Friday, January 04, 2008

God is Sovereign

“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10a)

Now that is a great idea. Why is peaceful meditation and individual worship so hard for me?

For instance, as I visited several blogs over the holidays, I envied women who reported sitting on the sofa all day in their PJs, eating goodies, enjoying their kids, reading or watching movies. I marveled at their ability to let go of the “ought to’s” and “should’s.” My thoughts say, “Sure, you can take the day off from laundry, but is the price you’ll pay tomorrow worth it?” And so off I go.

My life totally has room for this kind of relaxation, but my brain doesn’t ...


His Singer said...

Linda, my friend, that's why I can't enjoy a peaceful evening in the backyard swing. Not that I would at this time of year, but... I keep seeing all the weeds that need to be pulled, the fence that needs to be cleared out, the leaves that need to be raked, etc.

Maybe we need to see ourselves as just that - people who need to be done. We need to pull those ugly weeds from our hearts, rake those leaves away from our spritual eyes, and take the time to relax and spend the time learning from and adoring the One who can make all things new....rather than worrying about if we got that last coffee ground rinsed out of the sink or if the laundry is going to wrinkle if we leave it in the dryer too long.

Take the time to love your God without the strings attached! See that time with God is MORE important than all those things that need to be done, Miss Martha! :-)

Ann said...

I know. I can't seem to stop thinking about the list of stuff I need to do. A lot of times I'll leave it until I just can't stand it anymore and finally get motivated to get it done.

annie said...

I wasn't real good at this until a couple of years ago. I was forced to stay still for two months,and I learned it was not only enjoyable but necessary. Our brain tells us we need to be more, do more, but our heart says be still and know that I am God. That is my prayer for each of you and me to remember to stop and enjoy life along the way. Love, annie

annie said...

Girl, don't you sleep? We have a little of that going on here--those 3 a.m. places where the brain cannot sleep. Hope you are on your game today, love, annie

Debbie said...

Your ought to's and should's are familiar to me. They did, however, remind me of one of my favorite Shel Silverstein poems which follows. (I think he should have written an adult version of this one...)

Listen to the MUSTN'TS child,
Listen to the DON'TS
Listen to the SHOULDN'TS
Listen to the NEVER HAVES
Then listen close to me -
Anything can happen, child
ANYTHING can be.

Sister Honey Bunch said...

That is my favorite scripture. It really brings me peace when I stress.

As far as haning out my jammies all day...I read blogs that spoke of the same thing. I have never spent the day in my pj unless I was sick. I tried it Tuesday but had to shower first and put on clean jammies. I couldn't just let myself roll out of bed and stay that way all day.

samurai said...

My beloved has this problem as well. As her husband I have been trying to help her with her "punch lists" but I have found that there is no end to them. Unfortunately I have taken almost the direct opposite approach in the things I need to do.

I pray for a happy medium. Both for myself, and for you too.

Missy said...

I have the opposite problem. I am a little too prone to sit in my jammies all day. And then no one has clean jammies the next. So I have to quote myself scriptures like Proverbs 6:9 "How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?"

I emailed you, by the way!

Suzio said...

Stayin in your jammies all day isn't what it's cracked up to be. I tried it once and I felt like I had lost a day somehow. It sounds inviting, but I really need to get up and get going. For me I can't be still and commune with God if I have a pile of stuff he needs me to do first, but that's just me.

Johanna said...

Oh oh oh, I know this feeling. I relax and try to have a hippy reflective day for two seconds, and then become the brow- wiping Martha. I think it's a by product of mothering-you know that neglected things can take a really long time to catch up on, and your job is to manage the household smoothly, and in many circumstances, we are judged on this. So although I yam who I yam, like Popeye, I still cringe when a certain relative comes by and accusingly hands me the newspaper I didn't pick up in my driveway(there goes the neighborhood). And once when I felt a flu coming on, I rushed around like crazy super-cleaning everything, and my brand new husband asked what I was doing, and I told him-"I'm going to start throwing up soon, so I want to get this done now". At least, I think it's a mothering thing. I was the queen of relaxation before my kids were born(except for the 80 hour workweek). I see in my own mom that she can't handle the lull of retirement, she's constantly volunteering and re-decorating and landscaping, and feeling guilty for not being productive for 2 seconds. Maybe you could list what your obligations are for the day, and after they are off of your list, you could kick back, and assign yourself time to relax, because everyone really needs it(sleep when the baby sleeps!HAHAHAHA!)and it seems like you do A LOT. Sorry long comment, but really identifying, and hope you are kind to yourself this weekend.:)

Susan said...

Yep, I think that pretty much sums up most of us female types. It's so HARD to NOT see everything that ought to/should be done!! And I confess that sometimes I don't know that it's worth it...even though I know it's important.

Hugs to you, Linda!!

:-) Susan

Heart of Wisdom said...

Remember, it doesn't have to be a whole day, it can be just a moment we slow down and take it all in and, in that moment, it feels like a blissful day has passed and we feel anew!
Thanks so much for sharing and making us "Think"

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