You teach me the way of life. In your presence is total celebration. Beautiful things are always in your right hand.
Psalms 16:11 CEB
Father I seek joy and peace in my relationship with You. In my down times and most hectic times, I seek to submit my schedule to You, so that I can relax in You. I pray that my loved ones and even those I have never met, also seek and find joy and peace in their relationship with You. I pray that they also yearn to have a strong and healthy relationship with You. May we all find the harmony within that creates the harmony throughout our lives. In our greatest times of stress, I pray that we will be comforted by You, and joyful in this peace. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Many of us lead stressful, hectic lives. Many of us are exhausted by day’s end, and sometimes even on days when we did more busywork than work. Some of you, like my husband, have chaotic travel schedules where you go from city to city, and country to country monthly or even weekly. Many of us don’t get enough sleep, don’t eat clean enough as often as we should (or at all), and we’re not getting adequate exercise or wellness check ups to keep the temple we’re borrowing from God in tiptop shape.
When we feel physically, emotionally, and mentally beat up what we need most is God. Imagine the ability to learn how to relax in God, to find joy and peace in our relationship with Him. Now imagine surrendering your schedule to Him. What if before we make time commitments with others we instead stepped back and let God dictate what is best for us? He speaks to all of us. That small, faint voice that warns you, directs you, stops you,and reassures you—that’s God.
While in the process of over-committing you have heard the voice, and you probably even paused for a moment to contemplate your decision, and you either listened and obeyed (releasing some of your load), or you listened and ignored (taking on the added burden). If you took on the burden then you chose to grip tightly your schedule, and then voluntarily took on the added stress and chaos. If you released your schedule to God, life seemed a little lighter and more airy. That’s the peace within that only God can deliver.
Around the world, and especially in the United States people are battling weight issues, health issues, financial issues, and family issues. What if we surrendered ourselves and our issues to God?
Questions of the Day
1.What do you currently do to de-stress, unwind, and relax?
2. Which area(s) of your body do you carry most of your stress (felt as soreness, tightness, and knots)?
3. When was the last time you took a vacation and went somewhere to relax?
4. Do you truly relax on vacation or is it just a change of scenery and pace? Why?
5. How do you spend your weekends or off-days from work?
6. Are you willing to submit your schedule to God? Why or why not?
7. When you visualize relaxing in God, what do you see and feel?
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