Day 55: Centered on Christ Alone (Feb 24)

Close your eyes and quiet your spirit.  Calm your mind from the swirl of all the things that must be accomplished today.  Focus your heart on Jesus.  For a moment, just breathe in and out and speak His name, “Jesus”.  Then sit in the silence.

Do you hear it?  His heartbeat?  If not, then tarry a bit longer and let Him iron out the crinkles of worry and the bustle of life from your heart and mind.  He will keep in perfect peace, him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in You.  Isaiah 26:3

These are the moments that separate the worriers from the warriors.  The ability and willingness to find that quiet place.  The surrender to His presence in our lives.

So often we long for that Peace of God that surpasses all understanding. Philippians 4:7a…but are unwilling to stop and receive it.  You have to find yourself in a position of stillness and surrender in order to receive.  I have received messages from several of you about praying for your next step, and God’s prevailing answer is, “Be still and know that I am God”.  Stop searching and just be with Him.  That is ground zero.  That is step one.

You would never build a home on a foundation that had not dried yet.  No, you pour the foundation and then you must wait.  Once the foundation is set and without fault, then you are free to build upon it.  In the same way, we cannot forsake the benefit of establishing our firm foundation in the Lord.  But it requires something that is quite foreign to some of us…..being still.  Wait upon the Lord.

Once you have established peace in your heart, then no matter what happens in your day you can find that peace again much easier.  It’s like an athlete training.  A body builder would never just go compete, no, they spend countless hours working out and building strength, even eating a special diet.  All so they can operate at maximum capacity.

Shouldn’t we take equal care of our heart and mind?  I feel like every day I am training.  Training my heart and mind to seek His face first and above all others.  Training my first reaction to things to be drenched in godliness.  Training myself to not respond with anger when people say an offhanded and hurtful thing to me.  No, I’m not perfect in this, but does that really matter?  How will I ever improve if I don’t make it an intentional part of my life.

So today, my hope is that you will take one breath and then another and begin to smell and taste the sweetness of our Good Father, and from that place of peace you would head out to embrace this day that He has made for you! Blessings to you this day my friend.

Trust in the Lord forever for the Lord, the Lord is the Rock eternal.  Isaiah 26:4

The path of the righteous is level;  O upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth.  Isaiah 26:7

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.  Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song.  Psalm 95:1-2

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