Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Peaceful Mind

by Donna L. Watkins

Our world seems to be spinning faster and faster and the old phrase, "stop the world I want to get off" rings more true in our ears than ever before. It's a loud, busy and very noisy world. Too many voices. Too much information. Too much input. How do we process it all and live peacefully within it?

Just as the Lord's Prayer tells us to ask for our "daily bread," we must find our daily peace in our quiet time with the Lord each day. Being still and knowing He is God will prepare you for the onslaught of decisions, troubles and trials that come your way within each 24 hours.

We won't find a quiet place amidst our day unless we create one. And for those who are naturally geared to high energy and movement, this is even more of a challenge, but even more necessary. Our body, soul and spirit need rest and stillness. Our bodies were never made for fast lifestyles. Do you ever remember reading anything about Jesus rushing about? He withdrew to quiet places (Luke 5:16) and if He needed this time each day, how much more do we?

One thing we need to do in our daily time with God is to ask Him to bring our sins to mind so we can confess and ask for forgiveness. Letting the "garbage" of our life pile up does nothing for our health. We can't offer forgiveness and peace to others unless we process through our own.

This time and process will restore emotional and physical energy and give you His wisdom on handling the events of life. We certainly can easily exhaust our own options. We need something greater than ourselves. Consider Psalm 32:3-5:

When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.

For day and night
your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, "I will confess
my transgressions to the LORD " -
and you forgave the guilt of my sin.

Take time to rest and refresh. We live the day better when we begin it with our Lord and Comforter. We sleep better when we end it with thoughts and meditations of His Word.

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