Picture Me in the room with you, right here, right now, – and even in the places I send you today or tomorrow, for I AM. Know that I am always with you, and all-powerful. Only My opinion matters. I have begun a good work in you and will bring it to completion. I am with you in all of it, so you can stop worrying. You make a difference in the lives of others. Proceed into this new year with confidence, knowing My Holy Spirit is your guide and your shield. No one else has power over you. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. You are a person of great integrity, and nothing can or will take that away. You can be at peace, show love, and then get some rest. Leave what remains up to Me. I am more powerful than anything that scares or worries you. Recall that I split the waters so that the troubled and persecuted people could walk through, escape, and move on. Picture Me splitting the waters and making way, protecting you in all of it. Proceed!
Do you find yourself feeling exhausted or unsettled? Somewhere, somehow, – in the next 24 hours, – take a nap. Carve out time for yourself this way. My design is for you to include times of rest, for it is only in physically slowing down that you can hear Me and gain perspective. I know you crave a slower pace, and less demands on your time. You may be thinking “How on earth am I supposed to just stop and take a nap?!” It may feel like a ridiculous request. I won’t define how long it needs to be, nor will I expect you to fall into deep restful sleep. This may or may not happen as a result, but the point is to conscientiously SLOW DOWN. Be tender and attentive to your need for rest, giving yourself permission for a time out. Use this time of your choosing to quietly observe and absorb your surroundings. Place whatever comes to the surface of your mind intentionally into My hands. Hand it all over, and listen for a response. You need Me in this way far more than you need to be constantly productive. In seeking and in rest, you shall be renewed.