Every few days I like to read a devotional called Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. I know many of you read it, but if you don’t, I’d highly recommend it. The author literally listens to what Jesus is saying to her and writes it down and puts it into this devotional. Which is amazing. So you read this devotional as it is, God speaking straight to you. So cool.
It’s kind of funny to me that today I picked it up after not reading it for quite a few days. I’d been a little busy and got “just a little” distracted. There’s recently been a huge shift at my workplace and it’s the cause of quite a bit of stress and anxiety.
It’s interesting how you can walk around through normal, every day life, dealing with the normal communication issues, daily frustrations, etc, and when something big happens, it snaps everything back into focus and you realize all along that while your work is important, it’s the people that matter even more.
Long story short, there’s a ton of sudden, without warning, change. And when that happens, everyone knows it comes with a whole bucket full of anxiety, stress, worry, lack of sleep, and for many, the desire to go binge drinking or comfort food eating — and no matter how hard you try to drown everything out, you still end up driving yourself crazy with all of the unknowns.
Because those things won’t ever be able to fix it.
Only Jesus can fix it.
[ Peace. ]
How I wish I could speak it over every person I know, over you, over this world.
And what we really need more than anything is to stop. Refocus. Rest.
Take a look around, I know it’s hard. But see? The trees, with their branches lifted skyward? Can’t you see them praising their Creator? They do this every day. It’s normal for us to see trees. But sometimes when I stop, and just look, my eyes are opened and I realize they were made this way on purpose, their branches raised in constant praise to the One who made them. And that makes me smile every time.
Take a moment to smell the beautiful, fresh fragrance of the spring flowers. The colorful tulips, the pink, purple, and white flowering trees — the lilacs — hear the birds chirping, let the sun warm your face and enjoy the caress of the cool breeze.
Ahhhhh. Even for a moment.
A little more restored.
God is with you.
He always was and He always is. It’s a promise, no matter what.
So, back to what I read this morning. The devotionals for April 25 and 26 are perfect for these past couple days, and I knew instantly after reading them that I needed to post them for you.
So here they are. I’m praying that you read them and soak them in as God’s words for you, He’s speaking to you right now.
Make Me your focal point as you move through this day.
Just as a spinning ballerina must keep returning her eyes to a given point to maintain
her balance, so you must keep returning your focus to Me.
Circumstances are in flux, and the world seems to be whirling around you.
The only way to keep your balance is to fix your eyes on Me, the One who never changes.
If you gaze too long at your circumstances, you will become dizzy and confused.
Look to Me, refreshing yourself in My Presence, and your steps will be steady and sure.
(Hebrews 12:2/Psalm 102:27)
Welcome problems as perspective-lifters.
My children tend to sleepwalk through their days until they bump into an obstacle that stymies them.
If you encounter a problem with no immediate solution,
your response to that situation will take you either up or down.
You can lash out at the difficulty, resenting it and feeling sorry for yourself.
This will take you down into a pit of self-pity.
Alternatively, the problem can be a ladder, enabling you to climb up and see your life from My perspective. Viewed from above, the obstacle that frustrated you is only a light and momentary trouble. Once your perspective has been heightened, you can look away from the problem altogether.
Turn toward Me, and see the Light of My presence shining upon you.
(2 Corinthians 4:16-18; Psalm 89:15)
I’m praying peace over you as you read this blog. That you will be able to rest in Jesus, and to truly trust Him with whatever you are going through. I’m praying that you can focus on Him and that He’ll open your eyes to see Him, open your ears to hear Him speak, and open your heart to know Him more deeply, and to know how much He loves you.