a new morning and a deep breath

I took a deep breath this morning.  I should really do this more often.  It's cleansing.  Refreshes my brain and my heart… and probably all of my other organs as well. 

I stopped this morning, before tackling my list of things to do.  I remembered this morning to begin again.  A new creation.  I committed myself to silence for 30 minutes and laid out my concerns and desires to God.   Reluctantly, at first, but eventually with sincerity, I asked for forgiveness for my sin.  With deep yearning, I sat down and asked God to hear me… and asked God to help me hear him.  Then I shut up for a while and just tried to listen.  With much on my heart, it is good to sit down with the Lord.

Psalm 37 spoke volumes to me:  "Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart's desires.  Commit everything you do to the Lord.  Trust him, and he will help you.  He will make your innocence as clear as the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.  Be still in the presence of the Lord and wait patiently for him to act. – Psalm 37:3-7

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

One thought on “a new morning and a deep breath

  1. Thanks for this post Ken, I really needed to hear it today. Ps. 37:4 is an incredibly meaningful verse to me and I needed to be reminded of it again…I find it way to easy to neglect and forget about it’s importance in my life. It is so easy for me to go on living my life in pursuit of my own delights and desires that far too often I find myself having to ask myself, WHO am I really living for? I deeply want my desires to be what God’s desires are…
    May we continue delighting in Him.


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