October 23, 2013

Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God …”

At the ranch it’s easy to let the stillness and quiet wash over like gentle rain showers on cool autumn mornings. Settle into one of the four wrought iron gilders on the porch and while away the hours. Soak in the views of green pastures and swaying oaks and cedar elms. Let soft breezes caress your face and catch scissor tails, white wing doves and the occasional hawk gracefully sail on unseen air currents. Listen to the caw of crows, the cries of cicadas, the trumpeting of cows, and the branches overhead rustle in whispers of wind. Inhale the heady fragrance of nearby rosemary bushes, and the presence of God seems close and very real.

But within the frenzy of daily demands, the roar of traffic and the clamor of city noise, it proves much harder to sense God’s presence and plan. So how do we who feel crushed under life’s weight discover the stillness spoken of by the Psalmist? It’s possible, but requires a life lived with intention.

Choose God. Jeremiah 24:15, “… choose for yourselves today whom you will serve … as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Read His Word. Psalm 119:11, “Your word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against You,” and Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you …”

Pray and praise. Matthew 6:7, “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation …,” Ephesians 6:18, “With all prayer and petition pray at all times …” and Joshua 7:19, “… give glory to the Lord … and give praise to Him…”

Be thankful.1 Chronicles 16:34, “O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For his lovingkindness is everlasting.”

Love God and others. Luke 10:27, “… love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”

Fill your mind with the good and godly. Philippians 4:8, “… whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”

Living Intentionally Moment by Moment, PJ

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