Saturday, February 19, 2011

The new button.

As you can see, I have added a new button to my blog. It's the "One Word 2011" button that is on the right top corner of the blog. Several months ago, my friend Jodie wrote a blog about naming her year. The idea caught my eye and my heart. I named my year, The Year of Being Still. I tend to run, run, run all the time, somedays leaving me oblivious to the day that just ended. I named it the year of being still, hoping to find some peace in the midst of a crazy life. Too much worry and not enough trust. That's my issue. Worrying that if I don't get it done...who will. All the while, yanking my life right out of God's hands, like a bratty toddler. I tend to stay so busy, that I miss so much. Those particular things that God wants me to see and embrace. To soak in. The truth is...I want more trust and I want more of Him. I was skimming over a couple of blogs I follow, when I found this button on Grit and Glory. I clicked on it and it reminded me of my year naming. I had almost forgotten that I had even named my year. Out of sight, out of mind...I guess. Or...lack of dedication on my part. I don't want to be that person who doesn't finish what she started, and it's not like it was a "paint the house from top to bottom" mission. It was a simple task. Remembering to "be still". I put the button on my blog hoping that it will remind me of "being still" each day. Or, to put it as the button says in one word form...STILL. Still doesn't necessarily mean that I do nothing. It means that I don't have to do so much. I like that. I want that. I need that. still-motionless, free from disturbance or agitation, silent, hushed, soft or subdued, the absence of sound or noise It simply means...slow down, don't fret, relax...let God move you (me). My mind does tend to be noisy sometimes. Constantly reminding me of this, that and the other. I don't want to let anything disturb me from knowing God's heart. I don't like agitation. Who does? I want "soft and subdued". I want to sit in the silence of my Father's presence. Soaking Him up and praising Him endlessly. I want to be "hushed" by my Maker, so that I may hear Him more clearly. I don't want to miss Him. I want to see Him in all things. I want to taste the sweetness of all His goodness. So...here I sit in my stillness, once again. Enjoying the peace. Saturating in my Father's love. Allowing, as Mrs. Grit and Glory put it so beautifully..."an undercurrent of God's grace and faithfulness" to guide and carry me gently along. Psalm 37:7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patienly for Him. Solomon 2:3-5 Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down in his shade with great delight and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. Sustain me with cakes of raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am lovesick. *If you are a blogger, feel free to snatch the button for your own blog. And if you are simply a devoted blog reader...I encourage you to name your year, write it down, and put in on your refrigerator.

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