Love to Live & Live to Love

Thursday, February 7, 2013


Be yourself...truthfully
Accept yourself...gratefully
Value yourself....joyfully
Forgive yourself....completely
Treat yourself...generously
Balance yourself....harmoniously
Bless yourself....abundantly
Trust yourself...confidently
Love yourself...wholeheartedly
Empower yourself...prayerfully
Give yourself....completely
Express yourself...radiantly

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

At All Times

"Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you." 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NIV)
Does Jesus really understand what it means to be stressed?

This was the beginning of the P31 devotional email that I received this morning.
Even though it was dark and early, I couldn't wait to read more.
The last few days have been stressful.  Very.
And I had fallen into the familiar pattern of just doing more, being busier, moving faster; whatever it takes to burn off the nervous energy racing through my body.
And so this morning I was tired.  Physically and emotionally. 
God knew that and used this devotional to assure me of his presence. 
He knows stress. 
He understands me.
He knows what I really need in times like this. 
Not more to do.
But more of Him.

Dear Lord, I am drowning in stress and I have tried everything to relieve it — except for You. Forgive me not trusting You enough to believe that You offer the peace I am searching for. Today, I invite You into my circumstances, and into my life, and ask You to open my eyes to see the real truth and stress relief that my heart is aching for. In Jesus' Name, Amen.