Before we dive into discussing the first part of Joyce Meyer’s CD where she is focusing on learning how to rest, let’s take a moment and just clear our thoughts the best we can. Take a deep breath in through your nose, hold it a second, and then blow it out of your mouth. Ready? Go! Do this a few times to just relax yourself and imagine that we’re inhaling all of the goodness of God and exhaling all of the things that have tried our patience and nerves today. As we do this, let’s imagine in our minds that these things lose their grip on us, and feel all of those things release us as we breathe out!
Now we are ready to begin.
Joyce immediately goes into things that wear us out: our thoughts; decisions; talking; multi-tasking; worries and fears; excessive concern over what other people think of us and of what we’re doing; being insecure. These are all things that just zap our energy, draining us mentally and emotionally. They absolutely wear us out!
Joyce advises us to stay calm no matter what goes on in our lives or what concerns arise. She talks about how much energy it takes from us and how sick we can become because we never shut down inside. She lays it all out for us so plainly that if we’re upset, we need to just calm down. If we’re mad, we need to try to get over it. If we’re offended, we need to try to get over that, too. She said it is just an endless cycle of upset that leaves us depleted and miserable. All of this is easier said than done, though, right? Our flesh is weak and we just want to get upset and hold on to these feelings. Doing so only hurts us! We get so upset, then we’re wondering why we’re unhappy and plain miserable.
Joyce goes on to say that the world is not going to change. The devil and people won’t change either. Even if, by chance, those “problem people” we’ve been dealing with do decide to change, there will be others planted in our lives that aren’t so nice. Upon realizing this, she had a revolution that since those things are not changing, WE have to decide to change, instead!
Joyce told a story about how her husband, Dave, always had peace and that she was extremely jealous of the peace that her husband had. How did she have so much turmoil in her life and yet her husband, who was dealing with the same stuff that she was, managed to be happy and was feeling good every day?