My Grace-Full Life

7.11.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Be Still

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Being still is such a challenge, isn’t it?
From the time we’re toddlers and our parents asked if we had ants in our pants…
To the teenage years when sitting still was laughable (who sits still when they have car keys and a shiny new license?!).
Then we become functional adults with all kinds of responsibilities piled on.
Sitting still would be a luxury, but we’ve got dinner to make, laundry to fold, and Bobby’s game starts at 7!
It’s an ongoing mad dash to chaos and Friends, I don’t mean to brag, but I am really gifted at being too busy to sit still.
Hopefully, you read between the lines of my “insert-sarcasm-here” moment.
Every morning, I pray for the Holy Spirit to put a topic on my heart and to guide this process because I know I don’t have anything worthwhile to say that would keep this blog going…
But He does.
And I also pray for topics that will first bring honor and glorify Him, then help others, but also help myself.
And today, this is about me.
If you can relate, then it’s about us.
When is the last time you sat still?
Honestly, I don’t have a clue.
I get antsy if I’m not doing something.
The signature verse today is from Psalm 37:7a, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.”
Now, the message of this verse and the examples I’ve highlighted are two different types of being still.
But I think they are closely related.
Our verse is about waiting for God’s timing and listening for His direction so we can follow His will.
But our crazy, busy, never-sit-still-for-a-moment lives give us little time to sit and listen to what He has to say.
As impossible as it sounds, we’ve got to commit to sitting still in order to hear God’s voice.
I’m in.
Are you?
I crave God.
I want to feel close to Him and hear His voice.
So I am willing.
Even 15 minutes a day of just sitting quietly with God would be incredible.
This is separate from Bible study time, but it’s an opportunity to ponder His greatness and give Him the opportunity to speak to your heart.
Psalm 143:5b says, “I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands.”
I am excited to begin.
I can’t wait to see what 15 minutes of stillness with my Heavenly Father will do for my relationship with Him!
Today, as you pray, praise Him for His instruction to sit still.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you find ways to be still, be quiet, ponder the Lord, and listen.

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