Truth Tuesday – Personal thoughts on my current status of being still…

by Kathy

be still 8It is easy for me to “be still” when I am sipping on a tall glass of iced-tea while floating effortlessly in my backyard pool, or sitting in my garden, reading a book and the cares of my world seem far away.  God, however, is calling me to a different kind of being still these days.  One that is harder for me.  It is the kind of stillness where he is asking my heart to “rest”, while He interrupts the whole rhythm of my day to day schedule.

This past March, after much prayer and the full support of my amazing and loving husband, I quit my job.  After working as a nurse or ministry leader for many years, God has led me to a place of not knowing what is next and has called me to simply be still!   It is no surprise to me that God chose these two words for me to live out for 2014.  He was preparing me at the start of this year to get ready for the circumstances He was bringing my way just a few months into the year.

Some days are filled with blessings, fun and accomplishment.  I finally have time to tackle major chores around the house that have been needing to be done for a while now.  I’ve also got to join a exercise class that is kicking my butt, but I LOVE it!  But there are days where the chatter in my mind, if left unchecked, can easily take me down a path of discouragement and tears.  My sweet husband has spent several evenings listening to me pour out my heart, while he offers me his never-ending support and encouragement!

Whether I am having a great day or hard day, one thing is necessary.  I. Need. To. Be. Still. In. God’s. Presence.  I need to read His Word, talk with Him and listen to what He needs to say to me.  As I do, the great days are incredibly wonderful, and the hard days, however difficult, are filled with faith-stretching  lessons which remind me over and over to trust my Sovereign God!

A few days ago, God brought a verse to my mind in Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Even though I have had this verse memorized for many years and have quoted it to myself more times than I can count, I decided to open my Bible to this verse.  As I read through this passage in Jeremiah, I felt God encouraging my heart to park here and listen to what He has to say to me.  So for the next few days, I am going to do a little excavating in this passage.

Join me next Tuesday to hear what God is teaching me.  I hope I will be able to encourage you as well.  Perhaps you know of someone who needs to hear a message of hope that God has a plan for their future.  Please ask them to join us next Tuesday.

Have a grace full week!

2 Responses to “Truth Tuesday – Personal thoughts on my current status of being still…”

  1. Julie Phillips says:

    I am so proud of you that you became an “Abraham” for Christ. Remember that on those days you are aimless or wondering what the hay!..you have lined up with God’s will..that takes obedience mixed with “blind” faith. I use that term loosely.He is your faithful Shepherd who corrals his sheep into safety. I am here to lend an encouraging word. Love you! Julie Phillips

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