Happy Super Bowl Sunday Everyone!
In continuation of my Sunday Spirituality Series, I wanted to share some quotes from my devotional this week. These really resonated with me, so my hope is that you can get some value from these as well, and that they can maybe support you with your week ahead.
"Come to Me for rest and refreshment. You will get through today one step, one moment at a time. Your main responsibility is to remain attentive to Me, letting Me guide you through the many choices along your pathway."
"When you behold My face, you rise above all circumstances, and rest with Me in heavenly realms."
"Do not recoil from afflictions, since they are amongst My most favored gifts. Trust Me and don't be afraid, for I am your strength and song."
"You will find that you accomplish more in less time after you have given yourself to Me in communion. Also, as you align yourself with My perspective, you can sort out what is important and what is not."
"See times of darkness as opportunities for My light to shine in transcendent splendor. I am training you to practice peace that overpowers darkness. Do not grow weary and lose heart."
"Let Me be your positive focus. When you look at Me knowing Me as God with you, you experience joy."
"As you sit quietly, let My peace settle over you and enfold you in My loving presence...Receive my peace abundantly and thankfully. It is a rare treasure, dazzling in delicate beauty, yet strong enough to withstand all onslaughts."
Resource: "Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence" by Sarah Young (pages 40-46)
My biggest takeaway from these quotes this week is: We can find peace in even the most challenging and confusing times.
I'm sure all of us will experience at least some type of challenge this upcoming week. It might be smaller such as: your favored team losing the super bowl, feeling a little lonely on Valentine's Day, having a difficult time finishing everything on your to do list, getting stuck in traffic, not having time to exercise one morning, feeling confused on what to do next or what the right answer is, falling off track with your healthy eating routine, feeling tried or maybe a little overwhelmed, etc. The challenges could be bigger such as: losing a loved one, having a health scare personally or in the family, getting in a bad car wreck, losing your job, battling depression, an eating disorder, or addiction, etc. Life is hard and full of challenges, and sometimes we can't understand why things happen or what the right answer is. However, we are not supposed to understand everything and have all the answers! God has a plan, and he knows and understands everything. Therefore, our responsibility is to turn to Him, and he will provide us with peace, joy, strength, light, and more understanding. I don't know about you, but it provides me a whole lot of reassurance that even on those confusing, challenging, or even darkest of days, we can find peace simply by spending more time with Him.
I'm curious to know, what is your biggest takeaway from the quotes this week? Please feel free to comment here, message me directly, or even share these quotes and takeaways with your family and friends.
Weekly Spirituality Activities:
Consider doing this journaling activity at least once this week. If you are having a more challenging week, it could be helpful to complete this activity daily before going to bed.
What were some challenges you faced today or this week?
What do you think God was trying to tell you?
What did you learn from these challenges?
Find a quiet place, and take some time to talk to Him about these challenges and what you learned, and ask him for guidance and strength.
Consider reflecting on who you think might be going through a tough time this week. It could be a friend, a family member, a coworker, etc. Once you've identified someone that might need some extra support, consider doing the following:
Say a prayer for them
Reach out to them to let them know you are thinking of them
Ask them how they are feeling and holding up
Remind them that you have been keeping them in your thoughts and prayers, and ask how else you can support them
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a happy and healthy week!