PREPARE to BE STILL…

I have a heavy heart for so many hurting people and families.  One of the reason I love Face Book is that it has truly increased my prayer life.  Throughout the day I read of hurting people – most are friends/family of Face Book “Friends” and then I take the time to pray for them. Yes, in some instances, Face Book has also become a place of gossip, but for me, it has opened the door for prayer for people I may not otherwise know.  I don’t seek out the details of the need if someone asks for prayer – God knows the details.    When I post “prayers” as a comment,  it is not just a simple word response – it is a heartfelt promise.  Often I find that a person’s post will be on my heart not because they ask for prayer, but because it was full of anger or sadness, etc. and I feel they could use a prayer.

When I am alone in the car, I usually ride in silence and that is when I pray.  If it is a longer drive to work or town, after my prayers are done, I will still enjoy the silence, and then make my mental to do notes and just take a pause from the noise of day to day life.  Sometimes I break the silence with catching up with a friend on my cell phone or listening to KLOVE. 

But yesterday and today my heart has been filled with tears — last night it was for Samuel.  Today, I cried going toMorgantown.  I cried for Baby Isabella and her parents as she continues a courageous battle, the loss of a young son/grandson/nephew, the loss of a father, and my personal friends going through some tough times.  They each weighed heavy on my heart. 

 I so wanted a distraction today to pause the tears after my prayer… I wanted to call someone on the phone to distract me, but those I would call were busy today.  I wanted a song to come over the radio that would speak to my heart but KLOVE wasn’t playing what I needed to hear.  I couldn’t locate my MP3 player in my purse for my playlists of songs for moments like today.  I so wanted a distraction….

BUT God didn’t want me distracted… after my prayer was complete and my heart lay wide open and my eyes were slowly drying from the tears… He wanted me to BE STILL and know that HE is GOD!!!   He heard my prayers… He saw my tears… and He will answer those prayers in HIS time and according to HIS will (not mine). 

How many times do I fill the pauses of life with distractions? How often do I run from point A to point B with my mind constantly swirling of more things to get done?  How many times do I “squeeze” prayer into my life without baring my heart/soul?  How many other times have I ignored Him saying – “I am here with you Sheri.  BE STILL!”?? 

I need to PREPARE to BE STILL by not filling the quiet with distractions… I need to pause after my prayers…  I need to seek the quiet so I can feel his presence and hear his voice whisper BE STILL my child, BE STILL….

Psalm 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God”!

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5 thoughts on “PREPARE to BE STILL…

  1. Kristin February 1, 2012 at 11:50 am Reply

    I am always just a phone call away…and can always use a distraction from my dissertation writing. If you need a friend, just call!

    • sherisoulsearch February 2, 2012 at 12:16 am Reply

      Thanks Kristin… silence is probably what I needed most… just avoid it when possible! But silence is good for the soul and I need to savor it every chance I get!!!

  2. Julie Umbel February 1, 2012 at 1:02 pm Reply

    This was touching Sheri. There is much hurt in the world that we have no control over and all we can do is pray and like you said, listen. God is there!!

  3. Sue Lohr February 2, 2012 at 12:06 am Reply

    Hi Sherri…Pastor Mark just told us at church tonight about your blog……I had to check it out and so very glad I did….I loved reading it and couldn’t agree with you more…..I pray often through the day but also make it a habit to talk to God while I’m driving too…..There are so many people hurting and most of the time all I can do is pray for them, but I believe there is POWER in prayer,,,and I am honored to pray for everyone I can…..Keep up the good work and I will be checking your blog often,,,,By the way, I miss see you on Wednesday nights, and please know I am praying for you and yours also….

    • sherisoulsearch February 2, 2012 at 12:15 am Reply

      Thanks Sue… I love to write and glad it is blessing others… I am trying to write everyday. We miss being there on Wednesdays as well… I have been working some and if not working, dealing with school / homework for Sam. Take care and God Bless!

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