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Be Still Because It is in the Stillness That He will Meet Us

“Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am GOD.” (Ps. 46:10 Amplified Bible)

As I write this blog, I’m listening to Elevation Worship’s new song “Here Again.”

“I’m not enough,

unless You come,

will You meet me

here again?

Cause all I want is

all You are,

will you meet me

here again?”

“Just what does that have to do with being still?” you ask.

Everything.

Because it is in the stillness that we understand we are not enough. Unless He comes and meets us in the stillness.

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Merriam-Webster defines “still” as

uttering no sound: quiet;

subdued, muted, calm, tranquil

free from noise or turbulence

Don’t you love those words? There is such peace in the word tranquil. It gives me a visual picture of a lake—no ripples, no movement—just a calm, placid lake. Serene. Quiet. Still.

In the midst of our crazy-busy day, may we find pockets of time where we can sit at the feet of Jesus. Where we can be tranquil, calm, free from noise or turbulence. Where we can be still and know that He is GOD.

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A Contemplative Life: Be Still and Know

A few weeks ago, I wrote and posted a blog titled “She Led a Contemplative Life.” If you missed it, click on the title in the column on the right side of this page (then come back to this page). In that post, I wrote about receiving a word from the Lord that he was going to bring a time of refreshing, rest, renewal to me. So that I could recognize this time of refreshing, I knew that I would have to make some changes.

Over the next week or so, I began to think about what those changes should be. I asked the Lord what I needed to do to prepare myself for this time of refreshing and he gave me Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.”

Me? Be still? Surely he is joking. I am never still. Even when I try to be still, a foot is tapping, a finger is itching and my mind is flying in one hundred different directions at the same time.

So this morning, I went on a treasure hunt to see how other versions of the Bible interprets this verse. Here are a few of those translations:

“Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God.” (Amplified Bible)

“Stand silent! Know that I am God!” (Living Bible)

“Step out of the traffic! Take a long,
loving look at me, your High God,
above politics, above everything.” (The Message)

“Cease striving and know that I am God!” (New American Standard Bible)

“Surrender your anxiety!
Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God.” (The Passion Translation)

“Be still, be calm, see, and understand I am the True God.” (The Voice)

“Stand silent!” “Step out of the traffic.” “Cease striving” “Surrender your anxiety.” “Be still, be calm, see and understand that I am the True God.” WOW!

Over the next several days, I’m going to take each of those statements and break them down to the bare bones. What do they mean – for you, for me? How can we implement these verses in our lives?

Stay with me. I truly believe God is about to bring a time of refreshing into all our lives.

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Book Review: “Longing for a Miracle”

Ruth Logan Herne is a best-selling author who has published over 50 books. The latest that hit the shelves earlier this year is “Longing for a Miracle.”

“Longing for a Miracle” is full of heart-wrenching emotions – anguish, hope, anger, happiness, grief. It tells the story of forgiveness, of reconciliation, of redemption and of love.

Tasha Sorkos has come home for the weekend to help her mother, aunt and cousin pack up her grandmother’s house and move her to an apartment.

Rafe Karralis has come home from a high-paying job to help save his grandparents’ restaurant.

It is close to the holidays, but Tasha doesn’t celebrate. She suffered a tremendous loss three years prior and still grieves that loss, especially during the holidays. She hasn’t decorated in three years, has not gone to Christmas parties or pageants or plays or concerts. She merely survives until January.

Rafe has come home to help at the restaurant, but more importantly, he has brought his five-year-old daughter, Alexia, home to his grandparents’ house. He wants to give her the best Christmas possible. According to her doctors, it will be her last Christmas.

I will not give away any more information but will encourage you to read this book. I promise you won’t regret it. It will lift your spirits, bless you abundantly and who knows? It may even make you believe in miracles.

This book was given to me as a Mobi file as an award for a contest. The review is my opinion.

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“She Led a Contemplative Life”

Contemplative – it seems to be the latest buzz word. It is pronounced differently today than back in my day. Back then, (and no, it wasn’t in the dark ages), the accent was on the syllable “pla” so that it sounded like contemplaaative. Now the accent is on “temp” so it sounds like conTEMPlative. Same word, different accents, same meaning.

Mirriam-Webster defines contemplative as: given to or marked by long, quiet thinking; involving, allowing or causing deep thought; devoted to religious thought and prayer.

I recently started working on Sunday mornings as the lead teacher for the 2-year-olds at a local church. They have a time of fellowship before the worship service begins, and they bring in a coffee truck for members to purchase a cup of coffee or tea while they mingle and talk with other members and visitors. If one works or volunteers with the children, one’s coffee is free. As I stood in line to get my coffee, a woman walked up to me, introduced herself, told me she was part of the prophetic ministry at this church and asked if I would mind if she gave me a prophecy. (Please keep reading! This is not a blog about whether or not prophesy is real, for today, etc.) I told her I didn’t mind and she proceeded to tell me that she believed the Lord wanted me to know that He has a time of refreshing for me, that it will be like I’m standing under a waterfall and refreshing, renewal and rest will flood over me. She ended by saying that this time of refreshing is near. I thanked her and she walked away.

You are probably wondering what that prophecy has to do with being contemplative. Keep reading – I’m getting there.

On the Tuesday following that Sunday, I heard a devotion and the speaker used St. Judith of the 14th century as an example. One sentence stood out to me: “She led a contemplative life.” It immediately occurred to me that is one way for a time of refreshing to occur. Not that I have to manufacture a time of refreshing – God will bring it to pass in His timing. But spending more time in thought, prayer, journaling, reading the Bible can prepare me for that time of refreshing.

What does this have to do with you? I don’t know of anyone who is not crazy-busy these days and with the holidays just around the corner, will be even busier. Who among us could not use more quiet time? What if we begin today spending more time in thought, prayer, journaling and reading the Bible–how would that change our daily lives? Yes, we may have to give up some things to do this – TV, social media and other distractions – but I am sure if we do give up those things, God will meet us in our contemplation.

So, who will join me in leading a contemplative life?

Please leave a comment to let me know you are joining me.

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BOOK REVIEW:Never the Twain

Delia Latham has written Book 2 of the Hummingbird Hollow series, “Never the Twain,” and it is just as charming as Book 1, “Hummingbird Kisses.”

Inn the Hollow is a beautiful inn located in the middle of Hummingbird Hollow and is surrounded by  gorgeous flowers, gardens, and a lush, green forest. Inn the Hollow is owned by Toni Littlebird, a Native American, who has the “gift” of communicating with the thousands of hummingbirds that live in the hollow. It’s almost spiritual to watch her talk to and “listen” to the hummingbirds.

Cass Townsend has been forced by her family to take a two-week vacation from the family business before total burn-out takes over.

Ryder Hayes is hoping to buy an Arabian Horse located on a ranch not too far from Hummingbird Hollow.

Both have reservations at Inn the Hollow.

Cass is Miss Propriety – almost to perfection, if such a thing were possible. Never a hair out of place and always dressed for the occasion. A savvy business woman, she never relaxes.

Ryder is a fun-loving, hard-working down-to-earth kinda guy. He loves to joke, but is a true gentleman.

When the two meet, sparks began to fly.

“Never the Twain” is a delightful story–one that the reader will long remember after the last page. I highly recommend this book!

This book was given to me by the author for the sole purpose of reading and writing a review. The opinions expressed in this review are the reviewer’s only.

 

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Book Review: Love Waits

Love Waits is the latest book in the Davenport series by Judah Knight. The adventure continues as Jon and Meg Davenport, their niece, Lacey Henderson and her boyfriend, Kerrick Daniels, search for buried treasure. Love Waits is an action-packed, suspense-filled story, with romance woven throughout the novel. Knight does such a great job of describing the scenery, readers can visualize themselves in the midst of the advevnture. Authentic details add to the reality of the story.

Although Love Waits is Book Five in the Davenport Series, it can be read as a stand-alone novel. However, if you have not read Books 1-4, I would encourage you to do so. Join in from the very beginning and follow the Davenports as they live the adventures of a lifetime!

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Book Review: The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement

THE GIFT OF PROPHETIC ENCOURAGEMENT – HEARING THE WORDS OF GOD FOR OTHERS

Author: Debbie Kitterman

I appreciate receiving an advanced copy of this book from the publisher, Chosen Publishing.

 Have you ever wondered about prophesy? What does it mean? What does the Bible say about it?

Wonder no more! Debbie Kitterman answers these questions and more in her newly-released book The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement – Hearing the Words of God for Others.

Even the word “prophesy” can make people wary. Ms. Kitterman explains prophesy, and all that it entails,  in easy-to-understand terminology. In addition to the information in each chapter, she adds “Go Deeper” – questions to help the reader think about points made in that chapter; “Activation Prayer” and “Activate Encouragement” – prayers and encouragement to help the reader on their journey to understanding prophesy.

The Gift of Prophetic Encouragement – Hearing the Words of God for Others should be at the top of your reading list. It will answer your questions and will bless you so that you may bless others with prophetic encouragement!