Friday, November 21, 2014

Does The Quiet Threaten You? Day # 21 Thankfulness

I am reminded that Jesus often withdrew.

Luke 5:16
But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer

He stepped away from the crowds and the fullness of the day.
He intentionally took time to be alone; to rest in His Father. 
Often that time was cut short. 
He was highly pursued. 
People wanted to be in his presence.
But he was human. 
And life got overwhelming. 
So, Jesus withdrew. 
These are lessons I am learning. 
Learning how to be quiet. 
How to make all I do intentional;
Even the laundry, the book work. 
It all matters. 
It all counts. 
How to pull away from the tyranny of the urgent and rest, in the Lord;

Hebrews 4:10
for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from their works, 
just as God did from his.

or be in the midst of the work, the chaos and find the rest. 
I do work, well. 
Being busy always feels right. 
Aren't we good at filling time?
We listen to music, turn on the TV, check social media.
All to fill time. 
We fold laundry, make lists. 
It's the being quiet, where we struggle. 
Quiet, threatens.
Why do we need to fill the quiet spaces with noise and things? 

Silence, for some, threatens. 
It is in the quiet that we reflect. 
It is in the quiet that the holy can reach down. 
We wrestle with the ways of our soul.
The way to peace; through the quieting of our souls. 
Filling the space, with time with the Lord.
Reading the Ancient Word, letting the words pour over you;
enriching your soul. 

Psalm 46:10
He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; 
I will be exalted among the nations, 
I will be exalted in the earth."

30 Days of Thankfulness~

I am thankful for:
Time away with the family
No schedule
No plans
Time in the Ancient Word
Kids relaxing; sitting in bed, watching TV
time to read
My farmer relaxing
Coffee-already made; which isn't really good-off in search of a good cuppa
Breakfast-all prepared
shelter from the cold
A man from California and his family
the path of gratitude

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