The Art of Being Still

When we’re still then we’ll get what we need to press forward.

In today’s fast-paced society, it is extremely difficult to be still. Even more so when you’re a working mom like myself juggling responsibilities at home and in the office. The constant flow of information into our homes also makes it difficult. If we’re not plugged in via the computer, then it’s the cell phone or the television. We are bombarded by information 24/7 which makes it challenging for our minds to be still. Even our own perceptions of what a wife and mother should be make it hard for us to be still. Oftentimes, we feel like we should be the perfect housekeepers, cooks, teachers and sexy wives all while holding down a 9 to 5 job. The unrealistic expectations we put on ourselves make it difficult to be still.However, the Lord reminds us in Psalm 46:10 that we need to be still and know that He is God. It’s important for us to be still because we need physical rest. Our minds and bodies cannot handle the demands that we place on them. When God makes the declaration that He is God, likewise, He lets us know that we are not God. We are not superwomen. We need to be still because our minds need rest. Our minds cannot process the amount of information that we take in on a daily basis without being stressed. Our minds need a break. It’s no wonder why so many people are dealing with stress and anxiety. The only piece of information that we need to know is that He is God. Our spirits also need a break. We need time to read and feast on the Word of God so that our spirits are rejuvenated. We do not live on bread alone, but on every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God.The Hebrew word for “be still” hărpu literally means to hang limp or to be in a state lacking power or force such as a muscle that’s lost its ability to flex or respond to a situation. When was the last time you hung limp? As parents, we have to realize that our power comes from the Lord. Apart from Him we can do nothing. When we finally realize that even on our best day, we lack the power needed to be the people in God that He created us to be, only then will we reach our full potential in Christ. Remember in our weakness, He is made strong. Take some time today to be still. Know that He is God and He will make a way for you.

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