One Minute Challenge


Years ago I heard a woman share about a one-minute-challenge that I thought was powerful, and I can say from experience it is. She suggests sitting quietly for one minute a day, being still before the Lord (use stop watch on phone) and say to God, “I’m just here to tell you I love you, Lord.” In this moment of stillness peace and calmness come. In this moment of stillness the Holy Spirit can speak. In this moment of stillness the presence of God can be felt. In this moment of stillness answers to problems can come. In this moment of stillness strength is found.

In my life I often find that that one minute of stillness easily increases to a longer length of time. I find that words of praise just seem to automatically jump out of my mouth. I can’t seem to keep from offering words that express how much I thank Jesus for loving me. Just pondering this love overwhelms me and moves me.

I even find my posture during this still time makes a difference. I don’t know exactly why it does, but it does. That posture is on my knees. I have to admit that this posture is very difficult for me. It’s something I’m pretty sure is related to pride, laziness, or a desire for comfort. A bended knee is a posture of humility.

I am reminded of a powerful song sung by Jaci Velazques from years ago:

There are days when I feel the best of me is ready to begin.

Then there days when I feel I’m letting go and soaring on the wind.

‘Cause I’ve learned in laughter or in pain, how to survive.


I get on my knees, I get on my knees.

There I am before the love that changes me.

See I don’t know how, but there’s power

When I’m on my knees


Oh Lord, help me take a moment everyday to be still in your presence, acknowledging how much I love you and thanking you for the perfect, unconditional love you have for me.

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord Almighty is with us, the God of Jacob is our fortress.


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