Today, let's focus on resting in the Lord's presence.
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.
- Notice any tension in your body (maybe even place your hand there).
- As you breathe in and out, imagine Jesus speaking — "Peace! Be still!" — into the tension (Mark 4:39).
Second, ponder your inner world.
Once relaxed in God's presence, process the following with Jesus:
- What do you want to say, Jesus? I'm listening.
Third, prepare to love others.
Ask Jesus to help you answer the following:
- How can I bring a relaxed, faith-filled presence into stressful circumstances this week?
A closing prayer:
Jesus, you are never hurried or rushed. During your ministry, interruptions didn't anger or fluster you. Instead, you were present to the needs before you.
Help me relax into you — into your kingly goodness, sagely wisdom, priestly love, and prophetic power.
When the storms of stress come this week, speak the words you spoke so long ago — Peace! Be still!
My wonderful Lord, help me relax into you.
Peace be with you until next week,
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