Just Stop

“Stop. Lift your eyes from your phone, sit down, take a walk, and seek sweet conversation with the Lord.”

Your boss probably doesn’t send you an email saying this each day. Your kids are hungry. Your house and car needs to be cleaned. You’re trying to juggle the responsibilities that come along with the many different roles you fulfill. You wonder if your spouse or room mate notices the things you do for them. When people ask how you’re doing, “busy” is one of the first things that comes to your mind.

As you live through your daily routine, there’s a power source within you that’s waiting to be tapped into. You may be feeling distant from the Lord today, but I want you to stop going off of how you feel; and be reminded of what you know. Your Heavenly Father loves you just as much today as He did the day you first became His child. He’s never stopped watching over you. As you sleep, He makes sure you’re safe and provided for. You’ve never taken a step where He hasn’t already walked. He goes before you. “He hems you in behind and before, and He lays His hand upon you.” (Psalm 139:5)

God’s creation is praising Him, and bringing Him glory by beingThere are so many lessons we can learn from His masterpieces. Have you forgotten that you are hand crafted and an unique piece of art as well? Your life was anything but a mistake. The Lord knew you before you existed. Your eyes sparkle with His love, and you are filled with His gifts. These gifts belong to God, but you have an incredible opportunity and responsibility to use them to build His kingdom. By yourself, you can’t do everything, but with Christ, you are strong. He alone is always more than enough. Do you remember the days you wept and prayed for the things you have now? Your Dad saw and knew each and every detail of your heart. He saved His best for you, and has given you patience to not settle for less.

I know this life feels like it’s spinning and never stops, but the Lord calls us to stop in the midst of it all to seek His face. In a million years from now, the only thing that will matter is the time you’ve spent with Jesus, how you’ve served Him, and used your time to invest into others. No one has a perfect or polished life. Stop being so hard on yourself. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. You’ve been called to be Undeniably His. As Jesus whispers to you, I challenge you to quiet the noises around you, listen for His voice, and rest in His Presence. You’ll never be to a place where Jesus doesn’t want or love you. His heart is full of redemption. He writes the most beautiful stories, and it’s humbling to be one of His characters. Don’t give up on your relationship with God or the ministries He has placed within and through you.

My prayer is that we keep chasing after Jesus even when our sides hurt and we’re out of breath.

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