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.
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:
Thank you for holding me together today. I needed you, and you were there for me. Thank you for every bit of love, mercy, and grace that was shown to me though I did not deserve it. Thank you for your faithfulness in my suffering. To you alone be the glory.
Amen9 Goodnight Prayers for Evening and Peaceful Sleep at Bedtime
Affirmations for Reflection
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:
- Tonight I will lie down and sleep in peace because God keeps me safe.
- Resting in the Lord will replenish my soul.
- I am happy and still in the Lord.
- In the quietness of my rest my strength will be renewed.
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 4:8, “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
- Jeremiah 31:25, “For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.”
- Psalm 37:7a, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.”
- Isaiah 30:15, “For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, ‘In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.'”
An Evening Reflection
This morning’s challenge was to take the first 15 minutes after getting home from work to breathe and decompress. Let us take some time to reflect.
Here are some questions to ask yourself. As you ask yourselves these questions, 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:
- What did I do when I got home from work today?
- Did taking this short break help me be more present in the evening for myself and for my family?
- What can I do tomorrow to breathe and decompress after work?
- 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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