Choose Wonder and Appreciation

I know you are only one person. I recognize your weariness and worried nature. I am your God, and all who place their trust in Me will prosper. My plans are not to destroy you or break you down. Let Me reassure you: there is time enough for everything, even rest. You have worked hard for Me and I want to bless you with noticing and enjoying of My gifts of nature, sounds, sun, smells, laughter, & more. Today need not be such a stressful day. Make it one of Goodness where you choose to be in a state of wonder and appreciation. Relax, doing only one thing at a time so you can be fully present in the moment.

Not So Hard On Yourself

My work will get done. It always does, in due time. The trick is to not be so hard on yourself. Adjust your pace and relax into the day. Life’s struggles are behind you, and I give you memories and experiences to harvest now. All is well. Know Me. Find this quiet time as ripe organic matter fueling you with life-giving material. Enjoy this new phase of knowing I hand everything to you without expectations beyond your capacity. I only call you to what comes naturally.

Stop Paddling

I am a God you can trust. I am the greatest listener, encourager, and healer. Let Me be your rock today, – a solid, sturdy place to stand, sit or rest upon as you see fit for your needs. I provide firm support that is unwavering against waves or stormy weather. You can dock your boat firmly to Me. It’s important to stop paddling now and then and step out of the water. Come to Me for focus and guidance.

Replenishment

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.

Cut Yourself Some Slack

You have a hard time giving yourself permission to take a break. Even when the break involves communication with Me, you still feel the urge to rush off and ‘be productive’ elsewhere. Cut yourself some slack. Get in tune with the essential nature of finding quiet time with Me. I can make your movement so much more efficient and effortless, but your striving must be for building My kingdom. Any other purpose will make you spin your wheels and burn out your engine. Be ignited for My plans, fueled by quiet thought and prayer time daily. Giving yourself room and permission to pause doesn’t make you a ‘slacker’. It’s essential to become grounded with Me first and foremost.

Do One Thing

As you get better at slowing down, you will also get better at finding calmness. When pressure and anxiety start to build in your head, take down one piece at a time from the mound of to-dos. Set all else aside, trusting Me to help you find the time to address each thing. I want you to see how effective reliance upon Me can be. Practice this “do one thing” method for an hour and see what we can get done together as you invest your trust in My provision. It doesn’t all have to be done in a day. I’ll supply what you need as you leave the rest to Me.

Find Better Balance

I see how fatigued you get. That busy head of yours is almost always in over-drive. Park the car for a second and check in with Me. Is everything you are trying to do really a priority when you pass it by My scrutiny? What can you let go of, delegate, or set-aside for another day? Find better balance today by coming to Me to sort things out. I can give you clarity and focus. Remember that I continually offer peace to you. Stop and receive My Grace-filled gift.

Don’t Let the Task-Master Rule

There is much to be said for slowing down. In a fast-paced world there is little room for awareness of My Presence and My reign over you and all of life. Don’t let the task-master ways in you rule. Step back, often, and pause to listen – acknowledging My ways and recognizing My deep love for you. Be especially mindful of that today. Let Me bring peace back to your heart and mind.

Throw Guilt Out

Allow Me to bless you with simple pleasures today. I am a God who calls all to BE RESTORED. I know life can feel overwhelming and burdensome at times, so it is important to enjoy a reprieve now and then. Don’t feel guilty about this. In fact, throw guilt out the door because it has no place in My God-driven life plan for you. Replace any tendency toward guilt with inspiration as I call you to attend to matters of My choosing. Let Me lavish you with some Goodness today so you can in turn share compassion, kindness, and generosity with others in Spirit, attitude, and through whatever means I distribute into your care.

Sit Still, At Peace Inside

It is really important that you take big chunks of time out of your routine to break free from the demands of the day. Learn to sit still, relaxing your face and jaw, – breathing in and out deeply and slowly. I meet you in this space and place every time. Let Me remind you that I am in charge as your loving Provider. All the details will work out in due time whether you obsess about them or not. Strive to be at peace inside knowing I am trustworthy and reliable.