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.
I am sovereign over your life. Allow Me to be in charge of every aspect – the work of your hands, the words from your mouth, the inspiration from your heart, and the creativity of your mind. You and I are fluid, flowering, intermingled as One. Grasp your importance as you identify with Me, knowing that I wipe the slate clean with a fresh start. Put on your best attitude, open to what I have in store for this day. Do everything in partnership with Me.
I place My holy hand upon you in this day. You are called, chosen, and ready because you are My child. Don’t be intimidated by anything I ask of you – in this day or the next. I wouldn’t call you to anything that I won’t equally equip you for. Don’t get preoccupied with tomorrow. Pull in the reigns of your mind for the tasks of this day only. The more you practice this skill, the better your capacity to trust Me will be refined. See that what I am providing is plenty, and be thankful.
Stop being so brutal on yourself. Daily you are learning how to draw closer in awareness of My Presence. I am the constant in your life, – omnipotent, all-encompassing, and REAL. Live in My Love; forgive, embrace your tenderness, and be thankful. Entrust yourself, flaws and all, into My loving arms. It’s OK to cut yourself some slack.
You are forgetting the truth that I love you just as you are! I do not expect perfection. It is in your flaws and your talents BOTH that I dwell. Mistakes happen. Redemption does, too. Aim your sights on choosing to do what is pleasing in My sight, and leave the judgement of outcomes up to Me. Do all things in love, then trust yourself and Me enough to know that it is Good enough.
Seek God’s way. Put your mind on it and your heart will follow. When you don’t invite My Presence into your choices this can pull you astray and lead you down paths that bring empty results. God’s outcomes are what you can strive for, and in so doing you can find richness in Spirit and wealth in peace of mind. To truly find satisfaction you need to find satisfaction in what it is to strive for a life completed by the fullness of God and My Goodness. Erase your doubt of My love for you and seek first the kingdom of God.