be Still

be Still 2014 Melissa Mashburn

In our society, we are always on the go. Our to-do lists are constantly running through our heads and chances are even as we skim over this we are thinking of all the other things we still have to do today.

Oh my, sweet friends, it’s time for us to stop the running, the chasing, and the endless pursuit of what the world tells us that we should want–
– money
– status
– stuff
– more _______ (fill in the blank)
…and stop long enough to simply be still.

Just for a moment.

Come on, try it.

Just be still, take a deep breathe in then exhale slowly.

Don’t text, tweet, instagram or update your status (ha, caught you!) — there’ll be time for that later.

Right now though, let’s try to simply be still and see what God does.

Listen, I’m not great at this either, I’m about as “Dory” as they come, but it is something I’ve been challenged on lately and wanted to share some of what I’m learning through it with you.

Here’s what you can do to get started on learning to be still.

  1. Ask Him to join you in your be still and silent moment.
  2. Release all the distractions clamoring for your attention.
  3. Take a few deep breaths in and really start to slow yourself down a bit.
  4. Wait for Him to come sit beside you.

I’ve found that it’s best to do before your days gets away from you, but here’s a little heads up as you get started.

I can guarantee you that it will not be easy at first.
Everything around you will fight for your attention.
Everything in you will wiggle as your mind starts to fill up with the to-do list of the day.
Push through it, it’s so worth it when you do.

In the beginning it could start out as just five minutes. There’s no pressure and no time limit. There’s just a desire to start. 

Persevere sweet sister — He wants to sit with you today. He wants to hear your heart and what’s on your mind, but more than anything He just wants to be with you. To see you rest. To see you seek Him. To see you grow to be more like Him.

Once you do, I pray that you cherish that time, that you will pursue Him and those moments of stillness and silence. Let’s face it, most of our days are spent with noise and busyness…how much greater will they be with those pockets of peace built in them?

I can’t wait to see what happens in our life when we start to make time to be still.

What about you…

  • Can you think of a time today when you can practice being still?
  • What challenges do you think you’ll experience as you seek out some time to be still?
  • What can you do to be preventative with those challenges?

Melissa Mashburn

Melissa is a woman who is passionately pursing God every day by taking her everyday, ordinary life and placing it as her offering to Him. With a heart to "keep it real" her life and ministry is all about "Real Women, Real Life, Real Faith" in action. She's an author, speaker, Pastor's Wife, Connections Director at her church, ministry leader and more importantly mom to two adult sons, Nick & Bailey. Melissa has been married to her best friend, her true North, Matt for 22 years, they live and enjoy ministry life in Sunny South Florida.

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5 Comments

  1. Great advice, and definitely worth the effort, as God satisfies in ways I had not imagined. The words from Matt Redman’s Your Grace Finds Me (I’m breathing in Your grace, and breathing out Your praise) has helped me learn another way to “be still” before God. I breathe in while reflecting on breathing in His grace, and then breathe out a praise, whatever comes to mind first. After a few breaths of grace and “puffs” of praise, I am still before Him, amazed and ready to listen for His voice!

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    • Oh wow, Faith, I loved when you said this … “After a few breaths of grace and “puffs” of praise, I am still before Him, amazed and ready to listen for His voice!” That’s so good, thanks for stopping by and sharing that, have a great day! 🙂

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    • Yes, Faith, I totally agree with you about that song! Even the rhythm of it causes you to be breathing Him in. I often find myself repeating just that part of that song!!

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  2. Psalm 46:10 is one of my favorite verses!! I think of it as God saying, “Hush now! You just sit there and watch and see what I am going to do!” I can get in such a tizzy about things, get all worked up trying to figure it out and that’s when that verse pops into my head and I know I need to STOP me and watch and wait.

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  3. This touched me so much back when it was published. My Mom suffers with Alzheimer’s and on that particular day, she and I had taken a nice walk in the beautiful spring weather. We decided to sit in her and Dad’s swing under a tree. A cool breeze was blowing and we could hear peaceful sounds of nature. Mom relaxed and closed her eyes so I decided to try to practice being still. I held my Mom’s hand as we gently swinged and I followed the instructions in your post.

    After about 4 minutes I heard the Holy Spirit whisper to me, “You will have many more days like this with her in Heaven.” This was so magnificent for me! Thank you for the steps to follow to gain so much joy and peace.

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