Friday, November 14, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Still

I am linking up for the Five Minute Friday  today. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today's prompt is "Still." Write for five minutes; unedited.

The whirl of the Internet pulls me in so often. I find myself checking my Facebook feed, my Instagram feed, or voxing with a friend. It is so hard to find stillness in the midst of a very technology based world.

Just the other day, teaching Confirmation, I realized how our youth are very unaccostumed to being still. They spend class being very un-still. This generation is so not used to being still. They find themselves busy all the time. I believe it is very important for us to show them that is good for us to be still. I am reminded of the words that we hear God say to us, "Be still and know that I am God."

The thing is that God showed us what it means to be still the night Jesus was born. That still night in Bethlehem, Jesus was born reminding us of the power of God's love for us and the beauty of what it means to be still and take in God's creation. Perhaps we should take more time to be still and watch the seasons change around us. Perhaps we should take more time to just be still with our friends and family and listen to each other share our stories. Perhaps we should spend more time learning to be still.

"Be still and know that I am God!"


18 comments:

  1. Technology certainly has changed things! In fact, I was thinking just yesterday about how much I love it! As long as it's managed properly. A lot of it still so new that managing it seems difficult at times. I definitely struggle with being still in the midst of facebook updates, the need to tweet and getting likes on instagram! :)

    Glad I stopped by today.

    http://5heartsonefamily.blogspot.com/2014/11/co-parenting.html

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    1. Glad you stopped by too. I think technology is great too....but in moderation. I am not always the best at being unplugged. I need to remember to take some time during the week to be unplugged and be still.

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  2. Love this. Purposing before the weekend gets rolling, to spend some still precious moments with my kiddos these at home days together. Still. Deep breath. And know that He is God of our family.

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    1. Wendy, glad you loved this post. Yep God is truly God of your family!

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  3. You're so right. Being still is something our culture is so bad it, but it is something worth working at!
    Alesha <3

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    1. Alesha, totally something worth working at!

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  4. What a great word for today. Fridays are typically my favorite day of the week because both of my boys are at school for a few hours and I have time to myself. Too bad that even with a cold I couldn't stop from cleaning up a bit. I really need to remind myself of the power of being still.

    http://queenofthelandoftwigsnberries.wordpress.com

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    1. Fridays are my favorite too since it is my day off. Yes, it is truly important to remind ourselves of the power of being still.

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  5. Ah, being still is probably the hardest thing for me to do. It takes more work for me to be still than to keep working. I have to remind myself it would be such a nice treat to just BE.

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    1. Barb, I totally get the keeping busy but it really is a treat to just BE!! So my prayer is that you find some time this weekend and this next week to just BE!!!

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  6. I agree. I've spent the entire week in front of this computer working and writing. Nothing still about it. Except for Monday when the Hubs and I had an appointment that took us from one doctor's office to the lab and back again! Nope ... nothing still. You post was awesome, comparing the need to be still with that Still and Silent night! It just settled my soul into perfect understanding.
    Thank you.
    Andrea

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    1. Andrea, thanks for stopping by. Love your name. It is my little sister's name too! :) I am so glad that my post settled your soul into perfect understanding. The Holy Spirit has this amazing way of giving me the words to write on the page and I am always so amazed at how those words can bless others! :)

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  7. Oh Amen... the blessings and downfalls of modern technology! You are so right - it's near impossible for this younger generation of new adults to sit still... not to mention to lean in to stillness... but it is so vital! I think the only time my girlie is still, quickly leads to sleeping! ;)

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    1. It is near impossible. I think that is why it is so important for us to try and teach them how important it is to take time to be still!

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  8. Absolutely, Tara! I feel this is so important, especially with the littles around. I really have to make it a point each day (and often fail) to ensure I make eye contact with my kiddos and just put the phone down. It's so hard! Thanks for the great post today!

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    1. I think it is so hard for all of us to put the phone down. Thanks for stopping by today!

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  9. I am far too technology addicted. I need to learn that people will leave messages and texts can be answered later.

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    1. Me too, me too!! I need to remember that too!!

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