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Today He made me be still

Posted by RuthAnn Nicholls , 01 December 2010 · 1428 views

I have always been a driven person. I feel the compulsion to produce, deliver, maintain, in simple words, to do.

It's hard for me to take the time to just be with the Lord. There has always been just too much that requires my attention. When I do sit down with my puter Bible, I feel the need to study it. I haven't recently taken the time to pray and read scripture, allowing the Lord to talk to me. I know I need to. I know it's a must. I just can't seem to take the time. I have allowed life to stop my sweet communion with my Lord.

When I first returned to Jesus 15 years ago, it was miraculous, it was joyful! it was sweet! and it was full of the Holy Spirit's activity in and through me. He taught me, performed miracles. I had just retired from my job. Husband was working, parents were spending time in Florida much of the year and daughter and her family were living 800 miles away. First thing every morning, I prayed, asking the Lord to teach me though my scripture reading. I would read chronologically, making my way through the Bible and I read it through twice. I learned so much! And kept a diary of what I was taught, of scripture that touched me in some way, of miracles in my life and around me, of prayer answered. I always presented my prayer requests to the Lord after reading the scripture portion for that morning.
It was a time for growth and drawing close to my God. He witnessed with my spirit! I came to know He was real and worked in my life.

Tragedies began to strike me and my family. We would swim through one difficult circumstance and the next would overtake us. My time with Jesus each morning stopped. Work in my church and at home overtook me. And today I feel that if I pause, I'll never catch up. I haven't allowed myself that time I need with God.

Yesterday was a horrible day. Everything went wrong. I became stressed to the max.
Waking this morning, as usual, I felt better and was ready to tackle everything again.
But, I spilled hot cereal all over my hands. I was forced to sit with ice on them a lot of the morning.

I prayed for light and went to Nehemiah. I love the words of Nehemiah when Israel returned to Jerusalem.
Neh. 8:11 ¶ And the Levites, too, quieted the people, telling them, “Hush! Don’t weep! For this is a sacred day.”

The Hebrew:
hush! be quiet!

It's time for me to listen to Him again.

Marvin Harrell
Dec 03 2010 04:22 PM
I'm reminded of this often as I've thought of the church in Ephesus referenced in the letters to the churches in Revelation.

"These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place."

There has been a sense in my own life to reignite the first-love of Jesus all over again. To do those things I did at first (like set my alarm for 2 a.m. to simply sit in the quiet and love Him or to listen for his prompting to go down this street and come upon that person who needs to hear of His love for them) is a strong reminder. And as you have said, it takes time — time well spent!
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