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Time To Get Back Up

This afternoon I was going through my scripture/encouragement photo cards and came across this wonderful yet simple quote by Beth Moore. I love this quote only because I’ve been feeling a bit beaten down by everything I’ve been going through the past few months. My devotional/prayer time has been lacking which is affecting the Stillness blog.

I really don’t have much to say but wanted to encourage you to just keep getting back up if you are feeling like you’ve been knocked down a few notches. Psalm 37:24 says, “Though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.”


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Happy Father’s Day!

“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

I took this picture one evening while my husband, youngest daughter and I were waiting for her photography awards ceremony. We had gotten to the location too early and decided to head down to Gas Works Park to hang out. This park is on the site of the former Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant. Much of the old plant has been reconditioned and can be played on while other parts of the plant stand as old ruins.

It is the old ruins that drew my attention because they have withstood the test of time. They may be rusted and people have written graffiti all over them but they still stand.

I chose this verse for Father’s Day because it reminds me of the role men play in the lives of their families. Men, you are a vital part of your family. You watch over them. You show them the way to Jesus by your faith in Him. Thank you for all you do for you families!

Happy Father’s Day!

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Thanksgiving and Prayer

I have come to the part of my daily bible reading where I’ve had to say good-bye to David. In I Chronicles 29 we see his life is coming to an end and his son, Solomon, now sits on the throne. There are several things David observed at the end of his life.

  1. He willingly gave along with the rest of the people – I Chronicles 29:3-8
  2. He did so with joyful hearts and much rejoicing – I Chronicles 29:9
  3. He praised the Lord – I Chronicles 29:10
  4. He prayed – I Chronicles 29:11-19
  5. He worshiped – I Chronicles 29:20

I love this example of how we should be living as Believers – Giving with a joyful heart, praising the Lord, spending time in prayer and worship.

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Through The Sea

I have never ceased to be amazed at the story of the Lord parting the Red Sea for the Israelites to pass through. As a child I use to imagine walking on the dry ground while the sea stood up on either side of me. I was reminded of this story when I read Psalm 77:19, Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.”

A few thoughts come to mind when I read this verse:

• Sometimes trials and difficulties cause us to stand before mighty waters.

• Sometimes God calls us through those mighty waters. It seems impossible. It feels like there is no way out. It is frightening.

• But like the Israelites, He will give us a clear path through the mighty waters.

Whatever you are going through I pray that you will remember the One that goes before you. He knows what you are facing. He knows the plan He has for you to get through it. You just need to trust Him and allow Him to open that path through the mighty waters.

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Anxiety Within Me

“When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’ your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” Psalm 94:18-19

I am a worry wort. I am often full of anxiety and worry about the silliest things. Sometimes my husband hears my worries and tells me, “I never even think about stuff like that.”

Worry is a habit and one that I have fostered all my life. Worry always leads to anxiety as I allow my anxious thoughts to take root and deepen. Over the years I have learned to curb this habit as I learn to take all my thoughts to the Lord. When I pray over my silly worries I realize they truly are not worth a second of my time.

I’m not always good at keeping on top of this habit of worry. Usually it is during fearful or difficult times that my worry defenses start to fall and I find myself slipping into anxiety. I feel just like the Psalmist describes how he felt when the near disaster in his life was causing him to feel like his feet were going out from under him. I have learned that I cannot stand upright when I choose to take my focus off the Lord and onto my anxious thoughts. Anxious thoughts are like running down a steep hill. If you pick up enough speed you will fall head over heals to the bottom.

I pray that if you are experiencing some fearful times that you keep your focus on the Lord. He is right by your side ready to pick you up when your feet start slipping out from under you.

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Hearing & Vision Check

Every year I make a trip to see my doctor for my annual checkup. I’m not a fan of being at any clinic or hospital. I know that one little visit can change your life forever so going in tends to give me anxiety no matter what I’m going in for. This past week I read through Proverbs 4 and came across a few verses that reminded me of how important it is to give yourself a little spiritual hearing and vision checkup.

“Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching.” Proverbs 4:1-2

Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.  I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.” Proverbs 4:10-12

Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.” Proverbs 4:25

There are seasons in my life where I don’t feel as close to the Lord. I feel like I’m wading through the muck of life and am barely able to digest what I’m reading. It is in those times I need to hit the pause button on life and start to focus on what God is telling me each morning I spend with Him.

How is your spiritual hearing and vision doing? When we correct our hearing and vision we are able to see our path clearly, “Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways” (verse 26). We will also be able to keep ourselves from going down the wrong path, “Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil” (verse 27).

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Taking Time Off

Good Morning Stillness readers!

I wanted to let you know that I will be taking this week off from blogging. My husband was involved in a serious motorcycle accident last week and I need to concentrate on helping with his recovery. I don’t want to get too personal but I will let you know that he will recovery. When we walked out of the ER one doctor commented, “It is good to see you walk out of here because most people in your situation don’t.” We are so thankful for the Lord watching over my him like He did.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.