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.
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.
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.
All is well. You don’t have to overthink the day ahead. I have taken care of all the details. It’s all laid out on My God-map for you. You have prepared well enough. Now your task is only to journey slowly with Me, – one step, one hour, one task at a time. Let your focus be on loving others, which is pleasing to Me. Be simple and intentional with your gestures and words. My Way is one of peacefulness and gentleness toward and through you today.
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.
Be okay with yourself for a day. Stop the relentless teeth grinding and self-imposed pressure to perform, handle, initiate, follow through on, and take care of things. Listen to yourself setting that expectation bar so high. Just “be” for a change. Work on mindfulness, – a step by step awareness and contentment without excessive planning or self-criticism for what isn’t getting done. My ways of Peace may not seem aligned with your work ethic and drive. Listen to Me and let Me teach you. You don’t always have to show accomplishment to be a successful, devoted follower of Mine. Practice being calm and peaceful, even around others. Less is more today.
Let’s have a GOOD day today. Slow things down and take intentional breaks, pausing to find contentment in your surroundings. Take notice of My little gifts I send you in the moment. Everyday things, – sights, sounds, weather, nature, – can bring pleasure and calming. Tell yourself often “God’s got this. Things will work out. I can still enjoy today.” You might be surprised at how much of a difference this approach makes when you trust Me to render Goodness out of every circumstance.
You don’t have to be “on” all the time. Stepping back and taking time to unplug is equally as important as constantly striving to do and be your best self. You have become a harsh taskmaster over the years. I want you to examine and change habits of over-commitment or feelings of hyper-responsibility. Remember, I’m the One in charge. I call you to add rest breaks into your schedule. Find balance by committing quiet time with Me daily. Release your need to control everything, trusting Me with the outcomes instead. I don’t want you weighed down by over-responsibility. Come to Me, all you who labor and are weary; find rest in Me.
You are having a hard time shutting your mind off. The best way to cut down the busy traffic in your head and calm down is to stop and focus on something colorful in your surroundings. Take in every detail of whatever catches your eye, picturing My hand crafting its formation. Catch the sounds stirring around you, sent by Me to whisper reminders of My loving Presence. Consider all as gifts to help slow your racing thoughts. My Peace I give freely and abundantly to you in any given moment. Stop your anxiety-prone mind frequently and pay attention, for I am ALWAYS with you.
Try to not focus so much on the work coming up and all that has to be done. You’ll get there when you need to be there. Today has other things that I want you to notice: tiny movements, splashes of color, unexpected interactions. By enjoying what is occurring in the present moment, you release the steam from that pressure cooker of stress. Look around you, noticing little things that catch your eye and pull you into the present. See My Love calling you to the calm.