Welcome to The Daily Still Podcast - A Place to Pause. Here we create space to listen for the whispers of God. Each episode features a short devotional-style, guided meditation, offering room to “be still” in the midst of the busyness of life. We position ourselves to hear God’s Voice, allowing Him to bring alignment and peace to our whole being. Host Cindy Helton is a spiritual guide and coach for stillness gatherings and retreats. She has practiced and led guided Christian meditation for over a decade. Her passion is helping others notice and become more aware of the Presence of God.
Psalms of Affirmation - Pondering The Psalms
Practicing stillness is about learning to hear God and become in tune with our true selves. It’s a willingness to slow down and pay attention…to surrender to the mystery of… God’s transforming Presence.
In this place of loving communion, we let go of our expectations and rest in the grace of our relationship as dearly loved children of God.
We find rest and hope in knowing that we do not need to be successful, perfect, or sinless, to hang out with God. There is no place for striving. Unconditional love welcomes us as we are….
As we conclude our Monday Meditation series on Pondering the Psalms, I’d like to address the question…
How can I hear clearly from the Holy Spirit?
Or how do I know it’s God I’m hearing and not just my own thoughts.
Silence and stillness are helpful pathways to hearing God more clearly and recognizing the Voice of Divine guidance. The more we practice, the better we become at discerning the still small voice of God. In the
Here are a few helpful tips in practicing listening prayer:
How to practice listening prayer
Listening prayer is more than just listening with our ears… we listen with the eyes of our heart. We engage our body soul, mind and spirit. That means undistracted attention given to our times of seeking to hear from God. We lean into God’s embrace with an openness to receive. We breathe in the Spirit of God.
As you come to God with your question or request for guidance…Trust God is with you and always listening with undivided attention. Wait in silence for God to speak. Don’t rush this process. God’s Word encourages us to wait upon the Lord…We wait for God to reveal Himself to us. There are unlimited ways God’s Divine Presence is revealed to us. There is always more to know and experience about our infinite Creator. Pay attention to any Scripture, songs, impressions, or pictures that come to mind and write them down. Continue to ask God more questions about what you heard, thought, or any visual impressions that came to mind. Carry God’s word with you. Put into practice the guidance you received, Keep listening and looking for confirmation in scripture and from others. Turn God’s Word into positive affirmations allowing God’s Words to continue to speak over your life
So today, I invite you to relax and lean into the embrace of the Holy One as you meditate on these Psalms of affirmation. Scripture Affirmations are helpful statements of Truth that we can memorize and repeat to encourage positive thoughts and beliefs about our self and how God sees us.
There will be spaces for you to embody these truths and engage your body, soul, mind and spirit as we turn each affirmation into a breath prayer.
Pray each breath prayer 2 or 3 times in the rhythm of your natural breathing…
Psalm 116:1-2 I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
Inhale: I love you Lord
Exhale: Because you listen to me
Psalm 139:1 O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.
Inhale: Thank you Lord
Exhale: that I am known by you
Psalm 139: 13-14
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body,
Your workmanship is marvelous-how well I know it!
Inhale: You made me O God
Exhale: I am a marvelous creation
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered.
Inhale: Precious thoughts of me
Exhale: are always on God’s mind
Praise the Lord, who is my rock. He is my loving ally and my fortress, my tower of safety, my rescuer. I take refuge in him.
Inhale: God is on my side
Exhale: He is my loving ally
The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation.
Inhale: God is good to me
Exhale: His compassion for me is endless
May all who search for you be filled with joy an
Ordinary Time - Pondering The Psalms
In this episode of the podcast, we’ll consider what it looks like to practice the presence of God in the ordinary moments of our life.
The Christian Church celebrates 7 distinct seasons in the Church calendar year. The season begins with advent, then Christmas, Ephiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and Ordinary time.
In our daily lives, we keep track of activities and special events with a calendar. Throughout the centuries, the Church has followed a calendar of special days, feasts and seasons too. Each season plays an important role in our faith journey as we remember and celebrate the gift of our salvation in Jesus Christ.
The majority of the Church calendar year is spent in Ordinary Time, as we live out the ordinary moments of life.
The ancient rhythms of prayer and meditation, remind us of the human story and great cloud of witnesses that have gone before us, giving testimony to the love of God through Christ.
Our passion and purpose at The Daily Still Podcast is to help others notice and pay attention to God’s Presence with us in the every day moments.
Every moment is holy.
Every moment is sacred — whether we are planting flowers, helping our neighbor, doing laundry, tending to a child, laughing, crying, preparing a meal, grieving, working, loving, vacationing, studying, playing, dreaming, hoping, praying.
In everything Christ is with us! Christ is in us!
Christ is for us!
There’s a Divine invitation with your name on it to pull away from the busyness, distractions, and details that consume you.
It’s an invitation to live in the Divine Presence of God — now.
What would it look like if we truly lived from a place of Divine companionship?
Where will you notice God with you today?
As you listen to these scriptures from the Book of Psalms, picture how they apply to each aspect of your life.
You are He who took me from the womb…from my mother’s womb you have been my God. Psalm 22:9-10
In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8
Psalm 90:16-17 Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands.
My God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help?
How precious is your unfailing love, O God!
All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.
8 You feed them from lthe abundance of your own house,
Letting them drink from mthe river of nyour delights. Psalm 36:7-8
The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.Psalm 147: 3
Praise the Lord! I will thank the Lord with all my heart. How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! Psalm 111:1-2
I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done.
The Breath of God and Pentecost - Guest Meditation by Olly Ryder
This week we focus on The Breath of God and Pentecost with a special guest meditation by Olly Ryder from Plymouth England. Olly is an Anglican priest and church planter, and runs a city centre resource church with his wife, Ali.
Olly shared Christian meditation has helped him slow down and tap into more stillness, silence and solitude, experiencing the undercurrent of God’s Spirit beneath all the surface noise.
Here are some of Olly’s tips:
Practicing Silence & Solitude - Alongside my normal daily devotional practices such as 5 year journaling, bible reading and extempore prayer, I now incorporate a lot more silent prayer, biblical meditation and solitude including:
1 - Timer - As part of my morning prayers I now set a timer on my phone for 5/10 or 15 minutes, open with a short prayer and then sit in silence in God's presence. When the timer finishes I have a gentle alarm to end the time - and sometimes treat myself to another session! Initially 5 minutes felt a long time, now it feels as if I'm just getting going. The Daily Still has been a great spring board in cultivating silence and tuning into God's voice and continues to be a great help.
2 - Meditation - I've been memorizing and using different set prayers and verses of scripture, particularly the Psalms, as a tool for prayer. During the night if I wake and start worrying about something I'll try and replace my worries by reciting a Psalm in my mind or even just a word or phrase such as 'the Lord is my shepherd', or 'good Shepherd', or 'Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy' or one word such as 'Peace'.
3 - Nature - I've also been finding deliberately noticing nature so helpful and soul filling. My phone camera roll is now filled with photographs of flowers and trees! I've also got some binoculars to spot birds. Often on a Saturday morning as a family we will go for a walk with some hot chocolate, cream and marshmallows and spend time in God's creation just slowing down and cutting out some of the distractions.
4 - Exercise - Exercise continues to be key in maintaining soul peace. I enjoy walking, running and wild swimming.
5 - Reading - It's been so helpful over this year in particular to read some books that fill my soul. I've been enjoying some of Eugene Peterson's books, he's got a very contemplative pace.
Vicar // St Matthias Plymouth
Grieving a Tragedy - Psalm 57 - Pondering The Psalms
Today we offer a meditation on Grieving a Tragedy. Here in the United States, we have recently experienced the pain and trauma of gun violence in an elementary school in Texas, a grocery store in New York, and a church in California.
We can become desensitized and unable to process so much tragic news. Often words alone seem inadequate. We need silence in the presence of a Holy God.
So today we make space to grieve and mourn for those who are mourning. We make space to get in touch with our own feelings and emotions. And we make space to consider how God is calling us to action and to show compassion to those hurting.
We’ll be meditating on a prayer from Psalm 57, TPT. We invite you to prepare a quiet place for this time of meditation. Perhaps light a candle. Don’t rush or hurry this time. Linger as long as you need to process your feelings.
Have mercy on me, O God…for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 57:1 NLT
These are the 19 children and 2 teachers whose lives were taken at Robb Elementary School mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas:
Alexandria Aniyah Rubio, 10
Amerie Jo Garza, 10
Tess Marie Mata, 10
Jose Flores, 10
Miranda Mathis, 11
Maite Rodriguez, 10
Makenna Lee Elrod, 10
Xavier Lopez, 10
Eliana Garcia, 9
Layla Salazar, 10
Eliahana Cruz Torres, 10
Alithia Ramierz, 10
Jackie Cazares, 10
Annabelle Rodriguez, 10
Jailah Silguero, 10
Jayce Luevanos, 10
Uziyah Garcia, 9
Nevaeh Bravo, 10
Rojelio Torres, 10
Eva Mireles, 44
Irma Garcia, 46
Dr. John Cheng, 52
These are the names of the lives taken in the Buffalo, New York Grocery Store mass shooting:
Roberta A, Drury, 32
Margus D. Morrison, 52
Andre Mackneil, 53
Aaron Salter, 55
Geraldine Talley, 62
Celestine Chaney, 65
Heyward Patterson, 67
Katherine Massey, 72
Pearl Young, 77
Ruth Whitfield, 86
Psalms of Seeking - Pondering The Psalms
Today’s meditation focuses on a medley of Psalms expressing a longing for more of God. As you join us in this practice of Christian meditation, know you’re being drawn by Divine Love. So we come as a response to this Divine invitation.
How do we begin? Simple with sincerity of desire. God always gives us His undivided attention. In this space, we take a few moments to give God our undivided attention.
We live in a fast paced, noisy world. Slowing down and waiting on God is hard. It takes patience and practice. But slowly, we begin to see a shifting in our awareness of God. We become more attuned to the still small voice that is whispering to our spirits.
As we read and meditate on The Living Word, we are hearing God! So let these words wash over you and refresh you.
There will be pauses after each verse for your own contemplation. As you listen, repeat the word or phrase that resonates with your soul.
Psalm 48:9, Psalm 62:1, 63:1, 62:6, Psalm 1:2-3, Psalm 105:4, Psalm 89:15, Psalm 31:19-20 Psalm 42:5, Psalm 70:4, Psalm 84:9-11
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Psalm 23 and Psalm 63 - Pondering The Psalms
This meditation focuses on Psalm 23 and Psalm 63. Both Psalms are written by David, the shepherd. As you ponder these Psalms, notice the personal nature of the Psalmist’s relationship to God.
Psalm 23 is known as The Shepherd’s Psalm. What beautiful hope is found in the promise of God as our Shepherd and Guide, pursuing us all the days of our lives.
Psalm 63 was written while David was hiding in the wilderness of Judah, yet David proclaims joy, protection and provision is found in the Presence of God.
Whatever you may be facing, we invite you to settle in and enjoy a few moments of stillness as the Shepherd of your soul guides you to the still waters of rest.
Scripture References: Psalm 23 TPT, Psalm 23:6 CSB, Psalm 63
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