Hope Wissel, Relax, Reflect, Recharge



“When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn.” Psalm 142:3 (NLT)

These words bring great comfort when I LISTEN!  I have discovered that my greatest source of stress and distraction in my life is when I take on too many things trying to please everyone around me and not thinking of the consequences.  I FEAR that if I say “no”, I will miss out on something.  The truth is when I take on too much,  I end up rushing through things, not enjoying the moment or sometimes not even remembering what happened or who I met.  Or the days when I am Workaholic Wendy,  I spend countless hours being busy and NOT building my business.  Sad, right?

I need to learn to release before taking on something else and in most cases, it is negative thoughts and FEAR! FEAR causes me to side step the blessings that God has for me.  I have dreams personal and business but when struggles come, I grab onto something that appears safe and secure instead of stepping out in faith.  I have not released those FEARS that have plagued me for years. Oh, I have days of filled with faith and confidence but when a little struggle comes, Negative Nellie and Doubtful Debbie come for a visit.

Release is a gift for me who is weighed down with FEARS.  Release is for me when I know I can’t take much more. Remembering Psalm 142:3, “When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn.” Tears well up in my upturned, pleading eyes. “God help me. It’s all too much. I’m tired and frustrated.”  Into my head pops the word, “R-e-l-e-a-s-e.” GOD is that you?  I know that I need to listen in order to EMBRACE the blessings that are in store for me.  Can I do it?  Will I do it?  In that struggle of trying, will I miss every bit of joy.

With RELEASE comes the gift of peace. There are opportunities I need to decline,  there are things I need to say no to, there are fears I need to let go of so I can make room for the blessings. When I release in peace, I am signaling that I am now ready to receive.Receive what’s next. Receive what’s best. Receive what’s meant for this season, right now.

What do you have to release, to receive peace and joy and more blessings?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

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