There are many instances in life where we rush through our days without
taking time to relax and refresh. We run from one thing to another
thinking that all of these things must be done or chaos may ensue. What
we must realize is that by constantly being in motion and not allowing our
mind and body to rest, we are essentially wearing ourselves thin and not
allowing ourselves to be at our optimum level. We must get it in our mind
that it is okay to slow down and enjoy the calmness of that moment. We
don't need to be in constant motion. That task will still be there
tomorrow, that appointment can be rescheduled; every job can be postponed
a little while. We must tell ourselves that it's okay to take a little
time for ourselves. The world will not come crashing down because we
didn't fulfill a certain task in a certain time frame. (Romans 12:2)
Be encouraged to take time for yourself. Don't worry about what needs to
be done, but rather use that energy to refresh and renew your mind and
body. Allow time for yourself. Don't feel guilty for wanting a little
quiet time, but rather feel entitled that you deserve time for yourself.
When you do, you will find yourself accomplishing more in less time. You
must take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone or anything
else. Smile and don't forget to take some time for yourself today.
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to make it a daily
part of your life to relax and refresh. Taking time for yourself is
vitally important so that you can be at your best for that days challenges.
LETTING YOUR SOUL CATCH UP
Did you know that practicing some form of relaxation is one of the greatest
gifts you can give yourself? Taking time each day to quiet your mind and
breathe deeply, can make a big difference in how you feel throughout your
day and into the night. And dedicating a day every week for mental and
spiritual renewal is equally important.
We're told that the word “relax” has its origin in the Latin word
“relaxare,” which means “to loosen.” When we relax, we are in effect
loosening tension, releasing tightly held energy and letting go. From the
state of relaxation we can experience calm peacefulness.
Another great word is the Hebrew word “Shabbat” which, of course, is a day
of rest. But it quite literally means to “quit; stop; take a break.”
Whatever you are doing, stop it. Whatever you are saying, be quiet. Sit
down and take a look around. Don't do anything. Don't say anything. Fold
your hands. Take a deep breath...
Extended periods of rest are a biological necessity. The human body is like
an old-fashioned wind-up clock. If it is not rewound by rest, ultimately it
will run itself down.
A group of Americans made a trip with Brazilian natives down the Amazon
River. The first day they rushed. The second day they rushed. The next day
they rushed. One day, anxious to continue the trek, they were surprised to
find the natives seated together in a circle.
When asked the reason for the delay, a guide answered, “They are waiting.
They cannot move further until their souls have caught up with their bodies.”
Do you owe yourself time to let your soul catch up with your body?
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus declares “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are
heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn
of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your
souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
Luke 12:22-24 Jesus declares “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for
your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. Consider
the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse
nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?”
3 John 2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be
in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
Psalm 37:23-27 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He
delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am
old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging
bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. Depart
from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: DON'T SAY YOU'RE NOT IMPORTANT
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Today's Selected Testimony: RESCUED FROM DEPRESSION
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry