Truly my soul silently waits for God, from Him comes my salvation.Psalm 62:1
This is a verse I repeat to myself when I find I am getting anxious or worried about something that is outside of my control. I know the Lord doesn’t want me to worry, His word tells me that, so I try to lay my burdens at His feet and trust that He has everything under control.
Being silent can be hard. Being silent means quieting my heart before Him as well as keeping my mouth shut at times. It can be very difficult to hear what the Lord is trying to speak to my heart if my mind is constantly racing or if my tongue is constantly moving. I know that I need Him to give me direction on a daily basis and sometimes on an hourly basis. I value the quiet times that I have with Him and regret the days when I think other things are more important than spending time with Him.
Spending time in His word and in prayer is a discipline. There are times I want instant answers and purposely setting aside time to spend with Him can seem unimportant. My walk with the Lord is not a sprint. There isn’t a prize around every corner. My walk with Him is a marathon and it can take a long time to see results in my life. I don’t look back to last week or last month and think how much I’ve grown and accomplished. I have to look back decades to see the slow and steady progression in my life. Building a strong faith doesn’t happen overnight. It’s choosing to walk with Him daily, to be silent before Him, and allowing Him to work in His ways and in His time. I have to remember that the things He has to say are so much more important than the things I say.
Choosing to sit with needle and thread gives me the time to allow my heart to settle before Him and the cares to drift away so I can hear what He has to say. Frequently He tells me:
Sit still, my daughter, until you know how the matter will turn out.Ruth 3:18
For many years I thought I had to always be busy, one step ahead of the Lord, to make sure things turned out as I wanted. It has taken so long to realize it is so much better to acknowledge that His ways and His timing are far better than my own and it is ok to stop and wait on Him. I frequently tell Him that He knows my heart better than I do and while I think I know what I want or need I confess He knows me better than I do and what I really want is His will for my life. Whatever that looks like.
I pray you find time to sit silently before the God who loves you enough that He sent His Son to die on the cross for your sins that you might spend eternity in heaven with Him.
Don’t forget to hop over to my shop this week to download the patterns for these two blocks. They are free for this week only. Details for the entire project can be found here.
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