Time for Joy: In the now (James 4:14)

“Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring.”  James 4:14

This week make some time to focus on being present in the moment.  Try out one of these practices:

  • At a moment when you have space to think slowly, review your five senses.  What do I smell right now?  What am I touching and how does it feel?  What noises surround me?  Is there a taste in my mouth/what is it?  What do I see?  Take a little time to be grateful for this moment and your body’s ability to enjoy it!
  • At a stressful moment in your week try some box breathing. 

Picture drawing a box in your mind.  As you draw the first side of the box, breathe in slowly.  Draw the second side and hold your breath.  As you draw the next side, exhale slowly.  On the fourth and final side, wait.  Then start again with a slow inhale, redrawing the first side of your square.

Remember, God is with you in this stressful moment.  Repeat as needed!

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Some Comfort and Joy was developed as a devotional resource that follows the rhythms and seasons of the liturgical year from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective.

Published by Gwen Lantz

Stay-at-home-Jill-of-all-trades I am hoping to create connections with people and the world around me, while being creatively engaged in what is happening right in front of my nose!

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