Monday was the first day of the second round swimming classes. My schedule is so simple, two hours a day, twice a week. Easy enough, right? It seems like this week one thing after another came up and I was hardly at home.
Does this sound familiar? Other than work and your typical routine, it seemed as though you had a pretty reasonable schedule.. Then it happened.. one by one by one, activities, invitations, appointments and life issues clogged the schedule.
Jesus showed His Disciples the importance of taking time out to wind down and regroup. Let’s learn lessons from the Master!
Genesis 2:2-3 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made.And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made.
5 Ways To Unwind in 60 Seconds
Get some R&R, fast
Need to get some relief, now? Whether you’re at work or home, these five easy tips will leave you feeling relaxed and peaceful in a minute or less.
Gazing upward stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which lowers blood pressure and slows the pace of the breath. Slow, deliberate counting will also help rid your mind of distractions.
Write down your worries in a notebook, then set it aside for tomorrow
Putting your problems down on paper—and knowing that they’re there for you to work through later—may help take your mind off of them while you’re trying to rest.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth 10 times
Deep breathing slows the heart rate and calms the body. Focusing on your stomach rising and falling, and your breath flowing in and out, will help you concentrate on your body, instead of outside distractions.
Imagine floating on a cloud, and what you would see passing by
Guided imagery is a powerful meditation tool that can give you a temporary escape from everyday worries and stresses. Invite all your senses to participate: Imagine what you see, hear, and smell in this peaceful place.
Of course these are secular suggestions. There is NOTHING like reading the Word or talking with the Father, so let’s call the above steps #2-7!
Thank You for blessing us with this day
We ask that You please hear the request we lift up to You
Both spoken and unspoken
Lord, You know what the needs are
Thank You for showing us that we do need to take time out to rest
We ask forgiveness when we get so involved with activities, we neglect to care for ourselves, spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically
We need You to show us how to balance our lives, O God
Please order our days that they will bring glory to You
We give You praise for Your Word, saying
(Proverbs 16:9) A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
We need and ask for wisdom, Father
In the Name of Jesus
“In The Garden” (Loretta Lynn)
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