Finding Joy and Meaning While Being Still

As I sit staring at my blank computer screen, I can hear the melodic song of the birds outside my window.  It is the wee hours of the morning and I am able to greet the sunrise with a grateful smile. 

There is so much peace, joy, and appreciation when you are able to take time out and absorb the everyday goodness of God. 

Our days are filled with busyness.  As women, we are constantly pulled from one task to another.  A perpetual cycle of nurturing all those that are close to us.  Tending to the needs of every minuscule detail of our homes and families. 

An overwhelming, albeit fulfilling, undertaking indeed. 

However, it is in the muddled messiness of that same busyness that we find satisfaction.  We feel a sense of accomplishment with each checkmark added to our running to-do list.  We feel driven and purposeful in completing our tasks. 

Hence, our purpose-filled works are worthy and meaningful.

Yet today I would like to share with you the profound joy and meaning found in the simple act of being still.

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Simply Being Still

“Be still and know that I am God,” -Psalm 46:10

Be still and know that I am God written in the book of Psalm is a comforting verse when we are troubled.  This scripture calls believers to stop and be in awe of who God is. 

In the context of the chapter, we learn that we do not have to keep fighting or striving because we are God’s people.

We can find peace and refuge in God’s word.

This concept can be applied to our daily lives as busy women. 

When we are intentional about making time to just sit and be, we can much more readily see God working in our lives.  We become more able to give our worries and struggles over to Him fully.  We can surrender.

The outcome of this surrendering is life-changing.  Stress and anxiety melt away as our trust and faith in God grows and is strengthened. 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” -Philippians 4:6

Hence, we are refreshed with joy and gratitude that we can then share with others.

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Practical Ways to Intentionally Be Still

There are a few ways that you can be more intentional about scheduling some quiet time to meditate on God’s word.  Many women find the parameters of their day to be the best times to get alone.  Either in the morning or evening or preferably both.

This time may be a set block of time or it may vary as time permits.  The important thing is that you practice utilizing this time on a daily basis.

Use A Planner

If you do not already, implement the use of a planner into your routine.  This will allow you to visualize blocks of time that you have available.  I discuss the importance of utilizing a planner in more detail in another post so I won’t go into that here.

If you’re in need of a planner, I have a beautiful Family Meeting Planner available here.

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Quiet Mornings

Mornings are ideal for many women because they can arise before the family and enjoy the quiet of the house before starting their day.

Take this time to pray over your family and home.  Pray that your home is a haven to all that enter.  Speak a blessing over the works of your loved ones, that they may also be a light in the lives of others.

If you work outside of the home, pray that God uses your warm and inviting smile to provide hope to those you meet.  That your works enhance the lives of others and that you are a soft place to land for those in despair.   

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Relaxing Evenings

Evenings are ideal for taking the time to reflect on the day.  Giving thanks to God for how He has used you in the lives of those you encountered.  How He blessed your day and kept you.

As a full-time homemaker, I have found it beneficial to schedule a fixed time in the evenings for myself daily.  This allows me to dedicate time for reflection, prayer, meditation, and/or leisurely activity.

 

Also, I have personally found it easy to focus on all the things that did not get done during the day.  You may have experience with this annoying little habit as well.  Find comfort in the evening through gratitude for what DID get accomplished.

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In addition, I recommend dedicating a private space that you can relax in and be at peace.  I have a small nook in my office with a rocking chair next to a window where I can look out into lush greenery.  I find it to be serene and comforting.

You may choose to study your bible or meditate on a devotional during this alone time, or simply enjoy nature’s music like I am this morning. 

Final thoughts

Being still is not only about the act of slowing down and/or stopping, but more importantly, it’s about noticing. Taking account of all the blessings that God has already afforded us.  It’s about seeing the miracles that are happening in our lives on a daily basis.

When we are able to “see” then we can put down our fears and worries.  We can more readily appreciate how many times hardships make way for the birthing of something new and wondrous.

Praise God!

I feel so very grateful for you!  I hope this reading has blessed you in some way.  Please don’t forget to share this post on your social media, as it may be a blessing for others. 

Happy Homemaking!

 

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