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Thursday, August 02, 2012

Be Still

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I'm still reading my devotional book called Jesus Calling.  I read through it while I was sick and the words brought so much life and perspective during my fight.  The words are familiar as I read through it once again, and I find them sinking deeper into my soul.


Today's reading was so perfect for where I am at right now.  I feel the busy-ness and business of life pulling at me, and I have not taken the time to just Be Still lately.  At least not enough time.  This week I am going to do a better job at just being still.  I will be purposeful in taking some moments to just breathe, reflect, meditate and pray.

God often gives me things to read that affirm what had already been stirring in my heart.  Love that.

I had to share.

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Jesus Calling
by Sarah Young
March 27

BE STILL IN MY PRESENCE, even though countless tasks clamor for your attention.  Nothing is as important as spending time with Me.  While you wait in My Presence, I do My best work within you: transforming you by the renewing of your mind. If you skimp on this time with Me, you may plunge headlong into the wrong activities, missing the richness of what I have planned for you.

Do not seek Me primarily for what I can give you.  Remember that I, the Giver, am infinitely greater than any gift I might impart to you.  Though I delight in blessing My children, I am deeply grieved when My blessings become idols in their hearts.  Anything can be an idol if it distracts you from Me as your First Love.  When I am the ultimate Desire of your heart, you are safe from the danger of idolatry.  As you wait in My Presence, enjoy the greatest gift of all: Christ in you, the hope of Glory!

   Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is_his good, pleasing and perfect will
Romans 12:2

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. 
Revelation 2:4

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27




2 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this post. It's a great reminder to me that the Lord needs to always be a priority in my life - I struggle with truly being still before Him with the busyness and chaos that life brings, but when I do take time to be still before Him it is SO energizing and refreshing!!!!

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  2. Thank you, Amy, for posting this! "Be still" has become my mantra in my own cancer journey, in more ways than one...I was allowed to choose a phrase to go on a piece of jewelry being created to raise funds to help cover my family's medical expenses, and after much prayer and input from close friends, I decided that "be still" was the obvious choice. It resonates so deeply with so many!

    I love the translation of Psalm 46:10 that says to "Cease striving" and know that He is God...but my favorite discovery, recently, was that the phrase "be still" is translated from a phrase meaning "be weak"--in other words, it is a directive to CHOOSE to depend on God, not self. To stop trying so hard to control everything, and instead to let Him carry me. His burden is light, and He wants to exchange it for mine! So thankful.

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