Facing Challenges

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! 

Banquet of Choices

I am in this day and ever present at your side.  Hear My call to you in a whisper of love. Be comforted by My Presence, knowing I am not asking you to do more than you can handle. I have placed a beautiful table before you with a banquet of choices and blessings to do with as you will. You have the freedom to choose. Seek My guidance and I will be happy to point you in the right direction, with paths of righteousness, pure thoughts, and blessings abundantly available. Choose wisely. 

Calming Images

My burden is intended to be light, – easy. Live in love. Stop all the planning and listen. My will for you is to be in the moment. You are My artist, fully capable of calming yourself by capturing images to paint in your mind. See the early morning blue light and notice the interplay of light and dark. Soothe yourself with music, sights, and sounds – all provided by Me to delight your day today. It is good to carry these calming images with you. My Will is done in simple moments such as these.  

Acknowledge What’s Going Well

Honoring Me comes in many shapes and forms. Listening and being attentive to others is one of them. Another way is to take time to pause, reflect, and be thankful. I am the Giver of all Good things. Take time to acknowledge what is going well or what showed blessing, and remember how I have brought you through many tough things already. Even if you are unhappy now in your current situation, you can honor Me by investing trust that I am at work in your life, bringing Goodness out of the ashes. My love for you is real and eternal. 

Rest Alleviates Unwarranted Fear

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. 

Bring Hope Back Into Your Head

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. 

Equipped

I equip you. I, in all My might and majesty, have called you to these places. See what wondrous things are being done! You make people feel special and I need your presence doing what comes naturally to you. You can trust that I am using your gifts right where you are. Pray. Come to Me when you feel anxious; see that I don’t judge you nearly as hard as you judge yourself. I accept and love you for who you are. 

My Good

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. 

Joy Beyond Appearances

I desire blessings in your life, not distress all the time. Don’t be so upset and worked up by these trials, for in it all is an opportunity for joy beyond appearances. You are bringing My Joy to this place – do not lose sight of this! Powerful things are arising – do not lose faith! I am. I will be with you always. Grasp My right hand. I will fill you with My Light and My Goodness. You are My faithful servant. 

My Instrument

Taking one day, one hour, one project at a time will help you keep calm. I have the design, and you are My instrument. I will play you, beautifully, in accordance with My rhythm. You can rest easily knowing I am in charge, not you.  You don’t have to take things personally. Calm yourself through being one with Me, weaving in and around others spreading Joy and sensitivity. Make real connections. Know you are Good, and exactly where I need you to be. My design is at work, intricately, piece by piece.  I do this because I love you! ALL of you: your needs as well as your talents.  Take My Right Hand; – I will not let you fall.