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Sunday Stillness – God tells us to Sit Still

Sunday Stillness – God tells us to Sit Still

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Lately I have been having a hard time settling into a quiet time with the Lord. Does that happen to you?

This morning I finally said, “SIT STILL, Jan.” And I did. I sat so still I fell asleep. But that’s not bad either. At least I stopped. I felt a stillness I haven’t felt in a while.

It reminded me of my first time trying to sit still. Really I couldn’t sit for more than 5 minutes. Now I could sit still but I always feel like there are other things pressing on my time.

Really? – other things more pressing than being with God, Himself?

Oh no. That’s not good.

I felt a peace and calmness that I haven’t reached for a while.

Lately have been reading, studying, and thinking. Praying, petitioning. I’ve had an active brain.

I recalled reading Ron Hughes’ terrific book, called Refresh.

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What’s been going on in my life Ron calls a “mental racket”.

My brain has played a rock concert for the past month.

At least now I know what I have been missing. I need to stop after praying and reading the Bible. I need to focus on Jesus. Get Still.

I must take that time – to quieten my thoughts before God.

Here is an acronym to help you and me to remember what being still and in God’s presence really means

PEACE

P – Put

E – Everything

A – Aside

C – Calm

E – Ensues

Take time with Jesus today. You will be glad you did.

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I must take that time – to quieten my thoughts before God. (click to tweet)

I found this video to express exactly what I have been feeling. We sang it on Sunday.

The words in the second first really meant a lot to me:

Take time to be holy, the world rushes on
Spend much time in secret with Jesus alone.

Today is Sunday Stillness.

Last week my post was called Quiet Moments and I posted a picture of a deer. Here is my latest meeting with a deer. I hope you enjoy.

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request. Janis also is a contributor to Hope Stream Radio. Join her on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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You can find her on Facebook, and Twitter. Tadeo has his own Facebook Page.

 

 

 

 

 

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STILL SATURDAYS @SANDRAHESKAKING
PLAYDATES @LAURABOGGESS
THE WEEKEND BREW @BARBIESWIHART
TITUS TUESDAYS @CORNERSTONE CONFESSIONS
THE SUNDAY COMMUNITY – #GIVE ME GRACE @SEE SPEAK HEAR MAMA
SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS – @SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS
MOTIVATION MONDAYS – @EMBRACINGHISWILLSHARING HIS BEAUTY – @THEBEAUTYINHISGRIP

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Sunday Stillness – Quiet Moments

Sunday Stillness – Quiet Moments

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A number of years ago (2006) I published my first devotional. I called it Quiet Moments,
published by The Upper Room Devotional.

In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation (Psalm 5:3 (NIV).

THE deer’s eyes stared into mine. She did not move except for a gentle twitch of her tail. We watched each other for a while. Then slowly and carefully she turned and walked away. I was captivated with her long, graceful legs and her gentle footsteps. Such beauty, in my own backyard!

I felt God’s presence then — the peace, the gentleness. That’s the way I feel when I talk to God in the quiet of the early morning. I wait, I listen; God comes. As I lay all my thoughts, ideas, worries, and desires before my Creator, God releases me from any anxiety I feel.

To read more follow Quiet Moments.  I encourage you to follow the link and continue reading my thoughts. Comments can be left on the Upper Room website or back here.

Today is Sunday Stillness – take time to relax in God’s presence.

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As I lay all my thoughts, ideas, worries, and desires before my Creator, God releases me from any anxiety I feel. (click to tweet)

 

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request. Janis also is a contributor to Hope Stream Radio. Join her on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Tadeo-Turtle-Cover-large-web

You can find her on Facebook, and Twitter. Tadeo has his own Facebook Page.

 

 

 

 

 

I sometimes link to:

STILL SATURDAYS @SANDRAHESKAKING
PLAYDATES @LAURABOGGESS
THE WEEKEND BREW @BARBIESWIHART
TITUS TUESDAYS @CORNERSTONE CONFESSIONS
THE SUNDAY COMMUNITY – #GIVE ME GRACE @SEE SPEAK HEAR MAMA
SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS – @SPIRITUAL SUNDAYS
MOTIVATION MONDAYS – @EMBRACINGHISWILLSHARING HIS BEAUTY – @THEBEAUTYINHISGRIP

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Are You Astonished by Nature?

Are You Astonished by Nature? – Part of Watchful Wednesdays

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We have the privilege of living in the beauty of God’s world – trees, animals, lakes, lush vegetation. This week as we got ready for our morning walk we saw two fawns as soon as we opened our door. They love the apples from our apple tree. As I shot pictures from our doorway I was in awe of how beautiful they are. As we went down our driveway we expected the deer to run away but instead we found them grazing in the ditch by the road. We kept our little dog back as I shot a video. One fawn approached me as I took the picture. I am not sure how close she would have come if Snowball hadn’t barked.

Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert (Isaiah 35:6, NIV).

Here is the video from the morning.

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