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Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

I woke up this morning wanting to do nothing but listen to my heart. I wanted to have a reflective, peaceful Sunday. But soon after breakfast, I begin to get down to being busy.


That busy took more time with every new project on this Sunday. You know the work of laundry, and prepping Sunday dinner, and since the weather was great, I cleaned the patio table and chairs, swept the cobwebs of winter away, and began to clean out the garage.


Before I knew it more than 6 hours had passed, and I was craving that time back. When I finally settled down, I realized that it was more about my not wanting to sit still and invite the peace in.


Why do we do that? Why do we fear the peace within? I heard Pastor TD Jakes this morning talk about, The Enemy in A Me. And I thought about that for a while.


That peace we fear is often because we allow that voice of condemnation to become louder than the voice that says we are worthy, we are strong, we are well able.


I thought about how we slow down. How do we experience that stillness that we all crave? Here are five steps I reclaimed today to usher my life, and my heart back into stillness.


  1. I wrote in my journal what's important to me right now. I asked myself a series of questions. What do you want to be doing, who do you want to spend your time with, and what do you want to accomplish with your life's purpose? One of the greatest questions we can ask ourselves is, "Who Am I?"

  2. Add some simple pleasures to your day. I love popcorn. And enjoy making popcorn the old-fashioned way (none of that microwave stuff for me). That's a simple pleasure for me. Knowing what your simple pleasures are, add a few of them each day. I also love walking my dog (she loves walking me) and sitting on the back patio to watch the sunset.

  3. Just sit down. I realized that as soon as I sat down my head would remind me of another something I needed to do. You know, fold the laundry, clean a window. So, I realized that rather than listening to my head, I needed to listen to my heart. The clothes could wait. The windows could wait, but my heart couldn't. So today why don't you, just sit down and do nothing?

  4. Be in the present moment. Yes, but it's one of the hardest things to do. Our minds wander and before we know the time, this mental construct, has passed. Being present means you see, hear, and experience all the little things of life that you often miss. Take time today to be present, to notice life.

  5. Be Grateful. I read somewhere today that God doesn't do anything to us, but He does everything for us. Not everything in our lives will go as we planned or be without pain. I experienced that this week. Rather than becoming afraid or angry, I decided that what happened was for MY greatest good. It was for my growth and my purpose. I was grateful for what happened and allowed that gratitude to help me learn the lessons I need to learn to live my very best life.


So, take time today to let not your heart be troubled. Journal, experience some simple pleasures, sit down, be present, and be grateful. Live your best life now.



 

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Dear God,

Dear God, as we step into this beautiful week, may you bless us with good health, and hands and hearts to do your will. May we achieve great success so that we can be a great example of you here on earth. May your blessings overtake us. In your name, Amen!


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