Friday, July 29, 2011


It is Five Minute Friday again, and this week the prompt seems to be uniquely perfect. A recap on the rules:
1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word on the prompt, “Still.”
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.

3.Get a little crazy with encouragement in the comments of the five minuter who linked up before you.

The prompt today is: Still...


Still. It's the word I long for, the word I strive for. To be still in God, resting in him, trusting him, no matter what comes. Stillness. It's what Daniel was when he went to his rooftop to pray three times, knowing it would be death for him if his enemies found out. He chose to be still before God.

Still is not what I have been. I've been rushing, hurried, running headlong into this thing we call life. Not taking in the moments, treasuring them for what they are--gifts from God. I haven't given them to God,   I haven't thought of God.

I crave stillness, and next month is set aside for it. Next month I resolve not to rush through life, forgetting to thank God or even think about Him. Next month, August, will be a month to be still. A month to retreat. A month to fast from busyness. A month to be still before the God of the Bible, before my Jesus, before my Lord.

Let me be a Mary, sitting at the feet of her Lord soaking in every drop of the truth and value in what he teaches, and not a Martha, hurrying to prepare for Company (even important company!) and stressed about being behind. Let me chose purposefully to lay aside the weight of the world that so easily besets and run the race that is set before me--neither looking to the right or the left as I strive wholeheartedly for the crown that is set before me.



  1. Great challenge! The world fights against stillness as an enemy. Reclaiming the time, spending it on Him, is such a wise choice. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Ahh yes. . .be Mary and not Martha. Something I've been "working" on for my entire life it seems. LOL

    Thank you for sharing your heart. This was beautiful.

  3. Praying for you in your month of being a Mary! I happen to be a Mary and let me tell you I love it, but it is a very misunderstood thing in our society. People actually wonder what's wrong with you if you are not going full throttle!