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 can tell when you are wrestling with thoughts and emotions that consume more energy and attention than they deserve. Shrug those worries off as much as you can by focusing on My way of loving. Learn to leave the past in the past; don’t keep mulling it over. The more you can live conscious of My Presence in the present and My plan to work all things together for Good, the more relaxed and focused you will become. Ask Me what needs to happen today and trust Me to show you, minute by minute. Come to Me all you who are weary and find life full of burdens; I will give you rest from your worries.
My call to everyone is to be inclusive. This may mean inviting conversation or even flashing a smile of forgiveness to those who have wronged you. Little movements like that go a long way in repairing and enhancing My kingdom. Each time you let go of a small slight and choose to move forward instead of taking it personally, you will find peace. Through My Grace, you can opt to forgive and include. You are acting on My behalf when you treat all as welcome at My table.
I recognize your weariness and the emotion that accompanies it. Your anxiety and stress, – sometimes including sadness or irritability, – leave you feeling overwhelmed. Press on. Come to Me with all of it and rest a while by My side. Let the tears fall. Then, after you have been able to share the load with Me, rise up. Notice that I don’t stay seated, pushing you away while saying “Just get going”. No, – I rise with you. We’ll press on together. We can handle anything this way. Let’s take it slowly, – one day, one hour, one moment at a time.
You will get your “drive” back. Sometimes I call you to slow down, and even to stop. I don’t mean for you to entirely back out of life and all of its commitments. Balance is the key and pausing to spend time with Me daily is the fuel you need. Fill up on My reassurance and love for you. Take in gallons of encouragement. My ways are gentle and kind, and I want you to treat yourself well with the same intention. Put the brakes on when anxiety and self-hatred try to take the driver’s seat. Order them to get out of the car; they don’t belong there. Let Me take over, steering you in the right direction. My ride is meant to be safe and slow, giving you ample time to take in the scenery.
Seek God’s way. Put your mind on it and your heart will follow. When you don’t invite My Presence into your choices this can pull you astray and lead you down paths that bring empty results. God’s outcomes are what you can strive for, and in so doing you can find richness in Spirit and wealth in peace of mind. To truly find satisfaction you need to find satisfaction in what it is to strive for a life completed by the fullness of God and My Goodness. Erase your doubt of My love for you and seek first the kingdom of God.
When it is time, I will ask you to move. When the way is clear, you will stride with ease. When the day remains dark, I may only have you make tiny steps, inching out slowly until your footing is secure. You have no idea what awaits you in the day ahead, but one thing is assured: I will be with you wherever you go. When you feel overwhelmed or burdened, remember My steadfast love never leaves you alone. I will supply all that is needed in these next 24 hours. Lean on Me.
You are stronger than you think. Your cup of reserves will be replenished over and over again to do all that I call you to do and ask of you. I am a reliable God. I fill you with ideas and notions to reach out, to speak up, and to show you care. I know that you care deeply for others and sometimes it feels like it’s not recognized or returned. I see your heart and recognize your need for affirmation. Let My voice be the approval you seek and find, daily, without fail. You are treasured, and you are MINE. Hear Me validating your worth.
Today I ask you to be a blessing to others. I have gifted you with confidence through Me and others will be drawn to share in that treasure. Teach them how to love. I will give you the words to say. I won’t ask more of you than you can give safely. Open your eyes to opportunities I lay out before you. Fill their well as I am filling yours. I pour Grace into you and you pour it into others until all the buckets are filled. All things are possible with Me. Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t appear to be well-received. I only ask you to do what you can, and trust Me to handle the rest.
Walk with Me. Picture Me helping you gain perspective, calmness, and health. I pay attention to you all day; can you spare some time with Me? It is here that you will find peace. I don’t want you agonizing over every decision. Make choices, then leave the outcomes with Me without re-hashing them or mulling them over and over. This small change of habit will bring great reward with remarkable steps toward a more peaceful life. Your journey is meant to be less distracted and more open to creativity, watching life unfold before you rather than cluttering your mind with endless to-do lists and worry over choices made or things of the past. One day at a time, one step at a time, together.