My Grace-Full Life

5.24.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Be Still

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• My Kitchen Aid mixer is my second favorite appliance in the kitchen, right after my coffee maker.
I often use it to shred chicken…
But occasionally, when I flip the switch, it goes from a nice, leisurely Sunday stroll to “Mission Control, we’re ready for lift off” faster than I can react.
And that’s when I end up with chicken confetti all over the counter.
My brain works the same way.
From the moment I wake up until I go to sleep, my mind is constantly in motion.
Some days I can have a nice, steady pace of rational thoughts…
And on others, it’s like a Category 5 tornado in my head.
Either way you look at it, being mentally still is very, very hard for me to do.
It’s like that for most women…
In fact, that is such a universal truth, I’m convinced that if enough women read this, the collective nodding may shake the earth’s axis.
They say men are much better at just sitting without a constant barrage of thought.
Whether you sit still well or not, it’s something we’re called to do.
Psalm 37:7a says, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him…”
This morning, I decided to sit still to pray.
Between my reading time and prayer journaling, I sat.
Being quiet.
For seven whole minutes.
Not perfectly, mind you.
My approach included a mental litany of, “Okay, Lord, I’m going to sit here quietly before you right now. You can read my heart now. Holy Spirit, please go ahead and pray for me like it says You will in Romans 8:26-27… I’m being quiet and look forward to hearing whatever you want to put on my heart. See? This is me. Being quiet. I’m not technically speaking.”
I have to believe God laughs at my attempts to be still.
I’ll get there.
I’m trainable.
Because being still also includes listening.
We need this quiet time with our Heavenly Father so we can hear His small, quiet whispers (1 Kings 19:11-13).
He has much to say to us if when we are still before Him.
Today, as you pray, thank God for knowing what’s in our hearts and minds, and thank Him for being a personal God who cares.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be quiet before the Lord so that you can learn to discern His voice and wait patiently for Him.

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