Be Still

“Be still and know that I am God.”

This verse has become my personal mantra. Well, technically it is only part of the verse, but for me, it is the most relevant. The whole verse reads,

Be still, and know that I am God:

I will be exalted among the heathen,

I will be exalted in the earth.

Psalm 46:10

But with everything going on in our crazy world, I find the first part to be the most applicable for me. I oftentimes find myself breaking it down farther into two separate pieces. The first part is “Be still…” Be still…seriously, how hard has this become for us in today’s world? There are constant distractions. Between social media, instant streaming of any movie or tv show you want, music, and just overall noise, our brains become quickly overloaded and saturated with stimuli. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy being able to hop on the internet and look up information about anything I want. It is especially helpful when the children ask a question that I don’t know how to answer! But on the other hand, I have such a hard time just sitting still for a minute with nothing to distract me. If I find myself with a minute during the day to just sit, I often will browse Pinterest. Again, not a bad thing in and of itself, but it is so easy to kill a couple minutes to a couple of hours just browsing. And the problem is, that my mind is not at rest. Even though I am sitting still, I am not still. My brain is still soaking in all the pictures, reading the blurbs, and contemplating which projects I want to try.

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I admire the moms who get up before their families and have quiet time with their Bibles and God in the morning. This just isn’t feasible for me. Honestly, my quiet time with God is at night when I’m putting G to bed while my husband puts the older ones to sleep. And maybe it isn’t the “best” time, but it is what works for me right now. During this time, I really try and focus on being still with differing amounts of success. Sometimes I just sit quietly in the dark with my eyes closed and listen to what I feel God is putting on my heart. Other times, I pour out whatever is troubling me to God. Everything comes out in a rush and when that happens, I will hear Him telling me to be still. Because God wants peace for us. He doesn’t want us to be troubled, or constantly on the go. It isn’t healthy for our minds or our bodies to never have time to just Be Still.

The second part that I break this verse into is “and know that I am God:”. Oh boy, what a doozy for me. I have such a hard time sometimes handing my fears, worries, and troubles over to God. I have such a hard time letting Him lead. This is a constant struggle for me. I am trying. I am constantly praying about it. And He is constantly challenging me!

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If we, as a society and as individuals, could just BE STILL for a minute. Just stop, and KNOW that God is God, what kind of wonders could He work in us? If we could just stop, and take some time out of our hectic days and stop our brains from being in constant overload, what kind of peace might we find?

And once we have found that peace, might we not then praise Him for helping us to reach that attainable peace He wants for all of us?

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Do Not Fear

rockWhy do we find it so hard to let go of control? When we are young, we plan out what our lives are going to be like when we get older. Sometimes these plans come true, sometimes they don’t. When I was little, I wanted to be a ballerina dancer, artist, chef, and preschool teacher. Funnily enough, I am all of these things…I just don’t get paid for them in cash! 🙂

I do find it hard to let go of control, though. (Just ask my husband!) I am trying, and I am praying, and I hope, against hope, that I am learning. There is just something about not being in control that fills so many of us with fear. What if it doesn’t work out? What if I let go and something bad happens? Well, what if I don’t let go and something bad happens anyways?

If we don’t relinquish control of where and what we think should be happening in our lives, we miss out on so much. We miss out on opportunities God is trying to lead us towards. If we never let go, He can never take over. And if He never takes over, is it a life fully lived?

Isaiah 41:13

 For I am the Lord your God  

who takes hold of your right hand

and says to you, Do not fear;

I will help you.

If God says “Do not fear; I will help you,” then what are we so afraid of? Look towards God’s promises and remember that He will never leave us, nor forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6) If God is with us, who then can stand against us? (Romans 8:31)

When life leaves us feeling so overwhelmed with all the negativity coming our way, hold tight to the Word of God. Even though we may falter, He will always be there, as our loving Father, to pick us back up, put us on our feet, and walk beside us all the way. So don’t be afraid to let go. Don’t be afraid to let God take the wheel because that is exactly what we need to set us back on the path that ultimately brings us right to Him.

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Practice what you preach

mountainsSo remember how the other day I posted about that verse in Matthew that I love so much? Yeah, you know that one that tells us that God will provide for our every need? The one that says don’t worry about what you will eat, drink, or wear? Well, isn’t it just so timely when something you say comes back and applies so directly to your own life?

I was reminded of how I am constantly being called to apply this to my own life. You see, our cars have been having some…issues. As a homeschooling mom, I don’t drive every day. I usually only drive a couple of times a week; to the grocery store, to run errands, and to church. That’s pretty much it. So my car doesn’t really get a whole lot of use. My husband drives his car every day of the week to get to work, drive to wherever he needs to go during the day for work, and home.

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A couple of weeks ago, on our way to pay a visit to my brother and his wife, my car started smoking. As in, the oil line just died and needs to be replaced ASAP, type smoking. It wasn’t good. It also wasn’t the end of the world, but long story short, we ended up needing to get it towed. Then we had to have it fixed. Ugh. Then, a couple of days later, my husband’s car had issues. Then it needed to be fixed. Double Ugh. Then last week his car had more issues. Long story short-ish, his car needs to go to the shop, again. There is also possibly (please no) something wrong with my car…again.

 

So today I was driving home, with a car full of groceries and children, and I started worrying. Worrying about whether or not we were going to make it home. Worrying about what the heck was wrong with the car and how much is it going to cost this time? Worrying about how the persnicketies (insert some not so nice words here) we were going to pay for it. And I was reminded of Matthew 6:26-29 and I tried desperately to give it to God. To not worry about how we were going to pay for it, because let’s face it, besides getting our children home in one piece, that was the next biggest thing I was worrying about. And that is the LAST thing I should have been worrying about. Because every, single, time, something like this happens to us and I feel like we are never going to be able to make it work…it does work. God provides. He takes care of us. And I am reminded, again, and again, and again, that I don’t have to worry. God will take care of us and provide for us just like He promises.

You would think I would know this by now. I mean, how many times have things like this happened to us and we have been fine? Well, honestly, too many to count! So you would think I would stop worrying so much, but I have found this is not the case. God uses these incidents to teach us, over and over and however many times over we need it, that He is here. He loves us. He provides for us. He wants us to rely on Him. He calls us to Him constantly. It is our choice to respond to Him or not. That is the only thing in this life that we can control. We can control whether or not we answer God’s call.

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So whether it is in small things, or big things, we must remember to trust God. Trust that He is there, He loves us, and He will always provide for our needs, even when we have absolutely no idea how. So I am going to trust in God. I am choosing to believe that He will provide for whatever we end up needing. (and quietly hoping it won’t cost too much!) 🙂

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways submit to him,

and he will make your paths straight.

 

What causes you to worry the most? How does God show you He is always there?