Being still gives me perspective and insight.
Being still brings me answers and revelation.
With a full busy life, taking time to stop has been a challenge I have been working on. Finding the time to fit a quiet moment into my day has been the hardest part. Often when I can get a quiet moment either early in the morning or late at night, I find I am very tired and my mind is slow to function.
Even though it has been difficult to fit in, I have found that it has become a necessary part of my day. You see, I love to ponder, to toss ideas and thoughts around in my mind and to come to a conclusion about what is the right choice or course of action I need to take.
I am a very ponderous person.
I find when I take the time to be still, to find a quiet spot and to really think and listen, I see my family and life in a whole new perspective. Being still allows me to calm down, to assess my emotions and to be prayerful with my thoughts.
It centres me.
It heals my soul.
This perspective allows me to see clearly, answers to problems that have been worrying me and to see that I am really blessed when I am often feeling low and discouraged.
At first I found it difficult to be still, my thoughts would turn to housework or other uses of my time and it took a while to control my thoughts and to be in the moment of just sitting and being still.
Now, I look forward to still moments, to take in my surroundings, to appreciate ways I am blessed and look for the sunlight in my life.
On Sunday, a good friend of mine, Sharon, taught a lesson at church on being cheerful. At the end of the lesson she handed every woman a piece of paper and asked them to sit down and record their blessings in life.
A wonderful way to start off having a be still moment.
If you are struggling with finding time to be still or feel guilty about stopping to ponder, I highly recommend you try this activity to look for the good in your life.
It might not come easy at first, but if you persist, you will recognise the blessings more and more in your life and come to treasure this time.
Just as the sun is bursting through the trees in the image above, so will your happiness when you take some time to be still and listen to your soul.