The Beauty of Being Still

The Beauty of Being Still

“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 NKJV

There was a moment in life where I faithfully got up every morning to spend time with God. I did it because I needed the time. I needed to start my day in His word. But then life happened. My kids tugged me in different directions. Chores, writing, and errands slowly ate at my time. Before I knew it, I stuck to the bed as I read from my Bible and stopped being intentional with my quiet time.

Gone were the times I got up and moved to a quiet room, Bible in hand and ready for the peace of being still. I longed for it, but I was stuck in a rut. How could I find my way back? Was waking up even earlier an option? Did something on my to-do list need to be pushed further down? I didn’t know, so I prayed and went on as usual.

One morning, I woke up thirty minutes before my alarm clock. Strangely, I didn’t feel tired, but I wanted to go back to sleep anyway. Only, I couldn’t. There was a nudge  deep within telling me to get up. To grab my Bible and journal and go sit out on my balcony. Y’all for a few minutes I wanted to ignore the nudge, but then I realized it was answering my desire to be intentional in quiet time again. So I got up, took my Bible and journal and sat on the balcony.

A few minutes later, my oldest son came looking for me. (To say he’s an early riser is an understatement.) He asked me what I was doing so I told him, ‘spending time with God.’ He asked to join me and I said yes. How could I deny a request like that?

My son sat with me and journaled his prayer to God. In that still early morning, we sat and enjoyed God’s creation. That’s when I understood the blessing of obedience. I watched as my desire to get closer to God encouraged my son to get closer to God. I saw the beauty in being still.

So my friends, when you have those times when being still seems impossible, remember that something beautiful happens every time you take that opportunity. Sometimes that beauty is God’s smile as we seek Him. Sometimes that beauty is in the peace that floods our soul. And sometimes, the beauty is in seeing others follow our lead.

Be blessed and be still.

Toni

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Toni Shiloh About Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. You can visit Toni at her website.

Comments

  1. Welcome, Toni! So glad to have you here.

    I can relate to this a lot. I enjoy my quiet time and when I make sure I have Sabbath time it really makes a difference in the way my day goes and how I view things.

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  2. Toni Shiloh says:

    I’m so glad to be here!
    I agree. It always benefits me and makes a huge difference in my life. 🙂

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  3. I’ve been pretty faithful about the Bible reading, Toni, but my disobedience comes from refusing to get out of bed to go walk again in early morning. I was so into the habit, and when it got to be hot summer, I slacked off. Now that it is cooling down, I need to get out there again, enjoy the miracle of the sunrise, listen to my Light Praise radio station on my smartphone and get back in touch with God during those quiet moments. Thanks for the nudge!

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  4. Toni Shiloh says:

    I hope you enjoy your walks again, Patti. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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  5. Janet K Brown (@janetkbrowntx) says:

    Beautiful post, Toni. I truly believe I’m too busy to skip quiet time. Everything goes smoother with the Lord. After all, we need His direction to begin. I know some spend time with Him at night or other times, but I do love the morning time the best.

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    Toni Shiloh Reply:

    There’s something about the mornings isn’t there? It’s the best part of my day. 🙂

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  6. It is so hard to be still in this noisy and busy world. Thanks for the reminder that we can still find moments of stillness–and that doing so is worth the effort.

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    Toni Shiloh Reply:

    It is hard to be still. I’m so glad God used my son to show me that it is worth the effort. I love how He uses children to remind us of simple truths.

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  7. What a beautiful experience to share with your son! Now I wonder if I missed out on such a blessing because I immediately fixed breakfast if a child wandered into my devotion corner.

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    Toni Shiloh Reply:

    Hi Linda! It was a beautiful experience. Usually, I too will stop what I’m doing and attend to my children. I think the beauty of those experiences is that God will always give you one tailor-made for you and your family and at the least expected time. Praying you have a blessed day!

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  8. I often find myself struggling to squeeze everything I want to do into my day. If I’m not careful, I neglect what I need most…quiet time with the Lord. Thanks for reminding me to prioritize this special time. Blessings!

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  9. Glad to share my thoughts, Cynthia!

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  10. Laurie Driesen says:

    HI Toni, I love your post — Ps. 46:10 is my favorite verse. It’s so important to be still and know that He is God. Your testimony of obedience and then being blessed by sharing that time with your son is so precious. Also, what an example to him to know that his mom is faithful. Thanks for sharing your struggle with getting up extra early or trying to rearrange a busy schedule. I’m not a morning person and it took years for me to learn that the early a.m is the best time to spend with the Lord (at the start of a busy day!) Now I jump out of bed before I have time to “choose” (Bible/prayer time or a warm comfy bed?) Of course, the Lord keeps needing Him so much, I just can’t miss my time with Him. Thanks again for your insights!

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    Toni Shiloh Reply:

    I don’t have the energy to jump out of bed, but I could at least take my snooze off so I’m not tempted to sleep later. 🙂

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