Blogs from the Beach: Selah Time

By Marnie Paffenroth – Hawaii Outreach Coordinator

It’s Monday
morning. I’ve been traveling, taxes are due (input is overdue), the house
is a mess and my office is worse. The call to “get caught up”
entices me – but whose voice is that, really?
Months ago I made a
commitment to myself, my Lord and my dog to spend Selah time at the beach on
Mondays. It’s truly the most enjoyable part of my week – and yet I often
treat it like a dental appointment – something I can get-to-later. When
I’m honest with myself I have to admit that something in this inner-battle is
very wrong. I’ve truly got a full sampling of Heaven’s and Earth’s
delights waiting for me – why would anything else, much less more work,
entice me?

How about you? Are you making time for reflection and communication with
Him? If Jesus needed to withdraw from the crowds and pray in solitary
places then, surely, so do we. After years of honoring the “god of
busyness,” I’ve come to believe this is an ongoing call to our soul –and an
ongoing battle. Will we really let the enemy win – when the prize is so
sweet? Who else but Jesus asks of us, “Come
to Me… and I will give you rest”?

Here’s my Selah schedule – perhaps you will
prayerfully consider a similar one of your own?    
Daily:  quiet time with Him in His Word
Weekly:  Selah time at the beach – a couple of hours to
pray, reflect, rejoice, and enjoy
Monthly or Bi-monthly: 
DAWG Day – Day Away With God – variations
from a few hours away
with a Moms in Prayer sister to an overnight alone, depending on life’s
Semi-annually or Annually:
a “true” multi-day times away with Him, such as our own Come to Me Retreat.  

If you trust in God’s economy (which is upside down from our own), I believe
you will understand the need for time away with Christ. As you practice this
joyful discipline, I also believe you will be much better prepared defensively when
the enemy comes to steal and destroy what you’ve committed to God. Jesus
said, in contrast, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the
full.” (see John 10:10) 
Choose full life, sweet sister. It trumps the
lie of busyness every time! Now… where is my towel?
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are
weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
 Matthew 11:28 (NLT)

Comments 6

  1. Love this, Marnie,
    You impact many women with you inspiration and love of your Savior.
    It was great praying with you last week and catching up over lunch.
    Enjoy that beach time.

  2. Beautifully expressed, Marnie! I'm sure many, many moms relate to years of honoring the "god of busyness". When we had toddler girls, you suggested that every week I cross something off my "to do" list; NOT after having completed it but BEFORE, to free myself from busyness that threatens to hold me captive. I still do that! I love the idea of creating a "Selah schedule" of my own!

    1. Perhaps your "Selah Schedule" will include another trip to Hawaii this year…? You helped teach me to "vacation right where I live". I'd love to share Oahu with you again.

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