Thursday, May 19, 2011

Be Still



Declutter: tto simplify or get rid of mess, disorder, complications, etco si
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I've had a hard time "finding my words" lately, which is weird for me because I like to think I'm a talker and words are never lacking for me. Sometimes that's a great thing. Sometimes...not so much. Sometimes I just need to be quiet and listen.

I've been feeling a need to declutter. To clear my mind, my heart, my soul...

Ever feel that way? Like, you just know God wants to tell you something but sometimes there's a bit of a static, making it hard to hear? He's revealing some of those things to me....that "static" in my life and as I sort through it all, declutter, and process, I'm finding it hard to speak.

Today I was driving somewhere by myself. All by myself... No kids. This hardly ever happens. I turned on some of my favorite worship music and prayed for a while. Then the music stopped and it was quiet. All I could hear was the road under my tires and rain drops hitting my windows. I thought "wow it is so quiet" and the Lord spoke to me and said this is how I want your heart and mind- quiet, so that all you will hear is my voice.

Sometimes I get caught up in "stuff"...small stuff, stupid stuff, big stuff, doesn't matter...just "stuff." And I dwell way too much on it, that my mind is a jumbled mess of thoughts...thoughts that are not doing me any good, or producing anything positive. My heart isn't right and my thoughts reflect it.

Don't you know that's exactly what the enemy wants---to get us consumed by "stuff" that our hearing of the Lord and His leading is muffled. Gosh, I don't know about you, but I do not ever want to have my hearing muffled. And yet, it does. It happens, to all of us.

All it takes though is a bit of "house cleaning"...clearing out the negative distractions, listening and obeying the promptings of the Holy Spirit and getting rid of those things in your life that are not bearing any good fruit.

I don't know why I'm sharing this. Maybe it's just me, or maybe there is someone else out there feeling the same way. Maybe God's trying to tell you to declutter---get your heart and mind free from the distractions, so He can speak to you. Often times we're praying for answers, but while we're talking and praying, God is speaking. We may hear Him if only we stop...be still, get quiet and listen.

It's good to pray, don't get me wrong. Heck it's not just good, it's vital. But there are also times where we just need to be quiet and listen. The words we're trying to hear just might be a moment of stillness away.















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4 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing! This is exactly how I've been feeling lately, I just couldn't find the words. Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU♥

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  2. i love this and that from pinterest is beautiful! hugs friend!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. I very, very much appreciated your honest grappling with this today. I feel exactly the same way. In fact, I was just about to go to my blog to write this very post...and then I read yours. Sometimes I find myself fighting for myself for no other reason than I just don't want to stop moving. I need to be still more often. Thank you.

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  4. hi laura! what a lovely post. i saw you today on heather's blog and clicked over b/c i LOVE that verse. and i love your words to go along with it. nice to meet you.

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