Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; As for me, I shall be glad in the LORD. Psalm 104:34 NASB
My coffee brews too fast. What? That's a sentence I never thought I would say.
Instead of using my drip coffee maker all the time, sometimes I actually like to put on the kettle and have a "cup-a" instant coffee or hot tea. While the water boils, I sit on the worn rug in the entryway of my house with streaks of sunshine dancing across my face.
In my haste for caffeine, I discovered that one burner heats the kettle much faster. It's only a few minutes before the slow rattle and full blown whistle comes from the spout. If you have an old-fashioned kettle, you know the whistle is loud enough to shock the senses and wake the neighbors.
In this fast moving world, faster coffee or tea sounds better as I'm rushing for the door each morning.
What if, for just a day, I decide that while the water heats I'll sit quietly with my God and try and recharge my soul before the day breaks loose? What if, before my coffee break, I take a "soul break"?
Sitting for just a few moments soaking in the sunshine, stretching my tired muscles, and doing nothing is a luxury – even for a few moments. I know my whole day is better when I take a 5, 10, or 15 minute Soul Break in the morning.
It's the time in the day when I can have a conversation with Jesus. My Soul Break is the place to praise God and ask Him the tough questions. It's a brief respite where I stop long enough to draw near to Jesus and hear what he has to say. Sometimes I marinate or meditate on a single verse of scripture. Other times I just sit and wait. The real goal of the Soul Break is listening. Wait for what you ask? It's taking the time to wait for and hear that Voice. To hear that still small voice deep inside my gut. The Voice that guides me. If I'm attuned to the Voice, it controls my thoughts, emotions, and actions for the day.
Do you need some help sitting still and taking your Soul Break? Author Emily P. Freeman has a great resource to get you started. For free you can access Seven Days of Still Moments. Each recording is under 5 minutes. You can listen on the computer or download to your phone. This is a great place to start if you want help creating the habit of a "Soul Break".
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Select one or two verses from the Dig Deeper section and write them on a notecard. Use the verses as a starting point each day for the next week for meditating on God's word.
Dear God, I praise your holy name. Your mercy and loving-kindness are great toward us. The truth and faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord! Amen.
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