P.A.U.S.E.Feb 26, 2023
Do you remember the Bugs Bunny cartoon with the Tasmanian devil swirling and whirling around – going everywhere and now where.
Then all of a sudden, he’d STOP
He looked frazzled and crazy, panting and eyes googly.
THAT WAS ME!
A mentor gave me a challenge.
Can you pause long enough to think about what you’re thinking about?
If you’re like most women, there are no less then five random thoughts running loose in your brain at one given moment.
To stop and think about all of them could be a scary ordeal.
I took the challenge from a mentor who asked me to try to stop long enough to think about what I was thinking. Could I do it?
Before I could physically sit still, I had to prepare myself mentally reminding myself that God was for me, and he would never give me more then I could handle. He knew my limitations and how difficult this was for me, so he gave me a way to ease into the task and provided me a word to focus on. The word was P.A.U.S.E.
Pause is the first step before rest.
Pause is by definition a temporary stop or inaction. This frees me from thinking I needed to sit for an hour.
Taking a brief pause to be inactive was a mountain I could climb when I knew God was in it with me.
God was taking me on a path and he would be right beside me to help meet the giants along the way. Nothing would be so dramatic to overcome when he was with me.
So, the journey began by using the P.A.U.S.E. acronym. It took practice and commitment.
P ursue God – Make a connection with God by speaking his name or asking for help - “Help me God.” “God, I need you.” “Abba Father.” “Papa God help me.”
A ttention on God – Center your attention on God’s goodness, love, mercy, and grace.
U nload Burden – Dump the thoughts that weigh you down – fear, anger, worry – turn them over to God in prayer.
S et Time Aside – Sitting still to take a breath is needed. Allocate at least five minutes to let the busyness be put to the side to let God’s goodness come in.
E xpress Yourself to God – Release the stress and burdens clogging your thoughts to God and let him refresh and renew your spirit.
All this is so that God’s goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives. Psalm 23:6
Take time to PAUSE.
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