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942nd -- Relax And Choose Joy


It is easy to lose our peace because we feel overwhelmed with too much to
do. Many times we have deadlines looming and we don't know how we can 
accomplish everything in such a short amount of time. What we must realize
is that there will always be something that “needs” to be done, but if we
are constantly rushing through life meeting those “needs”, then we are not
really enjoying or benefiting from life. Instead, we should remember to 
take life easy and enjoy the journey that we are on. We don't always have
to be in a rush to get from one place to another. We can slow down, look
around and enjoy the blessings that surround us. Remembering that life is
fleeting and temporary can do so much to put things into perspective. No
matter how overwhelmed you may sometimes feel, you can pause to think and
regain your composure. 

Be encouraged to not feel overwhelmed because of life’s to do list. 
Whatever it is that you have to do, you can do at your own pace and when 
you take your time, most times it will come out better than if you had 
rushed through it. Also, remember to take time for yourself. If you are
worn out doing everything for everyone else, you will reach exhaustion in
no time, but if you take time for yourself, you will be relaxed, refreshed
and better able to handle all of life's to-do's. 

I hope this message encourages and challenges your heart to slow down if 
you feel overwhelmed with life's demands. You can relax and refresh so 
that you will be ready and better able to handle all that life asks of you.


Like most people these days I seem to have more and more to do. Everyday 
there seems to be one hundred and one things that need done right away. As
much as I try to simplify my life I always end up spending my time taking
care of the daily details of living.

That is why I try to keep a little reminder taped to the window of my 
mind. This reminder tells me of the only two things that I really need to
do each day. It is just four words long so that I won't forget it.

It says, “Relax and choose Joy.”

Now I still do all the daily errands that life demands. I still drive the
kids to school and pick them up again. I still run to the store and get 
the groceries. I still do the dishes, feed the pets, and clean the house.
I still do my work and pay my bills. Only now I do them happily and in a 
spirit of love and joy.

I don't feel rushed or stressed or worried anymore. I don't feel upset or
bad if something doesn't get done. I don't feel like a failure because I 
haven't been the perfect husband or dad.

My little reminder has helped me to live a busy life with a peaceful 
heart. It has kept my thoughts and feelings focused on what is really 
important in this life. It has allowed me to “relax and choose joy” as I 
go about doing the one hundred and one things that need done each day.

I know now that no matter how busy I may get if I only relax and choose 
joy and love that things will work out as they should.

When the daily details of life start to get to you then remember that God
loves you and wants you to be happy. Remember that you need only to “relax
and choose joy” to make your busy life beautiful and wonderful again.

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Psalm 139:1-6 “O LORD, Thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest 
my downsitting and mine uprising, Thou understandest my thought afar off.
Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my
ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, Thou knowest
it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand 
upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot 
attain unto it.”

Psalm 37:3-6 “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the 
land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and
He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the 
LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring
forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.”

Hebrews 10:22-24 “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of
faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies
washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith 
without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised;) And let us consider
one another to provoke unto love and to good works.”

Psalm 37:23-25 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He
delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am 
old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today's Selected Poem: WHAT IF?
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Today's Selected Testimony: THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony48.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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