Life moves quickly. Sometimes it feels like I blink and the day has passed. Or the year. Kids grow up, I grow old. Life happens. With the many wondrous things that occur as time bustles by, I find myself continuously learning to be still. My natural tendencies drive towards movement—always pressing forward. Yet the Lord finds great pleasure in the waiting.
The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent. Exodus 14:14
Hear this, O Job; stop and consider the wondrous works of God. Job 37:14
The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge! Ruth 2:12
A Song of Ascents. Of David. O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 131:1-3
Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Psalm 46:10
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope… Psalm 130:5
Learning to sit quietly before the Lord is a lifelong process. To quiet my mind, to silence my concerns and suggestions. To wait for His leading and direction, in His timing. Here are some practical steps I’ve found helpful along the way—tips for stillness.
1. Be still and know that I am God. This tip comes from my awesome friend Kayla and it’s fantastic. If you’re finding it hard to concentrate in quiet times of listening before the Lord, use this phrase. Repeat the sentence out loud to yourself, each time removing one of the words. It has an amazing calming effect as you contemplate the depth of each statement.
Be still and know that I am God
Be still and know that I Am
Be still and know that I
Be still and know that
Be still and know
Be still and
2. Remove the distraction. Make sure you’re in a quiet place and dedicate that time—even if it’s only 10 minutes. Sometimes I keep a notepad with me to jot down notes as tasks or reminders start going off in my head. Once they’re on paper I can stop thinking about them and they are no longer battling for my attention.
3. Refocus on the Lord. Remind yourself of who God is and what He has done. Use worship songs that minister to your heart and speak of the wonder that He is. Save passages of scripture that show His love and faithfulness and post them around your house, on your desk, or in your phone. Memorize these verses so you can repeat them to yourself and re-center your perspective when life gets rough.
4. Practice. Sit before the Lord in prayer. This is not the time to ask for things or share concerns, but let yourself relax in His presence. Communication with God includes listening to Him, not just talking at Him. Open yourself to hear what He has to say.
Be Still and Know,
About the Author: Jen Weaver is passionate about helping people experience freedom and fullness in everyday life. Married to her best friend Jared, she enjoys sharing the love of Jesus through public speaking and writing, and they attend Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas. In her free time she enjoys blogging at http://thejenweaver.com/, spending time with friends, and tackling DIY projects.