Good morning my sisters-
I was in the shower today thinking about all kinds of things. I'm meeting a good friend for lunch, my son is about to finish his season and my oldest is about to become an engineer. And of course, there's the day to day stuff, like grocery shopping and errands. My brain is on fire. But before I sat down to write this blog, I read a text message from my sister in law, it had Psalm 23 on it. She has been sending me daily encouragement and oh how I've loved it.
Just as my fingers began to type, I started humming, "In the quiet." When do we hear God's voice, is it in the quiet or when our minds are racing? How can Scripture penetrate in the shower when the brain is racing 90 to nothing. It can't. It needs time to be still, to meditate and to think only on Christ. I don't have many moments like that really. They mostly come before I go to bed or as I sit to write. Why? Because that's when I'm most quiet. I'm winding down or winding up for my day and I need to hear from God.
So it stands to reason that when we really want to hear from our Father we need to be still. Maybe that's why everyone loves to quote Psalm 23 at the end of a funeral. Things are still and the valley of death is no longer scary but a celebration of life. It's there that our souls meet our Savior. Death is really the beginning of life. But while we're here we need to be quiet. In the quiet, we have a better chance of hearing from Him. When we are at peace, it's His peace we feel and when we get direction; it's because we were still.
I love The Lord with all my heart. He is the joy of my life and the healing to my soul. So when I'm quiet, I feel Him and know He is near. Scripture is the band-aid that covers us and prayer is the connection between our souls and His. He is our Savior and He wants us to hear Him. He is our intercessor and we must spend time with Him in order to know Him.
So while life is still, I sit and write and when I get up from this iPad I will be at a dead run. But just sitting still has reminded me that God is all I need today and that His blood covers me. I'm praying for those that don't know Him today. I'm praying that when their still, they see Christ. But mostly, I'm hoping that we are sitting still, seeking Him and asking Him what to do to further His kingdom. I love you all and thank you for being part of my journey.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23:1-6 NIV)
My prayer today:
O, Lord lead me to You. Often I'm off in my own mind, wandering in my thoughts and feelings but this morning I found You in Scripture. You are my rod and staff. You comfort me in times of trial and You prepare my way from this day forth. I am blessed to have people in my life that encourage my walk and that remind me daily You are near. You are the force of my Salvation and You cover me with Your blood. Please Lord guide people to the word and to blogs like this one. May they find You as I have. Keep us still and be our God. In Jesus Name, Amen