The Weekly Breather: The Heartbeat of God
Settle Yourself: Release
If you are able, find a quiet place to be alone. As you settle in to your space, become aware of the feeling of your environment. Is it hot or cold? How do your clothes feel against your skin? Is it bright, or is the light dim? Hear and feel your breathing. Breathe in even rhythms. Breathe in to the slow count of six. Hold for four. Breathe out to six. Feel your shoulders loosen and your body relax.
Read these Scripture passages slowly, and let them soak into your heart. Turn them over in your mind and consider how a God like this would interact with you. Read through them as many times as you need to in order to feel the peace of God’s assurance that He loves you.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.
I John 4:18
But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
Sometimes life can be scary. Sometimes we feel like we have done wrong and we become afraid. The remedy for these troubling feelings may be resting in the love of God.
Close your eyes and imagine yourself sitting with God. As you rest in his presence, imagine you are leaning your head against his chest and hearing his strong heartbeat. Hear his heartbeat saying that you are loved eternally and unconditionally. Feel your fears wash away in his presence.
God, help me to remember your great love for me when I become afraid. Help me to hear your strong heartbeat in moments of anxiety. Help me rest in your presence throughout the day as I live and move and have my being.