If quieting the mind is a gift, then stillness is a treasure.
I had no idea when I wrote Show me your Glory what the months after would hold. Turning on the news is painful. There are times when simply scrolling through Instagram leaves me in tears. Our world as a whole is hurting. So now more than ever I want to challenge my sisters to lean in and hear Gods' heart whisper to yours.
You see, God is a gentleman. He wont shout, yell or scream for your attention. He won't demand that you turn towards him. He wont force his way into your world, but His world is always available to you.
There is a certain intentionality involved in stillness. It means taking the scriptures, His truths, and wrapping your mind around them until they become your own. In these moments of meditation you can separate the sane from the insane. You can trash the lies and cling to the truth. You can quiet the calamity of the world and find peace in the presence of the one who holds it all together, knowing that He wont ever let you go. Leaning into God and resting on His word creates a haven of security that he wants you to have and carry with you every single day.
(excerpt from chapter 3 of Show me your Glory)
Some people may refer to the act of stillness as meditating, centering oneself, or calming from within. No matter what you call it, stillness is essential to experiencing Gods' glory.
The art of being still has been lost for much of modern day Christianity. To be able to truly quiet all of the external and internal noise is to create a place of calm and peace. Stillness is the quiet restful place inside of you were you encounter the presence of God. It is about allowing God to have precedence over every single distraction. It is about experiencing peace and rest knowing God is at work doing things that only He can; stillness is about tapping into Gods glory as often as you are willing to slow down to see it.
In stillness we reflect on the word of God, we release our prayers, and we wait expectantly on God to show up. In stillness we find our answers, inspiration, and motivation. In stillness we hear the Holy Spirit whisper to us the perfect will of God. In stillness we find rest knowing that God has carefully planned and executed every detail of our life according to his perfect will- for our good and for His glory. In stillness we reboot, recharge, and emerge energized for the task before us.
You can practice stillness anywhere.
Here are some tips for practicing stillness.
-Listen to soothing music, allowing all the muscles in your body to relax, and allow your thoughts to slow down until they fade away.
-Pick and repeat a phrase of adoration and offer praise to God (ie. “Thank you father”, “I love you father”, “You are good God”, etc.)
In this place of stillness accept and receive the love that God has for you. Allow yourself to rest in this still place as you become less and he becomes greater you will experience God’s glory.
What has been keeping you attention lately? When was the last time you were able to truly be still?