"Living out of the center enables us to blend for a moment into a greater background than our own fears, to merely be still and to know that God is God.
It means that I don't figure out, I don't analyze. I simply lose myself in the experience of being alive, of being in a community of believers, simply knowing that it's good to be there, even if I don't know where "there" is or why it's good.
An inner stillness assures me that it is enough right now to be centered, to be in Christ Jesus and that gratefulness is both the heart of living and the heart of prayer."
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters.
Brennan Manning, "Reflections for Ragamuffins", page 263
Yesterday, the pastor at the church we attend preached on hiding God's word in your heart. I was convicted to start working on that again. I tend to 'go in spurts' as to working on hiding God's word in my heart....Psalm 19 is a good reminder as to why knowing God's word is so important...
Psalm 19: 7 The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever.
The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold;they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.11 By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.12 But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults.13 Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me.Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. 14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD
, my Rock and my Redeemer.Footnotes:
The Philippines are gorgeous.
Words fail to describe the beauty of this place.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun....