Today, let's focus on learning how to be still.
Find a quiet space. Sit up tall, and close your eyes. Set a timer for one to two minutes per movement so that you can be fully present (or increase the time if you want a longer experience).
First, pay attention to God.
Take slow, deep breaths. Focus on the spot that you feel the breath in your body.
- As you breathe in, think, "I have calmed..."
- As you breathe out, think, "... and quieted my soul" (Psalm 131:2).
Second, ponder your inner world.
Process the following with Jesus:
- What am I experiencing in this moment of stillness? (Ex. thoughts, emotions, body sensations, etc.)
- Talk to Jesus about what you're experiencing.
Third, prepare to love others.
Ask Jesus to help you answer the following:
- How can I schedule unhurried moments of stillness with you, Jesus, into my week?
- What do I need to change about my schedule to share a calm presence with others?
A closing prayer:
Father, you go behind me (forgiving my sins), before me (preparing my way), and are closer than I can imagine (holding my life in your hands).
I'm not behind in your plans for me, and I don't need to catch up. You've placed me right where you want me.
Help me trust your timing. Detangle the haste and hurry in my soul. Free me to be fully present to you and others because the present is where I'll find life.
Peace be with you until next week,
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