Practice Makes Perfect Peace

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“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside still waters, He restores my soul…” Psalm 23:1-3

Solitude is a gift. Discipline is required in solitude. It is learned discipline. Our enviroment offers any number of noisy options to keep us constantly entertained. We have forgotten how to be quiet.

When I begin to give myself to the discipline of solitude, I despaired of ever being able to quiet my mind. I would turn off the radio or TV and sit for a bit. My mind would wander all over the place. I would get discouraged repeatedly, wanting to quit, get up and “do” something, reasoning that this was not the way for me to fellowship with God. But I never give up. I kept trying and after a while I would begin to relax into being alone with God. I left all my lists and things to do behind. This was “quiet” time, nothing else.

My times of silence before God are very important to me now. I can put everything else down, ever word away and be still with the Lord. When I am quiet, life falls into perspective. I have a VERY active mind, and I’m a worrier…but in the moments I choose to put that away, I rest beside the Shepherd in still places.

Why don’t you give yourself a gift today? Turn off the TV, radio or car stereo, put down the newspaper or business plan, and in the quietness, rest for a while beside the Shepherd of your soul.

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