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Hush, My Child

My grandson Kaleb has been picking out a weekly Bible verse for me by choosing from cards with a verse on each one. This week he chose Psalm 46:10,

“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

A verse I think of often.

As I meditated on it this week, I wondered what it meant to be “still”? Merriam-Webster defines it as meaning:

  • Devoid of or abstaining from motion
  • Uttering no sound, quiet
  • Calm, tranquil
  • Free from noise or turbulence

I like the thought of resting quietly in the Presence of God. God is saying, “Hush my child, be quiet and trust Me.”

In this fast-paced and chaotic world, it is difficult to be quiet.

How many times have I asked God for something, to answer a prayer or help me with a trial in my life, but have I lingered in His presence to hear His response? Not often, I am sad to admit. I usually throw up a quick prayer, hope God is listening, and I move on with my day. I am sometimes too busy with my day that I forget who is the Giver of my days.

My thoughts are all over the place and they are far from “still.” I read a recent study that says humans have about 6,200 thoughts per day. Wow, that is a lot and how many of them flip flop back and forth? I must tell my anxious thoughts to be still, to shut up the thoughts and ideas that hinder me from following God. I must hear what God is saying…I must acknowledge He is God. He is in control. He is aware of the situation and He will be exalted through it all. I must trust Him.

Being silent or still before God can seem awkward at first. But it is the time that the Holy Spirit speaks into our heart.

We need to be still to hear His voice, to receive His peace, His joy, His guidance.  The next time we pray, let us pause to remember that He is God and deserves our attention and praise.

Laugh, it is Good.

I was feeding my grandson, Kaleb some carrots. He really likes them! I was giving him a bite and my face was close to his. We were deep in conversation as he enjoyed his lunch. He was making faces and smiling at me. That’s when it happened…

No time for me to react. As he smiled so sweetly at me, he sneezed. A BIG sneeze. Aaaa, ahhh….choo! Carrots went flying all over my face! I was covered with orange carrot freckles & baby spit!

I just had to laugh. I laughed so much my belly hurt. It makes me think of all the blessings I have in my life. All the times I can choose joy!

“A man (or woman) has joy by the answer of his (or her) mouth and a word spoken in due season , how good it is!” Proverbs 15:23

How we react to situations effects the outcome. I know this situation is silly, is light and invokes laughter. How can I not laugh. Kaleb had the biggest grin..not knowing what was so funny. Buy Grammy was laughing and that made us both happy.

Sometimes things happen to us during our day and perhaps we react in anger or another emotion and that makes us miss the moment to speak or react in JOY.

JOY, JOY, JOY…I choose to speak and react with JOY