Flee, Be Silent, Pray by Ed Cyzewski

Time and again, I find a divine reset needed in my life. I’m sure we’ve all felt this way, and we know it is easier said than done. Personally, I have been feeling stuck on autopilot for several weeks. And it seems as if the off switch has gotten stuck! Wow…

As much as I try to just push through, I’ve found the most helpful action to take is to get away from the distractions. It seems that getting away to a quiet place apart from the distractions of life is a must.

Once we’ve gotten to our prayer closet or other getaway spot, the second key is in quieting our souls and the distractions of our minds.

Finally, we focus on just being with God. The true peace we need is found only in Jesus after all. It is in cultivating intimacy with Him through simply resting quietly in His presence, engaging in personal prayer, and thinking on His beautiful heart toward us.

In the midst of all this, I found a book which came out only a day before I discovered it! The writer, Ed Cyzewski, an evangelical Christian, was struggling in a similar way. He speaks of what I mention above and the role of contemplative prayer in the life of a believer.

Flee, Be Silent, Pray by Ed Cyzewski

You’ll appreciate this book even more if:

  • You feel like you can never do enough for God or in life.
  • You just don’t feel good enough at times.
  • You simply need quiet in your soul.
  • You desire a deeper connection to our God who is love and life.

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Renewing Your Mind in God’s Word

The journey of renewing our minds is a process. It won’t occur in a single sit down. It can’t even be complete in a handful of once-in-a-while moments with Jesus. Nonetheless, it is one of the most beautiful parts of our journey with Him.

Spending time renewing our minds in God’s Word helps us grow in faith, hope and love. As we grow closer to God through His Word, we will experience transformation. And we all need and desire that in areas of our lives which need what only Father God can provide: True identity, perfect love and freedom from fear.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV)

Our Father wants to repair every wrong mindset and remove every lie. He wants to transform our perspective toward ourselves, others and the world. He even wants to help us not be led by our emotions. This comes through time spent with Him in worship, prayer, and meditating on His Word.

What is meditation on the Word? This type of meditation is not like the kind of meditating the world and other spiritualities call it. Campbell McAlpine says,

“Meditation is the devotional practice of pondering the words of a verse . . . of Scripture, with a receptive heart, allowing the Holy Spirit to take the written Word and apply it as the living Word to the inner being.” 
– Campbell McAlpine

Would you like to have a mind more renewed in God’s Word? Do you need peace in your life, freedom from fear and anxiety, an attitude adjustment, or other things? I know I do! And thankfully, Christ has all this and more waiting for us.
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The Lord Knows Our Every Day

“You sift and search out my path and my lying down, and You are acquainted with all my ways.” – Psalm 139:3 (AMPC)

Each day You know our path. You even search out every detail of it. You sift our path and our ways concerning each day. In this, You set aside those things which need not be a part of the day’s doings. You show us what is best according to Your perfect plans.

You are acquainted with all of us and all of our ways. You know best what each day should hold even when we try to take on too much or when we attempt to tackle things that need to wait.

Some days things do not go as planned. But in this, You desire for us to respond as Christ would, in patience and kindness. You desire for us to seek You in these moments for what You have in store.

“…in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.”Psalm 139:16 (AMPC)

Perhaps You have something else to pinpoint, to bring us to do. Perhaps You simply are trying to get our attention, or call us to simply rest. Maybe we aren’t abiding in Christ as we should, and we need to be aware of Your ever-present Holy Spirit within us.

It is not always easy, but You are working in us to fashion us into a reflection of Jesus, Your Son. As in a mirror, You desire us to reflect the beauty of His character and heart.

“And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18 (AMPC)

Beholding is becoming.

What we focus on, what we spend time thinking about, is what we become most like. The people we hang out with most, we tend to be like over time. So may we want to be like Jesus, and spend much time beholding His loving heart, His kind tenderness, His perfect ways.

Help us yield to You even when You orchestrate our day differently than we originally had planned. Help us let go and follow Your lead. Help us to trust in You, our Good Shepherd. Help us to be still and know that You alone are God.