Greetings Again Readers!
carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of
the time for the days are evil.”
of this “Pax season” came with the simple trimming up of my daily
rhythms to accommodate all the walks. That
included a closer look at the overall scheduling, plus the re-ordering of
priorities and details. I love order
anyway, but this new discipline brought an unexpected new freedom…and joy! I’m smiling as I write this because one of my
neighbors asked if I had ever been in the military. She marveled at being able to almost set her
own clock as she observed Pax and I maintaining our new schedule.
greatest delight came with new opportunities for sim lev and halakh.
You see, with my Western mindset I often found myself reading Scripture as
an intellectual, almost academic pursuit.
But the Eastern way: “…is to sim lev, to set Scripture
upon your heart, over and over again, so much so that it can’t help but seep
into your heart—to consume the Scripture so much that it becomes who you are.”*
Then teaching would illustrate how
the Scripture would be walked out halakh. Jesus often did this using parables. And Jesus and His disciples walked everywhere! (You might want to pause here and glance at a
blog posted below on Monday, June 8, 2020.)
That, was the
ultimate gift the Lord deposited into this season. He used Pax to carve out precious,
sacred space and time for me to walk in His sim lev Presence. My morning devotions stuck with me in a new
way because I was revisiting them over and over again during each walk - halakh. It was a discipline that allowed God’s Word
to seep down into the concrete particulars of my life…to become who I am. Truly it was the best use of my time and it
actually was God’s gift to me using Miss Pax.
friends, how are you approaching Scripture…intellectually or with sim lev? And…how are you ordering your time? Have you done a mini-inventory lately? Linked to this blog (and in the side bar) are
two helps to get you started: “Seize the
Time” and “Ten Keys to Peace.”
Kristi, “Jesus & Women: In The First Century and Now”, Lifeway Press, Tennessee,