It can be hard work get­ting quiet!

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God says to us, “Be still, and know that I am God” and “in 7 quiet­ness and con­fi­dence is your strength!” We have to make time 8 to be quiet, though. 1 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans 4:11 even says that we need to “study to be quiet.” 9 Maybe you’ve tried tak­ing some quiet time with God, and the minute you’re still and wait­ing, your mind gets hit with hun­dreds of thoughts, wor­ries, or re­minders. If that’s the case, it may help to have some props to help you to get into that rest­ful mode. I’ve found that mu­sic clears my mind, so I’ve put to­gether a playlist of songs that help me do this. Each person is dif­fer­ent, though, and you’ll have to dis­cover how you en­joy med­i­tat­ing and what works best for

you right now. Just re­al­ize that those pref­er­ences or meth­ods may change as you or your sit­u­a­tion changes.

For ex­am­ple, if sit­ting still and do­ing noth­ing makes you antsy, then you could try med­i­tat­ing while on a walk or a bike ride. Or if be­ing out­doors doesn’t do it for you, find a cozy spot in your house or some­place else you en­joy be­ing, and take your quiet time there. It doesn’t mat­ter what you do or where you are when you’re med­i­tat­ing, the idea is to take some time alone, where it is just you and God. Don’t put pressure on your­self to ac­com­plish any­thing dur­ing this time or to ex­pe­ri­ence any spe­cific feel­ings; just en­joy the quiet, think on God’s love and good­ness, and see what it does for you.

Here’s a med­i­ta­tion ex­er­cise you could try, to help you to get into that quiet mood:

Imag­ine a scene of a con­fus­ing, noisy city in rush hour, with horns blar­ing, hun­dreds of peo­ple rush­ing along the side­walks and cross­ing the streets, just gen­eral may­hem and con­fu­sion. But now close the door on that scene and open an­other door that in­tro­duces you to a scene of fields of grass and beau­ti­ful flow­ers, or a scene of undis­cov­ered wa­ter­falls where ev­ery­thing is lush and pure and clean. Or a scene of tow­er­ing ma­jes­tic moun­tains with their snow­capped peaks, where views are breath­tak­ing and there is al­ways a re­fresh­ing breeze.

The world is here for you to en­joy, to ap­pre­ci­ate, and to help you con­nect with God. He is in all of the beau­ti­ful cre­ation around you‚ and by ap­pre­ci­at­ing it, you are ap­pre­ci­at­ing Him.

10 I think there is some­thing mag­i­cal about med­i­ta­tion. When I’m alone and silent with God, I feel Him nearer. Med­i­ta­tion helps to bring my mind and heart closer to God’s. It gives me greater un­der­stand­ing of His Word and helps me align my per­spec­tives with His and live my life as I be­lieve He wants me to.

I come to the gar­den alone, While the dew is still on the roses. And the voice I hear, Fall­ing on my ear The Son of God dis­closes. And He walks with me And He talks with me And He tells me I am His own. And the joy we share, as we tarry there None other has ever known. —Charles Austin Miles (1868–1946)

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