One Word

Looking back on 2014 brings a strong mix of several different emotions. There were blessings that brought happiness, joy, and smiles. There were also blessings in disguise that brought sadness, frustration, and tears. Through all of these blessings, God revealed Himself to me. He brought me closer to Him than I have ever been before. He taught me lessons; lessons I’m still struggling to learn as of this moment. God wrestled with my heart in so many ways and won. I am so thankful for His victory and I plan to use this even more in the new upcoming year. Every new year brings a list of new resolutions in which we strive to be a better person. In with the old and out with the new. Many of the resolutions I’ve made in the past have failed miserably after a week or so. For this new year, I want to do something a little different than making a list of things I want to change. STILLNESS. This new year I want to be still. Stillness is defined as silence, quiet, hush; the absence of motion. Silence. Silence is difficult to find a lot of times in the rush of work, family, and the responsibilities of life in general. Even when there is absolute silence around me, my mind tends to think every imaginable thought one person could think. It is extremely difficult for me to be still. But in the stillness is one beautiful absolute we can find. Jesus. Our Savior. In the stillness we meet Him and His beautiful whispers in our ears. When we quiet our surroundings and quiet our minds, wonderful things can open. He will come in and speak to us, lead us, direct us in the path in life where He longs for us to go to give Him all Glory. Psalms 46:10 states: “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted among all the earth.” In our stillness, we know God and the person of God. Lamentations 3:26 states: “It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord”. The Lord wants us to be still and wait quietly for Him. He wants to meet us in this stillness. My prayer and desire for 2015 is to just be still and meet the Lord in those precious, quiet moments so that I can hear His gentle voice guiding me in the path He wants me to take. In the stillness I want to know my part in His story so that I may bring glory to His name and be a light in this world so that others may see this and be influenced to be still as well, quieting their soul and listening for sweet words of grace, mercy, and love.

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