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10 Ways to Boost Your Christian Walk in the New Year

  • Dawn Wilson Contributing Writer
1. Pause with Purpose

1. Pause with Purpose

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My niece “Rocky” is intense and intentional when it comes to pausing for refreshing stillness. “Be still for one minute and let it grow,” she says. In these stressful days, we need distinct times of physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual pausing—pausing with purpose. Some express this as coming apart in stillness before we “come apart.” 

We need physical pauses: sleep, rest, maybe even fasting from food. We need mental pauses: either pushing away from long labors at a desk, or stopping to ponder what we’ve read. We need emotional pauses: time to get away from the drama of life and refocus on what matters. We need social pauses: unplugging from technology or perhaps going on a distraction-free, personal retreat where we can remember what God has called us to do. 

And we definitely need spiritual pauses to connect with God. The biblical phrase selah comes to mind: “pause and reflect.” The psalmist reflected God’s heart of longing for us when he wrote, “Be still and know that I am God.”


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