Hear Me clearly: I do not “reprimand” you. I am not that kind of God! If you are facing challenges that seem to attack or deplete your spirit, know that I may be forming or shaping you more into My likeness, – and so, choose to say thank you. Choose to trust Me even more, knowing that I will reveal Myself to you more fully with each step of your life. My ways are not meant to be hard. Sometimes they call upon you to shed unimportant details, enlightening simpler priorities and gleaning peace from it all as you learn to live a life of simplicity. I am with you, and so, you are up for the challenge!
I read your thoughts and already know your needs. I will touch others through you, satisfying your desire for attention in meaningful ways. You are an important presence to others around you, but I desire your full attention. Seek Me first and My kingdom of peace will be yours. I don’t call you to sacrifice all day to a point of resentment. I do, however, ask you to lay your life down when your desires are not in line with My purpose for you. I will help you discern that. Ask Me for help when you are confused on which way to go. Pray for others. I hear it all; I hold it all. Relax as you allow Me to take the lead from you. Enjoy life with Me at the helm instead.
I speak to you daily, – in the wind, sights, and sounds. Hush, and breathe. Calm your Spirit. Learn to rest fully in My Presence. Absorb My Light. I am in you, around you, and near you; look for Me in this day. See Me in the eyes of others. Don’t be scared by what you see. Stop your worries about what others are thinking about you. You can walk humbly and with confidence, at peace with others and within yourself. If you start falling backwards into self-reproach, grasp My hand. Trust Me more. My plans are as they should be and you can take comfort and regain confidence in My Presence here, now, and forever.
Take a gentle day today. No rush. There are no real demands other than to slow things down. Life is very busy and, – although full of Goodness, – there is need for rest time. Indulge yourself in some time off. Leave some of the to-do’s for another day. I give you this: permission to NOT do for a day. Try it, and be faithful to it. See what joy this brings. You put so much pressure on yourself to get all the little tasks done. It’s impressive how much you accomplish, but I don’t ask you to wear yourself thin. I call you to a true day of REST, weekly. This has been hard for you to manage. Take it seriously. I need you to rest up so that you will be strengthened for what is ahead. Rest helps alleviate unwarranted fears. Trust Me at all times, and ingest My Light.
You are a Light unto others. Don’t recede into darkness or separate yourself because of past hurts. Your gift is inclusion, and reaching out to others who cannot always reach back or aren’t good at going beyond the awkwardness of past mistakes. If I have taught you nothing else, it is how to stand strong and move forward even in uncomfortable situations. I need you to hear Me calling you even deeper on this road, reaching into your soul. You have a rich, meaningful purpose here. You’ve felt excluded, yet you weren’t. Yours is the gift of leadership, inclusion, purpose, and compassion. I will bless the ways you choose to be welcoming and outgoing. Let My waves of Grace and Glory wash over you now. Rest trustingly cradled in My arms as I renew you and restore your broken Spirit. I am big enough to do just that!
Life is not always pain-free. Still, I don’t aim to cause you suffering. Your sleepless nights are filled with anxious thoughts, but I heard each one of them. I know life is hard. Continue to lean into Me so that you can find peace again. It takes an act of will to choose TRUST. I am a trustworthy God who spares no cost in taking on suffering. I offer you peace deep inside, even when the world is chaotic and others have hurt you or let you down. Perhaps you will be surprised by joyful moments interspersed in the day ahead. Let Me bring hope back into your head. Allow Me to soften your heart with My tender love for you.
You are MINE, – constantly and intensely. I love you with a fervor and devotion that cannot be shaken or stripped from you. No circumstance tears Me away from you. Find Me in your heart, – in that still, small voice of reassurance. Even if others are mean, exclusive, or inconsiderate, you are met by Me with tender love and acceptance. I make you whole again, every day. Let My Grace wash this truth over you today, everywhere you go. Be My voice of peace and comfort.
You are faithful and talented, – so talented!, – but you are only one person. Serve for Me and for My Good. My Good is when you touch the lives of others, – sometimes in a passing hello, other times in more attentive conversations or complicated activities. My Good abounds everywhere! Take a portion of it in today because I give My Good for you, too. I’m not a demanding God who only asks you to serve, serve, serve. Today you can receive, too. In fact, any day you can receive; this isn’t selfish. Insulate yourself against worry by taking time with Me daily and absorbing My gifts to you in the form of rest, quiet time, and help from others. I do not ask for your weariness. Fill your own well by first spending time with Me, receiving My Joy. Let it surprise you with how easy and satisfying it is to find once you recognize My Presence.
There is a lot clouding your mind: little details, daily agendas, rehashing previous events and conversations. Try closing your eyes and focus instead on taking deep, slow breaths. Block out the noise of thoughts vying for your attention by noticing cool air streaming in through your nose and deeply reaching to the bottom of your lungs. Picture all of the junk – the physical aches and stress, the mental worries and frustrations, – being exhaled out. Do this slowly and intentionally for a few minutes. You cannot help but begin to notice My Light and warmth replacing the grayness. Allow this to draw you to a place of contentment. I am Light. I am fresh air and new breath. Become aware of My constant, loving Presence vying for your attention, too, and hold on to this loving truth.
Let the rain of Grace wash away your hurt and unhappiness. I will supply comforts to carry you along the way, too. Your life doesn’t have to be just about serving others. Don’t forget about attending to yourself; self-care is also essential. It’s important to soak up My peace intended for you, and refresh your soul. With My hand upon you, all can be made right. Let Me be a healing agent, attending to your needs. My Goodness rooted and established in you is meant to be well tended, and only then can it result in being My gift to all around you.