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Monday, May 14, 2012 @ 4:59:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -

It works! Drawing away to spend time with God has restored my sense of balance and has enabled me to find peace in the midst of daily activities. This is the third weekend in a row that I've intentionally set aside a significant amount of time to rest. During these times, I typically receive from God in worship, meditate on Scripture, pray,and journal. Ultimately, I simply try to let Him "lead me beside still waters" (Psalm 23).

Today, my time alone began with me fretting over my upcoming schedule, which includes many days out of town and a three-day speaking opportunity. As I began to rest in the Lord and pour out my concern about my upcoming schedule, He truly led me into a place of peace. Often, when I rest in the Lord, I write in my journal in the first person, expressing my concerns and feelings as if I'm writing a personal letter to God, and then recording His "responses" as if He were writing directly back to me through personalized Scripture. This practice draws me deeper into His presence and has facilitated some of my most profound times of hearing from God. This morning, I wrote the following:

Doug, stop second-guessing yourself regarding your upcoming schedule. Go in confidence knowing that I'll be with you and will meet with you. I'll help you this coming week to be prepared ahead of time for your speaking opportunity following your time out of town. Just relax and trust me: you waste energy in worry and anxiety about your upcoming schedule. Just accept the schedule I have given you, relax and trust me, and enjoy every moment.

Doug, start praying/interceding every time you begin to even slightly worry or be anxious. This will counteract your tendency to worry about the future. Worrying and focusing on the future don't help you.

Next, I meditated on Hebrews 11, 12, and 13 and He spoke several promises to me from Scripture:

"Doug, take comfort and be encouraged and confidently and boldly say: I am your Helper. Do not be seized with alarm [fear, dread, or terrified]" (Hebrews 13:6a, Amplified).

"Doug, I am the God of peace. I will strengthen [complete, perfect] and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out My will, while I work in you and accomplish that which is pleasing in My sight, through Jesus." (Hebrews 13:20-21, Amplified).

If you desire to live more from God's presence rather than from your performance, I encourage you to regularly create room in your schedule to be alone with God. Also, consider adding journaling in the first person -- including personalizing Scripture -- as part of that time.

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