Be Still

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"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

It has been my experience that everything is stuffed the week after Thanksgiving. My belly is full, my inbox and mailbox are overflowing, and my task list is busting at the seams. So, what do you do to relieve the pressure that this overload causes? Be still. That's right. Be still.

God is in Control
This is a perfect time to realize that God is in control. Just like a garden that has been overrun with weeds, there is work to be done if you want to get everything back in order. The key is to get everything back in order with as little work as possible as fast as possible. That leads me back to the answer. Be still and listen for God's direction. He truly cares about you. Even in things that you brought on yourself, God is there to help you pick up the pieces.

God is Light
We know from the Bible that God is light. We also know of nothing that travels faster than light. So, it stands to reason that the closer we move to God, the faster we are able to accomplish things. Aside from the speed aspect, God is aware of everything. Thus, if there is a better way of doing something, God will know it. Mac Hammond discusses some awesome aspects of God as confirmed by science in Life's Big Questions.

Apply the Knowledge
Now, let's get practical about how to make this work for you. First, find a place where you can be alone and comfortably seated. Second, close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Think about path that the air takes as it comes into your mouth and nose, down your throat into your chest, and back out again. Keep your mind focused on your breathing. If you have never done this before, it will try to wander, that's okay, just keep bringing the focus back on your breathing.

When you are still before the Lord, ask what, who, when, why, and how. What should you do (and what shouldn't you do), who can help (delegate), why these activities and why this order, and how should you do each thing. Be open to ideas and to God's voice. When you feel that you have the right direction, get to work. I find that sometimes I need to write things down but other times that is not necessary.

P.S. I am not advocating hypnosis here. The relaxation technique above is only to still your mind and get your focus completely on God.

When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. - John 10:4
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