Life is never meant to be rushed through because when we get to our destination, we will have missed the journey that carries all of the memories leading to the destination. Instead we should take each day as it comes with meaningful intent, mindful that this day is not promised to us again tomorrow. Enjoying each day as it comes allows us to create memories that will live on in our hearts and minds as we continue going towards our destination. No matter what you may be presently going through, I encourage you to slow down and enjoy today. Enjoy the company of your family and friends. Enjoy the company of a pet that you may have. Enjoy the beauty of nature that surrounds you. Enjoy your next meal and don't rush through it. Enter a solitary room and enjoy the quietness and allow the quiet to calm your mind. Enjoy the communion between you and God and in prayer share with Him all that is on your heart. (James 4:13-15) (Psalm 145:18-21) (Psalm 34:1-4)
I encourage you again to do all that you can to get the most out of each new day and allow yourself to learn the lessons of that day, become better through them and rise higher because of them. Life is meant to be used up so look past any negative situation and with a renewed determination strive to be the best you that you can be. When you look back over your life, I believe you will be proud that you not only overcame, but you triumphed and excelled. That is a life we can be proud to have lived. (Psalm 147:3-11) (Romans 8:31-38)
I hope you slowly read and think about the simple truths in today's message. They are filled with wisdom and practicality that will enrich our life if they are implemented.
SLOW DOWN THERAPY
Slow down; God is still in heaven. You are not responsible for doing it all yourself, right now.
Remember a happy, peaceful time in your past. Rest there. Each moment has richness that takes a lifetime to savor.
Set your own pace. When someone is pushing you, it's OK to tell them they're pushing.
Take nothing for granted: watch water flow, the corn grow, the leaves blow, your neighbor mow.
Taste your food. God gives it to delight as well as to nourish.
Notice the sun and the moon as they rise and set. They are remarkable for their steady pattern of movement, not their speed.
Quit planning how you're going to use what you know, learn, or possess. God's gifts just are; be grateful and their purpose will be clear.
When you talk with someone, don't think about what you'll say next. Thoughts will spring up naturally if you let them.
Talk and play with children. It will bring out the unhurried little person inside you.
Create a place in your home... at your work... in your heart... where you can go for quiet and recollection. You deserve it.
Allow yourself time to be lazy and unproductive. Rest isn't a luxury; it's a necessity.
Listen to the wind blow. It carries a message of yesterday and tomorrow and now. NOW counts.
Rest on your laurels. They bring comfort whatever their size, age, or condition.
Talk slower. Talk less. Don't talk. Communication isn't measured by words.
Give yourself permission to be late sometimes. Life is for living, not scheduling.
Listen to the song of a bird; the complete song. Music and nature are gifts, but only if you are willing to receive them.
Take time just to think. Action is good and necessary, but it's fruitful only if we muse, ponder, and mull.
Make time for play i.e. the things you like to do. Whatever your age, your inner child needs re-creation.
Watch and listen to the night sky. It speaks.
Listen to the words you speak, especially in prayer.
Learn to stand back and let others take their turn as leaders. There will always be new opportunities for you to step out in front again.
Divide big jobs into little jobs. If God took six days to create the universe, can you hope to do any better?
When you find yourself rushing and anxious, stop. Ask yourself "WHY?" you are rushing and anxious. The reasons may improve your self-understanding.
Take time to read the Bible. Thoughtful reading is enriching reading.
Direct your life with purposeful choices, not with speed and efficiency. The best musician is one who plays with expression and meaning, not the one who finishes first.
Take a day off alone; make a retreat. You can learn from monks and hermits without becoming one.
Pet a furry friend. You will give and get the gift of now.
Work with your hands. It frees the mind.
Take time to wonder. Without wonder, life is merely existence.
Sit in the dark. It will teach you to see and hear, taste and smell.
Once in a while, turn down the lights, the volume, the throttle, the invitations. Less really can be more.
Let go. Nothing is usually the hardest thing to do - but often it is the best.
Take a walk-but don't go anywhere. If you walk just to get somewhere, you sacrifice the walking.
Count your friends. If you have one, you are lucky. If you have more, you are blessed. Bless them in return.
Count your blessings - one at a time and slowly.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Hebrews 13:5-6 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: THINGS TO FORGET
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Today’s Selected Testimony: ANGELS IN THE ROOM
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry