Thursday, February 13, 2014

Stilling Ourselves to Be Loved

What is it that calls my heart each day, from the moment I awake, to the moment I lay my head down to sleep? Are my first thoughts throughout the day, those uppermost in my mind, focused on things to do, or on being loved, and on loving? In this life of hurry, filled with tasks and to-do lists, do I leave time to live, to just be? 

Time for just be-ing, and for loving, and for being loved.

Do we think that all of our do-ing and our accomplishments will bring us what we long for? Maybe we need to purposefully quiet ourselves, cease our frenzied efforts, pull ourselves away from the magnets that draw us to focus on productivity. As the saying goes, maybe we just need to be "human beings instead of human doings".

"What words does God want you to treasure in the deepest part of you? 'Be good'? 'Do it better'? 'Try harder'? Are those the words God wrote in the Bible for us, to rescue and free us? No. Those words only show us what we can't do. The words God wants us to remember are just three small ones: 'I love you'."  (Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing) 

Everyday choices, in the midst of our full lives ... allow us to live and breathe these three small words. Pausing, listening, receiving, living our days filled with His Love. Feeding our souls with His Words of Love. And opening up our deepest thoughts and desires to Him, trusting, and following.

I've been thinking on these thoughts these days ... reminding myself in the midst of this hurried world, of what really matters. And purposefully slowing and fixing my heart on what is most important. 

"Love the Lord your God
with all your heart, and with all your soul
and with all your mind."
(Matthew 22:37)

"How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God." from Psalm 139:17

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  1. So true. Loving God with all my heart, soul and mind comes by taking time to remember who He is. I have to be still. "Pausing, listening, receiving." Great post Cherry!

  2. living in His love
    under the shadow of His wing
    in the secret place of abiding
    that then is real life!

  3. I, too, am working to be more about "being" and less about "doing." Thanks for the great reminder!

  4. Hello,
    Beautiful post on being instead of doing......striving instead of resting in the knowing. Finding balance can be so difficult, but God's Word guides us. Love the photos and thoughtful words to ponder. Thanks for coming by my cyber home.....

  5. Hi, Cherry! Living in the moment has been a goal of mine over the past couple of years. Some days I am successful at it. Some days I am not. But, I have found that those times I do strive to "just be" and enjoy God's love and blessings, I am so much more full of joy and contentment. Thanks for sharing!
    Ann @ Christ in the Clouds