Learning To Be Still

Learning to be still is difficult for me. Perhaps it is difficult for you as well.

I don’t think I’m ADD. Maybe. But probably not. I know I’m definitely not ADHD. Not with my low energy level. If I’m not ADD, then why do I have so much trouble being still and content with doing only one thing at a time?

In the 70s, I remember multitasking came into vogue. You weren’t productive unless you could accomplish not just two things at once, but three or more.

As the decades passed, this multitasking business seemed to worsen.

When I taught elementary school, you for sure better be able to multitask an extreme number of things at the same time. If not, you were sunk. Never to rise above the foaming waves until the school year ended.

You’ve seen pictures of plates balanced on poles? Yeah. Sort of like that. Drop one and they all fall.

I need to work on learning to be still before God. I need to learn to listen to God without talking to him. I need to sit before God with no agenda or plan. I need to learn how to clear the clutter in my brain so I can hear from God when he speaks.

Instead, I allow my thoughts to bounce all over the place. I fill in the quiet space with prayer, petition, or praise. I think of things I need to do before I can be still. Things I must get out of the way so I can be still without feeling guilty about it.

Often in our world people who produce a product every waking minute, or believe they need some physical sign to show how they spent their time, are somehow considered more worthy than those who do not.

Why is that?

My worth is not dependent on how much I accomplish in any given day. It is not dependent on how much product I churn out. Nor is it dependent on how many good works I do. Those things do not define who I am.

Nope.

My worth is in the fact I am a child of God. Joint heir with Jesus Christ. Beloved.

Doesn’t get much better than that.

What about you? Are you able to block out the world so you can be still and know God without any input on your part? No praying. No singing. Just listening.

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Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God. I am the God above all the nations, and I will be exalted throughout the whole earth. Psalm 46:10 (TPT)

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I wish you well.

Sandy

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To Know Who God Is

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Much like any relationship, in order to know who God is, we need to spend time with him. We need to become familiar with who he is, his character, attributes and names.

When Pilot and I began dating we knew very little about each other. As with anyone, the more time we spent together, the more familiar we became. We discovered what we liked and what we didn’t. Little by little we learned more and more, until the day it became obvious we were meant to spend the rest of our lives together. I imagine that’s how it is with most relationships.

I have a habit of giving people multiple nicknames. It’s just something I do. Perhaps you do the same thing. Perhaps you know the people in your lives so completely you have various names to match their attributes and character.

But what about God?

Have we spent enough time with him to understand and know who he is, and the names that define his character and attributes?

One of the books in my To Be Read pile is Kay Arthur’s Lord, I Want to Know You. It is a devotional study on the names of God.

If we look in a Bible concordance we find reference after reference listing God’s attributes, character and names. Because I haven’t fully studied this subject to any great degree, I tend to limit God to only a handful of names.

Like I said at the beginning of this post, the more time we spend around someone, the more we know and are known.

I want to know God in a more complete way. I want to understand who he is to the fullest of my ability to understand.

In order to do that, I must take the time to be still. To listen. To discover who God truly is so I can worship him more fully and completely.

How about you?

Have you studied the names of God? If so, has it made a difference in how you worship him?

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“Be still, be calm, see, and understand I am the True God. I am honored among all the nations. I am honored over all the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (VOICE)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Be Still And Know

I don’t think I’m ADD. Maybe. But probably not. I know I’m definitely not ADHD. Not with my low energy level. If I’m not ADD, then why do I have so much trouble being still, and content with doing only one thing at a time?

In the 70s, I remember “multitasking” came into vogue. (Along with leisure suits.) You weren’t productive unless you could accomplish not just two things at once, but three, or more.

As the decades passed, this multitasking business seemed to worsen.

When I taught elementary school, you had sure better be able to multitask an extreme number of things at the same time, or you were sunk. Never to rise above the foaming waves until the school year ended.

You’ve seen pictures of plates balanced on poles? Yeah. Sort of like that. Drop one, and they all fall.

I don’t believe multitasking is all that productive for all individuals. Granted, people who work the fast-food drive through windows and flight controllers need to be capable of doing more than one thing at a time, as do mothers, but the rest of us? Maybe not.

All this leads me to my inability to be still and know that God is God. I do not believe my inability is genetic. I believe it is a learned trait.

People who are producing a “product” every waking minute, or believe they need some physical sign to show how their time was spent, are somehow considered more worthy, than those who do not.

Why is that?

My worth is not dependent on how much I accomplish in any given day. It is not dependent on how much product I churn out. Nor is it dependent on how much good works I do. Those things do not define who I am.

Nope.

My worth is in the fact I am a child of God. Joint heir with Jesus Christ. Beloved.

Doesn’t get much better than that.

Yet, I need to work on the being still before God thing. The listen to God without talking to him thing. The sit before God with no agenda or plan thing. The how can I hear from God with all the clutter in my brain thing.

I’m lousy at it. Absolutely lousy.

I allow my thoughts to bounce all over the place. I fill in the quiet space with prayer, petition, or praise. I think of things I need to do before I can be still. Things I must get out of the way, so I can be still without feeling guilty about it.

So, learning to be still is one more thing added to my long list of what I need to work on.

What about you? Are you able to block out the world so you can be still and know God without any input on your part? No praying. No singing. Just listening.

I’d love to hear what works best for you.

Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God. I am the God above all the nations, and I will be exalted throughout the whole earth. Psalm 46:10 (TPT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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