Be Still

Be Still

A quiet life isn't a boring life.

I've been feeling the Lord telling me that my life needs to be a whole lot more quiet.

Yes, quiet.

In my head, a quiet life is a boring life. A quiet life means no adventure, no excitement, no friends, no parties, no late night Cookout, and no energy. No offense, Lord, but my ideal day doesn't consist of quietly reading the Bible by myself the entire time.

However, I don't think that that's what the Lord means by a quiet life. I don't think it means that my life needs to be boring and slow. In fact, I know that that's not what he means.

A quiet life: a life where, despite the noise of the world, you know that the Lord is good and that He is present.

I find myself so often getting caught up in the world and what it has to offer. So often, I forget the faithfulness of the Lord and focus on the temporary goodness that the world can bring. So often, I trust people and material objects to bring me satisfaction when it's only He who can satisfy. Why am I so quick to forget the Lord of Lords? Why do I so often see the world as my primary source of joy and peace and comfort?

I've learned that when I actually remember to start my day with quiet time, my day becomes a whole lot easier. My problems seem smaller, the world seems less satisfying, and the big distractions seem a bit smaller. No, spending time in the Word doesn't magically solve any issue I'll face that day, but it helps.

Imagine if your whole life was lived as my days are lived when I start them with the Lord. Imagine going through your day with a peace and comfort from the Lord that is unparalleled. Imagine knowing that He is good even when the waves are crashing down.

That's a quiet life, my friends.

It sounds so sweet, but what's keeping us from having it?

In my own life, I find myself so quick to impress others. I find myself so caught up in what the world tells me is right, wrong, cool and glamorous. I let the noise of the world dictate what I'm doing.

"Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody." -1 Thessalonians 4:10-12

"Be still and know that I am God." -Psalm 46:10

Despite the noise, we're living for an audience of one. Despite the noise, there's only one source of peace and love and acceptance and joy. Despite the noise, there's nothing that should affect our emotions and our feelings more than the Lord. Despite the noise, He is consistently, constantly, and eternally good.

So, I urge you to not let the noise consume you. Don't let the world control your life, but be fully aware that the Creator of the universe is good and loves you. Having the knowledge of His presence is a game changer. Strive to live a quiet life, and I promise, this life will be much more of an adventure than you can imagine.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.

Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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Young Adults, If You Do Not Pray Now Is The Time To Start

Prayer is not just for our grandparents.


Every Sunday night my parents would drag me to the prayer service. There was no kids church, we all had to sit in a pew with my parents and listen. I remember counting tiles on the roof, reading hymnals, doing anything to distract myself, except pray.

I didn't understand it then. What was the point of talking to God if He knew what you were thinking and doing all the time? I didn't understand how important it was not just to let God watch you like an all-seeing eye from Heaven, but to talk and have a personal relationship with him.

We all talk about prayer, it's the Christian thing to do. We pray for our food before every meal. We tell a friend or co-worker we will pray for them. When a friend posts on Facebook or social media about something bad happening, the comment section reads "praying." It's the automated response that everyone gives. If we actually sat down and prayed, think of the good we could do. I am nowhere near perfect, but I know that I can pray.

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16

When I feel like the world is crashing down around me, and there is nothing else I do, this verse is the one that helps me remember that my conversations with God can make a difference. We are called on to pray for everyone. We are called to pray for each other without dispute. No anger, no hatred, just sharing a moment of lifting hands in prayer.

I urge, then first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving be made for all people. 1 Timothy 2:1
Therefore, I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. 1 Timothy 2:8

Prayer can bring people together. When I think back now to those Sunday nights I appreciate all the prayer that was offered up. I don't remember what they were for but weekly we would hear reports of what God had done through prayer. That is a powerful tool.

Prayer is not gender, race, age, or political party bias. It is not something that is out there for the world to see. It is a very personal choice, but it has the power to change the world. The loss of Reverend Billy Graham and so many others this past year brought me to a realization. Our generation needs to step up.

Young adults have the chance to make a huge difference. In an interview, Bishop Bill Hamon said that he believes young adults are going to be an army for God that is unstoppable and on fire. You can see it in all that we do. We are driven, we are not afraid, we are unstoppable. It is up to us to start making a difference in prayer.

Don't wait for the prayer warriors in your life to reach heaven before you start praying. The time is now because none of us are promised tomorrow.

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