I know you are only one person. I recognize your weariness and worried nature. I am your God, and all who place their trust in Me will prosper. My plans are not to destroy you or break you down. Let Me reassure you: there is time enough for everything, even rest. You have worked hard for Me and I want to bless you with noticing and enjoying of My gifts of nature, sounds, sun, smells, laughter, & more. Today need not be such a stressful day. Make it one of Goodness where you choose to be in a state of wonder and appreciation. Relax, doing only one thing at a time so you can be fully present in the moment.
There are a million thoughts pulling at you, vying constantly for your attention. When these small matters give out false signals making you think you’re supposed to urgently respond, it can quickly become a pitfall of stress. That’s why sitting quietly with Me is so essential. I’ll help manage the stress, providing you with perspective. As you become more accustomed to handing your day’s activities over to Me, you’ll see that the timing and outcomes aren’t all up to you to plan, control, or work out. I’ll handle the details. Start to breathe easier by coming to Me often. I promised “Peace be with you”. Trust Me fully to lead your life well and give you this peace of mind.
Look up into the expansiveness of the sky and realize how big I am and how bold the possibilities are. Even though there are times when you feel smothered under a heavy wool blanket or boxed into a corner, there is always a way out. My Way is true and Good, allowing for movement and airspace. Know that I am trudging alongside you. Now is the time to embrace hope, recognizing the possibility of a better time. Someday you’ll look back on this and realize we made it through together. Hope in Me and trust in all that I can do.
Try not to set yourself up for “failure”. Too often you measure your value by how consistently pleasant, productive, happy, energetic, etc., you are. If you get caught by unplanned demands that cause irritation or setbacks, you become frustrated and irrationally believe you’ll be “falling short”. This high bar of expectation can become damaging to you. Living My way requires flexibility with trust. Know that all things can be accomplished in due time if they are taken on as part of My purpose and My plan. Sometimes it’s in the unplanned events that I am most able to do Good works.
I am not one to speak in secret codes that are intentionally difficult for you to decipher. My messages are of pure intention. Many of My children look to Me for answers about the future, which I don’t reveal until their time. If you pause to seek My Presence and My voice, I will guide you in this present day. You’ll know when I call you to reconcile or when I send others to console you. You can perceive Me listening intently to your worries, pain, fears, and wants. Feed your soul with daily rest, and put on your shoes with intention to walk on the paths I place before you, just one day at a time.
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.