Be Still and Know God {Thankful Thursdays}

Everywhere we look we’re hearing more and more about efficiency. Businesses hire experts to audit daily operations so they can produce a speedier production. More efficient = more work = more profit. Appliance manufacturers are always introducing the next best thing to help save busy people time. Efficient appliances are supposed to be saving energy, water, and time, but do they work as well as the older appliances? Not according to the loud humming coming from a 1940’s refrigerator I saw on Saturday while at an antique store with my husband. Before the 45-year-old washing machine I had died, it washed better than the new high efficiency machine we bought right before we moved.
Be Still and Know God


Be Still and Know God

Speed has disadvantages. For me, I find hand washing dishes to be more efficient getting the grime off utensils and cookware. Another thing, our water bill is not as high as when we run the washer.

Our world seems smaller now days with fast travel technology that gets us to our destination in a few short hours. At one time goodbyes were thought to be final when a family climbed aboard a wagon to set out across the plains in hopes for a new life. At least those family members were on the same continent and in the same country. Many gave a final goodbye knowing they would never see their loved ones again when they walked upon a ship to cross the ocean.

Most of us live in areas where life is speeding past us. Some are in concrete jungles with steel monsters reaching up to the clouds. Have you stopped to consider the quietness of nature? Away from the busy thoroughfares of life, there is stillness. Fields and forests are quietly waiting for the warmth of the sun and the watery goodness of the rain. A stillness that is growing things.

Quietness is the opposite of noise. It lacks excitement, haste, and confusion. We can find peace and encouragement in the quietness if we just be still. There is so much God wants to show us, but we don’t allow Him. We won’t step out of our efficient life and step into the quiet and slowness we find only in the Lord.
Even Jesus left His ministry to be alone with God. (Matthew 14:23, Mark 1:35, Luke 6:12) When we are willing to slow down and be still, great things are shown to us. Great things that can grow within us.


You can find this week's linkup HERE.

26 comments

  1. Thank you so much for the link-up.

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  2. Thank you so much for this, Lori...both for your wise and thoughtful words and for your gracious party hosting. You are a blessing! I can't help but think of the hymn "Be Still My Soul" as I read your words. I also love the interpretation of "be still" as "let go"...the idea of unclenching my fists and what I am trying to hold in them--releasing it to God instead. Bless you, lovely lady!

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  3. Lori, our older dishwasher was faster and did a better job than the new high efficiency one. Ditto on washing machine. I agree that new isn't always better. I used to like to be busy and out and about. Now I savor quiet and being at home. Thanks for hosting the linkup. There is something rich about being still and experiencing God that fills places busy stimulation empties.

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  4. Wow, thanks for the feature!!! =D

    Great thoughts today; I definitely need the reminder that slowing down is important.

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  5. I love to step back, out of the busyness and noise, into a slower and quieter place :-)

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  6. I loved your post today. God is reminding me that while being productive is good, I still need to slow down and spend time with Him.

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  7. My natural tendency is to chase efficiency. But I’m trying to learn as I get older that efficiency is not the end goal. So I love this: “There is so much God wants to show us, but we don’t allow Him. We won’t step out of our efficient life and step into the quiet and slowness we find only in the Lord.” Thanks, Lori!

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  8. I always need a reminder to slow down and be still before Him. Thank you for hosting a linkup and for this beautiful post!

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  9. Being still is hard for myself Lori. I have always been one to find a way to make things happen. I think the primary reasons God allowed my stroke to take place is to remove my "self-sufficiency" and help me understand my dependence on Him. I am thankful for God and I truly cherish my quiet moments with Him. May we make it a practice to "be still" and leave everything to God as we live for Him. Always a blessing to visit here dear friend. Have a fantastic weekend and may God continue to richly bless you and yours in all your endeavors.

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  10. Yes, Lori. Yes! And even though that slow time with God may not produce a lot of check marks on my do-list, it is the most valuable time of my day.

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  11. I heard a pastor from South Africa say once that we Americans are so busy, busy, busy. He asked when we find time to just sit and think deeply about the things of God. I had to admit most of us neglect that important principle all too often. Thanks for sharing, Lori, and for hosting again this week. Blessings!

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  12. You're welcome, Debbie. Thanks for linking up.

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  13. Thank you for your kind words, Elizabeth. Learning to be still and let God have control can be hard, but so important.

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  14. My new washing machine takes FOREVER to wash. I don't see how longer washing time is any more energy efficient than the fast older models.

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  15. You're welcome, Casey.

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  16. It's very nice to slow down a bit.

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  17. Thanks, Heather. There is nothing like spending time with Jesus.

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  18. Thanks for linking up, Becky.

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  19. Thank you for sharing these encouraging words, Horace.

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  20. With all that I have going on, spending time with the Lord is my most valuable time also.

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  21. He is right, we are simply too busy to spend time thinking on the things of the Lord.

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  22. You are so right, Lori. The speed of this world is out of control. I am always a work in progress in the area of being still. I'm much better than I have ever been, but it's a daily intentional effort! Thank you for hosting #ThankfulThursdays!

    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

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  23. Yes I need my quite time with the Lord every morning! thanks Lori.

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  24. I'm a work in progress also, Lori.

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