1. Psalm 46 begins with "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear..." Is there anything in your life that you feel you are in need of refuge from? Spend some time praying to God and talking about what is bothering you, and asking for God's help. Find a trusted friend and share this feeling with them. One of the ways God provides refuge is through our friends.
2. For us to seek refuge in God, we first have to put our trust in God. What are some ways, perhaps examples from your own life, where you feel God has earned your trust?
3. Las week, you were invited to take a look at your checkbook as a way of determining whether your spending aligned with your core values. This week, take a look at your calendar. What spaces do you already to "be still" and come to a greater knowledge of God? If your calendar is full, what are some things you can readjust to create time?
4. Everyone has different ways of really connecting with God. What is the way you most clearly connect with God that is also accessible in your regular schedule?
Print out a copy of Psalm 46 or write it on an index card. Keep it with you throughout the week. Starting Monday morning, pray the words of Psalm 46 each day. When you find yourself in a stressful moment, take out the card and pray the Psalm again. At the end of the week, reflect on how keeping these words close affected your week.