Be Still

“Be still, and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10

What a beautiful verse.  It sounds so simple, and yet it is not.  At least not for me.

Sometimes I find it difficult to quiet my mind.  Anxiety presses in and I let daily stresses and worries take over my thoughts.  Sometimes I just let busyness get in the way—too much to do, or too many things to think about.  Even while I am sitting here trying to write this post, my thoughts are jumping around and I am struggling to find focus.

I know that God is in control.  And I know that He has always provided me with what I need. He has blessed me abundantly, and yet I continue to worry.  When I feel anxious, I often distract myself with busyness, TV, books, music, etc., instead of quieting my mind and soul, and handing my worries over to God.  When anxiety closes in, I need to be still and trust God.

I know that if I am doing what God has called me to do,  there will be time enough to do it.  And I know if I use His priority list, instead of mine, I won’t be too busy.  The things I need to accomplish will get done.  The things that can wait, will wait.  And the things that I don’t need to do at all, can be crossed off my list. When my body and mind are running in circles, I need to be still and focus on God.

I know that if I begin each day by spending quiet time with God, my stresses and worries will be fewer.  I will be better equipped to face any challenges that come my way.  And yet, I rarely do that. I am not a morning person, so I use that as an excuse to set my alarm a little later—leaving me just enough time to get ready for work, or church, or wherever I may be going.  When I am preparing for my day, I need to be still and seek God’s guidance.

Don’t misunderstand me.  I do spend time in prayer,  and I do take time to be still.  I just don’t do so as often as I should.  It’s not always my initial reaction.  I want to get to the place where my first response to worry, stress, anxiety, and excessive busyness is to stop, quiet my thoughts, and allow God to take control.  I need to find a place and time, free from distraction, where I can read the Bible, spend time in prayer, and sit quietly in the presence of God.  I need to do this everyday.  I want my life to show that I can be still and know that He is God.

How about you?  Is this something you struggle with also?

4 thoughts on “Be Still

  1. Vi Moon says:

    I do start my day with time for God. Bible reading is 1st then my morning walk gives me time to commune with God.
    See you shortly at Blooms for breakfast.

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  2. mimionlife says:

    I need to share time with God every day through prayer, reading His Word and sharing His love with others. There are times when I try to handle things on my own instead of going to Him first. I am working on going to Him first. 🙂

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