Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
“I need to do my devotions before I go crazy,” I say more to myself than to my ten-year-old.
“Why?” he asks.
“Because my perspective changes.”
Opening my journal and devotionals shuts out the overwhelming clutter of rearranged schedules and ransacked well-being. God soothes away knots of unresolved tension when I succumb to His gentle touch and calm direction. His strength seeps into my weakened resolve, and I am ready to resume my day with clarity of sight, mind, and heart.
“When you feel tired, you remember that I am your strength; you take pleasure in leaning on Me. I am pleased by your tendency to turn to Me more and more frequently, especially when you are alone.
“When you are with other people, you often lose sight of My Presence. Your fear of displeasing people puts you in bondage to them, and they become your primary focus. When you realize this has happened, whisper My Name; this tiny act of trust brings Me to the forefront of your consciousness where I belong.” from Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence
“We don’t become women of strength, honor, and wisdom overnight; it requires self-discipline and godly surrender.” from A Jane Austen Devotional