As I sit down with Jesus on the edge of the day, the quietness of the house is deafening. My ears all too expectant of noises and the clutter of sound. It always takes me a moment to gather my thoughts, lay them at His feet and give thanks for His nearness before I unfold His Word.
How do you find the place of stillness in His presence?
Psalm 46 reminds us that He causes wars to cease. This always turns my thought to the wars within my own heart. He quiets the wars inside of me. The Psalmist then invites us to be still and know He is God.
In seeking stilling for my soul, first there is an acknowledging of God and His attributes, His ability to cease wars, His sovereignty, His goodness and His grace.
The Psalmist even opens Psalm 46 with reminding his own heart that God is our refuge and strength. Who He is never changes. His attributes and names and characteristics stand firm in a shaky world.
How can I not first begin my time with Him remembering who He is?
Once my soul is reminded of His attributes, I often turn to gratitude, thanking Him. I thank Him for who He is, but I also thank Him for His gracious and abundant gifts. I keep a gratitude journal where I daily list these gifts. I challenge myself to come up with unique gifts each day. God brought the sun up this morning, thank you, Lord. The morning light is flowing through the window in such a way to make my favorite fiddle leaf tree glow, thank you, Lord. I take personally the gifts He offers me and seek to receive them with gratitude.
The book of James (1:17) says He is the giver of every good and perfect gift, so how can I not give thanks for the abundance of them?
Finally as I search for the stillness in His Presence, I meet Him in His Word. This is the very breath of God on the page according to 2 Timothy 6:16-17. When we make a consistent rhythm of leaning in to listen for His voice through His Word, He will speak. Psalm 119:130 reminds us that in the unfolding of His Word there is light.
How can I not spend time, in this dark life of thorns, seeking His light by unfolding His Word?
My favorite way to unfold His Word in the morning is through my TEND method that the Lord taught me many years ago. I would love to send you a guide to help you start using the TEND method in your own time of seeking stillness with Him.
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