stilling my heart, quieting my soul…

Be still in the presence of the Lord,
and wait patiently for him to act.
Psalm 37:7

This has been my lesson of late… be still.
Or rather… sit still in the presence of God.

I don’t do this well.
The Tyranny of the Urgent is more my speed.
I tend to hurry, hurry, hurry…
all while getting no where.

Yet, I know that God wants a relationship with me,
not at me.

Slowly, ever so slowly, He is teaching me to sit still…
to meet with Him
and to sit in His presence
and empty my mind of all but Him
and wait.

Let me tell you, sitting still is difficult
but emptying my mind is almost impossible.

I want my mind to be filled with Him
and instead, I find it drifting to writing this post,
fixing supper, schooling the girls,
wondering if Eric made it to school safely,
planning my day,
my weekend,
my month….
you get it.

I spend most of the time I’m sitting still
taking every thought captive and emptying my mind.

I’m thrilled to say I can go about 4.3 seconds now
before my mind wanders again.

Self-discipline is not one of my gifts,
yet I want to be disciplined in this area
because I want to be with my Shepherd…
I want a relationship with Him, not at Him.

But, most of all, I want to be able to hear His voice
above the noise of this world.

So, I’m learning to find a quiet place,
to quiet my soul and still my heart
and wait patiently for Him to act.

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2 thoughts on “stilling my heart, quieting my soul…

  1. I struggle with this every single day. I know He knows it, I know He is patient with me (I can’t understand why but I am oh so grateful) and I know that I will never stop trying….Camp is the place where I am most able to be still, which is kind of odd when you consider it’s full of kids, but it is. He is so there in everything, and I am so aware of Him and all his beautiful creation.

    Thank you for this. (And for so much more.)

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