Ways to Rest in God's Promises
Written by: Amanda Biro
After a long day at work, I always look forward to having some “me time”. While I’m always up for activities like Netflix, face masks, or napping (my personal favourite), I also love finding time to intentionally rest in God. I find this practice rejuvenating, and it helps me to step away from the stresses of life. Here for some of my favourite ways to spend time with Him!
Going for a Walk
When I find myself feeling overwhelmed, I love to step away and spend some time outdoors. I’m lucky to live near a forest, and I’ve found that going on nature walks is a great way for me to spend time with God. The quietness allows me to really enjoy and appreciate His creation, and it helps me to quiet my mind and heart to focus on Him. It reminds me of the beauty of the world, and that God is good. You can do this wherever you live, even if it’s just a walk around the block. Take some time to notice and rejoice in the world that God has given us!
Listening to Music
God speaks to us in many different ways. One way I have heard His voice speak clearly to me is through music. I love lighting some candles, putting away any distractions, and playing either a worship or instrumental playlist, and listening to what He has to say to me. Sometimes it’s just a feeling of peace. Other times He gives me a word or a truth from a song to hold onto. Whatever it is, I always leave feeling rested and cared for by Him.
Need some worship music recommendations? Check out the Promise Keeper Playlist.
Writing a Gratitude List
I am not the world’s most optimistic person. Sometimes I find myself feeling hopeless, and I struggle to remember all of the good things in my life. One way I’ve combated this is by writing a daily gratitude list to thank God for all that He has done. It can be filled with big things like getting a new job, making a new friend, or getting into university. But I have also found it’s helped me appreciate the smaller things in life like sunsets, hot chocolate, and rainy days. I like writing my list at night, it helps me to reflect and end the day by praising God.
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Journaling is a great way to get down all of your thoughts and prayers to give them to God. Another way I like to journal is by writing out Bible verses and adding different artistic elements and designs to them. I find that this helps me remember the verse, and it adds a fun and creative element to the process. I like to pick verses that help me deal with different emotions I’m feeling. One of my favourites to write out is Philippians 4:6 which says “Don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything.” When I’m feeling anxious, I just write out the verse, and it helps me to rest in God and feel His peace.
Looking for verses that speak to your specific emotions? Download the Lane of Roses app and check out the section “Verses for Every Emotion.”
Reflection activities are a great way to see how God has moved in your life. I often like to look back on old journal entries to see how far I’ve come, and to see the different prayers God has answered. If you’re a visual person, you can also look at old photos to help you remember all that God has done for you.
These are just a few suggestions for you to incorporate into your “me time” with God. Some other ideas include listening to podcasts or sermons, creating some art, or reading your Bible. Be creative, and find something that brings you joy and connects you closer to God!
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