Warning: This post may be long, but I promise you will be glad you read it. During this busy time of the year, we all seem to have an endless list of things to do and to get done, but hopefully this post will remind you to relax, live in the moment, and put your mind at ease. 🙂
So, back in September I was looking for a daily devotional book and came across the best purchase I feel like I have made in a long time. If you know me, I do a lot of research before I buy things so this had to be good. I got the book “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. And wow, has it helped me every day! Not only does it remind me to stay in touch with God and to pray, but also to remember there is something so much bigger watching over us, guiding us, and leading us where he has planned for us to go. While being a senior in college and working, life can get pretty busy no matter what stage of life your in. Not only just me, but sometimes we all forget to talk to God daily. This book has helped me in so many ways with remembering that God is in control of all situations, to just relax and believe in his plan, and to cherish life because it is precious and it goes by so fast. This post is about the devotion that I read yesterday. I hope you will take in the words of this devotion, the scripture of this devotion, and to know that no matter how busy we are we need to take it day by day and know that God is always in control. Below is the devotion that I read today, and beneath that is just some Life Talk that is more personal to me, and that I thought may just be a little reminder to others to let your mind be free.
Published by Thomas Nelson. Sample of Daily Devotion December 19th of “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young.
“DO NOT BE WEIGHED DOWN by the clutter in your life: lots of little chores to do sometime, in no particular order. If you focus too much on these petty tasks, trying to get them all out of the way, you will discover that they are endless. They can eat up as much time as you devote to them… Let My Presence bring order to your thoughts, infusing Peace into your entire being.” (Read the rest by purchasing “Jesus Calling”, by Sarah Young– you won’t regret buying it!)
This post is going to be one of my more personal posts, one that you will probably get to know me more and one that won’t happen as often, but I felt like I should post this after. This devotion hit me right at the heart. Clearing my mind can be hard sometimes. Especially with all of the background “noise” (clutter) that we have in today’s world. It can be hard to just sit back, relax, not think about what you need to get done, what you should be doing, or whats next to get done. If you are like me, there always seems like there are things to do or that I should be doing instead of watching a tv show (which I rarely do because I feel guilty when I do) or just simply laying in bed and giving my mind a break without any “noise”.
Lets be honest… we all have those ENDLESS LISTS of TO-DO’s in the back of our heads that we are just waiting to put a check mark by it to get it out of the way. I especially do this and if I don’t get one of those things marked off my check list, sometimes I let it weigh me down and let it consume my mind and exhaust me until I get it done. After reading this, it made me remember to work hard and to get the things that I need to get done that day, but to not let the petty to-do list keep consuming my thoughts where I can’t just let my mind breathe. For an example, say you have to go to work tomorrow, then you have to leave for an appointment, meet Jill for lunch, pick up dog food, go grocery shopping, cook dinner, then clean it up. Whew, that sounds overwhelming and exhausting doesn’t it? But really, its not that bad. Sometimes we just think about all of those little things that we have to get done too much, and then they consume our brain. So, lets let that clutter in the back of our heads go, let your mind be free and enjoy the rest of your night, talk to God, give him some of your time in the day, and let your tomorrow be tomorrow. If I am ever worried about things or worried about what I am going to do next I try to remember that God is in control and to not worry, that everything will be okay and happen like its supposed too. Like Matthew 6:34 says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Talking to God can make you feel better in so many ways. When you are stressed, busy, disappointed, tired, happy, or excited, just keep your focus on him and he will give you what you need. Remember to always talk to God, through the scary parts of life when you need to pray and through the happy parts of life. He always wants to stay connected with you.
Moral of this post: Never get too busy to enjoy life, or let the clutter in your mind take over your thoughts. Enjoy the quiet moments in life, talk to God, be thankful, and enjoy the precious time you have with your loved ones. Work hard, get things done, be successful, pray, and live in the moment. There can always be so much to get done in a day, but don’t let that consume your life. Some times you may feel like there is never enough time to get things done and you are stressed. But most importantly, remember to get done what you need to get done and let tomorrow take care of itself, for God already has it planned out for you.
Great verses from the devotional book of Sarah Young, “Jesus Calling”:
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
Have a blessed week!