Confession: I have a hard time sitting still and doing nothing.
When my Mr. and I curl up to watch TV, my fingers curl around a knitting needles or a sewing project. When I'm waiting in line, I'm on my phone lining up emails to send and events to schedule. And when I try to drag my attention away from all that "needs" to be accomplished, I feel downright fidgety. Anxious. Agitated.
So let's put the "To Do" list on pause for a few moments as we start our 31 Days of Being Still. Find a quiet corner. A cozy chair. Sit. Fold your hands. Fold inward and into your faith.
Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. James 4:8a
Breathe, deep and full and from the belly. Breathe in God's love. Hold it a moment. Breathe out distractions. Focus on God's love for you. Let everything else fall away. If it helps to have a mantra or an image, I love this one...
Will you pray Ann Voskamp's beautiful "Prayer of Quiet" with me?
Lord, I do not rush on.
I do not hurry on into the noise.
I silence my whirring mind, my racing thoughts.
I close my eyes.
I sit. I pause. I rest.
I stay here a moment in the quiet.
And when you are ready to face the day, stretch slowly into action. Remember that this stillness isn't stuck in that chair, it is God-breathed into your heart. So when the day gets crazy and the doing gets dizzying, you can return to your deep breathing. You can let go of the blur and the stress. You can let God carry the burdens. Because God's got you — gently, tenderly, in the palm of his hand.I wait in silence for You only.