|Beautiful rose photo courtesy of Jeanne Henriques--Collage of Life|
"Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth!" Psalm 46:10
Somewhere along the way, I forgot how to be still. Having six children, and then entering the work force, I stayed active from morning until night, sometimes not sitting down all day. I even multitasked in the shower!
I know I'm not alone; in our society, we are expected to be productive. Some of us pride ourselves on how much we can accomplish in a day. Yet, it's easy to carry that too far. Overloaded and overwhelmed, consumed with my responsibilities, I ignored God's directives to be still and consider His wondrous works.
A dear friend asked me to slow down many times, before at last, I heeded her advice. At first, I actually needed to set the kitchen timer for thirty minutes in order to make myself sit still. I sat on my deck in the early evenings, watching the clouds drift by, listening to the birds. During those times, my soul became quiet and still; I communed with God in my heart and mind. Like the sun bursting from behind the clouds, joy burst into my heart. I experienced renewed peace as I took time to talk with God and rest in His presence. I believe God is truly pleased when I practice this Scripture.
I'm so thankful for my friend who reminded me that I needed to do this. I encourage you to take some time in your day to "be still and know Him".
"Hearken unto this, O Job; stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God." Job 37:14
|My backyard and deck. A peaceful place.|