Discover Practices - Week of Oct. 7 - Loved by God in Quiet Reflection

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Day 1

Determine a spot where you can you can spend a minimum of 5 minutes of quiet uninterrupted time of reflection.  Do everything that you can to get rid of all possible distractions (no screens, phones, kids, dogs, etc.) and get comfortable-- but not so comfortable that you will fall into “nap mode” too quickly.  Ask God to quiet your heart and let you experience His loving presence.

Reflect on your day and these words from God,  “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” (Psalm 46:10–11, NIV)

·         How has God revealed himself and his love to you today?

·         What does it mean that God is with you?

·         What does it mean that He is your fortress?

 

Day 2

Go to your quiet spot.  Get rid of all distractions and get comfortable.  Try to spend 5 minutes more than you did on Day 1 in quiet reflection.    Ask God to quiet your heart and let you experience His loving presence.

 Reflect on your day and  the following words from God, “Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for Him . . .”  (Psalm 37:7)

·         How has God revealed himself and his love to you today?

·         What happened today that tried your patience?   How did God help you deal with it?

·         What else is happening in your life that requires you to patiently trust in God?

 

Day 3

Go to your quiet spot.  Get rid of all distractions and get comfortable.  Try to spend 5 minutes more than you did on Day 2 in quiet reflection.    Ask God to quiet your heart and let you experience His loving presence.

Reflect on your week and the following words from Jesus, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28–30, NIV)

·         How has God revealed himself and his love to you today?

·         What happened this week that was difficult or burdensome?  What is making you feel weary?

·         How is Jesus offering you rest for your soul, right now?

Reflection 1

Today was a great day for this practice. It was a hectic day of running from meeting to meeting. I had a short break in the late afternoon before an evening meeting followed by important phone calls and emails to attend to. I stopped to get a bite to eat and remembered the Discover practice for the week. It was a beautiful afternoon, so I just sat outside in the sun, took a few deep breaths and reflected. Immediately, I felt stress leaving as God seemed to be saying, “Here you go, take a moment and feel my goodness.” As I began to reflect on my day, I recalled several people sharing with me how God had been at work in their lives . I realized that God had been revealing his love to me by showing me how He had been at work through Peace church to bless others and draw them closer to himself. It put my hectic day into a wonderful perspective.

Reflection 2

Another day filled to the brim with meetings, people and unexpected distractions from my goals.  I tried to get home and eat some lunch two different times and did not make it.  We had Wednesday programs at Peace, so things for me did not end until after 7:30.  It was difficult to get my mind and heart settled for quiet reflection, but it was so good to force myself to do it. 

Lord,  I didn’t get everything done today that I planned to do, but your goodness was shining through every aspect of the day, especially the people that you put in my path.  I saw your love at work in their giving and service, and I felt your love in their supportive words and their partnership in ministry.  It was a good day, because you are good.  Amen.