The Shine Mentality Tip of the Week: Learn to Embrace Stillness
For the Lord God, the Holy One of Isreal has said this, “In returning [to me] and rest you shall be saved, in quietness and confident trust is your strength.”
Isaiah 30:15 (Amp)
I’m a routine kind-of-gal. Routines can be good but inflexibility not so good. I didn’t realize how inflexible I was until an uninvited wrench was thrown into the mix one morning. I was right on pace, making great time, then suddenly there was no hot water. Anyone who knows me, knows I don’t do cold water. Not even in the summer when it is 90 degrees out. That water be cold, I ain’t getting in! So needless to say, no shower, my routine was blown and unfortunately, so was the rest of my day. I got stuck ruminating about how frustrated I was that things didn’t go as plan and it knocked me completely off course.
The next morning I woke up with this phrase on my heart, “Whatever distracts you has your attention!” God does that. He slips in truth even in your dreams to get you back on track. It got me thinking how one little distraction led to a whole day of my attention lost to an insignificant little issue that didn’t matter at all.
What distractions throw you off course and make you lose proper focus? We all experience them, but most of the time we don’t even stop to notice how much of our attention they have stolen.
That is why embracing stillness is a key to a focused life.
EVERYTIME I CHOSE TO ENTER GOD PRESENCE AND STILL MY HEART, I FIND THE RESET I NEED TO GET MY MIND FOCUSED IN THE RIGHT PLACE AGAIN!
I have found an unexplainable strength and peace well up in me when I’ve mustered the will to push my way through the noise surrounding me and enter into God’s presence and rest. It is like no other experience on earth. Slowing down, taking a deep breath, pausing to let my tense muscles relax and then entering in to God’s heart of unconditional acceptance (through his Word, Worship, Nature, Ect…) and allowing the quiet stillness to surround me has transformed my life, centered my vision, and allowed peace to encamp in my heart where fear once reigned. I can’t quite explain it, but all I know is I want everyone to experience it.
IT IS ONLY IN THE STILLNESS THAT WE CAN HEAR HIS WHISPER.
What is your greatest distraction? What is grabbing your attention and robbing you of the peace and assurance God longs to give you in the stillness of his presence? Is it a fear? Is it past mistakes? Is it your reflection in the mirror-wishing you were thinner or prettier? Is it comparison or doubt? Or is it something that didn’t go as planned?
So many things vying for attention, but only One who can restore us and strengthen us. He’s waiting. Enter into the stillness with him. I promise he will show up and give you the assurance you need. He will refocus you and help you see from his beautiful perspective. Then you’ll have the courage to keep moving forward on the path he has uniquely designed solely for you.
Be Bold ~ SHINE YOUR LIGHT