"He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams." Psalm 23:2 NLT

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Thoughts for the Day

Hurry sickness not only affects our relationship with God; it also takes a toll on our physical and emotional well-being. God does not want our lives to be controlled by busyness. He wants us to rest in green meadows and walk beside peaceful streams.Picture yourself moving step-by-step through a typically busy-even frantic-day. Does your body tense just thinking about it? Does your mind shoot off in a dozen directions thinking of things you need to do? Putting ourselves through this kind of daily pressure is a choice. Yes, all of us have responsibilities that we need to fulfill. But when we let those responsibilities take control of our lives, we lose the rest and peace that God intends for us. The rest and peace that we need for our spirit, soul, and body.Hurry sickness produces stress. A short list of the effects of stress includes digestive problems, headaches, sleeplessness, irritability, depression, obesity, and heart disease. This is not God's plan for us.During His walk on earth, Jesus recognized the need for solitude-and He taught His disciples to take time for themselves.

Then Jesus said, "Let's go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile." He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn't even have time to eat. So they left by boat for a quiet place, where they could be alone. Mark 6:31-32 NLT

Consider This . . .

Imagine yourself living out the picture in today's scripture. Lying in a green meadow-resting. Sauntering beside a peaceful stream. No pressures. No phone ringing. No to-do lists.

Each person's meadow and stream might look a little different. Sitting in a quiet spot reading a good book. Going out for a relaxed dinner. Hiking along rugged trails. Painting a picture. The list is endless. The important thing is to set time aside for yourself doing something you enjoy. Get away from the chaos regularly. You may think you can't afford the time away from your responsibilities. The truth is, this time of respite will help you handle your responsibilities more efficiently-and with much less stress.

Take time for yourself!

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