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Slowing Down & Finding Peace

I’m sure you will agree with me when I say we live in a time where social media plays a big role in day-to-day society overall. Right at your fingertips, you have access to various platforms that give you updates on everything from the elections to entertainment. But with that also comes a lot of opinions and thoughts from people all around the world. This is what we wake up to and see before we go to bed at night. Everyone is looking for the next big thing. But where does that leave us? Always in a state of hurry and therefore, losing sight of what’s truly important in life.

As Christian women, the only voice that should guide us throughout each day is the voice of God. He is our guide. He is the One who has set the path before us. He is the One who leads us into all truth.

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

1 John 2:15-17

We have to remember that, although we live in this world, God commands us not to live like the world. Many times we find ourselves dealing with anxiety, fear, depression, thoughts of suicide, low self-esteem, etc. and we wonder why. Could it be due to what you’re allowing to consume you that is not of God?

If you have found yourself dealing with anything that I just mentioned, now is the perfect time for you to slow down and find peace. Here are a few tips to help you in this area:

Get rid of distractions: Think about what has been consuming your time, energy, and focus lately. What has been taking you away from your purpose and causing you to feel unqualified? Take time to answer these questions and then take action to remove what is trying to take you off course.

Flow with Holy Spirit throughout your day: There is definitely nothing wrong with having a plan for your day but don’t let your plan take precedence over God’s will. The Bible says that we make plans in our heart but it is the Lord who establishes our steps (Proverbs 16:9). Submit your plans for the day to the Lord and follow His lead.

Be intentional about spending time with God: Sis, your Heavenly Father knows about your responsibilities. He knows what you have on your plate to do. But, it is crucial that you set aside time with Him and I encourage you to do that in the morning and at night. When you start your day by spending time with your Father, it sets the tone for Your day. It gives you the opportunity to pour out to Him and He can then pour into you what you need for the day and speak to You. When you end your day with the Lord, He gives you peace so that you can rest.

Leave room for rest and relaxation: A couple of months or so ago I realized that I was doing too much. I was striving instead of trusting. I felt like I have to work constantly if I was going to see the vision for my future come to pass. But all that did was cause me to be stressed and anxious. I became more focused on the promise than the One who is the promise keeper! My encouragement to you is to stop and rest! Rest and relaxation do not make you lazy. They are necessary for you to thrive in your purpose and continue on this journey.

Grab hold of God's peace and don't let go!!

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Colossians 3:15

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