“You keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”
When April and I were in the beginning stages of planning the podcast, and figuring out what this would look like, we came up with a list of topics. A very long list of topics. There are so many things that women face and so many people out there telling us how to handle it all. Even the thought of trying to hear all these people out is overwhelming to my brain! As we talked about the theme of Slowing Down for this month I decided I wanted to explore the thought of slowing down mentally.
What does slowing down mentally mean for you? I don’t think there’s a wrong or right answer for this. For some women it could mean getting a pedicure or taking a nap. For others it could mean wondering Target by themselves (sounds glorious right?). For me it’s being with my Jesus. It hasn’t always been that way but I’ve found that it’s what works best. It’s what truly quiets my mind and gives me peace.
Even Jesus realized the importance of going somewhere to be with God. Luke 5:16 tells us that “…Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” In Mark 1:35 it tells us that he got up “very early in the morning, while it was still dark…” and he went off to pray. One of the things I’ve thought about when I’ve read this is, this is a son talking to his father. This is a reference for how I should be going to my Heavenly Father. A daughter going to talk with her Father.
Jesus’ ministry was bu-sy! Scholars believe that his ministry only lasted about 3 years. Imagine the urgency or pressure he could have felt in his ministry and daily life. Knowing that he had a very limited time and in the midst of that someone needing or wanting something from him at every hour. People praising him, criticizing him, doubting him, crucifying him. My mind gets inundated trying to put myself in his shoes. Isn’t life kind of the same though? People constantly needing us, “mom shaming” us, scrutinizing how we parent, dress, eat, look, who we date or marry. Someone always has an opinion of what we do, why we do it, and how we should be doing it. I’m not here to tell you how to do anything, cause Lord knows its trial and error around my house! However, I will tell you that NO ONE brings peace like Jesus Christ. Going to Him is the best thing we can do for ourselves mentally.
I hope you find time to be with Him and in His Word today. I know it’s a crazy life out there friends. You’re doing a great job…just keep pressing on! There’s nothing wrong with starting small in whatever you set out to do today.
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