Being Still with God
Sitting still with God can be difficult. I’ve struggled to be still because it didn’t feel productive. I’ve struggled to pray and keep my mind from wondering off a thousand times.
Tonight I began reading Abby Lewis’ book, Blossoming Out of the Valley: Finding Peace and Stillness with God. I bought the book for friends last summer but never got around to reading it myself. Why? Because I was resisting being still AND resisting being wrong. Oooh – that pride is sneaky isn’t it.
But as I read the introduction and first chapter, I found peace instead of guilt. Abby’s approach with stillness to God allows you to have a unique experience with God instead of asking you to do something that worked specifically for her. I really appreciate this and I’m hooked on the book. I realized that I am still with God more than I think I am. My stillness just doesn’t look like what I thought I had to do to be still. I’m a little ADD so stillness with God for me involves typing my thoughts to Him sometimes, driving others and listening to music or a sermon, a change of venue, etc.
In her book, Abby’s description of her stillness with God inspired me. Here is an short excerpt from Chapter 1.
During my time of stillness, I simply listen to Him and experience His presence. I usually say, “God, I am here, and I call out to You. Your Word says that You will answer me and reveal to me great and unsearchable things that I do not know (see Jeremiah 33:3). Lord, I desire to know those things. I want to experience you.”
If want to experience the peace that comes from knowing God, I encourage you to read Abby’s book. And please join me, Sundi Jo, and Abby in an online Bible study using her book. If you join today and order the kindle version of the book, you can start reading along with us tonight. Or you can order your paper copy and catch up easily.
May we all come boldly to Him in quietness trusting Him to meet our needs.
About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.