2.24.2011

Freedom To Be


Are you good at allowing yourself freedom to be?



To slow down...


...sit down...


...and be present without striving or accomplishing? 

God has given me in an unusual season of stillness.
And It's harder than I thought to just be.

Yesterday, I spent three quiet hours in this chair.



Shouldn't I get up and do something with my day?
Does anyone else sit here like this?
Am I wasting time?

Pressure and fear threaten to undo the stillness.

But God speaks...


...and I hear His gentle whisper.

 Shhhh.
It's okay, sweet girl.
This is right where I want you today.

Thank you, Lord...
for this season of stillness.

I don't know how long this season will last...
or what tomorrow holds.

But for today...
I'm free.

A special note to my friends with little ones:

A season of stillness feels so foreign, doesn't it? Days spent in solitude aren't your reality. {I remember it well...the noise, the exhaustion, the clinginess, the mess. } Your BE STILL and BE PRESENT moments aren't spent in a nice chair. They're often spent on the floor...building lego towers, drawing fields of flowers, playing a silly game, reading another story. These are the moments that beckon you to be still and present!   

Moms of older children always say this: I wish I sat with them more, played with them more, read to them more. And most of my teenage friends tell me this: I wish my mom would stop what she's doing and just listen. Can you hear it, sweet friends? Just be.  

The productive, visible accomplishments can wait. Your child will take a BE STILL mama over a PRODUCTIVE mama any day of the week! And for those of you whose children are grown, I bet the same goes for husbands. They love a little time to just be with you!

These are precious days, my friends! 
Let's live in them rather than rush through them.

5 comments:

  1. much truth my friend!!!
    thank you for the reminder
    :)

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  2. Thanks Linsey... I needed to read this today!

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  3. Beautiful thoughts. I'm in the season of life with two little ones so a still moment is rare. Psalm 46:10 has been one of my favorite verses since high school. Very powerful!

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  4. I'm trying to be still lately. I think it's so good for us! I'm working on it. I thought this was a very good post.

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  5. I love your photos and comments. "Just being" is the only way to truly experience His presence and His voice. What a privilege for us to each be "His girl." The photo of the bible and journal really hit home. After being married for 38 years and then divorced, those two items, along with lots of being still, have been my mainstay in the healing process. What a treat to have you for a neighbor and a friend!

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