Need be still

Slowing down, accomplishing nothing.

On purpose.

Puttering in the kitchen to the snores of old dog.

Easy, meandering conversations.  Or none at all.

Quiet, simple, expansive moments of peace.

Would He want us to be “still” by being lazy through life’s trials and tribulations? Should we expect Him to swoop in and transport us to the mountain top?

I don’t think so. I think we have to walk with Him to get there.

And for me, walking comes by being still.

Being still comes easier on week-ends.

Being still doesn’t just mean times of quiet.

For me, it means being awake, feeling alive and staying open.

It means closing out the noise and opening up to faith.

snow on branches

Exodus 14:14: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Do you make time to let your needs be still?


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27 thoughts on “Need be still

  1. Excellent! What else can I say.

    • That means so much coming from you, Butch Dean. You inspire me with your words of faith on a regular basis; I am humbled by your commentary, thank you,

  2. It’s taken 50 years to learn that lesson, but I’m starting to walk in that practice more regularly. There is a verse in psalm 131 that talks about quieting myself like a child @ it’s mothers breast (verse 2) that helps me get into the “be still” grove. Encouraging to hear you also see the importance of doing this sort of thing.

  3. Yup. That pretty much says it all, MJ.

  4. Inspiring post, MJ. And the photo is magnificent! Happy weekend!

  5. Closing out the other distractions is always a challenge, but always worth it.

  6. This is lovely, MJ. The photo is lovely and your thoughts give pause to ponder if I give time to my needs.

  7. You bet. Very important. And She approves. 🙂

  8. Nothing is the hardest thing on earth for me to do. But sometimes necessary. You have expressed this so beautifully. Lovely.

  9. I’m going to make this my motto. Accomplishing nothing on purpose. Thanks for the mantra.

    • sometimes it’s just necessary, don’t you think? 🙂 MJ

      • It should be required.

      • Remember “quiet time” in grade school? I remember putting our heads on our desks for a few minutes .. I’m sure it was as much for the Teacher’s sanity as anything. But I do recall having some pretty deep thoughts as a young girl during those moments. Thanks Barb!

  10. PS: I tagged you in a blog challenge. It’s pretty involved, though, so if you’d rather not participate, no worries. I know how busy you are!

  11. You seem to have the gift of being able to listen to your heart, and to the voice of inspiration, whatever the source. I definitely believe, with regard to God and faith, that we have to have time to hear and absorb. Speaking just for myself, when I am too busy, I am too busy for God. That sounds terrible, but it is the sad truth. It took me a long time to recognize that time that looks unproductive is usually anything but that…it just looks different than the pace of my “regular” day, and the outcome is different too…usually better, and authentic in a way that my normal hectic life does not always allow. ~ Sheila

    • I think we all have it, but we don’t always listen to it. I’ve gotten better about paying attention as I get older and my world gets busier and noisier.

      You’re right — that time that looks unproductive is usually “anything but.” Well said, Sheila!

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