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Learn to be Still

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.  Romans 12:1 MSG

Photo courtesy of pixabay.Be still and know that I am God.

“That sounds great, Lord, but You have no idea how busy I am today.”

Be still.

“I would love to spend time with You this morning, but my day is full. I have a doctor’s appointment, errands to run, a house to clean, and three baskets of laundry. Company is coming tomorrow. I can’t slow down or I’ll never make it. My to-do list is out of control.”

The truth I’ve learned is that I’ll never make it if I don’t slow down. When so many things vie for my attention, it’s crucial for me to stop and be still in God’s presence.

Being still is a learned discipline, especially for those of us who are workaholics and multi-taskers. It’s essential for the well-being of our soul. It refreshes us, revitalizes our mind and thoughts, and gives us a different perspective—a godly perspective. Being still helps us sort out what is important from what is not. It keeps our brain from getting stuck like a car in the mud—spinning and going nowhere.

Romans 12:1 (NKJV) tells us to present our bodies as a living sacrifice. But how do we practically do that? The Message explains it this way: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. 

God wants to be involved in every moment of our life. He cares about everything that concerns us and promises to be right there with us, giving us the strength, wisdom, and time we need to accomplish every task.

If you’re rushing around trying to keep up with all the demands on you, maybe it’s time to stop and be still.

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Andrea Merrell

Andrea Merrell is an author, freelance editor, workshop leader, and writing mentor with a passion to encourage other writers and help them sharpen their skills. She is Associate Editor for Christian Devotions Ministries and Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Andrea has been published online and in numerous anthologies. She is the author of Murder of a Manuscript: Writing and Editing Tips to Keep Your Book Out of the Editorial Graveyard, The Gift and Praying for the Prodigal. For more information or to contact her, visit www.andreamerrell.com or www.thewriteediting.com.