We live at a time of infinite distraction in our minds, and we pay little attention to anything happening around us at any given moment. However, when trouble strikes, we can be still and listen for the sound of hope, the voice of God. Your body is ever-present, but your mind is not here most of the time and not focused on the moment. Even though this is the only moment you will ever be alive, your mind likes to hang out and live in the future. It imagines endless possibilities of how to make things work out best for our survival.
Our thoughts, like jumping jacks in our heads, look for an opportunity to grab our attention. Our thoughts seek to control what I want or do not want what I like or do not like—and they blame circumstances or others for my unhappiness. As they bounce about, it is important not to believe the thoughts you think about repeatedly. When you think and ruminate on the negative feelings and thoughts, it is a pathway to anxiety and depression. Learn to let them go. (Calming My Restless Mind)
When the bottom falls out of your world, contemplative prayer is a way of befriending and getting in touch with yourself and God. When the big questions about life hit you, such as the pain-and-suffering you deal with, you can connect and discover new hope in a relationship with the living Christ. You can get honest and real now about what life dishes out. (Break Out and Blossom in Life)
Be still and listen for the sound of hope, the voice of God. In the silence, we put our past and future in perspective and recognize that God holds everything together. In becoming still in the moment, you can inhabit a space where your mind is awake and attentive to God. It lets God’s presence give us a more profound cognitive understanding of everything happening to us and around us. Be still and listen for the sound of hope.
Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. Psalm 62:5-7 NLT
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