One Minute Pause Journal by John Eldredge

One Minute Pause Journal by John Eldredge

Do you need a break and a chance to start over? Are you prepared to discover the serenity and connection your spirit longs for? Embark on a journey with John Eldredge, the renowned author of New York Times bestsellers, as he assists you in altering the trajectory of your life through the simple act of contemplation and relaxation.

In a world brimming with ceaseless distractions and a relentless news cycle, where the demands of daily existence from work, family, friends, and community seem never-ending, many of us find ourselves devoid of any free time—unable to pause, reflect on what truly matters, or forge a deeper connection with the divine. Despite our fervent desire for a few moments of tranquility, we remain clueless about how to decelerate and change our direction.

John Eldredge has personally experienced the toll of perpetual busyness and has created the exceedingly popular One Minute Pause app, which countless users have hailed as a lifeline during challenging periods. In his latest work, The One Minute Pause Journal, Eldredge ventures even further to help you cultivate a daily practice of intentional interruption and contemplation.

Within this ninety-day guided journal, an extensive introduction provides theological and practical insight into the art of pausing. Each entry comprises morning and evening prompts, scriptures, prayers, and space for journaling. These are designed to:

  • Encourage you to relinquish everything to God and restore your bond with Him.
  • Show you how to invite God more completely into every aspect of your life.
  • Assist you in prioritizing what truly matters.

If you are eager to embark on a fresh start, allow The One Minute Pause Journal to serve as your invaluable companion along the way.

Discovering Freedom and Rest: The One Minute Pause for Restoring Your Soul

Welcome, friends! I’m so glad you could join me here in this six-part series called “Get Your Life Back: Everyday Practices for a World Gone Mad.”

My premise is simple: the world has gone off the rails and it’s trying to take our hearts and souls with it. Just think about the pace of life right now. Everyone is so busy, running from one thing to another. Communication has become instantaneous, but are we really connecting?

We’re living at the pace of technology, trying to keep up with the endless notifications and likes. But the big lie is that all this technology was supposed to give us more time and freedom. Instead, it has increased our workload and brought chaos into our lives.

Are You Happy?

How would you rate your soul these days? Are you happy and rested? Do you look forward to the future? Or are you constantly exhausted and numb?

Most of us have lost the ability to truly enjoy life. We’re stretched thin, constantly on the go. But here’s the good news: this is not the life that God made you for. Jesus can show us the way out.

In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus invites us to come to Him and find rest: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

The One-Minute Pause

Jesus began to show me a number of simple daily practices that would help me breathe again, get my life back, and restore my soul. It all started with something as simple as the one-minute pause.

I realized that I was constantly on the go, never taking a moment to pause and just be still. So Jesus encouraged me to take just 60 seconds in my day to pause, release everything, and breathe. Not to pray or make lists, but to simply let my soul catch up to me.

The one-minute pause has become an utter rescue for me. It’s a moment of stillness in the midst of chaos. And it’s not easy—it takes practice. But if we can learn to take just 60 seconds to be quiet, we can begin to find peace and connection with ourselves and with God.

Benevolent Detachment

In addition to the one-minute pause, Jesus taught me the practice of benevolent detachment. It’s about releasing everything to Him and realizing that we are not the saviors of the world. We can’t carry the weight of it all.

In 1 Peter 5:7, we are instructed to “cast all your cares upon Him, because He cares for you.” We can’t solve all the world’s problems or carry the burdens of others. We need to learn to release everything to Jesus and let Him take care of it.

This practice has become a lifesaver for me. I’ve learned to let go of my worries and concerns, giving them over to God. It’s a freeing experience that allows me to find peace and rest in the midst of chaos.

Trying It Yourself

I encourage you to try the one-minute pause and benevolent detachment for yourself. Take 60 seconds, a couple of times a day, to pause and release everything. Let your soul breathe and catch up to you.

This may seem challenging at first, but with practice, you’ll begin to see the benefits. It’s a simple practice that can make a world of difference in your daily life.

In the next part of this series, we’ll explore more practices that will help you get your life back and restore your soul. Stay tuned!

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