Stillness for the Soul Drained

Wednesday

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;”

‭Psalm‬ ‭37:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I don’t wait well if I’m tired.

I don’t wait patiently if I am soul-drained and just telling me to “be still” doesn’t help me be still.

The Hebrew word used for “be still” in this verse doesn’t mean for your body to not move, it means to be silent.

It means to silent your mind, quiet the overthinking and obsessive worrying.

Stop talking about it.

Stop thinking about it.

Stop dwelling on it.

Calm your mind.

Clear your thoughts.

Create space in the silence.

Be in the quiet.

I know it is hard.

We aren’t used to it, so start with 60 seconds of quieting your mind. Bring it back to stillness when it wanders. Give yourself grace. If you make it 60 seconds, add 60 seconds more because in that silent space is the peace you are looking for. God is there waiting to meet you and you don’t need words, you need Him.  The longer you stay there, the stronger this “stillness muscle” grows, the more you will capture the grace of God to apply and live in today.

It is how you fill up your tired soul.

 

 

Be Still & Dance

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Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;”

‭Psalm‬ ‭37:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I don’t wait well if I’m tired.

I don’t wait patiently if I’m empty.

Just telling me to “be still” doesn’t help me be still.

The Hebrew word used for “Be still” doesn’t mean for your body to not move, it means to be silent.

Silent your mind, quiet the overthinking and obsessive worrying.

Stop talking about it.

Stop thinking about it.

Clear your mind.

No words.

Create space in the silence.

Be in the quiet.

Wait patiently:  I thought the meaning of this phrase would continue the thought of resting quietly but it actually means to move with energy.

It is the word “chuwl” and it means to twist, whirl, dance.

And while you wait, dance like you have nothing to worry about.

While you rest inwardly, dance outwardly.

If you don’t identify as a dancer, identify as a worshipper. Listen to your favorite song or the song God is using in your life right now and get lost in it.

Stop thinking about your situation and start worshipping your Savior.

Wait

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭37:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I don’t wait well if I’m tired. I don’t wait patiently if I’m empty. And just telling me to “be still” doesn’t help me be still.

To get to“be still” in Psalms 37:7, I have to start with“trust” in vs. 2.

Trust. Delight. Commit. Wait.

Start at trust– lean on the Lord.

Add delight– lean into the Lord.

Chose to commit– give it totally to the Lord.

Then be stillbefore the Lord.

Be still: The Hebrew word used here doesn’t mean for your body to not move, it means to be silent.

Silent your mind, quiet the overthinking and obsessive worrying.

Stop talking about it.

Stop thinking about it.

Clear your mind.

No words.

Create space in the silence.

Be in the quiet.

(Sabbath Rest: know you’re not God, celebrate, rest.)

Wait patiently:  I thought the meaning of this phrase would continue the thought of resting quietly but it actually means to move with energy.

It is the word “chuwl” and it means to twist, whirl, dance.

Trust. Delight. Commit. Wait.

And while you wait, dance like you have nothing to worry about.

While you rest inwardly, dance outwardly.

If you don’t identify as a dancer, identify as a worshipper. Listen to your favorite song or the song God is using in your life right now and get lost in it. Stop thinking about your situation and start worshipping your Savior.

Listen to your favorite worship song and get lost in it.

Stop thinking about your situation and start worshipping your Savior.

Trust. Delight. Commit. Wait.

Over the last 25 years, Those words have become like a Biblical mantra I go back to when I am walking through uncertain times and when I needed to stop looking at what everyone was doing and start focusing on what God wanted me to do.

Trust. Delight. Commit. Wait.

I love you and I am praying for you, my friend. Take some time to refill and center yourself on who you are in Christ.

 

Be Still

He says, “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)

I am on vacation with my family in the Pacific Northwest. We are camping in a Yurt (which is wonderful) and enjoying the lush green nature we are surrounded by.

Yesterday, I stood and looked up at the sky long enough to see the clouds move. It has been too long since I have done this.

I stood there long enough to feel.

To feel small under the big sky.

To feel wonder in the world around me.

To feel in awe of the beauty of creation.

To be still.

To still the thoughts that whirl.

To still the never ending plans.

To still the worry and the fret.

To know.

To know that God is magnificent.

To know that God is powerful.

To know that God is personal.

To know that God is.

He exists.

He creates.

He redeems.

He loves.

He lives.

When I get back home, I am going to make sure that I take some time to look up.

I will make some time to be still.

I will stay there long enough to feel the stillness settle my mind and allow God’s glory to permeate my spirit.

I will look up often to get perspective.

And you, my friend- get out and look up. Get out from underneath your ceilings and worries, lists and plans and look up. Look up at the sky long enough to see the clouds move.

Because perspective changes when you are still and know that He is God.

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Wait

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I rely on the Lord, I rely on him with my whole being; I wait for his assuring word. (Psalms 130:5 NET)

Sometimes the best thing to do is stand still.

To wait.

To be quiet.

To hush the incessant inner what-if’s of worry and dismiss the never ending to-do lists.

To bring your whole being in line with the truth of God’s Word and wait.

“Be still and know that I am God.
(Ps. 46:10)

“I own the cattle on a thousand hills.”
(Ps. 50:10)

“So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows”.
(Matt. 10:31)

“It is by grace you have been saved”. (Ephesians 2:5 NIV)

When you wait, you will hear.