Sometimes when you feel the greatest pressure to be “on it”, getting things done, and “ahead of the game”, this is when you most need to STOP. Learn to recognize when you are trying to be in control instead of acknowledging My sovereignty over you and your life. Things will get done. (Maybe not in the volume and order you think, though). Let Me help you. Ask Me to lend a hand, but also ask Me to LEAD. I will make all things manageable for you this way.
Practice the art of peaceful smiling. Just pause, look around, and put forth a grateful grin toward all you see in the moment, knowing that you and I are meeting right here, right now. Like our own little secret, you can take pleasure in this connection. Trust that I am here, bestowing Goodness upon you. I am working everything out for your future so you don’t have to worry or think about that right now. Just smile and say, “You’ve got this, God, – and I’ve got you, so all is well”. Thank Me as I smile upon you, as well.
I am bigger than your worries that you aren’t making a difference. I am bigger than your restlessness nights. I see how you worry about being seen as ineffective, insensitive, frustrated, – a fool. What if you walked into your day believing you are already liked and that others are interested in what you have to say? How would you prepare differently? You can walk away from your activities without replaying them over and over in your head, repeating things said or unsaid. You don’t have to speculate on how it was received. I am taking care of all that already so you can release your grip. You only need to go in with confidence, trusting I’ll take care of the results. This is how you learn to live in peace.
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.
I have words of inspiration and encouragement for you today. Words of reassurance that I make all things new! Whatever is troubling you or weighing you down, let Me have a go at it. I tear down walls and rebuild bridges. You know Me. Our history shows that I am a God who parts waters, washing the hostility away behind you as I bring you to new ground. Be encouraged, and allow Me to give you vision with a new perspective. I am the God who renews and regenerates. Take it in.
I am your God. Have you forgotten what that means? I am Sovereign, Almighty, Maker of all things. Be careful not to think you are too busy to spend time with Me, or that I don’t want to be bothered with your requests. Nothing is too trivial for Me. Bring every little thing to Me right along with the big stuff. I notice every detail. Let Me scrutinize distractions that you are better off releasing. See My kind eyes tenderly noticing every inch of your face and all of your emotions. I see you worrying that you can’t handle it all. Don’t forget to bring it to Me. Allow Me to love and attend to you deeply today.
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 know how you struggle with finding or maintaining a peaceful state of mind. It feels like there is so much to do and so little time some days. I want you to take off the pressure to perform. The best way to manage that is to intentionally pause and linger in moments. Stop long enough to whisper My name and recognize My calming Presence. Listen for small sounds and focus on the gentle Light I place around you. In this quiet, hushed place you can be refreshed- reminded that you never go it alone. I am with you, equipping you and taking care of the outcomes. You will have all you need.
Your worries seem to come in ebbs and flows – ebbing out at times with a sigh of relief when concerns are released and washed away, then flowing back in with rising volume in giant, scary waves. I see your fearful eyes filling with panic when you see the flow coming toward you and start imagining its devastation. You don’t have to get so worked up, though. I will keep your head above waters, always! I will help you ride the wave. Take My hand as I keep you afloat. You are just as safe with Me in the water as you are on dry land without troubles. Trust Me in the deep end as well as in the shallows.
In My hands. All of it is in My hands. You can stop over-thinking things by focusing on that phrase. No detail goes unnoticed or unrecognized by Me. I am intimately aware of all your concerns as well as your habits of worry. I love you and am tenderly and gently holding every fragment of your life and mind. Shush now, My child. All is well. You don’t have to be so afraid.