How can you let God lead you to places of rest and quiet? Is there anything you’re tired of running after or striving for? What if you intentionally turned the opposite way and ran toward places of rest and quiet.
Spend time in silence asking what God is inviting you to rest from.
✅ APPLY: Jesus is the ultimate shepherd. He takes care of his sheep and lays down his life for them. That means that he looks out for us, watches over us, protects us, and keeps us from harm. He also shows us where to go, leads and guides us to the places he knows are best for us. Sometimes wondering about our next step can cause anxiety and stress. Does believing in Jesus as the good shepherd ease your anxiety or lower your stress level?
Maybe you’re in a place where it feels like knowing this about Jesus isn’t helping your stress and anxiety. That’s okay. Find a trusted adult or a trusted friend that you can pray with and talk to about this. Ask them to pray that you would trust Jesus as the good shepherd, caring for you, leading you, and guiding you.
Does following Jesus ever feel like it’s a list of tasks that you have to check off? If it does, ask yourself why it feels that way. Are you trying to earn God’s approval? God’s approval is a gift. We cannot earn it. And trying to won’t lead to the rich and satisfying life Jesus talked about.
Write out a prayer or silently pray asking Jesus to show you what the rich and satisfying life looks like.
✅APPLY: The average teenager gets 6-7 hours of sleep a night. The recommended amount of sleep for a teenager is 9-9.5 hours. How much sleep do you get a night? Do you value your sleep? Or do you avoid it because you feel like you have too much to do?
Before you go to sleep, write down the things on your mind that keep you from sleeping soundly, or that keep you up at night. Tell God that you know sleep is a gift from God and ask for help to have a good night’s rest.
Nothing — not a thing — can separate us from God’s love. Nothing you or I can do. Even when things happen that are completely out of our control, Jesus’ sacrifice for us, and his commitment to us, gives us confidence that nothing can come between us and God’s love. Is there anything you fear might separate you from God’s love? Or is there something you think you could do that would separate you from God’s love?
Ask God to help you keep your mind from going to the worst case-scenario. Pray for your mind to have the clarity to focus on the truth that nothing will separate you from God’s love.
Is there something specific you fear happening to you or the people you love? It’s scary to think about, and it can be even more scary to name it. The good news is that God already knows what it is that scares us. So how can you use these two verses to remind yourself that even when you are afraid, God is with you, keeping you from all harm, and watching over you?
Think about writing these verses on a Post-It note to remind you of the care God has for you. Pray something like this “Jesus, I realize I am not strong enough on my own to deal with what scares me. Help me to remember that you are strong enough, that you watch over me and keep me from harm. You know where I am at all times, and you care for me.”
Do you feel like you have a lot of responsibility to carry? Sometimes it can feel like you have to fend for yourself because no one else will. Does the idea that God “stands beside you as a protective shade” give you peace knowing that you don’t stand alone? It’s relieving to know that you have someone watching over you and watching out for you.
Make a list of the responsibilities that you carry. Take those responsibilities and write out a prayer to God asking him to help you carry each of them, and thanking God for being there for you and protecting you.
Write a prayer of thanksgiving to God for all the ways that God takes care of you, looks out for you, sees your needs, and meets your needs.
We often have physical objects that serve as reminders of where our help comes from. What object, scene, or person reminds you that God loves you and is here to help you?
Find a space just to be by yourself for a few minutes.
We all need times of relaxation, rest, and renewal. We can experience burn-out while doing worthwhile activities for God. Can you determine to spend some time each day in refresh and renew your body, mind, and spirit. What might that look like for you?
Ask God to help remove any guilt you might feel for making time each day for relaxation, rest, and renewal.