As our day draws to a close our journey brings us to a point of reflection and preparation for tomorrow.
If you’re just joining me on this journey toward renewing our minds and improving our self-discipline, I invite you to read my article “Morning and Evening: A New Self Discipline Journey” to learn more about why I am doing this, and how this may benefit you as well.
With that said, let’s take this time to reflect on our day.
Before we begin let us take some deep breaths to release stress, calm our minds and prepare us for this evenings reflection. You can take a few moments to breathe on your own or use the following video to guide you through a breathing exercise. This one is similar to the one from our morning discipline, but is self guided.
Music For Reflection
I personally like to have some soft music in the background, so if that’s something you like as well below you will find a song you can play for the duration of our time ttogether.
Prayer of Reflection
Now that we’re calm, and have let the worries of the day go, let us transition into a time of prayer.
Over the next few minutes you can pray on your own or feel free to use the following prayer:
I pray for your peace to rule richly in my marriage and in my home.
You said in your Word that the peace you give passes all understanding. I receive that peace right now. I choose to let the peace of Christ rest in my heart. As the peace of Christ rests in my heart, it will extend to my marriage.
Amen.Source: Marriage Prayer for Peace
Affirmations for Reflection
Affirmations are one way we can speak to our minds and remind ourselves of who we are in God and what He wants to do through us. Sometimes, when we struggle to let go of the days troubles it takes the words of our lips to speak His refreshment to our minds and help us find rest.
Here are a few affirmations for this evening that you can speak over this time of rest.
As you read through them, repeat each one out loud at least three times before moving to the next. Take your time. Close your eyes and say them to yourself as well. Let these words sink into your heart and mind this evening:
- I am relaxed and calm.
- I give myself permission to be quiet and reflect on my many blessings.
- I am proud of the journey that I am on.
- I embrace God’s love and forgiveness.
Scriptures for Reflection
As Christians, our affirmations should be rooted in the rest we find in Jesus who reassures us that His burden is light and that we can trade our burden for His.
Here are some scriptures that further support the affirmations we just spoke to ourselves. Again, repeat each one three times out loud before moving to the next one. Take your time. Maybe pick one and try to commit it to memory as well:
- Psalm 118:24, “This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
- Ephesians 3:18, “And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.”
- 2 Corinthians 12:9, “Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”
- Psalm 107:9, “For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
An Evening Reflection
This morning’s challenge was to make quality time for our spouse and our God. Let us take some time to reflect on what that quality time looked like.
Here are some questions to ask yourself as you reflect. As you ask yourselves these questions and perhaps take the time to write your responses in a journal (or an online journal) so you can revisit them in the days ahead and see your progress and how God is working in your life:
- Did I make quality time for my spouse today?
- If so, what did that look like?
- Did I make quality time for God today?
- If so, what did that look like?
- How did it feel spending quality time with my spouse and God today?
- If I didn’t, how can I make time for this tomorrow?
- In what ways did I see God working in my day?
Now, lay all the days events at the feet of Jesus, take a deep breath, and rest in His faithfulness.
Tomorrow is a new day!
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