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Be Still and Know That I Am God

Conversations with God, PrayerMarci AnthonyComment
Be Still And Know That I Am God #sowandgather

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him…  Psalm 37:7  

I hate waiting. I hate waiting in traffic; I hate waiting for my computer to warm up; and I hate waiting in line behind someone who is checking out with one item and takes 15 minutes because they’re having a conversation with the cashier about yesterday’s weather.  I know we all teach our kids that we should never “hate” anything but as I confess my sins daily, I am not “fond” of waiting.  

When you look at today’s society, everything moves at warp speed, and I “hate” (there’s that word again) to admit it but it appears that society is only ramping up to move faster. So why, with all of the fast paced computers that can answer our questions as soon as we hit search, does God still require us to wait on His answer? The answer lies in His word…All throughout the Bible we see individuals having to wait on God for an answer. Psalm 37:7 says, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently.” God is asking us to step away from our computers, put down our cell phones, turn off the TV, find something to occupy our children for a short period of time, and to set everything aside to stop and listen. When we are finally able to find that time of peace and quiet, we can begin to realize all that God has to say to us. Life gets busy and noisy, distractions are everywhere, but we have to turn our attention away from the world and turn our eyes and ears to heaven to seek God’s guidance and direction for our lives. 

The next part of the verse says, “...wait patiently.” (as if cutting out all distractions was easy) now,He wants us to wait?  Really? If we are truly seeking what God wants to say to us, then we have to be willing to wait for His answer. The act of waiting on someone is a humbling experience.  If you’ve ever waited on someone, then you are bending to their will and timing. My husband is humbled anytime we have to leave the house because he is always waiting on me to be ready to go.   

When we humble ourselves and patiently bend to God’s timing, it is in these quiet moments that God can speak to us. He may require days, weeks, months, and even years, of us coming to Him in the still and quiet waiting patiently...but He will answer. This process of being still and patiently waiting is not easy, but over time if we consistently allow ourselves to be surrounded in His presence, we will be rewarded with His blessing and will receive His answer and guidance. I love the Stephen Curtis Chapman song, “Be Still and Know that I am God.” In the song he sings the lyrics, Bow before the Prince of Peace, let the noise and clamor cease, be still and know that He is God. If you are struggling to try and discern God’s voice from what the world may be telling you, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently on Him,” He will listen and He will answer. 

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Psalm 38:15, Psalm 40:1, Psalm 130:6

Action Item |

Are you struggling for answers? Take time out of your busy schedule this week to spend time daily quietly waiting on God.   

Prayer |

Dear Heavenly Father, allow me to be still and know that You are God. Let me cast out all of my anxieties and cares of the world and listen for Your calling. Allow me to experience the feeling of being in your presence by humbling me before You, Father. Thank You for loving me. Amen.  

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Treasure God's Word--Psalm 104:6-7

scripture memoryMarci AnthonyComment

Is it sweet, salty, spicy, cold, hot? Terms you might not consider when you are reading God's word. God calls us to hide, treasure and taste His word. Join the contributors and readers of Sow & Gather in tasting and memorizing God's word this week.

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You covered it with the deep as with a garment; The waters were standing above the mountains. At Your rebuke they fled, At the sound of Your thunder they hurried away.  Psalm 104:6-7

#sowandgather Psalm 104:6-7 The Waters Were Standing Above The Mountains

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How Do We Demonstrate Love To Our Kids?

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Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Psalm 34:11 (NIV)

My first pregnancy was full of surprises as I ventured into territory that was completely new. Words of encouragement and counsel poured in from friends and family and, yet, all of the preparation did not hinder the bountiful moments of astonishment. Everyone told me I would have cravings, yet that late night moment of desperation for ice cream took me by unexpected surprise. The unwarranted tears should not have shocked me, yet they did. My complete and utter disappointment in the lack of flattering clothing should have been a no brainer.

Again, the image in the mirror threw me a real curveball. None was more surprising than the moment my first born was placed in my arms. Every important person in my life had prepared me for the emotions that I would feel for this little human; however, the flood of love and devotion took my breath away. This love for my child was the most natural, innate emotion I had ever experienced. That same wonderment was present with the birth of the other two of my children as well.

It truly should be no surprise that God never has to command us to love our children. God knew we would need the encouragement to love husbands, friends, and enemies; yet, he understood we would by our very nature love these little beings with which he gifts us.

While this love is so very easy, so very intuitive, demonstrating that love has posed its challenges for me along the way. Hugs, words of encouragement, smiles, gifts, and superficial acts have come easy, yet determining what actions prove to my children that I so deeply love them and desire God’s greatest plans for them has stumped me at times.

My oldest is now twenty-two. I almost cannot speak those words, twenty-two, out loud. As I am preparing for the moment I let go of the hand that has grasped mine so many times, reflection has encompassed many a moment. That reflection has led me to understand more clearly those actions that truly demonstrated unconditional love to my children.

Teaching my children about the Jesus of the Bible was a win. In my reflection, I do recognize that there were times that I taught of a Jesus that is not reflected in his written love letter to us. In regret, I know that so many times I taught of a Jesus that condemns, rejects, and only accepts those who are good and righteous. But, oh those moments, those grace moments, when I partnered with Jesus to share of his grace, mercy, lovingkindness, holiness and, yes, even his judgment all wrapped into one God. Those were the teachable moments of sharing God's word, the real slam dunks. Love demonstrated the gifts of God to my three children through the teaching of this Savior…..AH, what a blessed memory!

During this love month, I do not encourage you to love your children, as I recognize that the love a mother has for her children is completely innate. I do, however, encourage you to evaluate your demonstration of love. I implore you, as one who has loved superficially at times, to teach them about this Savior, Jesus. Teach them about his love and grace. Teach them of his plans and his righteousness. Teach them all of Jesus. And yes, at twenty-two years old, they will look to those moments and know you deeply love them.

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Deuteronomy 6

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Ask yourself how you are demonstrating love to your children. Make a list of ways that you can teach your children about the Jesus of the Bible.

Prayer |

Dear Jesus, thank you so much for gifting me with my children. Loving them is so very easy. Thank you for creating in me a natural, innate love for them. Help me as I seek to demonstrate my love for them. Give me wisdom as I seek to teach them all about you. Amen.

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