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Organizing the Inside – Day 131 Just A Moment Of Stillness

“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” ~Psalm 46:10

Stillness is rarely practiced in our busy society.
I believe that for some, our lack of still, quiet moments is a major way we hold ourselves back from moving forward in the things of God. By slowing down from a hurried schedule that keeps you “running around” and “handling business,” you could find that space of quietness, which is just what you needed to regain your focus. Mobilizing your energy is really not about always having the next thing to do already lined up, sometimes mobilizing your energy is having the next moment free to refresh and replenish your mind.

Allow yourself a time of quiet stillness.
By giving yourself a moment of quietness you are more open to receive the direction and insight that you have prayed for. If you are using the “constant state of prayer” as a way of excusing yourself from taking time out to simply be still before God, you are only deceiving yourself. Certainly a constant state of prayer is a good practice, and having that constant communion with God  keeps you in a state of readiness to handle any situation. This is good, but taking time out of your busy day to create an island of peacefulness and calm will give you an even greater opportunity to hear from God. Being still in His presence will give you a heightened sense of awareness and open your spirit to all that He has for you.

For most Christians there isn’t much time for stillness.
You rush to get dressed and get the kids off in the morning, only to either rush off to work or to finish up on a few errands. Then there are the extracurricular activities, and church activities, along with school and after-school, volunteer work, not to mention dinner and chores. As amazing as it is, you’ve managed to do a pretty good job getting most everything done. But the notion of taking time out to think things through or a quiet moment to clear your mind is absolutely too farfetched for you to receive. How can this maddening pace continue, and you expect to hear the still small voice of God; leading you to the best next step in fulfilling your dreams.

 Several times a day quiet your mind and spirit.
Quality is most important not quantity. Also don’t bother attempting this while driving 10 mph over the speed limit to avoid being late for an appointment. Be purposeful and make this a meaningful moment of stillness. Slip away and make no one, or nothing else a priority, just you and God. Now sit there, and BE STILL.  At first it may go against everything your head is telling you must get done. Just keep in mind, you are clearing and calming your mind, and simply be still. What a huge difference this lifestyle change has made for me. I realize the power I have over my mind. I can be still and allow my mind to slow down, not being manipulated by my busy schedule. I can take full control of my schedule and make sure my life is not cluttered with endless projects and responsibilities. I can breathe because I now know taking the time to be still, (at times in the mist of chaos) eliminates costly mistakes and poor judgment. Enter the presence of the Lord and calm your racing thoughts, relinquish control of your hurried schedule and spend just a few quality minutes, just being still in the presence of the King.

Organizing the Inside – Day 65 Organize Your Prayer Life

6Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.   
~ Philippians 4:6

The most powerful tool available in your quest to simplify your life is prayer.
Prayer is simply put conversation with God.  Meditative prayer can bring your heart and mind in line with the Word of God which assures us that tragedy and devastation is not the order of the day. Prayer brings about peace; it calms us. As you draw closer to God in prayer He draws closer to you and that closeness can change the course of your day, really it can change the course of your life.  Take time to pray, God wants to chat with you.

You find time to chat with friends and coworkers.
Through IM, TM and email you discuss important events and share details about your problems or your personal woes. You find time to make a call while riding to work. Perhaps you pause (several times) throughout the day to check voice mail to find out if anyone had something they wanted to talk to you about. Why then do you not make conversation with God a regular part of your day? Daniel prayed three times a day and he set a great example for you to organize your prayer life by setting appointments to have the most important conversations of the day. You set your cell phone to alert you 10 minutes before an important meeting, why not set it to remind you 10 minutes before a prayer break?

Prayer should be the first response when life’s troubles intrude upon your day.
Have you ever had a sudden pain in your body and when it persisted you thought, “Boy, I better go talk to a doctor?” Think of the last time you received shocking news or experienced something you weren’t expecting like being laid off or good news like getting a bonus check. Was your first thought to call your spouse or phone a friend? God already knows what is going on in your life. He sees everything that you are going through so while you may tell Him about your situation it’s definitely not the first time He is finding out about it.  He knew before it ever happened.  Nevertheless He still wants to hear all about it because He cares and wants to help you. He also wants you to bring your problem to Him and leave it there.  Trusting God means having faith in Him and that comes through the power of prayer.
Also read Matthew 6:5-18

I recently included a new Prayer Request page. 

Day 53- The Great Communicator

You do not have, because you do not ask God.  ~James 4:2 c

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  ~ Mark 11:24

Have you ever been misunderstood?  Have you ever tried to communicate something and you messed things up; it just seemed to do more harm than good?  Perhaps you wanted to tell someone something but you just didn’t know how.

God understands and He wants to help us build better relationships through better communication.  I was recently reminded of an important lesson the Holy Spirit taught me many years ago.  I’d tried many times to bring up a subject with a friend and the conversation was always so difficult, so misunderstood and would end up in confusion.

In frustration and discouragement I began to talk to God about the situation that had become a terrible strain on our friendship. God was already working in both our hearts, as I ended my prayer, my friend came over and said to me.  I was thinking, do you think we should begin working on this project now?  I was stunned, is this the same person who never wanted to discuss this, who always seemed to change the subject?

God is the great communicator! Now we are making plans to complete our project and we are both on the same page.  God knows just how to speak to our hearts and wants to intervene, but sometimes we never ask Him to.

Day 34- A Place We Can Find True Rest

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone: my hope comes from Him.  ~Psalm 62:5

Where does your soul find rest?  True rest can only be found in God.  While some people find comfort in knowing that they have a steady job, some trust in the weapons they carry because that makes them feel safe, while others tend to rest in all kinds of things they feel make them secure.

Do you have a place that seems especially peaceful?  I love the sound of the ocean and watching the waves steadily crashing the shore. But there is no place like being in the arms of the one who loves me more than I can comprehend.  God wants us to know the rest that He gives.  We don’t have to wait until we get to heaven, because Christ lives on the inside of us we can experience God’s rest today.  The Holy Spirit teaches us how to rest in Him, because He is the ultimate comforter.

It’s clear that an absence of noise doesn’t necessarily mean you have peace, but the presence of the Holy Spirit definitely will calm your heart, and if you trust Him you will experience the only true rest that comes through knowing His abiding love.

Day 32- In Jesus’ Name?

27That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.  ~Acts 17:27, 28

God set us up for success. He put everything in order and made sure we were in the right place. He did all this that we would have a chance at finding Him. While many of us have found Him are we living in Him?  Almost every time I pray I end it by saying “in Jesus name Amen”, or “in the name of your Son, Jesus I pray Amen.”  I had to stop and ask myself what does that mean.  Am I really in Him and if so am I living and moving in Him?  God desires to have an intimate relationship with each of us.  That’s why He put us in the place we needed to be, to find Him.

It’s really not enough to sign off at the end of every prayer in ‘Jesus name’ that somehow saying this makes our prayer legit.  What makes our prayers legit is that we are in Him, therefore we have full rights and the authority to use that name, because we are His offspring (our hearts, minds and being belong to Him). I don’t just want to have the privilege of using His name; like a miraculous signature at the end of my prayers. I also want to experience the privilege of living and being and moving in the one who rightfully owns that name,  Jesus.   Are you living in Him? Also read Acts 19:11-16