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A Time to Be Still

Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.
Psalm46: 10

Picture this. It is a cold 25-degree morning. You are sitting in a quiet, warm room. There is no traffic outside. Everything is still. There is such a feeling of peace around you. That is exactly where I am today as I write this devotion. I can feel God’s arms around me. Why don’t I do this more often?

We don’t seem to have many of these “still times,” do we? Our society doesn’t really know how to “be still.” Our lives are busy and noisy. Our homes are noisy. We will
all agree that traffic is noisy.

We must not allow the busyness of our lives to separate us from God’s peace. If we are to maintain righteous minds and compassionate hearts, we must take time each day for prayer and meditation. God tells us to quiet our minds so that He can speak to us. We need time to reflect. Just as our bodies and minds need rest, so does our soul.

Do you have a devotional life, a quiet time with God? We need to make some still time each day to read the Word, worship God, and pray. I find the early mornings to be best for me. This quiet time alone with God will put us in contact with reality--the things that will last. We often spend too much time on things that have no eternal value.

In these still times, just read the Word and receive it as though God is speaking to you personally. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you into the truth God wants you to receive in this quiet time.

The beginning of a new year is a good time to make “still times” in your life. Times of stillness can be a great teacher. Best of all, they are times where God can speak to us.

Father, I pray for a strong desire to spend time with you each day.

Georgia Andrus

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