Psalm 91, tight shoulders, clenched jaws, stress levels

One of the hardest things to do when we are drifting in life is finding true rest. Drifting is easy to do. All we have to do is follow where the wind blows. Most the time we drift because we just can’t keep the pace we’ve been running. Whether that pace is physical, mental, or emotional. If its heavy, its heavy. If we get on a raft in the river, we will end up where ever the river goes. I don’t like drifting. Not that it doesn’t happen to me, but it is frustrating when I wake up and realize I have been wasting time, drifting.

At the beginning of the year the Lord clued me in on the general direction we were going to go this year. If you read my last post you know that I’ve been praying through Psalms for 90 days. I had been sharing a daily post on Facebook with my community, both for accountability and a challenge, to actually make it for 90 days. Today is day 91. There are 150 Psalms in the Bible.

Back in April the Lord said, “Read and Pray through Psalms.” As you can see I am not done. However, I am moving off of Facebook and taking a quieter trail here on Sunday2Monday. Back to drifting, Facebook is an excellent place to drift. There is so much to scroll through and look at. I love media, quotes, videos, commentary, how to’s, and what not to do’s. I am a word nerd, written, spoken, or visual. I can get on the surf board of the internet webs and end up a drift. The gentle bobbing of a raft on the water lulls me to sleep. However, I sense the Lord calling me to quiet, solitude, silence. How I know that? I start thinking about buying noise cancelling earmuffs to silence the loud world. I searched for quietest places in Iowa. Do you know any? Share them with me in the comments. When I realize I am searching for silence, that’s how I know I’ve been drifting. I wake up and find myself in a very noisy place and my soul is crying out for quiet. So while I did finish 90 days and I felt the Lord commend me. He says, “Now, lets finish psalms differently, slower, quieter, deeper, longer.

So here I am. If you would like to join along – and take a slower pace. You can pop over here each day I am here or you can sign up for the emails. I would love for you to join me through Psalms.

Let’s Begin: Psalm 91:1-2

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Dwell means to live in a specified place.

Whoever lives in the shelter (protection) of the Most High will rest…

Do you see how the Lord likes to set me up to show me His goodness? He called me away to a quieter place that just happens to be the exact day that the first thing I read is this! He is so good!

We grow by exercising our power in action. We learn by acting. Prayer allows us to step into the Kingdom of God, and begin to move with that power that is beyond us, and to do it safely because it is God who is in control. – Dallas Willard

God gave us the power to do the things we can and pray about everything else, leaving it to Him to do with as He sees fit. How hard is that for you? Is that why you and I have tight shoulders, clenched jaws, and stress levels that are not good and unhealthy? Are we control freaks? Yeah… me too!

Father, I want to be where you are. I want to be with you. For where you are is where rest is. Rest for my soul, my mind, my body. Rest from the running, doing, and going. Rest that is filled with quiet and peace. Rest that is under the shade of your wings like the outstretched beauty of a great oak tree. Lord, I need rest. I need you. I can not continue the pace to exhaustion that comes to a collapse. I confess my use of internet surfing to soothe myself. I lead myself to drifting. But you lead me to a place of rest. It is here in this place that I can say, “You are my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.Be my refuge! Hide me. Be my fortress! Save me from myself. I let go of doing things my way. I put my trust in You! Again and Again, I say, “I trust you!”

How tired are you of trying to live up to expectations? Expectations from both the external and internal world. I recently had a run in and round-about with these expectations. They spun me out! Messed up my shoulder from the tension and left me feeling ridiculous. When we are soul-tired and drifting everything feels heavy. Everything! Come to the Father… He’s calling!

Thanks for Listening,

Starla

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