Scripture Reflection

“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

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Devotion

Imagine reading an entire book without any punctuation. No commas, periods, colons, semi-colons, or exclamation marks. Think you would enjoy that book? I think I would end up utterly confused, to say the least. The meaning of a lot of the sentences would be ambiguous and I would not be sure when to stop and take a break. Punctuation allows us to pause in between ideas on a page. They transition us from one thought to another with ease and order.

Sadly, our lives can sometimes resemble this when we're in a messy middle—one long run-on sentence with no breaks or pauses from one task to another. Like a machine on automatic pilot, there's no thought or intentionality in our actions.

A couple of months ago as I frantically tried to 'get through' a day, I remember walking in the door of my house and had no recollection of driving home. I could not remember how I got there! Nor did I remember stopping at the grocery store or the bank machine. Holy Cow! How is that even possible!

Scenarios like this are often common when you're going through a messy middle. All the events in your life converge like one long run-on sentence with no definite breaks between one action to the next. It's all one big jumbled mess of stuff.

With little or no time to pause to reflect on God's goodness, show gratitude for his provision, give thanks for his faithfulness and grace towards us, we're like a wave being tossed to and fro. It's no wonder that these are the times when we routines and rituals go out the window.

In Psalm 46:10, reminds us that God is always there to help us and restore your peace but we have to take the time to acknowledge His presence throughout our day. We have to get still enough to see Him working in our lives. What's ironic is that Psalm 46 is divided into three stanzas, each ending with the Hebrew word “Selah", which is a notation indicating a pause in the music for contemplation. It might translate, “Pause and think of that!”

My sister, that's what God is calling us to do as we move through our days ... pause and think about it. Stop and acknowledge God as you transition through your day. Think of it like putting a period, or even better, an exclamation mark at the end of each sentence in your day.

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Action 

As you move from one activity to the next, take some time in between to be aware of your transition. Before you get out of bed, take a moment and give thanks. Before you get out of your car, take a moment and thank God for getting you home safely and think about what you will do when you get in the house. Before you lay on the couch, take a moment and invite God to join you. Anytime you change from one activity to another, practice taking a moment to be still and acknowledge God's presence. This will restore peace to your day and help you move through your messy middle with grace and ease. It will also give you time to be intentional about your next steps instead of doing what is convenient or easy.

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Questions for Reflections

  • What steals most of your time and attention?
  • How can you exalt God throughout your day?
  • How will taking a pause as you transition through your day help you?
  • What thoughts come to mind as you pause right now and tune-in to the presence of God?
  • Before you eat, pause before eating. How does this impact your eating?
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Declarations

1.  I walk in peace and presence as I move throughout my day.

2.  I am never in a rush because it is God who orders my steps.

3.  I pause through the transitions of my day.

4.  I am intentional about what foods I eat, the thoughts that I allow into my mind, and the activity that energizes my body.

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Supplication 

Heavenly Father, in your presence there is fullness of joy, yet I often move through my day so fast that I rarely take the time to experience that joy. I desperately want it, Lord—I want joy, I want peace, I want freedom. Yet my flesh cries for ease and comfort. My flesh wants what it wants. My flesh does not want to be still. But I know that it is in stillness where I can seek you. As I move throughout my day, let me feel your presence. I know you are with me. When I sit still, I'm sometimes overcome with fear and emotion. I don't like living this way, Lord. So as I go about my day, I will take moments to connect with you and allow you to center my thoughts before I move on to my next activity. I love you Lord and I give you this day and every day. In the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

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Meditation Scriptures

Philippians 4:13. “I can do all things through him who strengthens me,” says Paul about his Savior Jesus Christ."

Philippians 4:5-7. “The Lord is at hand…let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Psalm 100:3. "Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture."

Isaiah 40:31. "Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary."

2 Corinthians 4:8. "We are pressed on all sides, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair."

2 Corinthians 4:16. "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, yet our inner self is being renewed day by day."

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The song in this lesson is the message I needed to hear. Thank you God for reminding me that I need to be still and wait on you. I am learning to slow down and praise God throughout the day.