This Weekend ~ November 14 ~ May you find your Hesychia

The Desert Mothers and Father called silence “hesychia” which means inner quiet, rest, and stillness. Silence helped them with discernment and to hear God. We let go of all the external and internal chatter to draw near the whisper of God and discover the space between words. In practicing silence I am learning to be more selective in my words and often choosing not to speak just to make my opinion known. Silnce helps us to intentionally create a space to surrender to the unknown and to hear what another Voice has to say. ~Jean Wise in this post

 

John Climacus wrote, that Stillness of the soul is “accurate knowledge and management of one’s thoughts” (The Ladder of Divine Ascent, page 269). Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church admonishes them to take captive every thought   2 Corinthians 10:5. Joyce Meyer reminds us to take our thoughts captive back to Jesus instead of the “to-do list” myriad of distractions.

Hesychia is a new word for me. It is a Blessing word, to be sure!

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Due to scheduling limitations, for me, this weekend, Hesychia will be represented by a locked door in my house. Whether your preference is to go and seek it out or abide where you are and draw it in, may you embrace the godly rest of Hesychia this weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Second Week of Prayer~A Prayer to Listen

God shapes the world by prayer. The more prayer there is in the world, the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.
~E.M. Bounds

A Prayer for Listening

As I sit in quiet surrounded by Your blessings, please teach me how to “be still.” Please let me breathe deeply into stillness. I know You are God, please teach me the “be still” part. As I stop my monologues to You this day, may a sit in stillness and listen for Your still and reassuring voice. Please let me recognize your voice, above the noise of life. Please let me be as the sheep Jesus described in John 10:27, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” In Jesus’ name, amen.

Focus Word~Praise

Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Psalm 103:1-2

Praise is about loyalty of the heart. Praise is focus. On God.
Not. On. Me.

 “Skill Set” is a phrase flung around a lot. Skill sets are the collection of talent that a person has learned, received, and polished to the point of integration. Skill sets appear on resumes, job descriptions, committee vision statements and personal journals. There is a caution in touting skill sets as cemented talents, available as solutions to every problem without consulting The One who anointed us with them.

I am working to push Praise~~~Praising God~~~to the top of my skill set. This change may not be visible on my LinkedIn resume, but on my heart.

King Jehoshaphat is a great example.

Joyce Meyer, in her book The Battle Belongs to the Lord, describes the example of King Jehoshaphat in leading his people. In getting ready for battle, instead of moaning about the task ahead, concentrating on his fears, or asking God for his battle plan,

King Jehoshaphat put praise first:
“O Lord, God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven? And do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? In Your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand You.
~2 Chronicles 20:6 (continue reading through verse 11)

“Our part is to focus on Him and His mighty power, worshipping Him and praising Him for the manifestation of His solution and listening for a word or direction from Him” Joyce Meyer, The Battle Belongs to the Lord.

Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.
~ Hebrews 13:15

Make every moment a cathedral giving glory…Ann Voskamp

How is this continual praise cathedral-building done?

  1. Christy sets several timers on her iPhone during  the day to prompt her to praise
  2. Bill has praise verses on cards he carries in his suit pocket
  3. Charlene keeps praise music quietly in the background of her home and office.
  4. CB has a folder called “Praise” in her Outlook so that when she is on a phone hold, she can scroll through it
  5. JR has an iPhone Bible app, with praise verses highlighted
  6. Garrett tweaks blog posts of gratitude and praise to reference

Would you add to the list?

What are some specific ways that you are offering continual praise to God?
and/or
What are your Go-To verses of Praise?

How Great Thou Art” Video, Carrie Underwood/Vince Gil
Ann Voskamp Quote Source

Saturday Digest~ July 9

Amanda has done it again! Gentle reminders of kindness from her stockpile of awesomeness~
 
Astronomy Picture of the Day
In honor of the last shuttle flight. Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating
universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

Learning to Like Yourself by Joyce Meyer Did you know that you and I have to learn to deal with our do separately from our who? The fact is, I don’t do everything right all the time, but that doesn’t affect who I am. I know I’m loved and that I’m still a good person. I’ve made mistakes in my life—and I’m sure I’ll make mistakes in the future—but I still like myself

The True Way to Be Humble, by Ann Voskamp

And, a great family project~~~the Summer Photo Checklist

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