The five minutes that will change your week. Today, let's focus on how to find our contentment in Jesus.
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, "The Lord is my shepherd."
- As you breathe out, think, "I shall not want" (Psalm 23:1).
Second, ponder your inner world.
Process the following with Jesus:
- What do I think would satisfy me if I got it?
- Ask Jesus to fulfill the deeper longing under what you desire?
Third, prepare to love others.
Ask Jesus to help you answer the following:
- How would my interactions look this week if I surrendered my restlessness for contentment in Jesus?
A closing prayer:
Jesus, you are the good shepherd who laid down your life for your sheep. My restless heart wanders more than I like, thinking I'll find rest apart from you. But you are my green pastures. You are my still waters. Even in the thick of the valley of the shadow of death, you are with me. And you are enough!
Help me today to learn the secret of contentment. Please open my eyes to see that despite circumstances, your nearness is the best life affords. Slow my heart to stop chasing the next thing and to sit in your loving presence. Lead me, oh shepherd of my soul. Let this contentment prepare a space in my life that I might show your loving care to others.
Peace be with you until next week,
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