Implementing a time of stillness and peace is essential to establishing a healthy life. This is not referring to an exotic yoga meditation where you’re tied up in a knot like a pretzel (Omm), nor is this referring to getting a good night of sleep (zzzz). Having a time of stillness and peace means finding fifteen minutes to an hour out of every day to be quiet and focus on what God is doing in your life! Taking the time to reflect on who you are – your inner beauty as well as your character imperfections — provides you with the opportunity to seek out YOU, and what you stand for.
Turning “Who Are You?” to “Who You Are”
It’s not an easy task to find fifteen minutes out of your day for reflection. In the midst of school, homework, dinner with the fam, practice and a social life, when is there time for you? Since you revolve the rest of your life around scheduled events, why not schedule a personal meeting with yourself? If you still have a hard time fitting your quiet time into your life, try adding it to your morning or evening routine. Quiet time with God can be a great energy boost in the morning or a perfect way to wind down from a hectic day. Your quiet time is your time to refuel and reconnect with God.
Journaling is a great way to reflect on life’s adventures and uncertainties. Try listening to some inspirational music and writing about how your life portrays the words that are being sung. Or, reflect on the lessons you’re learning from a book you’re reading or a movie you recently saw in the theatre. Write about a situation at school that is bringing you either difficulty or joy. Write poetry, song lyrics, favorite quotations or bible verses. If you’re not into writing, decorate your journal with collages, paintings and drawings, or spend some time on your computer designing some outstanding graphics. If you’re active, then go on a walk, shoot some hoops, dance; or do the opposite and find rest by lying on your bed and staring at the ceiling. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you dig into your own life and evaluate your growth and stability as a beautiful woman.
Turning Negativity into An Opportunity for Growth
Write five to ten aspects of your life that YOU either don’t like or want to change or improve. Sometimes these aspects are a relationship, a characteristic, a fear, or a word or action that you said or did toward someone. Then throughout the following week, focus on changing these negative issues in your life. Write down the opportunities that you had to make change and how you responded to those opportunities. Seek God’s guidance and write down your prayers to Him. Ask for His help and provision in making change. When you’re open to hearing from God, you might realize that these areas that you don’t like about yourself are areas where Satan is using you to hurt or negatively influence another person. Psalm 37:7-9 says, “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret–it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.” The areas of your life that you see as negative aspects are burdens that hold you back from becoming the woman God desires for you to become, so give them to God and ask Him to help mold you into the woman He wants you to become.
Turning a Light onto Your Beauty
Don’t just focus on the negative; write down five to ten aspects that you love about yourself. Sometimes these characteristics are the same from week to week, but sometimes they’ll grow to demonstrate a greater asset of your life. God loves you entirely and delights in seeing you love yourself. Listen to other people’s comments and appreciations of your life and include those in your list; you might discover an asset that other people admire that you never really reflected on. Ask God to reveal what He loves about you. Be prepared to write a lot down though, because He’ll show you a ton!
The most important part of having a quiet time every day is to not give up. It’s OK if you forget one week, don’t have enough time for a whole month, or step away from the activity altogether for awhile. If you do step away from your quiet time, make an effort to establish it as an important part of your life again. Evaluate your life and your journey, and see how this short time every week has affected you and the people around you. Over time, this will give you enough motivation to keep going! After spending time on a regular basis in quiet, stillness and prayer, you will gain trust in the Lord and will rely on Him to guide you and carry you through life’s struggles and rewards.