The first thing that came to mind when I saw the word "take" was the words from the old hymn:
Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God's children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.
Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.
Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
And run not before Him, whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.
Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul,
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.
It's not easy to take time these days. Everyone is in such a rush! I've recently read Emily P. Freeman's The Next Right Thing. It's mostly about decision-making, but for me, it was a practice in being stilI before God and listening to Him. I read 1 chapter a day for most of the month. I took the time to slow down. Emily writes in a very thoughtful way that encourages the reader to take a breath, to savor, to discover what one truly wants out of life.
"Psalm 46:10 is an invitation to be still and know He is God. There's a reason why God invites us to be still first; the stillness makes way for the knowing. It creates space..." That space creates peace in your soul which is necessary to make decisions and to connect with others.
The older I get I realize I need to take time to relax and to be present in the moment. I don't want to just go through the motions of this life. I want to live life as God intended; abundant and joyful! I need to take time to pause in His presence! Because that is where I will find God's peace.
"You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you." Isaiah 26:3
This post is part of Kate Motaung's "Five Minute Friday," which she hosts on the Five Minute Friday website. Kate posts a single word each week and each blogger sets a timer for 5 minutes to write and then posts, with very little editing. (Some weeks I have more trouble with that part than others) Check out the other writers this week!