Last week I invited you to reset your mind by reciting/reading Psalm 23 five times throughout the day for seven days. Did anyone try it? How did it change your outlook?
I did pause throughout my day to focus on the psalm. I didn’t count how often nor did I pause at regular intervals. I simply turned to it whenever my mind wandered there. Sometimes I recited a compilation of several translations; sometimes I opened my Bible app and read it from the New Living Translation. I found I resonated best with that particular translation.
This week I want to walk through it a bit more slowly and savor all the truth along the way. Too often I read very quickly, skipping words or entire phrases and I neglect to soak in the truth of the psalm.
1The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. 2He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.Psalm 23:1-2
It is pretty easy for me to get distracted with my to-do lists or expectations for myself and others. Here, I am reminded I have all I need and because I do, I can rest. He lets me rest… I am the one hurrying about, refusing to stop for even a moment. He says, “You are completely provided for so let’s sit for awhile.”
What distracts you or keeps you from pausing during the day to just breathe? Take a few moments now to read the two sentences above and take a few deep breaths to slow yourself down.