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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Being Still in God's Presence

“Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

By nature, I am somewhat of a loner and enjoy being by myself at times, but generally not for long.  Just a little space is needed and then I am good to go! 
But, one does not have to be a loner to desire and implement a quiet time with God. Even though I am surrounded by a wonderful family and precious friends, spending time alone with God is something that I crave.  The closer my relationship with Him becomes, the more I want to listen and learn from Him--to read His Word, talk to Him and learn how better to live for Him as I serve Him each day.  Quietly sitting in God’s presence brings so much peace and comfort.  He created each of us for relationship with Him.  Just imagine how much He loves for His children to come into His presence and sit quietly asking Him to speak to us and lead us.
There is no doubt that the “busyness” and other distractions of our world today pulls us away from being still before the Lord—of really listening for Him to speak to us through His Word, through prayer, through others, and even through nature.  So many of us are too busy to “stop and smell the roses.”  When was the last time you looked at the beauty that is all around you?  It was created by a loving God for your enjoyment.  If you take the time to look around, you will see His handiwork in every direction.
This week, let’s all strive to “be still” and listen more so that our heavenly Father will be able to renew us and guide our steps as we follow Jesus Christ.  If you do not have a regular time to be alone with God, please begin doing so.  You will not regret it in the least. Let His calming presence wash over your soul like cool water on a hot summer day.  Be still before Him. Breathe in His peace.  He waits for you.  He longs for you.  He will never disappoint you. 
“Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act.” Psalm 37:7a (NLT)
"Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes! I Samuel 12:16 (NIV)
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”  Mark 1:35 (NIV)

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