Stillness for the Soul-drained

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

‭Psalm‬ ‭37:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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

Enter in a quiet space and wrap your soul in the love of God.

I know it is hard. You are worth it.

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.

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.

 

 

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.

 

Wait For It

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“it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. (‭Lamentations‬ ‭3‬:‭26‬ NIV)”

It is good to wait quietly.

Quietly here means “in silence”.

There is a time to stop wondering, worrying, analyzing and overthinking where you are or where you are supposed to be and just be quiet for a while.

God knows what is going on. He knows what will happen. He loves you.

The verse before this one is quoted all the time:

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” (‭Lamentations‬ ‭3‬:‭22-24‬ NIV)

Sometimes you need a break from yourself and allow hope to break though.

Instead of overthinking your life today, stop. Silence your mind and open your heart to hope.

New mercies are coming your way.