‘Be still.’ That’s not really easy for me. For a long time I did not like being quiet. I like to be busy, in a world like America, where everybody is always busy. Everybody has a full schedule. It’s not easy for me to just stop and ask, “Lord what would you have me to do?” Or to say, “Here am I Lord send me.”
The last few weeks, I’ve been seeing the need to step back and be quiet, to just ask God what He wants me to learn, and not feel this need to constantly be producing content or sharing with people when I feel drained of all content, drained of the energy to pour into others.
That’s when it’s time to walk beside still waters, for the Lord to restore your soul. This is hard in a society that asks you to stay connected with social media (FACEBOOK!!!, INSTAGRAM!!!, TWITTER!!!), but the freeing thing is that you don’t have to do all of that when your spirit is crying out for quiet, to go into a wilderness place with the Lord and be quiet before Him.
This episode is for any of you dear sisters in Christ Jesus who need that permission, that encouragement to go aside and be with Jesus.
In this episode I talked about:
– Situations in which you might need to just step back and be quiet
– What led me to step back and be silent on here for a week or two
– Being quiet doesn’t mean filling my mind with mindless things
– Why being still with people that you love is important
– Being quiet doesn’t mean emptying your mind (it actually means filling it with good things)
– Ways I’ve learned to use in order to find quietness
– Social media accounts/people that have encouraged me to embrace the joy of being quiet
Verses I referenced:
Psalm 39:9, “I am mute; I do not open my mouth, for it is you who have done it.”
James 1:19, ‘Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;’
Exodus 14:13, ‘And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.’
Other ones I didn’t reference but I LOVE God’s Word and couldn’t resist sharing more:
Psalm 46:10, ‘“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”’
Psalm 37:7 ,’Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!’
1 Peter 3:3-4, ‘Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.’
Psalm 4:4, ‘Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah’
Lamentations 3:26, ‘It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.’
Zephaniah 3:17, ‘The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.’
Instagram Handles I Mentioned:
This is hard for me to post, but I am thankful that this girl, whose heart is often busy and distracted, is learning to be silent before the Lord. This past year has been hard. It’s been full of a lot of heartbreak (as I’m sure you’ve gathered), but it’s also held a great deal of healing especially when it comes to my struggles with eating and body image.
All that to say; I’m grateful.
Here’s to more of being still, quiet, and speaking when the Lord gives you something to say.