You Need to Be Still if You Want Soul Satsifaction

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It's not waiting for perfect relationships that will give you contentment and soul satisfaction. It is running back to stillness—to time with the Father.

Is your soul satisfied?

What? I know you’ve never really thought about it.

What if I asked another way, “Is it well with your soul?”

It’s a phrase Christians say often, but what does it mean? How would you define your “soul.”

I grew up going to church. I married a minister. I pray and read the Bible, and I’m not sure I could do an adequate job of describing or defining my soul.

So, I turned to John Ortberg’s book, Soul Keeping.

”Your soul is not just something that lives on after your body dies. It’s the most important thing about you. It is your life.”

“Your soul is what integrates your will (your intentions), your mind (your thoughts and feelings, your values and conscience), and your body (your face, body language, and actions) into a single life.

Your soul is who you are.

You’ve heard the quote:

“Never tell a child, you have a soul. Teach him, you are a soul; you have a body.” ~George MacDonald

It's not waiting for perfect relationships that will give you contentment and soul satisfaction. It is running back to stillness—to time with the Father.

Ortberg also says the following about having a healthy soul…

“For the soul to be well, it needs to be with God.”

“A soul is healthy — well-ordered — when there is harmony between these three entities and God’s intent for all creation. When you are connected with God and other people in life, you have a healthy soul.”

We are restless until we rest in God and…

It is in stillness that you and I rest in God, connect with Him and become healthy. A healthy and satisfied soul blesses every relationship.

Soul Satisfaction Blesses Every Relationship

When I know how much I am loved . . . I love others better.
When I understand the extent of the forgiveness I’ve received . . . I am willing to forgive people who hurt me.
When I’m thankful for the ways God has taken care of me . . . I want to care for others.

When I celebrate His blessings . . . I want to be a blessing.

The more time I spend in stillness with God – the more I am filled with love for Him and others.

And that is soul satisfaction.

The opposite is also true – I lose my satisfaction when my relationships are strained because you and I were made for relationship. Relationships that love, forgive, and care for each other.

But I mess up. I can be an “if only” thinker?

If only my children would listen, then…
If only my boss appreciated me, then…
If only my parents were more understanding, then…
If only he hadn’t…
If only they didn’t…

My relationships would be better if people were consistently kind and understanding. I’d finally have peace, contentment, and joy if only…

That kind of thinking is backward. It’s not waiting for perfect relationships with people that will give you and me contentment and satisfaction. It is running back to stillness—to time with the Father.

It's not waiting for perfect relationships that will give you contentment and soul satisfaction. It is running back to stillness—to time with the Father.

In stillness He says:

I love you so much, I gave my only Son for you. John 3:16

I am with you. I am mighty to save you. I rejoice over you. You will rest in my love. I am joyful about you. Zephaniah 3:17

“Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Accept my teachings and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit, and you will find rest for your lives.” Matthew 11:28–29

I will satisfy the longing soul, and the hungry soul I will fill with good things. Psalm 107:9

I know how many hairs are on your head. So don’t be afraid. You are worth much more than many sparrows. Matthew 10:30–31

I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

Nothing can separate you from my love. Romans 8:39

My peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world does. So don’t let your hearts be troubled or afraid. John 14:27

The Father loves! The Savior loves! The Spirit loves!

Sit with Him in stillness and let the Lord satisfy your soul.

Then take your satisfied soul and bless your relationships. No “what ifs” just one satisfied soul loving another. Begin by being still—then go out there and live with His love.

Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love,
so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.
Psalm 90:14

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15 thoughts on “You Need to Be Still if You Want Soul Satsifaction

  1. I love the verses you gave at the bottom of your post. Esp the one from Zephaniah. the thought that God not only loves us, but rejoices over us is amazing. Breath-taking when you think deeply about it. Thanks for the encouragement to take care of our souls!

  2. You’d think our lazy selves would love the stillness concept. ha. But something in us still strives and strives. Thanks for this reminder, Deb, to be still and know that HE is God, not me, thankfully.

  3. Hi Deb,

    Thank you for your encouraging and peace filled post. I love sitting with our Lord in stillness as He refreshes and satisfied my soul.

    Thank you also for the opportunity to link up.

    God bless

  4. My focus this week has been about the goodness of God and the wonderful things He is. I love this post and the verses you shared.

  5. Hi Deb,

    Thank you for sharing this… How is it with my soul? Seems to me that is a question John Wesley would have asked. It’s also a question that can cause people to squirm!

    This a question worth pondering in depth.

    Loved the verses you shared, especially Zephaniah 3:17!


  6. I love that quote from George MacDonald! I used to think it was one of C. S. Lewis’, so I’m glad you set the record straight, Deb.
    And yes, that is exactly what we should be teaching our children. May it be well with your soul, my friend!

  7. Amen to that. With everything going on in this world and in our lives, we have to make quieting our souls a priority, and He is the Good Shepherd who restores our souls. Thank you, Deb.

  8. What a great and timely post, Deb!
    To be deeply and completely satisfied in Christ – what an awesome daily goal!
    This spoke to my heart, “Sit with Him in stillness and let the Lord satisfy your soul. Then take your satisfied soul and bless your relationships.”
    Thank you~

  9. Deb, this is such a wonderful word you’ve shared here! I’ve truly missed visiting with you. Your posts always bless me. Thank you for sharing! GOD bless you, my beautiful friend! 🙂

  10. Stillness … your words are nourishing to my soul. I’m soaking them in and taking them to heart. Trying SO intentionally to incorporate more stillness into my life! I think I’m making progress … baby steps!

  11. Just this past weekend I attended a Women’s Retreat and spent a lot of time in silence and stillness with God. It was what I needed to recharge and refresh. I have Psalm 46:10 on my wall. I need the constant reminder since I am a Type A person. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at our link party, Let’s Get Real Friday.

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