I learned I enjoyed hiking when I took the time to love myself beyond the temptation to self medicate or hide under the covers in bed, and it’s still the thing I do when I need to find gratitude in the things I have left. May I encourage you during these challenging times? You're learning something new about yourself. Lean into it.
Although I've found a lot of things to enjoy during quarantine, I'm not going to deny the fact that I've also experienced disappointment during it, too. It's actually the very reason why I've taken action to support my mental and emotional health. This week, I want to encourage you to do the same.
Have you ever felt curious about your call (your purpose)? I don't know about you, but I've found myself asking the question, "Did God really say...?" more than once lately. Fill it in for yourself. Did God really say it was time for me to go back to school? Did God really say to take this job? Did God really say my daughter should be on this team? Did God really say? Before we run down the rabbit hole of self doubt, I recommend we think about what happened to Eve when she contemplated that question a little too long.
I refuse to allow pressure to steal my peace. When we redirect the demands for our attention and money which are so prevalent during this time of year to what really matters, we experience incredible freedom! It's time to take ownership of our joy, our gratitude, our reflection, instead of leaving it in the hands of the department stores and promotional sales. Let's take a deep breath and plan to release the pressure.
Today, there are people all over our nation who question whether today is really a happy day. Countless families have been struck by devastation lately, and it can cause some of us to question whether it really is a happy thanksgiving, especially when the absence of a loved one or a dream is exacerbated during the holidays. If you have any doubts in your heart, you are not alone. I'd like to encourage you through the questions in your heart, and it's my hope that it supplies you with new strength and joy.