Pause

In the month of October I will be linking up with other writers on Five Minute Friday for thirty-one days. Each day I will write about one word for five minutes. Here goes…

I pause each morning with a cup of coffee and read the Word. Today I was reading about David in Psalm 63. He took time to praise God while in the wilderness.

David paused during his day, even though he was the top man in charge of his soldiers. They faithfully followed him.

Pausing is a helpful habit. 

When we pause we are able to take a breath and clear our heads, our spirits and concentrate on what is before us. Whether we are calm, or in panic mode at the start of our day, a pause re-sets us.

The modern trend of being mindful brings this to light. It is something like the art or concentration of being aware of your surroundings and what your body, soul and spirit need.  I like to think that I concentrate more on being mindful of Christ, than being mindful for selfish reasons. 

I like to call it: keep a sharp eye. 

Pause during each day and rest. Be aware of the divine spark within you. Pause, take a breath, think of God and be blessed.

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Pray

In the month of October I will be linking up with other writers on Five Minute Friday for thirty-one days. Each day I will write about one word for five minutes. Here goes…

What do you do when a crisis strikes? To be honest, I think we first have an adrenaline rush and some, a panic attack. It’s almost understandable humanly speaking. We freak out sometimes. Once we calm down a bit and realize that we need to think before reacting, we start to reason our way out of the crisis.

But life doesn’t throw us crises all the time. Yet we may react the same way—in panic.

Granted, some crises need instant attention. But even most critical happenings give us some time to take a deep breath and think.

What can I do? What should I do? Do I need help?

I was reading Philippians chapter four this morning. It is a common passage repeated often in the evangelical world.

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praise shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” The Message

If you ever need wisdom, prayer is the first place you should go. Linger there and soak up the peace that brings understanding.