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Be Still

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This is my calling from God right now.

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

So, I have pared down my schedule, my obligations, my ministry, my responsibilities – and I am just seeking Him and basking in His glorious presence. I have slowed WAY, WAY down. Β The anxiety is gone. God is so gracious to me and so very good!

I have been spending hours and hours in quiet time:

  • Reading the Bible.
  • Praying fervently and with a heart on fire for God, desperate and hungry to know Him more and more.
  • Seeking God’s face with all my heart.
  • Reading E. M. Pounds 5 book compilation on prayer. Β WOW! That is SOLID FOOD for mature believers. It is all meat. Gives me so much to think about, absorb, digest and pray about.
  • Singing His praises at the top of my lungs when I am home by myself during the day.
  • I have read everything I could find in the Bible about anxiety, worry, being still, waiting on God, and entering God’s rest.
  • I’m in a continual state of prayer and listening for His voice.
  • I am SO EXCITED and full of anticipation at all that He will do.
  • I have been thanking Him for all that He has done.

He is renewing my strength. He is filling me with His Spirit. I have His peace again. I have His joy again. He is empowering me and giving me rest. The communion with Him is SO VERY SWEET. It is what I pray that each of you might find.

I have been very conscientiously focusing more time, love and attention on Greg and our children.

This is exactly what I needed to do.

Thank you all for your encouragement, prayers, love, support, understanding and stories!!!!!

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I’d love for Β you to share! If you believe God may want you to share what you have been learning in a post here on my blog, please leave me a comment. I want wives to get to hear as many different wives’ stories at every possible stage of this journey as possible. This thing is not about me. It is about our Mighty GOD! It has to be ALL about Him. I never get tired of hearing what He is doing!

Much love to each of you!

You have GOT to watch this beautiful worship song about being still and trusting God. It will richly bless you!

This one I love to sing at the top of my voice – of course, I cry so hard, I can barely sing – but it is glorious!

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24 thoughts on “Be Still

  1. Awesome song!!! Your experience resonates so much with what I have gone through the past few months, April!

    Wanted to share a quick read that I came across recently called the Stillness Manifesto. It is a free e-book that has some great, scriptural tips to help you learn to be still before the Lord, (You’re required to sign up to receive updates on this person’s blog to get the free e-book, but you can always unsubscribe later if you don’t want to remain on her mailing list.)

    So glad to hear your peace has returned and you are basking in the beautiful presence of Jesus!

    Heather (HisHelper)

    1. HisHelper,

      Me, too!!!

      I missed God’s peace! I don’t like not having it one bit!!!!!

      That sounds really interesting about the Stillness Manifesto. Thank you for sharing!

      Much love to you, my sweet sister! πŸ™‚

  2. Psalms 46:10 is the verse Yah used to still me and get me to realize that I really didn’t know Him!!! What happened then was me making Him truly Master(Lord) of my life. And then learning what it really means to be His disciple according to what He says to be His disciple. And that was after being a three times a week church goer AND part time youth paster!!! Needless to say, my life turned upside down!!! πŸ™‚ now ,I was seeking what He wanted and not what I wanted…. Yahuwah (Abba) is good!!! Praise Yah that He showed me ‘why do you call me lord (Master) and don’t do what I say’ and ‘you honor me with your lips, but your heart is far from me’ applied to me!!! Just wanted to share that little bit of my testimony because that verse has special meaning to me. Thx, Rick

  3. YES! YES! YES! YES! THERE IS THE VICTORY WE’VE ALL BEEN PRAYING FOR!! Congratulations sister! AND THANK YOU JESUS!!!!!!

  4. April,

    I’m so happy God has helped you overcome your anxiety!
    I’ve also been struggling with some of the same things as well and I’ve found that complete immersion in His word and prayer is the BEST medicine!

    He is such a powerful God!

    Have a blessed day!

  5. P.S. I’m a teacher, too, and totally agree with Kelly that teaching can be exhausting. Our family needs us, the needs of our students are endless, and we try so hard to fill them! Add to that the burgeoning demands of the political system. . . . I had to find ways to make teaching less consuming, especially when I found myself reading students’ papers and providing detailed feedback while I was sitting beside my Christmas tree. I began grading fewer papers. Another teacher shared that she kept students’ papers in individual folders. Then, when they had written three, she allowed them to choose the one they wanted her to grade. Practice is the key, and classroom discussions about the other two was helpful to the students. Would doing something like this in whatever type of subject/age group you teach help give you more time at home?

  6. Kelly, Your experience is VERY encouraging. It makes us all realize that with God’s spirit all things truly are possible! There is nothing that we can’t overcome with his help. Love to you!

  7. Just an observation but Ive noticed your emotions seem to swing from one intensity to another. Being still before God also applies to our emotions not just our actions. My husband always use to tell me, You don’t have to feel everything your feeling. Its too much and that alone wears you out. Be slow and steady,dont swing up or sink so low. So in My peaceful wife journey and my peaceful life journey I am being still too in my emotions. Not having an emotional response to anything but just observeing Gods hand in my life and letting it rest upon me as I rest under him.In my thoughts,emotions,behaviors and relationships I will be still and know that he is God.I like the other thing you wrote about ,praying scriptures. That’s a good idea.

    1. HI Marie! Thanks for that reminder: ” Being still before God also applies to our emotions not just our actions. ” and for sharing what your husband said to “Be slow and steady, don’t swing up or sink so low.” I have a problem staying at middle so I am mostly on either ends of the spectrum, but have a
      “problem” staying at center. What you said was a great reminder that keeping still also meant stilling my excitable heart! Especially since I am no longer feeling depressed and have not been since my conviction and conversion, when the Lord freed me from my bondages. πŸ™‚

      Your reminder to April applies to me. I am not good with moderation. God bless you!

      Love,

      Nikka

        1. I awoke at 1am last night from a dream. In the dream I saw myself playing out a situation my husband and I are in right now.( It could become a legal issue if were not careful. It really depends on how we handle it and that we let the lawyer deal with it completely and we just sit back and shut up. An issue with a tenant who is disrespectful and irresponsible and has crossed our path. Its not a big thing ) In my dream the cops came to the house because my mouth was out of line and person said they felt harassed. I made all kinds of excuses to the cop. Then he pulled his gun on me and pointed in my face and said NO to my excuses and said…You have an anxiety disorder. I said yes sir and started to cry.
          Well I woke up . Im sitting there in bed and I realize all this anxiousness in me leads me to behave in certain ways that are seen as disrespectful, unprofessional, haranging, out of line. God doesn’t want to hear all my excuses why I am the way I am. I started this respect journey and Ive learned why I act the way I do and that’s fine but God doesn’t want me to be stuck there. He wants me to discipline my flesh and do it now. Hes told me this before but now hes shown me that if someone put a gun to my face I would have no trouble controlling myself at all because it becomes life or death. Well sin IS about life or death and he wants me to choose life. God wants me to understand that he knows what Ive been through in life and he will heal my wounds and hold me BUT its not an excuse to be disrespectful and I can discipline myself if I make it about life and death. The words from your mouth have great power. If you cant speak words that lift others then don’t speak at all. But the self control is there for me, its a fruit of the spirit and I ,must exercise it before something bad happens because of my lack. Your words can bring trouble on you, destroy relationships, make you look like a fool, make you a bad example to your kids ect. I am suddenly greatful that my husband is a man of few words.

          1. Marie,

            WOW!
            That was quite a dream and God has shown you some powerful truth!!!!!

            You are exactly right – God can give us the power to have self-control and He can give us the ability to stop disrespecting other people and to stop worrying and being anxious and sin is a life and death thing. God absolutely wants you to choose life!

            Thank you for sharing this! πŸ™‚

  8. Thank you so much for your ministry. You have helped me, as a husband, address my wife’s sin objectively in many different ways. She is in process and I am beginning to see some changes. I know she is trying to be more submissive and for that I am grateful. We have a long way to go but your blog has given me hope for a better marriage.

    I have worked in full time ministry for over 20 years and know how the ministry can burn you out. It begins when we substitute our ministry activity and success for our intimacy with the Lord. It is easy for us to rationalize the time devoted to ministry at the expense of self and family because it is for the Lord and for the people we are ministering to. This stress and anxiety actually draw us away from the Lord and rather than serving out of an overflow of our relationship with Him, we start ministering in the flesh more and more. The ministry then becomes much more burdensome because His Spirit is not working through us. Then we can get resentful and cynical of the ministry and the people we are ministering to. Eventually our walks with the Lord become dry and we can become depressed. It is a downward spiral that doesn’t end well. Once you reach full burn out, it takes years to come back and feel normal again.

    I know this cycle because I experienced it after 10 years of full time ministry. Minerth-Meier clinic has a book called Beating Burnout. It may be out of print but I read it after I was completely burned out and saw myself in the pages of their book. They said that people in ministry and the helping professions are particularly susceptible to burn out.

    All of this is to say, TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF! ! ! It is much better to serve the Lord for a life time at 80% than to go 120% for 5 or 10 years and gut your relationship with the Lord, your husband and children. The Lord created us with limits and with the need for physical, emotional and spiritual rest. That is why He gave us the Sabbath. Remember, Jesus needed rest and would often pull away from the crowds to spend time with the Father even though the needs of the people were great.

    There is another good book called “Margin” by Dr. Richard Swenson. I know a ton of people who were helped by that book.

    1. Thank you so much, Joe!!!! I definitely need to take more breaks and get more rest. And – this has to be all God. In my own strength, nothing I have to offer is of any value at all.

  9. Thank you for this post, April! I would like to focus on “being still” during lent. Although I just generically call myself a “Christian” now, when I was growing up I went to different churches that observed lent. And I still love the idea of eliminating distractions and focusing on Jesus. I don’t know yet what that will look like for me, but I will use this post for ideas. Hugs! πŸ™‚

  10. Hi April, I came across your blog around two weeks ago and know that God directed me here. Thank you for your testimony and wisdom! I’m excited to start The Respect Dare on March 1st and know that God is already working on my heart. I’m already questioning why I think or say certain things to my husband. Have you ever heard of the Scripture Lullabies CDs? The music is so peaceful. They have a song called “Be Still and Know”. You can find it on YouTube. I think you would enjoy it as well. Thank you for writing such inspiring posts!

    1. freedomfromthorns,

      It is wonderful to meet you!

      You may want to check out my supplement to the Respect Dare – it is at the top of my home page. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see what God has in store for you!!!!

      That music sounds beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing! πŸ™‚

  11. God has been showig me to slow down and analyze stuff before I rush to do it, not being hasty but slow to speak,wrath, and quick to listen to His answer, and quick to praY before I make moves, just slowing down, takes work.

  12. I also have to wake up early to have my time. Otherwise in the evening my head is full of the day from work and home. By 7am I’m either on conference calls, putting out fires at work or someone at home needs something, has an appointment to go to or something.. Waking up early also puts my head in the right place to deal with how noisy our lives get..

    Gail

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