A few weeks ago, I asked our fans on Facebook to vote for their favorite scriptures. I did this because I wanted to be sure and feature scriptures on new products that connected with my audience. After a few hours of voting, it was clear that Psalm 46:10 was the number one choice.
He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
- Psalm 46:10
I'll be the first to admit that "being still" isn't easy for me nor am I an expert. I tend to overthink, overanalyze, and dwell on my problems like most people. However, I've found a few ways that force me to be still and let God in so He can take control.
Journaling is one of the most effective ways to gain control of your emotions. You can journal the Word, your prayers, or whatever you'd like. Here are some journal prompts to get you started:
You'll find yourself more at peace after journaling. Also, you're usually reminded that God is all-knowing and to trust His plans.
Self-care looks different for everyone, but most people don't do enough of it because they feel guilty. Self-care can mean going on a movie date alone, treating yourself to a pedicure, trying out a new face mask while reading a new book, or my favorite- indulging in a cupcake from my favorite bakery.
Self-care is essential for being still because it forces you to remove yourself from negative thoughts and focus on yourself. Pampering yourself is good for the soul and I guarantee it will cause you to pause and be still.
Whenever I feel myself starting to overthink a situation and go down this dark tunnel of negativity, I stop myself as soon as I realize it and declare peace and calmness over my life. Sometimes I say, "Not today Satan!" like our Not Today Satan mug. Other times, I say "God, grant me peace". You don't have to say a lot for God to change your mood. He wants you to be still and the only thing you have to do is claim it.
This might be the hardest one for most people, but I usually unplug in order to be still. I turn off my phone, close my laptop, and stay off social media. Misery loves company, and you can usually find that company on social media. Everyone runs to the internet with their problems and it only heightens yours. Don't take comfort in social media, but instead unplug and spend time with the Lord.
The BEST way to be still is to spend time with Jesus. God's Word is full of promises that will let you know the only thing you need to do is to be still. Here are a few scriptures on the topic:
“The LORD will fight for youwhile you keep still.” Exodus 14:14
But Moses told the people,“Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again.” - Exodus 14:13
Now then, stand still and see this great thing the LORD is about to do before your eyes! - 1 Samuel 12:16
Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. - Psalm 37:7
Your turn: Is God telling you to be still? How do you plan on being still?
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