5 Minutes to Reflect & Rest

My Friday night ended in the most hilarious of ways… falling asleep on my couch at 9:45 with a bowl of popcorn and almond clusters next to me. Sometime during the night I stumbled half awake to my room and curled up underneath my covers fully dressed. But, as it goes, I woke up bright and early to the sunrise peeking through my window. Replacing my jeans with sweat pants and pulling my hair into a pony tail, I washed my face clean of any makeup from the day before (NEVER EVER DO THIS. ALWAYS WASH YOUR FACE BEFORE YOU GO TO SLEEP) and walked out on my balcony to enjoy the refreshing breeze.

It was there, with my blanket wrapped around my shoulders, the birds cooing in the tree next to me, and my face feeling the biting sensation of the cool autumn morning, I felt an enormous sense of relaxation. Sometimes God speaks to us when we aren’t expecting. And in that moment, He was asking me to sit there on my chair facing the rising sun and take a few minutes to calm my ever-racing mind down.

It’s easy to take something that should be used as a strength and abuse it to the point where it becomes a weakness. A constant barrage of ‘thinking ahead’, working, scheduling, and studying is overwhelming. These things are very important, but when you’re in your twenties, you shouldn’t be at such a point of mental exhaustion that you have to fight to stay awake past 9pm on a Friday night. Do work hard, study, make goals and take leaps and bounds to achieve them. But find time in the week to unwind and reflect. Even if it’s only for a few minutes. Maybe it’s prayer, meditation, yoga, surfing, driving in silence, reading before bed …

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 
Proverbs 3:5-6

God wants us to seek Him for understanding and not to rely completely on ourselves. Seek Him, and He will light a path for us that leads us where we need to be.

My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. 
Exodus 33:14

For those who are not familiar with the Bible, God told this to Moses when he was in distress concerning the Israelites he had just led out of slavery in Egypt. God’s presence would lead the people to a new home and a place to find peace. Commonly referred to as ‘the land flowing with milk and honey.’

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever
Psalm 73:26

Find five minutes in your day to reflect and rest with God. Then jump back on the road and put the pedal to the metal! God will high five you from the passenger seat!

– Jenni

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