“Clear the junk, breathe, and be still.”
For a full description of what The Pour section is, check out Day 1’s post of this series.
We’re going to pour out all the random thoughts that just won’t stop – All the stuff floating around in your head at this moment, “pour it out,” at God’s feet. This could include everything from the grocery list to those deep needs and prayers in your heart.
This has been on my mind and heart, please take it: (and then list it all out)”
Now, with a clear mind finish the prayer with:
“And now help me to hear Your message for my heart today.”
Psalm 46 begins with “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear …”
It’s important to note that the Psalm our verse for today comes from, was written with confidence in God after some crisis. Scholars argue as to which crisis this might have been, but in my opinion that’s not what matters … What matters is, this psalmist knew extremely scary and trying times, and after God had delivered him, he wrote this psalm that gives us peace, even still today.
“Be still and know that I am God.”
What’s the point for YOU?:
- What word or phrase from this verse popped out to you?
Read the verse a second time and answer:
- What could this word or phrase be speaking to in your life? (What situation, struggle, relationship, or decision)
What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today?
The ability to be still and quiet sounds amazing! But in a world with screaming demands, hectic schedules, and loud technology all around us – it’s almost impossible to find. Which is why we have to create it!
I’ve discovered through studies, and mainly from personal experience, that getting quiet, or being still each day, is how we feel physically connected to God.
For me, I start with dumping the load of thoughts racing through my mind first, because, if I don’t, I won’t be able to focus. Rather than fighting my brain, I just acknowledge each thought, as I lay it at God’s feet, for HIM to carry around for a while.
And y’all I mean I lay it ALL out.
Today, for instance, I listed it out just so, “JB’s field trip, I need to run by the store after school, the laundry, and a few friend’s names who my heart had been aching for …”
With the thoughts “addressed,” I’m then ABLE to hear what it is He has for me. I’m able to actually focus on connecting with HIm.
Then, I breathe and am just quiet.
If I’m somewhere safe (like not driving the car) I’ll close my eyes, and just practice being still. That’s when my heart rate slows, my emotions return to more of a stable place, and more often than not, this is when God will speak.
To me, He speaks through random things popping in my head: lyrics of Christian song I know, Bible Verses, quotes or ideas from some devotional or Bible Study …
Other people don’t “hear” God the way I do, for them, it’s more of a feeling. They just feel at peace, they just know what it is they’re supposed to do if they’re facing a decision.
God speaks to each of us in ways that work best for us, as long as we’re giving Him the space to.
And this doesn’t have to take long!
It could be anywhere from 5 seconds to 5 hours! (I know that sounds lovely doesn’t it?!)
But you’ll be shocked at how your heart rate slows, breathing becomes easier, and those cobwebs that have been floating through your mind all day are cleared.
You’ll be shocked at how over time, this practice becomes second nature, and you’ll do it frequently throughout the day.
And the list of things He’ll speak about are endless! He’ll be able to speak truth to that situation you’re facing, to calm your fears, to give you clarity for that decision you’ve got to make or simply give you the peace you need!
Because, remember …. We weren’t designed to do it all alone anyways!
So, clear the junk, breathe and be still!
To help us transition from quiet time, back into “real life,” taking both what we’ve learned, and the peace we just received, throughout the rest of our day …
We’re going to list out our small blessings from the past 24 hours, and an affirmation about yourself, life, or day.
Here we go:
List “small” blessings from the past 24 hours.
*Noticing the small blessings, really opens our eyes to just how blessed we are, AND to the fact that God is always with us.
List things such as: the dog actually came back in when I called, my coffee was especially delicious this morning, my husband gave me a hug out of nowhere, or my child had a good report at school.
Pause the audio to list out your small blessings now.
List positive affirmations about yourself/life:
Here, I want you to list things such as, “I will be present or happy or joyful.” “I AM worth it.” “I am IN CONTROL of ___ situation.”
OR, if you’ve got BIG goals list those with determination. “I WILL run today, to train for that 5K.” “I WILL finish that project.” etc.
**List those out now, and then go on with your day affirmed, and determined.