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Quiet Our Souls

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woman with arms outstretchedWe’re ready for the day, but suddenly, we’re slammed with problems, mistakes, needs, demands and more. We know God’s Word, but somehow we gravitate toward worldly solutions rather than God’s power.

If you’re like me, the shift is subtle. It’s usually when I’m caught off guard, short on time, or multitasking. In my “inner man,” I know I’m striving. I’m not enough for the task, so fear and anxiety will trigger stress.

The next morning, I get up while the sun sleeps and sit before Jesus. My world is quiet and I’m immersed in His presence. Our dialogue is inaudible yet resounding. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to experience God’s supernatural presence throughout the whole day?  

I believe the Holy Spirit can touch our inner core and bring peace to our souls throughout the day. There is no substitute for daily prayer and Bible study, but as the day unfolds, we can’t interrupt a meeting and say, “Excuse me while I go into my prayer closet.” Or, in an emergency, leave the scene to intercede for thirty minutes.

Even common mishaps like a plugged toilet ready to overflow, a flat tire, missed appointment, or an Internet outage can erode our peace. We have to deal with unexpected situations, but the unexpected can bring its unique reward.

I’m not much of a football fan, but I love strategic games. As far as I can tell, the team with the ball plays offensively, but they gain ground with a strategic game plan. It made me wonder. Have I spiritually accepted a defensive position instead of the offensive position Christ provided? I decided to have a strategic prayer plan.

My strategic prayer plan takes about 90 seconds. It’s enough time to quiet my soul, anchor my emotions, touch my spiritual core, and position myself for God’s supernatural intervention. It’s easy to remember with this acronym, C-O-R-E.

C – Catch the thought that tries to steal our peace.

O – Offer gratitude for God’s divine intervention.

R – Reflect on who God is and His promises for us.

E – Entrust God with your greatest concern.

This acronym helped me take captive anxious thoughts that have tried to weaken my faith. It’s a reminder that I serve the Prince of Peace. My day may still look crazy on the outside, but on the inside, my heart is learning to depend on God’s strength—and not my own.

 

When we quiet our souls we position our hearts to receive God’s peace. (Click to Tweet)

 

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid,” (John 14:27 New International Version).

Your turn! Do you have a strategic plan that helps you find peace throughout the day? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comment box.  

Have a blessed weekend!

Marisa Shadrick

References

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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