Learning to Think Less…and Listen More!

Fresh Manna 2009© by Renee Burt

Right now, it’s noon…I’m up north in a cabin with some friends…and I’m still in a pair of fleece pajamas. I didn’t even get out of bed until 8 a.m., which for me is an event close in kind to the parting of the Red Sea (well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but only slightly). And my morning accomplishments only include making the bed, drinking several cups of coffee, and carrying a couple of loads of firewood in from the garage. I am succeeding quite well at making my body stop and slow down…but my mind is another matter. You see, I have one of those overly-active kinds of brains. And if “thinking” was a hobby, it would probably be at the top of my list.

But I know that one of the reasons the Lord has given me this opportunity to get away from work for a few days isn’t so I have more time to “think!” It’s so I can learn to be quiet in my thoughts…to listen…to simply be still, not just physically, but mentally. But even knowing that, my thoughts this morning said, “But how can you accomplish anything, if you’re not thinking and just being quiet? Don’t waste this time!” So I went to the Word and through today’s verse, He spoke to my heart like only He can. He got my attention…my thoughts are now closer to where they should be…I’m determining to listen more…to think less…and not just when I’m here once a year, but especially when I go home. So what am I thinking right now? I’m thinking it’s time to be quiet…

Psalm 119:114 MSG ~ You’re my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me.

In His love,
Pastor Tim

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