Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Chair Time

Do you ever feel like you are just surviving your life? I do, and if I'm keeping it real, that is truly how I have been living lately. I find myself reacting to life instead of being Spirit filled and purposeful. So last week I was reading one of my favorite devotionals called, "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young. I love this little book. It is written as though Jesus were talking to you directly. On March 19, the entry said:

Since I dwell in you, you are fully equipped to be holy. Pause before responding to people or situations, giving my Spirit space to act through you. Hasty words and actions leave no room for Me; this is atheistic living.
Page 82

I was intrigued by the word pause. According to dictionary.com it means:
v. To dwell or linger
n. A cessation of activity because of uncertainty.
A break or rest to emphasize meaning.

Last year, my word for the year was dwell. So when I read that definition I smiled. I am to "dwell (in Christ) before I respond to people or situations (i.e. my children, husband...)" As I dwell or pause in Him, it gives the Spirit room and space to act through me. Now there is a novel idea.

Then I was reminded of this today:

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness
Psalm 103:8

I noticed immediately that it does not say, "Stacey is compassionate and gracious. Stacey is slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness...." But the beauty of it is, Jesus is in me. And as I pause and give Him space He can and will be those things through me.

Oh Lord, I have so much to learn. I am so grateful that you are gracious and compassionate with me. Please give me gentle reminders this week to pause and let you be all you can be through me.

Looking Forward


  1. Wow, thanks, I really needed that. As a mom of 4, I nee to remember this when I get frustrated with my children.

  2. So true!! Thank you for the reminder!! =)

  3. I love that book, my sister gave it to us a few years ago and it's the only devotional I've actually stuck with.

    For the past few years, my word has been "abide" but I've been waiting for a new one.

    It is now....dwell...

  4. Thanks for this post... I am a new follower of your blog...and I am truly excited about this new adventure:)

  5. I love that book, too! My favorite devotional by far.