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Silence – Being Still Before God

Three Trees in SnowNoise

Noise is all around us and increasing as time passes. It is distracting, affects our mental health, and makes it hard to hear God. What about you?

– What kind of noise do you have in your life?
– Do you ever surround yourself with noise intentionally? Why?
– Does all the noise in your life make it harder to hear God?
– When was a time that you heard  God clearly?
– Does silence make you uncomfortable? If so, why?
– What could you do to eliminate some of the noise in your life that keeps you from hearing God?

Silence & Solitude

How to:

1. Identify a sacred space.
– Quiet and comfortable.
– Begin with a modest goal.
2. Settle into a comfortable yet alert position in your body.
3. Ask God to give you a simple prayer that expresses your openness and desire for God.
4. Close your time in silence with a prayer of gratitude of God’s presence with you.
5. Resist the urge to judge yourself or your experiences in silence.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10, NIV

Go and try this, this week. Then come back and share your experience.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Priorities

PrioritiesBack when I was a college student there was a notion that life is made up of a number of important things and that as Christians we needed to keep them in the right order, priority-wise. So we would dutifully list them out as columns on a grid and then write down goals under each one. This tended to work out much better on paper than in real life. Dr. Richard Swenson M.D. writing in Margin: How To Create The Emotional, Physical, Financial, & Time Reserves You Need, comments on this  approach. “It does not make sense to have sequential priorities in terms of love or even in terms of commitment. We love each person fully. Additionally, we are committed to doing good in all areas of life. Priority thinking is appropriate when we speak of time, however. Time, then is the key. When we couple it with our goals, desires, and responsibilities, we have some priority decisions to make.”

Thus this diagram better represents how we should organize our lives around God, so instead of stacking priorities we should rather view life as centered around God with everything emanating from Him. He should be the center of all that we do.”But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 NIV

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

 
 
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