1. Rearrange your furniture. I did this yesterday. I can’t tell you why this works but it does. It’s like there is extra space in our living room. I’m sure it was there before, but I missed it. I didn’t notice it. Move a few things around and viola! Peace is here.
2. Dig in the dirt. Yep. Get outside. God made this beautiful place for us to enjoy. Enjoy it! Go for a walk, plant a flower, or mow the grass. Play in the breeze. Dance in the wind.
3. Take a step back from your life and breathe. I am a detail girl. Sometimes I lose sight of the forest, the big picture, because I’m focusing on one tree. God knows, and I choose to take Him at His Word and trust Him. Sometimes I have to do this 20 times a day, lol!
Lamentations 3:22-26 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning;great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
Small beginnings. A thought becomes an action. Today I start new. New thoughts. New actions. Like Pastor Jeff said – I want the Perfect Will of God in my life. Yes there is good, and yes there is his pleasing will. But I want all that God has for me here. I believe God, he says ALL things are possible to those who believe! So I’m starting with a thought, a prayer, a small beginning. Things can change. I don’t have to stay “stuck”. Thank you Lord for small beginnings!
“Watch your thoughts for they become words.
Watch your words for they become actions.
Watch your actions for they become habits.
Watch your habits for they become your character.
And watch your character for it becomes your destiny.
What we think, we become.
My father always said that… and I think I am fine.”
― Margaret Thatcher
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.(The seven lamps represent the eyes of the Lord that search all around the world.)
Zechariah 4:10 (NLT)
“Never despise small beginnings, and don’t belittle your own accomplishments. Remember them and use them as inspiration as you go on to the next thing. When you venture outside your comfort zone, wherever the starting point may be, it’s kind of a big deal.”
― Chris Guillebeau
“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
― Confucius, Confucius: The Analects
“Most things, even the greatest movements on earth, have their beginnings in something small. An earthquake that shatters a city might begin with a tremble, a breath. Music begins with a vibration . . . And God created the whole universe from an atom no bigger than a thought.”
― Lauren Oliver, Delirium
“Something wonderful begins to happen with the simple realization that life, like an automobile, is driven from the inside out, not the other way around. As you focus more on becoming more peaceful with where you are, rather than focusing on where you would rather be, you begin to find peace right now, in the present. Then, as you move around, try new things, and meet new people, you carry that sense of inner peace with you. It’s absolutely true that, “Wherever you go, there you are.”
― Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … and it’s all small stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life
“Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing, and gives being to all things that are; and, as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many…”
― William Bradford, Bradford: Of Plymouth Plantation
“It all depends on you. If you want it to be different,it will be different. Don’t look at the world with your eyes but with your heart.”
― Avi, The End of the Beginning: Being the Adventures of a Small Snail