Be Still or Be Stilled

Be still and know that I am God. It is a command that has sweet reward. To say "Enough!" to the busyness of this life and settle in with Him is always a good thing. Knowing that He is God. He is faithful. He is Good. He is powerful. He is truth...

...and He is enough to cover our "Enough!" Praise You, Jesus!

Be still? So, maybe you are familiar with that verse in Psalm 46:10. Maybe you surrender to the command to “be still” often.

Maybe not so much. You hear the strong command and the gentle call. Perhaps, you are like me and you hear it, but other people and things get in the way. You are easily distracted. You want to be still, but activity is often more appealing.

What about being "stilled?" That is the action of God “stilling” you.

Zephaniah 3: 17 has a part that says, "He will quiet you with His love." That means He will STILL you. He will "leave off speaking" with his love (unspeakable love, tender mercies.) Have you ever had someone's silence minister great love to you?

...No words are necessary.

I picture my child that is crying uncontrollably and when I hug him closely, he begins to breathe and settle. You know that moment when the crying stops, and there is just that lingering grasp for breath. Then after a few moments they are totally at rest and peace in your arms. That, my friend, is being STILLED.

There’s a great song that Kari Jobe sings called, “The More I Seek You.”  And this verse... this verse moves me...

I wanna sit at Your feet
Drink from the cup in Your hand
Lay back against You and breathe
Feel Your heartbeat
This love is so deep
It’s more than I can stand
I melt in Your peace
It’s overwhelming

So, be still or be “stilled.” Either way, allow God to hold you and minister to you with His precious silence. You might just find yourself being able to breathe and settle.

Photo Credit: God's Fingerprints

Lets Pray for Our Kids

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine presented me with a 2-sided, off-centered, black and white copy of a copy 8.5 x 11 piece of paper.  The top of one side read, 31 Biblical Virtues to pray for your kids.

Her and I talk frequently about parenting, how to be better moms, how to deal/cope/handle the different personalities of our precious-little-nuggets -- SO, of course the piece of paper looked to be something worth taking action on...praying specific Biblical virtues for our children.

Admittedly, I folded the piece of paper in half, tucked it into my Bible and didn't look at it again...

...UNTIL a week ago.

You see, my same sweet friend that gave me that piece of paper, last week shared with me that she had dusted off her piece of paper and stated to talk with her 3 kids {ages 3-7}, every morning at breakfast, about these virtues.

She told me that some of the virtues they don't really understand, but others they do -- she also shared that she's seeing fruit as a result of their daily discussions as they are interacting with others they come in contact with.

This encouraged me and fueled me to do something too!

Here’s what I did. I unpacked a “virtue” a day and discussed the daily virtue with my two little nuggets. I wrote about the life changing journey and share my reflection here, with you via email for 31 Days!

Do you want to JOIN me?

There is...P O W E R...in prayer.

Let's pray these Biblical virtues, these scriptures, into the lives of our nuggets.  If it's appropriate and doable, lets create awareness in our children's lives by talking with them openly about these virtues.

I had my amazingly talented graphic designer Sue create this picture for us to make it easy to follow along...

Whether your children are young or old, whether you're expecting or hope to be expecting, whether the children in your life are biologically yours, adopted, step, or they are just precious to you -- you can join in and pray for them!!

Are YOU IN?

Will YOU journey with me and watch how God shows up as we seek Him and believe in Him for our children?

IF so, simply fill out the form below with the date you want to start!  You will receive a FREE printable version of the graphic/poster + an email from me everyday for 31 Days to encourage you along the way with my daily virtue reflection.

"Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children." - Chuck Swindoll

* These 31 virtues were written by Bob Hostetler and published by NavPress to learn more about the author go to his website, follow him on twitter, or connect with him on facebook.  They also offer prayer cards to purchase, you can find them here.