Take a Day of Rest

It’s so important that you take a day of rest. Your world bombards you with a constant stream of electronics and pressures, all vying for your attention. I call you to put down your phone and quiet your busy mind. Use all of your senses taking in this day and moment. See color, feel temperature and movement, take time to truly taste each bite. Touch the things and people I place before you today with eye-opening wonder. See how enlivened you become when you use a day of rest like this to be rejuvenated and restored. 

Intimately Aware of Your Needs

You are tired and uncomfortable. I’m not a distant God watching all of this without concern. The reverse is true: I am intimately aware of your needs, working behind the scenes to attend to each one. Lay your weary head on My shoulder. As you turn to Me for rest, realize how many burdens you have laid upon your shoulders. Give them over to Me, – fully, – knowing it’s not all up to you to fix. Trust Me to be in charge of your life, and feel the stress load begin to lift. Taking one thing at a time you can move forward into your day, lightened by our companionship. 

Carry On

If you’re in a fragile state, remember that it’s okay – you are safe with Me. I’m right here to reassure and console your tender heart. Wrap yourself in My fleecy blanket of love, taking time out to rest. (Sometimes a little nap is all you need). Remain in the comfort of My Presence while I attend to you fully. Let Me serve you a banquet of kindness and understanding until you are calmed again. All is well, and you can, indeed, carry on.

Notice Moments

I AM walking with you. Let’s stop along the way, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells  this day offers. So often you rush rush rush through your day, feeling frantic to finish the tasks but missing the opportunities to catch your breath. Marvel at My works and movement all around you. Stop. Breathe. Right here, right now. Allow me to fill you with calm as you notice moments. 

Push the Pause Button

Listen to Me. I know life is busy and full of demands. I recognize how full of details your head gets and the tendency to feel panicked about getting it all done. Push the pause button, remembering that I am your sovereign God. I’ll help you muster up the energy and guide you through, one task at a time. Try not to look at piles but instead, examine pieces one by one. Together we will muddle through and you will see how trustworthy My way is. You are never in this alone. I will also send physical help as needed. Trust Me to supply the need while you step back and receive assistance. I will be with you no matter what. 

Step Into My Boat

Calming down can be as simple as taking a slow, conscious breath, breathing in My Light, and slowing down your racing thoughts. I equip You. I sustain you. You don’t suffer alone. Step into My boat. See how it is buoyant, seaworthy. Feel the bobble of gentle waves, and allow Me to paddle. Let Me be the captain of the ship. I am steering, – bringing you out into the waves or placing you back onto shore. Let Me transport you wherever you need to be at this time, in this present moment. Trust that I have the power to guide with your best interest in mind. Lay down your oars, sailor. I am guiding you home. 

Picture Me Arranging the Details

I sustain life. Those who believe in Me ‘get this’. I restore a sense of what is right and Good, bringing about justice in due time. To be sustained, you must turn to Me daily – feeding your mind with My words and releasing your problems and anxiety into My hands. I can’t guide you fully if you aren’t trusting Me enough to let Me take over the problem-solving. This is simpler than you are making it by gripping so tightly to the wheel all by yourself. Ask for My help, and mentally hand over the situations and concerns that worry or scare you. Picture Me arranging the details as you focus on whatever I place before you instead. When I am back in charge of your life, you can rest easy. 

The Trap of “It’s All Up to You”

I am with you. I wash this day clean, dissolving the troubles of yesterday and strengthening you for the tasks ahead. Know that I am your companion and you face nothing alone. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking “It’s all up to you”. When you start to trip up on this, getting stressed and/or aggravated with your ‘to-do list’, stop. Pause. Look to Me and consciously say, “It is Yours, Lord.” Allow Me to take over while you rest long enough to release the pressure into My safe and capable hands. I will guide your next step. You can find rest and peace by practicing this trust, even in the flurry of busy-ness.

Tempo

Let Me set the pace. Allow Me to set the tempo of this day, – rhythmically, – with crescendos and with rests. You will have all you need to take each step. Lean into Me as a child holding My hand and learning to dance or as an adult swaying to a step in unison with Me. Join Me on the dance floor today under My Grace-filled and graceful lead. 

I Calm the Waters

Like a bubbling brook splashing in every direction, you are hurried and flustered. Stop. Absorb My Presence. See how I calm the waters in an instant. I Am Almighty God. I AM, -not you, – although My hand is indeed at work within you. Practice just being in My Presence. This will take a great act of trust, but you are capable of trusting that I am working for your good. My love abounds and I desire for you to be at peace, resting in My reassurance instead of racing about in frenzy.