Opening Prayer: My heart is not lifted up, O Lord; my eyes are not raised too high. I do not concern myself with great matters, or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, both now and forevermore. Amen.
Scripture: Psalm 131:1-3
Journal: What do you need to be weaned of in order to experience the stillness and quietness that God desires for you?
Me: Lord Jesus, my desire to be noticed and valued is insatiable. It makes me feel so needy and helpless most of the time. It keeps me running from person to person, from activity to activity, and from achievement to achievement, trying to satisfy something deep in my heart and soul.
Jesus: How is that working out for you?
Me: Not very well, I’m afraid. It just leaves me frustrated and exhausted, which turns me into the worst possible version of myself: fearful, manipulative, controlling, insecure. It seems like no matter how hard I try, it is never enough.
Jesus: That’s because those things were never meant to fully satisfy you; you can never get enough of them. They will always leave you wanting more.
Me: Well then, what am I to do?
Jesus: Come to me. Still your feet and quiet your soul. Stop trying so hard to be somebody and simply find your value, and your rest, in me. Become like a weaned child in the loving embrace of its mother: at rest, at peace, and totally content. You must truly believe that I am enough for you, and then you must let me be.
Closing Prayer: Still my feet, O Lord, and shut my mouth. Calm my spirit and quiet my heart. Let me climb up into your great arms of love and rest in the beauty and the wonder of your loving embrace. Wean me off of the oxygen of applause and attention and let me breathe the life-giving breath of your Spirit instead. Amen.