleeting, but that doesn’t negate My constant Presence. The trick is learning to recognize Me in occasional encounters but also still trust that I’m here even when you don’t feel or sense My nearness. In choosing to trust, you may find that you actually start recognizing Me more often. Check it out. I’m with you, – ALWAYS. Loving, supporting, and guiding you, – and attending to your every need.
Sometimes when you feel the greatest pressure to be “on it”, getting things done, and “ahead of the game”, this is when you most need to STOP. Learn to recognize when you are trying to be in control instead of acknowledging My sovereignty over you and your life. Things will get done. (Maybe not in the volume and order you think, though). Let Me help you. Ask Me to lend a hand, but also ask Me to LEAD. I will make all things manageable for you this way.
Practice the art of peaceful smiling. Just pause, look around, and put forth a grateful grin toward all you see in the moment, knowing that you and I are meeting right here, right now. Like our own little secret, you can take pleasure in this connection. Trust that I am here, bestowing Goodness upon you. I am working everything out for your future so you don’t have to worry or think about that right now. Just smile and say, “You’ve got this, God, – and I’ve got you, so all is well”. Thank Me as I smile upon you, as well.
Come to Me, oh My anxious one. Relax that jaw that clenches so tightly as your mind tries to keep up with your agendas. In My plan, things don’t have to be so hurried. Yes, there will be pressing things to attend to, but you can always approach them with slow confidence,- knowing that I am in charge and trusting My outcomes. You cannot plan for everything in life, so why don’t you stop trying so hard to make things turn out as you picture or imagine? For today, let life unfold and try just observing and participating without attempting to be on top of it all. Let Me be the Master of your time and see how calming this can be.