Friday, October 1, 2010

Being Still

Since I wrote the last post I feel the holy spirit inside me saying "BE STILL" over and over... it comes across my mind throughout the week. Then I quickly shrug it aside thinking I can't be still .. there is just too much to do. I wrestle with oh tomorrow morning I will get up earlier and then i can be still, then I end up saying after I finish cleaning the kitchen, or then doing laundry, take my kids to school, while Jonas is down for a nap, return those phone calls or emails to friends/family, then maybe I can try to find some quiet time. Oh, then I think I can't do quiet time in this room because it's a mess too.. let me clean it first then I will feel better and be able to focus more. Then after the room is clean it's time to pick the kids up from school.. and I'm left with no stillness with God :) It's a vicious cycle! A blind spot a lot of people face everyday. It's again a part of the rat race of going throughout our day and not finding the time to pour into what is really important. Why is God sometimes the last on my list? Just about every Monday I'm writing down the weekly things I need to get done .. stressing to get them all accomplished. I really do crave that time with God! When I do it boy it's rewarding and has given me such inner strength to carry my day so differently. Instead of writing the Monday list why don't I rely on God to set my priorities more?
I have come to realize with my restless heart is craving me to be quiet and still. We can't hear God if we are constantly on the move going and doing the next thing without seeking him. I want to train myself to be quiet. I want so desperately to train myself to not open my mouth in arrogance or complaining either..whew it's hard but a must! Let's guard ourselves from the complaining as it's just toxic and can control our thoughts so quickly. Most importantly I want to put GOD first and let him order my days.
What if we took our priorities and rearranged them to what was really important to God? What would our days look like? What if we seriously stopped to be still and listen to God to where he wants us next? What would that look like in our lives? Think of all the possibilities of how he could use you. I don't know about you but I would love to be used more than just for my cleaning skills:)
I have a prayer for you and me
Dear Lord,
I want to live this day abundantly, seeing all there is to see, doing all there is to do for your kingdom. Help me not to be distracted by future concerns as it's in your hands. Each day help me to see as a gift, and help me to live within the confines of today. Much of my energy for abundant living spills over the timeline into tomorrow's worries or past regrets. The remaining energy is sufficient only for limping through the day, not for living it to the fullest. Please retrain my focus on your presence that's always with me and help me put aside the distractions that keep me from receiving abundant life which flows freely from you.
This may seem overwhelming to fight off all the distractions that keep us from God. My first step is to get my body in the right place and be still to listen closely on what the holy spirit is leading me to do next. Let's truly uncover the blind spots in our lives and surrender them to the Lord! Think of the endless possibilities it may bring!

1 comment:

Kristin said...

Thanks for sharing such a NEEDED message! I have been thinking those same things and your words just sunk into my soul. I'll be praying for you as I'm praying for the same thing for me! p.s. I've so enjoyed following your blog