Pressing Pause

(Begin with 1-2 minutes of silence)

Did you take the opportunity to read the bold text right above this sentence? The text that says, “Begin with 1-2 minutes of silence?” If you did read it, did you take the opportunity to silence your heart and soul before reading this? 

We live busy lives, regularly going from one activity to the next. For the majority of us, this pace is unsustainable. As Peter Scazzero writes, “When we are busier than God requires us to be, we do violence to ourselves.”

Right now, in this very moment, you may have a lot of topics on your heart, mind, and/or soul that are weighing on you. For those of you who may not be experiencing a heavy burden this moment, taking regular opportunities to Pause so you can be with Jesus is essential. The more deeply your roots grow into the love of Christ, the more prepared your heart and soul will be when challenging circumstances do come your way.  

One resource you may find helpful is the One Minute Pause app created by John Eldredge. But don’t let the name fool you. The longer Pauses, and the 30 Days to Resilience program are an excellent resource to help you remain rooted in Christ.

READING & PRAYERS:

     1 KINGS 19:11-12

The voice of God isn’t always big and loud, but it is always powerful. In this passage, Elijah heard God through “a gentle whisper.” The Hebrew language could also be translated by saying that Elijah heard God through “silence.” 

QUESTION: Are you taking regular opportunities to push Pause and listen for the voice of God in silence? How may your life be different if you did? 

Take a Step: This week, utilize the One Minute Pause app at least twice daily to begin practicing being with God and resting in His presence. The app is free, and is available on iPhone and Android devices. See pauseapp.com for details.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I confess it is rare that I take intentional time to push Pause in order to give anything and everything over to You. As I enter this new week, I simply pray that You will help me to not only remember, but to experience the benefits of Pausing to rest in You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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