May 29, 2015

Give Your Heart a Break

This present moment. What were you just doing? Besides reading this.
Maybe you had Netflix paused, or were wondering what you were going to do this Friday night. Perhaps you had a mountain of laundry, little ones or big ones to help run around, or perhaps it's another late day in the office to burn you out at the precipice of the weekend.

Okay, so you have what you're doing. What thoughts have flitted in and out of your mind in the last hour? Many are like caterpillars, that grow larger until they bloom. And those are beautiful--those sunbursts of loving truth straight from the heart of God via the Holy Spirit.

Too often though, so many thoughts are like pesky fruit flies. Always there, always the very opposite of positive. It's a fair guess if I say you were probably thinking about something you wish you had. Some plans, some special someone, some money, etc. Something to look forward to beyond the m.u.n.d.a.n.e. And if you're a wife and mama, you barely have time to keep a thought in your head, but they're always there. Those fruit-fly thoughts of doubting yourself, worrying over those you care about more than breath in your body, wondering how it's all going to get done, and all the while feeling so beaten down by all that's expected of you.

Think hard a second about your thoughts in the last hour. More than likely most just keep wearing down your heart.
Take a few minutes with me and give your heart a break?

Breathe in deep and hold it, and let it out. Repeat five times. Grab a cup of tea, coffee, juice, or inhale some essential oils. Before we go off on a tangent to God in these brief moments we've breathed and somewhat quieted our spirits, find something to look at that never ceases to make you smile. Maybe it's a photo, a phrase on the wall, God's gorgeous creation outside your window. 

Start with that. Thank God for it. Now shut your eyes and think of the millions of little things that make up your sometimes truly mundane everyday. Clean water, a job, people who love you unconditionally even though they may be the ones to drive you up the ever-loving wall day in and day out. Feeling better yet?

Whatever it is you're fighting...
Whether it's to stand firm or just stand up...
Whatever it is you're yearning for so much it almost physically hurts...
Whatever hope your heart has had deferred...
Make like Elsa from Frozen and let it go.


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