Lent 2019 – Day 16

By on 21/03/2019

The Power of the Pause

Thursday 21st March

Be still, and know that I am God. (Psalms 46:10)

Have you ever paused and reflected on the things that you hear?

Everything today is instant and taking time for pause or for preparation is on the decline.

Recently I got to share with a group of high school kids about the story of the Paralyzed man, and I challenged them all to stop and listen with the ears of their heart to the scripture.

I posed this question to them– “What do you notice, or what stands out to you about this scripture?” Then they had time to talk about it in their small groups and the responses people shared were profound as we all got to pause, prepare, reflect then respond.

We should be taking this same outlook to our walk through Lent. Sometimes we need to set aside purposeful time to reflect on what we heard today, what we read, hearing God’s still small voice in amongst the busyness of our day doesn’t always come naturally.

For those students, if I didn’t set aside time to pause, prepare, reflect and then respond, we would’ve moved on to our next activity and skipped an opportunity to hear God’s voice.

Today I want to ask you, what did you notice about your day yesterday, or maybe the day you’ve just had? What stood out to you in conversation? How maybe could you have done something differently? Let us prepare our hearts to hear His voice.

PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today Thank you for giving us the time we have in our day. May we start to pause, prepare, reflect and respond to see the things you are doing in our lives.  Amen.

Written by
Justin Gimondo: Responsible for assisting Bruce with his Ministry as well as research and resource development.

7 comments on “Lent 2019 – Day 16

  1. I know my brother and his wife need to listen to others for advice sometimes. They just act and not listen. Unfortunately this will hurt them

  2. Thank you Team The Catholic Guy for bringing Light and Joy and Truth into our lives in these very dark times, in a world that is trying to convince everyone that God does not exist, often because we don’t stop and reflect and listen and pray. I continue to pray you you and your Ministry – knowing that God is with you. Thanks be to God.

  3. Thank You Bruce & Team for the daily prayer reflections & all the work you continue to do throughout this Lentern season. May God Bless You & Yours & enable you to keep doing what you do so well.

  4. O! God, grant me the grace to listen, to hear and to obey that still small voice in Jesus’ name. Amen!
    Thank you Justin for today’s reflection!

  5. In our lives today we are on a constant run. God help me stop and meditate on your wonderful talents you have given me. Amen

  6. I will make a special effort in our Lenten time to stop and listen to what the Lord is telling me. Blessings to you all.

  7. So concerned about my son’s drinking problem, I had to stop and remind myself that God, the Father loves him more than I could ever, He hears my prayers and will watch over and perfect all that concerns me!

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