So, lately I have found myself bogged down in stress.

There’s always something to worry about: bills, calendar, travel, social commitments, life goals, etc. When I try to chill out and relax, usually in prayer, I find myself being reminded tolook around me.

I’m reminded to look at the trees, and the flowers and the birds……

No one feeds them….right?

Then I laugh and am reminded that God does and if He feeds them, He, too, will care for me.

"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" Matthew 6:26

Today’s message is a simple reminder to STAND in the PRESENT moment. Studies have shown that the happiest people are those that are able to remain in the present and spend less time thinking about the future or reminiscing about the past.

I’m not saying either of these things are bad. Yes, plan your future and, of course—reminisce about your past. But, KNOW that there is a balance and that your PEACE is found in the present.

"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

Let’s embrace that abundant life that Jesus died to give us. A life that focuses not on the material but one that focuses on the eternal. A life that rejoices in just being.

When I worry and hear that internal voice say look around you….I get that what that means is: “check out HOW AMAZING life is, nature is, breathing is! Rest in that. Enjoy this moment.”

I get it now and I try to practice this new strategy. What I never realized was that doing what this internal voice recommends was actually helping me practice TRUST and SURRENDER in Christ.

If I just enjoy the present, I am by default trusting that He will help me through whatever I am worrying about. It says that by default, in NOT thinking of my worries, I am unconsciously LAYING MY WORRIES at His feet. And, in return, God is swapping out worry for momentary enjoyment of the present, of His presence, of everything He has already given me.
This Sunday, join me in RESTING and knowing that He is God. Take a moment to breath and enjoy the moment.

~ Jen