Although the holiday season brings about a sense of joy and wonder, it can also plunge one into stress with all the hectic schedules, shopping, parties, family gatherings, church programs, baking and holiday decorating. Couple all that with our normal duties and it is to feel overwhelmed. Whew, just the thought of it all makes my head spin a bit.
However, it’s important for us during the rush of the season (and in life in general) to pull away from the madness at times.
Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with his mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me [ceased from fretting] Psalms 131:2 (AMP)
We can’t always quiet the happenings around us but we have the ability to cease our souls from fretting. Charles Stanley’s In Touch magazine devotional for today pointed out three keys ways to silence our souls and I wanted to share them with you today.
- Solitude – the introvert in me craves solitude and without it I’m not a happy camper. Read through the Bible and you find crowds of people flocked around Jesus and he regularly traveled with his disciples. It seems that Jesus was definitely a people person. Yet you find him pulling away from the crowds to spend alone time with His father.
- Safeguarded Time – set aside specific time to recharge. I must admit that I haven’t done a good job of this one lately. What time can you carve out that’s just for you? There will always be one more than thing that you could do. But how about penciling in this sacred time in your calendar.
- Stillness – Psalms 46:10 tells us to be still and know that I am God. I have talked about being still/quiet here before in my post titled Quiet Confidence and Quiet Please. Yes there are times we need to physically be still but I have come to learn that stillness is more than just the absence of physical movement.
Which of these do you have the hardest time implementing?