Thursday, June 17, 2010

Be Still and Know

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This morning I was feeling very stressed. My depression is surfacing again, and I was feeling sort of frantic, wanting to do whatever I could to free myself from it.  As I prayed and tried to calm my heart, what kept coming to mind was this:
Be still, and know that I am God...
I confess that I haven't fully wrapped myself in those words today--I'm still trying--but I am leaning on the promises in these words:

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1)
 
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
 
And these lines, not from Scripture, but from the late singer/songwriter Rich Mullins:
Sometimes the climb can be so steep
I may falter in my steps
But never beyond Your reach
There's no doubt that life is hard.  There's always some challenge, isn't there?  Sometimes I wish that I'd have a season that's easy:  I'd like to wake up in the morning without a feeling of dread and have more smiles than tears.  But I can take comfort in knowing that, no matter what happens, God is always with me.

Another singer/songwriter, Mark Schultz, sums it up this way:
Even when it feels like there is no one holding me
Be still my soul
Be still and know
Be still my soul
He is 
Challenges are part of life.  I'm just thankful that I don't have to face them alone.
 
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5 comments :

  1. Amen! No, you are not alone if you are holding to Jesus' hand. This life is only for a moment; keep pressing forward ;)

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  2. Beautiful reminders of God's love for us! I, too, live with depression and thank God have been doing really well for awhile now. I felt myself slipping last week, and did the same as you. Reciting Scripture always helps. A dear friend sent me some of those same verses in an email when I had my last bad bout and I refer to them often. Will be praying your dark cloud disappears...

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  3. Wonderful post. I too sometimes feel myself being pulled by depression sometimes. I wrote down those verses to remind me that God is with me. Thank you!

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  4. Sorry you are having to deal with depression. I am struggling with it too and thank you for the reminders. :) love ya.

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  5. Very powerful even the times we do feel alone we just have to believe and know he is walking or carrying us along the path!

    HUGS

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