Pushing Pause.

Posted by Emily Cummins


The day started early and stayed constantly busy. You know those days when you cross one project off the to-do list and suddenly five more projects seem to take its place? I experienced that somewhat yesterday. Accomplishment feels great, and learning new aspects in areas of expertise is extremely rewarding. But, last night I just couldn’t sleep. It’s like that phenomenon of your brain working, working, working, and then trying to shut it off, but it just won’t power down…and all that coffee that kept me on my toes during the day probably wasn’t working in my favor when I tried to go to sleep…

So, in my sleepless hours, my mind drifted. It’s scanned the contents of the day…things I learned, things I experienced, what I threw my passion into. And it drifted to several verses that I started my day with.

Open up before God, keep nothing back; He’ll do whatever needs to be done: He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day and stamp you with approval at high noon. Quiet down before God, be prayerful before Him. Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder, who elbow their way to the top. (Psalm 37:5-7, the Message)

Before yesterday even began to fill up, God whispered the importance of being still in His presence into the deepest chambers of my heart. He spoke truth into my very being that would become the confidence I would need throughout the day. Before I even attempted a single project, God said that He would empower me & validate my life–but I had to do something to get there…I had to choose to quiet down in the midst of busyness and be prayerful before Him.

Looking back over the contents of yesterday, I can’t help but wonder if I truly took this advice. I did to an extent, but not enough to make me truly thrive. I talked to God throughout the day, but I didn’t allow myself to get quiet enough to hear the confidence He was breathing into my soul. I can talk all day long, but if I don’t allow His words to permeate my being, I’ve really gained nothing but a loss of words. Yes, talking to God is important, but listening to what He says is equally–if not more–important.

Tonight, as I allow my mind to slowly drift to sleep, my prayer is that tomorrow I will choose to embrace putting an intentional halt on the busy moments of life so that I can be prayerful before the One who gave me those moments in the first place.

How do you intentionally halt the busy moments of life to be quiet & listen?


3 thoughts on “Pushing Pause.

  1. Cindy Beall

    I sit still and quiet everyday. At some point in the day. Sometimes it’s 20 minutes. Sometimes it’s 5. And I just listen and ask, “What do you want to speak to me, Father?”

    Love this blog post, Emily!!!!

  2. Angela Richards

    It is something that we have to be so intentional about. Something that is a struggle for me most days; but when I pour my tea and sit at His feet I am often filled with wonder and amazement and anticipation at the gift of a perfect eternity!

  3. Sherrie

    Emily, love this! It’s a daily, on purpose, decision. We are so busy, but a part of the reason we are so busy is because we get disconnected from our source and allow the world to overwhelm us with distractions, both positive and negative. We need to be refueled and recharged by the bread of life and living water. Otherwise, we seek out artificial substitutes.

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