Listen

This morning I sat and listened.

The thing is . . . to really listen . . . requires a decision to be  still, to disregard the urgency of the matters at hand, to put aside the tasks that have a pending expiration date, to turn off the reminder alarms set on the phone calendar, to let go of anything and everything that drives the day.   In this schedule driven, task-oriented culture, listening is hard to do.  There does not seem to be time to put it all aside in order to be fully present in the moment and listen.

It’s why I put the words on my wall:  Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10).

on my wall to memorize
on my wall to memorize

I’m not still or quiet by nature.  I love to be busy and to be actively involved with people.  It’s who I am.  So.  It’s easy for me to allow people, circumstances, the calendar, tasks, pressures, and problems  to drive me.  And.  I have.  As with anything else significant, it took time to learn that when I am out of sorts, when I’m at unrest, when things don’t seem quite right, it’s because I’m not listening.

I used to think if, I could get organized and learn how to implement problem solving techniques and tools, that, my life would be better.  So.  I bought many recommended books on organization and time management.  And.  I studied and learned problem solving techniques by taking classes and attending seminars. While there’s great value in streamlining, simplifying, and using problem solving techniques and tools, the interior of  life must be addressed. If, the heart of the matter is avoided, then, the peace of God  will be missed.

So.  I’ve had to learn and practice the discipline to be still.  I make space in the day to listen, inviting the Spirit of God to be present, surrendering everything that’s in me, asking for help to become still.   It’s a big project to get me to step out of the activity and rush of the day. Listening requires an intentional decision and action to become still, to be fully present in the moment, to disregard all else.

Listening in stillness has changed my life. It’s when I listen, when I’m focused on the presence of God, I find peace, the kind of peace that only comes from God.  Nothing else can replace it.   I see, understand, and manage life differently when I am saturated with the peace of God.

With all the things pressing in, I know listening does not seem to be an adequate answer to all that you are facing today.   But when you do, the peace of God will come.

Be still. Listen. The peace of God will come. And, nothing replaces the peace of God. Nothing.  –Kerrie

The quietness of the Pacific Ocean beaches has provided a place for me to retreat to find solitude, to listen, and to receive peace.  It’s the picture I have when I meditate on Psalm 46 and listen to the words.

Be still and know-  Listen small

Would you consider praying big for The Red Door Community Church  and asking others to pray big.  We launch on 9.13.15 and would love you to set your phone/alarm at 9:13 AM & PM as a reminder to pray specifically

for God’s favor,
for a place,
for people to boldly join us in this adventure,
and
for The Red Door Community Church to make a difference in the community, giving thanks.

We will be sending The Red Door Prayer and Information Publication.  We are praying for many individuals to stand with us.

If, you would like to receive The Red Door Prayer and Publication Email let me know.  Here’s the form:

(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2015 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

 

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