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Heart Be Still

Clouds thunder outside our windows as we watch the rain come down in sheets over the salt water lagoon. My kids’ noses press against the glass. In the middle of a gloomy day, the storm slows the rush.

So much to do, so few hours. School to finish, friends to see, plans to make, iPhone distraction, dinner to serve, kitchen to clean, work to finish, and….

I hear the my grandmother’s old Grandfather clock ticking somewhere in the background of my mind. I remember the stillness of stormy days spent at her house. I could always hear the clock tick.

With each breath, the clock slows.

I pause.

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My nose presses against the cold glass. I watch the storm.

For just a few minutes, hours don’t pass; the seconds thrum and God speaks.

Heart be still.

In the storm, in the busyness, heart. be. still.

I quiet my heart and listen: to His heart beat, His Word to me, His promises.

We hurry.

He waits.

We rush.

He stills.

We feel overwhelmed.

He calms the storm.

Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall enjoy much peace… If you refuse to be hurried and pressed, if you stay your soul on God, nothing can keep you from that clearness of spirit which is life and peace. In that stillness you know what His will is.  -  Amy Carmichael

Be still and know that I am God. –Ps 46:10

The Lord Himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.–Exodus 14:14

Be still in the presence of the Lord and wait patiently for Him to act. –Ps. 37:7

When Jesus woke up, He rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly, the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.

And this righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever.–Isaiah 32:17

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19 thoughts on “Heart Be Still

    • Yes, my son lives the Broncos! We can’t get that hat off him. He even sleeps in it! By the way, we’re headed to Africa this spring. I’ll post on it the next day or two. Blessings to you!

  1. Thank you for your post on Heart Be Still. It was just what I needed to read. Have you read any of Fr. Richard Rohr’s books on contemplation. Your poem is a wonderful explanation of what he advocates as prayer. You have a great talent and are using it well!

    • Thank you! You are an encourager! No, I haven’t read any of his books. I’ll have to check his books out. Thank you for the suggestion!!! I appreciate it. Blessings to you today!

  2. I would recommend Rohr’s book “Invisible Diamon” as a good one to reflect his thought. Also I think his book “Falling Upward” is excellent about the two parts of our lives.

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