Come to me all who are weary and I will give you rest. —Matthew 11:28
I will nourish, tend to, comfort, restore, rekindle, and bring about fresh revelation. But first you must come, remove yourself from the issues of the world, the business of life, the demands of your time and attention, come and empty yourself of old weight, and the things that have worried your soul. Spend time with me in silence, in stillness, in prayer, in journaling, in nature in community with others seeking renewal and restoration for their soul.
Pillars of Soul Care
A time where you turn your thoughts towards God. The time when you acknowledge God’s sovereignty, express your thanksgiving, gratitude, appreciation and adoration. It is also the time to ask forgiveness and to intercede for others. Perhaps you want to simply sit in silence, attentive to God’s presence and love. However you choose, what ever position is most comfortable, prostrate,or on your knees, standing with eyes and hands lifted or with eyes closed and head bowed, breath prayers, vocally, or meditatively, this is your personal communion with God.
Within the word of God there are answers for whatever you face in life. Experience it a fresh and new, let it speak directly to you, to your situation, to your concern to your need. Scripture offers hope, comfort guidance and direction. It is the guiding source for all things in our lives and can be experienced in various ways.
Where has God been at work in your life lately? Learn to begin and end your day with that question. Take the time to sense his presence in all you encounter, all you experience, and observe. Consider when you did not experience his presence. Examen your thoughts, your feelings and your actions record in your journal, seek guidance for those areas that you believe you are not able to experience God. Spiritual Direction can aid in this.
Turning and tuning your whole self – mind, body, and spirit in order to hear and receive revelation, insight, guidance and direction from the holy spirit.
Recognizing and appreciating the wholeness of God. Focusing all of our life to align with a single and central goal a total surrender to the will of God for our lives. Do you know who God has made you to be, and what is your purpose? How closely does your current life reflect that vision? Surrender to God and live your purpose, which should be more about being than doing.
The demands of daily life—the excessive white noise, and our need to be “wired” at all times interferes with our ability to really hear from God and allow His person to form the basis of our identity. Jesus specifically set aside time to connect with His Father. God may be trying to convey, but we are not listening, not noticing. Take a few minutes to turn off all electronics (yes, even the computer!), and pay attention to God. Set an appointment, set aside a few hours—or days—on a regular consistent basis to “be alone with God”.
Who pours into your spirit, who listens to your challenges, shares your heart, walks with you and knows what is really going on? It is important to have others to share with, communicate with each other through whatever mediums may be available. Share in prayer, encourage one another or even just “be with each other” in a way that helps you stay open to God.
Journaling is a great way to pause, reflect, and record — pay attention to — the inner workings in your life. Writing down what you see, what you feel, what you think can lead to a new freedom and openness to the things that are central to living a life that is surrendered to God.