be Still

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. Ask Him to join you in your be still and silent moment. Release all the distractions clamoring for your attention. Take a few deep breaths in and really start to slow yourself down a bit. 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...

Yearning for Rest

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.  Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (Psalm 62:1-2) The stress had been mounting. Months of questions, of knowing I, the fixer, could not fix anything. Neck muscles had tightened, harboring all the feelings I had felt. My heart yearned for rest, for a reprieve. I did not want to escape, I simply wanted to breathe deeply without interruption. I wanted, if only for a moment, to have nothing required of me. A few hours void of questions, of providing entertainment, meals, and discipline: that is what I longed for. My soul cried out for rest. With my husband’s blessing, I journeyed out of town, alone. I raised my hand in praise as my first evening involved a worship night with Kari Jobe and Christine Caine. Truth filled every corner of the room as thankfulness bubbled within me. Tears from laughter mingled with tears from the weight I had been carrying. Burdens were replaced with restoration. A heart’s cry for rest was replaced with holy thanks. Among precious friends, I exhaled. I ran from nothing, but ran to the One who loves me, who knows me best. Nothing was required of me, nothing expected, only that I be there. There is power and beauty in rest. Matthew 11:27-29 speaks of the rest found only in Him. In Christ alone we will find rest for our souls. In the beginning as God created all, He also created the Sabbath. The Father knew our wayward hearts would need rest....

Nappy New Year!

Okay, I don’t mean to sound like a party pooper, not at all. But for a couple of years now, I haven’t had the same spring in my step on January 1st as I’ve had in the past. It’s not a depression or a grumpy frumpyness. The better word is drained. Pooped. Spent. While everyone else is jumping on the treadmill and cleaning out closets, I’m yawning and yearning for a long nap, if only to wake up when it’s spring. 😉 Don’t take off your party hats or your workout clothes. I’m rejoicing with you “get ‘er done” types in spirit, pinky promise. I’m sure much of it is the season of life I’m in. But the one cool thing is that in my weariness, I’m that much more eager to be rejuvenated spiritually. So instead of falling into bed for a nap-filled season, I prepare to find rest on my knees instead. To pause and ponder God’s faithfulness and goodness. How His mercies are new and always present. How He rebuilds and restores and redeems. How amazing His sovereign acts are. How He never grows tired or weary. The Lord shows me to rest in the Truth of His Word, reminding me that He lightens loads, adjusts attitudes and compassionately conforms His children to His image as they diligently seek Him. That He is willing to save and to sanctify us through and through. And I am revived again. So this is my decision. To wait just a liiiiitle longer to get my goals on, okay? I need the time to rest, regroup and recoup in my...

Running in Place

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”-Psalm 46:10 (NIV) The sabbatical was a much needed break and something I really needed. For the longest time, I felt like I was going a mile a microsecond and there was no more fuel in the tank. Every have that happen? You’re driving and you know you should have fuel the vehicle, but instead, keep going, “One more mile, one more mile,” only to find yourself, near empty and barely coasting into the nearest fuel station? That was how I felt. I was running empty on ideas, in need of inspiration and felt short of nourishment but instead of stopping and taking a short break and recharge, I kept going and going. How often do our souls sometimes feel like that? We are running on empty, there are those moments of drought and no nourishment seems to be coming in and we just want or need that quick refuel to keep us going so we really, just don’t have time to stop. Be still. Wait. Turn it over to Him and stop trying to do it ourselves. That’s easier said then done. Even on sabbatical, rather than taking a step back and resting; I found myself going a mile a second, brain just busy and getting involved with projects, everything but….oooooo…”be still”. This command — “be still” — forces us to think on two things: that we are finite, and that God is infinite. That being the case, we need to drop our hands, go limp, relax,...