Happy Sunday Everyone!
In continuation of my "Spirituality Sunday Series", here are a few of my spiritual takeaways from this past week:
"Jesus Calling" Daily Devotional by: Sarah Young (page 49):
Thank me for the conditions that are requiring you to be still. Do not spoil these quiet hours by wishing them away, waiting to be impatiently active again. Quietness and trust enhance your awareness of My Presence with you. Do not despise these simple ways of serving Me. Although you feel cut off from the activity of the world, your quiet trust makes a powerful statement in spiritual realms. My Strength and Power show themselves most effective in weakness.
"Paws for Reflection" Daily Devotional by: Janice Thompson (page 13):
Where do you run when you need an escape from the storms of life? God wants to be your go-to hiding place. He longs for you to come to Him, not just when you're afraid, but whenever a storm of any kind hits. His name should be the first on your lips... Are you walking through a storm right now? Call on the Lord. Jump into the safety of His arms. He will keep you grounded and safe, no matter how hard the winds might blow.
I thought both of these devotionals were really fitting for this week given the crazy winter storm a lot of us experienced. On top of that, we are still in the middle of a pandemic which can also feel like a storm where we are forced to "be still" at home. This first passage was a friendly reminder to be grateful for these quiet and "still" moments. These moments provide use more time to spend with God; more quality time with family; more time to focus on our health and wellness; more time to be thankful for the little things such as heat and a roof over our heads; and more time to relax and reset. This quiet time might be exactly what we need for our spiritual; emotional; and physical health! This week I encourage you to thank God for any of those quiet and "still" moments you may be so lucky to have.
This second passage was a friendly reminder that we are never alone when "storms" or difficult times come our way. Often when we are going through tough times, we exhaust ourselves trying to solve the problem, when all we really need to do is simply turn to Him. In this broken world, He is the one that will always be there for us. Everyone's challenges or "storms" look a little different. For some it might be more serious such as: a loss of a loved one; depression; addiction; etc., and for others it can be feeling a little stressed at work; having a hard time reaching their health goals; etc. No matter how small or big your "storm" is, he can give you the strength you need to get through! This week if you are experiencing a "storm" or challenge, I encourage you to take a step back; take a deep breath; and reach out to Him to support and guide you through these difficult times.
Bad*** Affirmations by: Becca Anderson (page 29):
I will succeed.
I believe in myself.
I achieve whatever I put my mind to.
This is a friendly reminder that we have to believe in ourselves first to succeed. Often when we have self doubt it blocks us from doing our best work and being the best versions of ourselves. It doesn't matter if it's work related; family related; your health goals; etc., one of the keys to success is believing in yourself. This week I encourage you to consider trying to believe in yourself like God does, and say these affirmations every morning to remind yourself.
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you find some value in these takeaways, and have a happy and healthy rest of your Sunday!