Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Be Still...

I've been watching a video called, "Be Still" and it really has some good thoughts.  Here's the Netflix description:

In an age in which multitasking has become second nature, the idea of being "still" almost seems luxurious. Yet achieving stillness through Christian prayer is a spiritually rewarding practice that can change your life forever. In this inspirational program narrated by actor Judge Reinhold and co-directed by his wife, Amy, noted authors, ministers and educators discuss the techniques of contemplative prayer.

I have been thinking a lot about the over-stimulation of our everyday lives. Cell phones and computers are wonderful.  I couldn't imagine doing without either, it's just that I realized how much they can take over.  Responding to phone calls, replying to emails, updating our Facebook, our Blogs, our YouTube pages, watching our favorite programs... all good things if taken in moderation. 

My heart has been crying out for silence... for a time of stillness in my day.  I love the idea of contemplative prayer.  Setting aside a quiet time to enter into God's presence, and then, just listen... wait on Him with no requests, no expectations;  making it a time of opening yourself to what He might say to you. 

Meditation has been around in many religions and cultures for centuries.  As a Christian, I find that applying the concept to my prayer life enhances it. 

I intend to make this part of my daily routine.  I need the stillness, the release of stress, the bit of quiet solitude in the midst of a noisy world.


Donna said...

You just have to Shut it All off! I HAVE to at times. I have some wonderful CD's that I try to use when I meditate...refreshing!
Happy night sweetie!

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Hi Nita Jo, it was nice to hear from you, and so glad you stopped by my blog.

Your post really spoke to me tonight, as I have really been neglecting and missing that quiet time with God. Thanks for reminding me again how important it is.


Carrie Joy Byrnes said...

I love your blog and really enjoy the music. Thank you for your comment on Jane's blog.

Sally said...

So very true. Thank you for reminding us of the really important way to live. ((hugs))

Nita Jo said...

Donna, I like to use music too! Lately instead of music, I listen to the bird songs just outside my window... at least on the days my neighbor's dog isn't barking non-stop. Lol!

Susie, Thanks! I really enjoy your blog. I'm glad my post spoke to you. Quiet time has become really important to me. Keeps me sane!

Carrie Joy! I'm so glad you like the music. It's an eclectic mix and I change it every so often. I love all kinds of music. I'm glad I found your blog!

Sally, Thank you for letting me know it meant something to you. I always hope that what I write will either inspire, or at least make folks see life from a different perspective.

Blessings to each of you!
Nita Jo