Stop and Smell the Roses


We are busy people. Busy with planning. Busy with doing. And, as a result, busy with stressing out! It’s a given that we need to have balance in our lives. We resist quiet and our spirits often harbor restlessness rather than peace. The cliche is right. We need to “stop and smell the roses”.

I found this list of one-minute stress busters over at guideposts.com and thought you might find them helpful too.

Here’s what God says:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Phil. 4:6 (NIV)

My prayer today is that we will all take a deep breath and take time to pray and ask God to help us enjoy a more balanced and peaceful life.

3 Ways to Create a Joy-filled Life

“Let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.” Psalm 105:3b

Something I’ve been thinking about more and more lately is the idea of discovering joy in everyday life. It’s easy to feel good when exciting things happen to us, but what about the average, “blah” days?

Here are 3 ways to create a more joy-filled life based on Matthew 7:7 which says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

1. ASK the Lord to reveal His presence in every detail of life. We have to be intentional about uncovering the beauty and the good that lies all around us. I admit, it is not always easy to do. Like anything else, it takes practice to train our eyes to look at things differently. This pertains to both our physical eyes and our spiritual eyes as well.

2. SEEK joy even in the mundane. We must not overlook the simple things. Along those lines, I was happy to find this wonderful video series on Guideposts.com. This episode of Destination Inspiration shows guest Samantha Brown of the Travel Channel talking about her favorite spots in New York. It made me think about places where I’ve experienced similar inspiration and reminded me that, most of the time, it is wrapped up like hidden treasure in the most unassuming and obscure places, waiting to be discovered by adventurous hearts.

3. KNOCK and don’t be afraid when the door opens. It’s okay to enter that world where feeling and emotion are stirred rather than suppressed. We should allow ourselves to explore and even linger awhile, soaking in the mystery of the moment. Contemplate, for instance, what is so moving about a walk through the neighborhood park. Is it the feel of sunshine on your face, the smell of flowers perfuming the air or the sound of children playing nearby? Whatever it is, don’t rush. Wait. Reflect. Pause and give thanks for the blessing of being able to have that experience. It’s amazing how gratitude can change your attitude!

Today, I pray we will open our eyes wide, breathe deep and, with expectant hearts, seek out and discover the not-so-hidden, little everyday treasures that will lead us to a more joy-filled life.

What simple thing brings you joy? Leave a comment here and share some of the places you find inspiration.