Stress is the number one killer of people. The faster we go, the more stress we have; however, few think they’re able to slow down until they’re forced to do so. I’ve learned, the hard way, slowing down is mandatory to living well.
The thing is . . . I’ve found that when we slow down . . . we’re able to be more efficient with the things we are assigned to do. Part of reducing stress is living with a planned rhythm of life.
Let me say, this is not rule-oriented; it’s a way to live in a healthier relationship with God, self, and others. But. If, slowing down is a big change, then, we need to remember it will not only be a change for ourselves but for those around us. And. Not everyone is happy when we make a significant change in our life because of the impact in their own life. I’ve lived long enough, to say they will get over it and, if, they don’t, it’s their loss. When we live the way God has planned, it’s the best for all those in our life, whether they want it or not.
So. It’s Monday, a great day to evaluate what needs to be done in the next seven days, setting priorities and goals for the most important things to do, putting the other stuff on the side–marked for any extra time, choosing to slow down in the midst of the chaos and busyness of life.
The first priority of each day is to begin quietly with God.
I know. It may mean getting up earlier; however, beginning the day quietly with God changes everything else we do. Quiet makes a difference in our loud world. I’m a morning person, so, this part of the rhythm of life is easier for me than someone that loves being up all hours of the night. I’ve encouraged people who love to go to bed late to prepare for the next day, by spending time, before they sleep, with God, praying about the coming day and meditating on Scripture, preparing for what is to come their way in quietness and confidence that God’s got it.
I’ve learned to meet with God on a regular basis, I need to make space on the calendar and plan the place we will meet. It’s a successful strategy.
One of my mentors gave me Isaiah 30:15 as a scripture to live with quietness and confidence rather than stress:
“In returning and rest you shall be saved;
In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15, NKV). Meditate on the words from Isaiah 30 today, making space in your calendar and a place in your world to meet with God:
- Return–to God.
- Rest–in the presence of God.
- Receive quietness and confidence–through the power of God.
- Re-energize–in the strength of God.
Quietness and confidence is a state-of-being, the absence of anxiety, worry, and stress, as the mind, heart, and soul are calmed by the presence, power, and peace of God.
Change. Determine to live in the realm of God’s strength with quietness and confidence, rather than in the realm of stress, by making a daily meeting with God the priority and goal, grateful God is waiting for you, wanting to meet, willing to give you all you need to live the best way possible.
Day 13 of 40-days of intentional gratefulness: Grateful to meet with God, receiving quiet and confidence to live well, regardless of the circumstances.
Learning to Kickstart each day with gratefulness,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)