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26 September - How To Be More Pleasant

To help me stay relatively peaceful, a pleasant person to be around and to enjoy my life, I've learnt the importance of taking some time to get quiet and learning to lean in.

Leaning in is when I quiet my emotions, mind and heart so I can centre on the core of who I am and where I find God's quietness and presence. My heart slows, my mind stops racing, and my spirit and soul are energised.

When we have a relationship with Jesus, this art of "centering" instantly helps us connect with Him better and enables us to focus and renew our strength in God.

He promises that when we seek Him, we will find Him. (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV)

With practice, we can "centre in" wherever we are, regardless of what is happening around us.

Some keys to help you do that is to:

1. Close your eyes and slow your breathing by taking deep, slow breaths.

2. Focus your mind on quietness and stillness. (Psalm 46:10 NIV)

3. Replace worrying or stressful thoughts that come across your mind with God's Word, His promises and by rolling over any cares to Him. (1 Peter 5:7 TPT)

4. I sometimes picture stepping into heaven and simply sitting with Jesus in a peaceful, quiet place in heaven – our secret place with God. (Psalm 23 NIV)

5. Once I've "centred in", I sit silently in that place; I breathe, rest and soak in God's presence. I don't necessarily have to "feel" or hear anything because what's important is that we centre or lean into the source of our peace, strength and joy.

Today take time in your secret place – Jesus is waiting there and receive all you need from him.

"So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority." (Colossians 2:10 NLT)

"Be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10)

"In returning and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength". (Isaiah 30:15)

Prayer: Lord, please help me to find and step into that quiet secret place with you so that I can commune with you more and discover peace and joy amid the busyness of my day. In Jesus name Amen

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