Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath! Psalm 116:2, NLT
Did you ever read the book, The Help? Maybe you even saw the movie? Even if you didn’t, you might be familiar with the following lines:
I just love those lines. That towel hangs in my bathroom as a daily reminder of Truth. If I get quiet enough, I can imagine God whispering those very words to me; and then adding, “You is loved.”
That’s the thing isn’t it – that “getting quiet enough” bit. This world we live in is a pretty noisy place. We all need what Oprah calls a “morning oasis”, even if it’s at night! A time when we can quite literally step away from noise and chatter of life to honestly get centered, talk to God, and let Him get a word in edgewise. A time when we make the choice to chase away the mental lists that clutter our mind and hit the reset button on the remote that controls them. A time when we can just be in His presence and soak it in, little by little, like the slow trickle of a hose placed on a newly planted tree, so that when we get up, we no longer dying of thirst in our spirits.
In our study book for this session, A Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren tells us that if isn’t important when it happens, where it happens, or what it looks like; the important piece is that it just happen. For our souls to be saturated with Truth, we need to cooperate with God in the filling! My challenge to you this week is to find 20 minutes or so each day to get quiet enough to experience God. Let Him remind you why you’re here; love on your tired heart; reassurance your anxious mind; heal your rattled body. Whatever it is you need, He already knows and is waiting for you to sit a spell with Him over it.
Don’t know how to get started? Here are a few of my favorite (paraphrased) suggestions:
- Shauna Neiquist: Mediate on one world or one image that reminds you of God. Maybe it’s a heart, the word “love”, or something in nature. (Meditation isn’t simply the emptying of the mind, remember. It’s also the filling of it with Truth. If you know how to worry, you know how to meditate! 😉 )
- Oprah Winfrey: Talk a walk outside and focus on your breath. Let God bring images to mind. Nature is one of our greatest spiritual teachers.
- Anne Graham Lotz: Read scripture. Respond to God with your own paraphrased version back. He loves to hear you speak His word!
Create your own version of a “morning oasis” or even a bunch of different ones and share them with us here!
If you are following along with us in our on purpose series, make sure you’re up to date from last week’s assigned homework! Catch up through Week 8 in your inspiration/scripture booklet. AND enjoy an awesome song by Jordan Felize about filling up on God! Click here for “Satisfied”!
See you back here next week as we begin to wrap up our Winter/Spring 2016 series!!!
Peace, love, and JOY!
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