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Spirituality Sunday Series (2.7.2021)

Happy Sunday Everyone!

In continuation of my Spirituality Sunday Series, below you will find my biggest spiritual takeaways from this week. I hope you find some value in these to support you with enhancing your spiritual health.

“Jesus Always” Daily Devotional by Sarah Young (page 35):

“God is our refuge and strength, and an ever-present help in trouble”-Psalm 46:1
“I am your ever present-help. Many people stumble out of bed in the morning and head straight for the coffee pot. Though they are not yet thinking clearly, they are awake enough to move toward something that will help unscramble their thoughts. I perform a similar function for you when your mind stumbles in My direction. Ask me to clear out the confusion so you can communicate deeply with Me. You have amazing capacity because I created you in My own image. As you wait in My presence, I not only unscramble your thoughts, I straighten your path throughout the day. Some people assume they don’t have time to begin their day with Me. They don’t realize how much I can facilitate their activities, removing obstacles and giving insights that save time. When you spend precious moments with Me, I compensate you generously: I clarify your thinking and smooth out the circumstances of your life”.

This passage really resonated with me this week. I had one of the busiest work weeks I have had in a while, and I was left feeling very overwhelmed and stressed. I would wake up at 5 AM, and immediately be on the go for the rest of the day. Can you relate to this? I am sure most of us can relate to this feeling of being overwhelmed. Our fast pace society we live in today tends to encourage us to overthink and overdo. This devotion was a friendly reminder to make some time for God first thing when I wake up, because he can straighten out my path for the day and unscramble my overwhelming thoughts. This week, I encourage you to consider starting off at least one morning with prayer. Once you have this down, consider continuing to work on this until you are praying first thing every morning.

“I Heard God Laugh” by Matthew Kelly (page 106):

Weary is a sure sign that God is not in these plans. “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened,” Jesus says, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
“Are you weary? Tired? Burned out? Worn out? Overwhelmed? That bad fruit of busy just keeps piling up. Busy leads to overwhelmed, overwhelmed leads to weary, and weary leads to discouraged. Discouraged is another sure sign that God is far from our plans. And yet, it is also among the most common emotions in society today. The daily habit of prayer gives us an opportunity to consider and regulate commitments before we agree to them. Prayer teaches us how to live by showing us what matters most and what matters least. It helps us to discern the true priorities of our lives and align our daily schedule with our discerned priorities. Daily prayer is a great opportunity to decide what commitments to agree to and which ones we are going to graciously decline”.

This was a great reminder that being too busy is not always a good thing, although our society would probably tell us otherwise. Often, we feel too consumed with work; feel guilty for cancelling plans; feel like we have to go to this social event; etc. Some commitments are important and others not so much, and It is easy to get lost in what truly matters and what doesn’t. Next time you are feeling weary; discouraged; burned out; tired; and/or overwhelmed, consider turning to Him for guidance to determine what truly matters and what doesn’t, so you can make commitments or no commitments accordingly.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a happy and healthy rest of your Sunday!

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