It’s too easy to focus on little hurts you’ve experienced, but I don’t want you to get caught up in that mess. The smallest offense tends to tumble downhill, building up into giant imaginings of being judged and criticized. Don’t fall into that trap again. Quickly release the offense, reminding yourself you don’t have to take it personally. Ask Me for help to let things roll off your back. Be reminded that I love you no matter what. You are always welcome at my table regardless of the opinions or actions of others. Release the hurt and run into My arms instead.
I recognize your weariness and the emotion that accompanies it. Your anxiety and stress, – sometimes including sadness or irritability, – leave you feeling overwhelmed. Press on. Come to Me with all of it and rest a while by My side. Let the tears fall. Then, after you have been able to share the load with Me, rise up. Notice that I don’t stay seated, pushing you away while saying “Just get going”. No, – I rise with you. We’ll press on together. We can handle anything this way. Let’s take it slowly, – one day, one hour, one moment at a time.
I take care of your every need. Every bite of food, each reassuring glance, every ounce of hope instilled is all part of My handiwork. In fact, when you think of it, all worry is truly senseless. Try this for a day: pay attention to all that I provide – adequate food, clothing, a home, transportation, an able body, a bright mind. You will have everything you need to be exactly where you are supposed to be. I’ll help you show up and I’ll even help you finish the work. You are never alone.
I have so much in store for you! My yoke is meant to be easy, – easier than you are making it right now. Let Me carry the heaviest part while you simply walk beside Me. I know how your concerns weigh you down. Look to Me with pleading eyes and find how much Mercy, Love, and Grace I’ve been pouring on you all along. This will help you rest more assured that a time of peace is coming. Trust that I will help work it all out.
You will get your “drive” back. Sometimes I call you to slow down, and even to stop. I don’t mean for you to entirely back out of life and all of its commitments. Balance is the key and pausing to spend time with Me daily is the fuel you need. Fill up on My reassurance and love for you. Take in gallons of encouragement. My ways are gentle and kind, and I want you to treat yourself well with the same intention. Put the brakes on when anxiety and self-hatred try to take the driver’s seat. Order them to get out of the car; they don’t belong there. Let Me take over, steering you in the right direction. My ride is meant to be safe and slow, giving you ample time to take in the scenery.
Simplicity is where it’s at. As you de-clutter your surroundings and your head, you make room for you and I to be together more. When thoughts are clouding your mind and decision-making feels super challenging, picture yourself getting rid of them one by one. Take out each worry and each plan, reviewing them before Me and examining what needs to be kept and what can be discarded. Try ridding yourself of at least one thing today, physically or spiritually. Put time with Me back in it’s place. As you make room for My Presence and stay awhile with Me, peace will fill the gaps.
Set your mind on Me and your heart will follow. The human mind is complex – created to process a multitude of stimuli all at once, yet equally capable of honing in on only one thought as needed. What you invest your concentration on can result in fruitfulness or destruction. I call out to you longing for a deep, true, conversational relationship with Me. Oh, if today you could reciprocate that yearning! Turn your heart toward home. I can lift you out of turmoil and help you gain new perspective.
When it is time, I will ask you to move. When the way is clear, you will stride with ease. When the day remains dark, I may only have you make tiny steps, inching out slowly until your footing is secure. You have no idea what awaits you in the day ahead, but one thing is assured: I will be with you wherever you go. When you feel overwhelmed or burdened, remember My steadfast love never leaves you alone. I will supply all that is needed in these next 24 hours. Lean on Me.
Take it slow today – with deliberate focus on one task, one conversation, one thing at a time. If you are having trouble prioritizing, write it all down and ask Me to look over the list with you. I’ll help you get started and it will flow much easier when you remember this is not all up to you. Sit with Me in quiet awareness of My Presence. Allow My grace to refocus, replenish, and refresh you. Entrust Me with your whole life and your whole list. I am yours, and you are Mine.
I want you to come bold-faced before Me, ready to hear all I have to say. Face Me and find that NOTHING can take away My love for you: no opinions from others, no little or big mistakes. So much of the tension and stress you live under is self-imposed and misguided. Allow My love for you to be ALL-ENCOMPASSING. Don’t give in to the temptation to tear yourself apart (again). You are just as worthy of My love and blessings as anyone else. Let Me attend to you, repairing your damaged spirit with My gentle attentiveness. I have already picked up the broken pieces; nothing has been left behind. Healing will come.