Have you ever woken up early and thought, “Why am I awake? Seriously, I am so tired, let me turn over and go back to sleep.” And then here comes the flood of all the thoughts of what your day will consist of – so much for going back to sleep. “I must do this and that. I wonder what’s playing at the movie theater this weekend? I bet my youngest would love that movie (I thought you were going back to sleep). Oh wait, I should do this, and that, oh did I say yes or no about driving permit or scheduling a driving instructor? I am meeting with so and so for lunch this week and I have a parent teacher conference. Did I finish paying for the retreat? Thanksgiving was at my brother’s this year so Christmas will be at my house. Oh Sweet Good Lord!”
I am now upright in my bed screaming at myself in my head. Oh my lord what happened to sleep? I slam my pillow around my head, and then I calmly take a deep, deep breath and ask the Holy Spirit to remind me of who I belong to. I ask Holy Spirit to breathe on me, and to quiet my thoughts so that I may restart my day the way our Father in heaven intended for me to begin my day. I then say, “Thank you Jesus for your peace, thank you for waking me up, because you didn’t have to. Thank you Father God for the Holy Spirit and his presence that is now in my room. Thank you for the newness of my day and that you are with me and remain with me throughout my day so that I can walk in you.”
The best part about frequently reading God’s word is that the Holy Spirit will bring to your remembrance the scriptures that you need, when your soul yearns for it or your mouth cries it out. Subsequently, the scripture that he gave me was one of my favorites.
“For I know the plans I have your you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
God is so faithful on so many levels. He is funny too, I know he was thinking, when is she going to be quiet? My prayer to anyone reading this is that, when you become overwhelmed with your day, ask who you belong to! I turned on my radio and Breathe by Michael W. Smith was playing. Just Breathe
Know that you are loved,