There’s something about a body of water that calms the soul. It could be an ocean, sea, river, lake, or even a pool.
When the sunlight hits the water it glitters and reflects beauty. Listening to the waves or watching the peaceful ripples tend to relax a person. Playing in the water on a hot summer day cools the body and refreshes the soul.
There’s something about water that sets us free.
I was laying in the hammock and looking at the blue sky above me. A few white clouds slowly passed over head. Bees and butterflies were flittering around the yard. Birds were in a tree nearby and signing a beautiful song. The warmth of the sun radiated against my skin.
Everything seemed so peaceful and it bore down to my soul. I felt tranquility flowing throughout my entire body. I wondered to myself, why I rarely spend time in the hammock.
This is something I can and should enjoy more often in my life. In fact, I think we all could benefit from having such a place in our lives.
I just finished reading The 100 Most Powerful Affirmations for Social Problems by Jason Thomas. The writer starts by explaining how affirmations work. He also said affirmations should be positive and actionable.
Here are a few examples:
- I am strong in my values and confident in my abilities.
- I have the ability to plan, organize, and do.
- I am resilient and fierce.
- I have the power within me to create the life I desire.
I must admit, the whole thing seems a bit silly to me. Has anyone actually tried using affirmations? If so, did you notice any benefit?
Delano Park is the oldest park in Decatur, Alabama. It was established in the 1880’s. The park features playgrounds, ball fields, walking trials, and a beautiful rose garden. The rose garden is peaceful and calming. It is a wonderful place to spend time refreshing your soul.
In Matthew 11:20-12:21, we learn Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath and he wants to offer rest for our weary souls. All we need to do is follow Jesus.
Rest is often undervalued in our society. There is so much to do at work, at school, and our options for entertainment are phenomenal. Granted entertainment is fun, but it can also prevent us from getting the rest we need.
Jesus offers us spiritual rest. We can trust in his acceptance and forgiveness. He invites us to destress our souls and spend quite time with him in worship, prayer and meditation. He wants to help us overcome our anxieties and our fears.
We know rest is important and we know the consequences of not getting enough rest.
- Increased risk of disease
- Decreased ability to function
- Decreased ability to focus
- Increased aggression
Make rest a priority in your life and you will notice the difference.