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Friday, September 30, 2016

Family Friday: Busy? Be Still and Know That I Am God...

Written by Mrs. Krysten Vestal

Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God…”
     Two of the most difficult words to hear as a child are “Be still.”  I’m sure we can all remember numerous times throughout our childhood when we received this admonition.  Even as adults, our nature is to be active physically, emotionally, and mentally as we face the day to day challenges of everyday life.  Most of the time, we are bombarded with the “busy-ness” of life and things that scream urgency but are,in reality, not that important.      My dad always encouraged us to see and recognize the difference between those things that are “urgent” and those things that are “important.”  Important things like our daily walk with God, prayer, focusing on Him, caring for our homes and families are most important, but often neglected.  Why does this happen?  I believe we are constantly bombarded with things that seem “urgent” like emails, social media, television, pinterest, etc.  Those things are not wrong unless we get our priori-ties out of order. 
    The Bible admonishes us to “be still.”  When was the last time we have stopped everything to focus on our Heavenly Father who truly makes everything possible?  I admit in my own life it is a daily challenge to choose to “be still.”  However, I have found that if we choose daily to start the day with God “being still” in prayer, Bible reading, and focusing on Him, the rest of the day goes a whole lot better no matter how “busy” we are!

 *When was the last time we released the pressing issues of life to God?
 *When was the last time we just enjoyed being in God’s presence? 
 *When was the last time we have been quiet enough to hear the whisper of God?
 *What would happen if we would truly “be still.”
Try it!  Take the challenge for the next 5 minutes.
 *Let the immediate and the urgent things drop.
 *Release and relax in God’s presence.
 *Be still & be quiet.
 *Focus on the greatness of our God. 

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