Do you have a to do list?
I do, and it seems to be endless! I wish I had endless energy and time!
God makes the days longer.”
Dr. Monique Ruberu, MD
Not long ago I was listening to Dr. Ruberu give a talk to our adoption group (The Rose Garden) and I asked her, “how do you have time to do all the things you do!?”. She said quite plainly, “God makes the days longer”.
Dr. Ruberu is a mother of 3 young children, a working Physician and an active Pro-life activist who just recently finished writing a book. Somehow she found the time to come talk to our adoption group about the importance of nourishing our marriages in the midst of infertility. Her talk was filled with stories of how she nourishes her faith and stays connected to Our Lord. To say the least, I was awed and inspired.
I often find myself busy to a fault. Dr. Ruberu reminded me that we are to give everything to God – including our time. What we give to God, he gives back to us in complete and total abundance! He really does make the day long enough to serve Him, our families and others.
Here are five ways you can reconnect with God and recharge your spirit!
Attend Daily Mass
Daily Masses tend to be only about 30 minutes in length if you get up for the early ones! If your schedule is jam packed, this may be the way to go. Get up early and go to Mass. Hear God’s word, praise Him, talk to Him and listen. Receive Him.
Go for a Nature Walk
God created everything for you, but you in turn were created to serve and love God and to offer all creation back to Him.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, #358)
God created everything for us to enjoy! I love going for a hike and enjoying the views of nature. As a city girl, there is an extreme amount of peace that fills me when I gaze upon an open field. Turning off the cell phone and being away from a screen and out in the fresh air can provide an opportunity to enjoy God’s creation and feel at peace. Depending on your mood you could always talk to Jesus as if He is walking with you, say a Rosary or some formal prayers or simply, count your blessings.
Here is a free printable coloring page for you!
If you wake up early you can go to Mass or you can enjoy a cup of coffee and relax with colored pencils and an inspirational coloring page! You may only have 10 minutes a day or week to do this, but eventually it will get done and you will have a picture to frame or glue into your prayer journal! Adult coloring is popular for a reason – it’s meditative and relaxing. There are many Devotional Coloring Books available on Amazon! Coloring a Scripture passage or prayer is a great way to contemplate God’s love for us and really can recharge your soul! It’s also fun to do with a glass of wine!
Pray a Rosary
Meditation is an exercise that relieves stress and increases overall physical health. Our Lady is a faithful friend who is happy to go to Jesus and pray for our intentions. And lately, “fidget spinners” are known as stress relieving toys. Why not go to the original “fidget spinner” and hold a One Decade Rosary Ring!
Listen to Praise Music
Crank up radio stations like K-Love or “I Can Only Imagine” on Pandora. The melody and the lyrics are uplifting and encouraging. Whether you are driving, cleaning, working or simply just sitting; music has a way to raise your spirits. As we listen to the words being sung we are reminded of God’s love for us and it sparks joy in the heart and hope in our life. Turn it on and turn it up!