One of the hard parts about being still and knowing God is that you and I are accustomed to being busy. We like filling our days with activity and our minds with information.
I’m busy doing and I love it. If I’m not doing . . . I’m sitting on the couch with the television on, my tablet in my lap, and my phone beside me. I know, it’s a problem. I even read books with a pen and paper in hand.
So, to stop and sit quietly is more than a little challenging.
And I’m pretty sure you can relate. From the comments you left on Friday, you struggle with being still, too.
Let’s talk about different ways you and I can embrace and enjoy stillness even though we’re distracted and busy.
Ways to Be Still When You’re Distracted and Busy
Places To Be Still
I’ve asked a few friends for ideas of places they go when they want solitude and stillness. Here are some of their answers:
- Sit in a Cozy Corner.
- Take a Walk.
- Gaze at the Stars.
- Drive in Silence.
- Enjoy the Quiet of an Empty Church or Chapel.
. . . Just find a place to be alone and still.
How To Be Still
I’ll be honest, this is all very new for me. I’ve enjoyed a time of prayer and Bible study for years, but just added this time of quiet stillness last week.
So, here are my best tips from my first week of practicing stillness:
1. Set a Timer – 5, 10, 20 minutes or longer. Just set a goal and stick with it.
Come near to God, and God will come near to you. James 4:8
2. Surrender – Begin with a prayer asking God to fill you with His Spirit and teach You what He wants you to know that day.
“If my life is surrendered to God, all is well. Let me not grab it back, as though it were in peril in His hand but would be safer in mine!” ~Elizabeth Elliot
3. Sit Quietly or Walk Slowly – I’m using a corner in my office where I keep my Bible and journals, but in the future, I would also like to sit out on our patio in the early morning or late evening.
“To wait on God is to live a life of desire toward Him, delight in Him, dependence on Him, and devotedness to Him.” ~Matthew Henry
4. Ask God to Speak to You Through Scripture – I pray and ask God to show me a chapter to read and think about that day.
Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled. Romans 15:4
5. Read and Write – I read through the chapter slowly and write any verses that speak to me.
“The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.” ~Augustine of Hippo
6. Pray and Ask – I stop and ask God what He wants me to know and remember from the verses I’ve read.
Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. Psalm 25:5
7. Sit Quietly – This is the hard part . . . clearing my mind of thoughts and listening for the Holy Spirit’s prompting.
“Nothing can compare to the joy and privilege of sitting and learning at the feet of our heavenly Master.” ~Nancy Leigh DeMoss
8. Write Your Thoughts – I write whatever God imprints on my heart and mind. I’m trying to spend 5 – 10 minutes on #7 & #8.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27
9. Thank and Praise God – I am so thankful for the blessing of this time with the Lord. I’m ending this time the way I began . . . with thanks and praise.
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:7
The stillness is blessing me.
It’s more structured than meditation, but my goal is not to become centered or in tune with my thoughts or feelings. My goal is to grow in knowledge and love for the Lord.
When He tells me He how much He loves me. Me. With all my faults and failures. He loves me. When He teaches me His truth – I can’t help but know Him better and love Him more.
Here are some…
Things I’ve written as the Lord spoke to my heart:
My grace is all you need. I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Stop chasing things that won’t last. Simply trust me and obey – I love you and will provide you with everything you need.
I will never leave you. I will never forsake you. Let me lead you to quiet places and restore your soul. You are mine. I will always love you.
There may be hard days ahead, but I will not abandon you. Trust me. I am doing a new thing. Be patient and pray.
I love you. I only allow that which accomplishes my plans and purposes . . . things that help you grow and increase your faith. Listen. Love. Be patient and humble. I am with you.
God is so good. I’m learning, growing, and praising Him.
Do you enjoy a quiet time listening? Do you have a plan you follow? I would love to hear about it.
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