By Kim White
Our children came along quickly. When our third daughter was born, the other two were only 3 years old and 14 months old. As you can imagine and could possibly be experiencing for yourself right now; it was a crazy, busy time. But I look back and am so thankful for a mom that came alongside me and encouraged me to read the Word daily in the midst of raising little ones. At some point after that, I was challenged to memorize Scripture. Well, that was a daunting task to me at the time and still can be! One of the first verses I memorized was
“Be still and know that I am God.”
You’re probably thinking that I picked it because it’s such a short verse, and I can’t remember for sure, but there’s a good chance you would be correct!
My motivation may have been less than spiritual, but God’s intention was to use these 8 words to draw me close to Him through the years. As a young mom, I would begin a “quiet time” of reading the Word and praying by meditating on this verse. It would cause me to leave behind the distractions of life and to, instead, think on Him and praise Him.
In this verse we know that the most important word is “God.” But after that, there are two other words that must also be meditated on; “still” and “know.” Are we taking time to be “still” before Him? This is not just meant for a time of devotions, but throughout the day. In the original language, one of the synonyms for being still is to “cease.” We may find that we need to cease doing for a time or to cease thinking on _________ today. As moms, we are accustomed to “doing.” Sometimes we work at fixing things that are broken in our lives when the Lord is saying to “be still and know that I am God.”
During this time of being still, as with a breath of cool, fresh air; He guides us in a way that we haven’t been able to hear because of our busyness. I once read that we need to cease from the “busy traffic of our thoughts.” Is God calling you to be still from doing or thinking and “know that He is God”?
You may have had someone ask you “if you know that you know that you know” about a certain subject matter. They are basically asking if you are sure with every fiber of your being. To “be still and know that He is God” is to stop and think on and to acknowledge with everything in you that He is God. He is our God and Father who loves us unconditionally, knows every detail of our lives, and has everything under control. As we meditate on knowing He is God, He sweetly guides us to know Him more.
Today, whatever may be going on in your life, allow the Lord to speak deep into your soul the words of love that will cause you to trust Him more...
Be still and know that I am God!
My precious husband, Bill, and I have been planted in Fort Myers, Florida for almost 35 years. As a newly married couple, God most graciously had placed people in both of our jobs to share Christ with us. Its hard to believe it has been almost 34 years since we asked Jesus into our hearts! Bill and I have been blessed with four children, 3 daughters, then a son. These blessings came quickly, all within 6 years!! During these years I'm so thankful I was able to be part of women's ministry classes at our church, helping me to grow in my walk with Him. Then came the day when I was asked that question that stretched me way outside of my comfort zone...will you teach a class? Its hard to believe that I have now been teaching more than 20 years. Bill and I love to travel, most of the time going to visit our 9 grandchildren, oh ya, and their parents! I also love reading, walking and hanging out with some very special young moms in Beloved that bless my socks off!
Julie is a Kansas girl who resides in sunny Southwest Florida. She's been married to her husband Sean for 23 years and they share two boys ages 21 & 17. She enjoys baking and biking, but her absolute favorite thing is snow skiing which is a little difficult to do in a sandy 80 degree land.
She became a follower of Christ at age 10. She loves studying and teaching God's Word. She has a passion for encouraging moms to love and follow Jesus.
Beth grew up in a loving home; however, in her early 20s she faced a very lonely time. During that time, she cried out to God and asked “If You are real, please show yourself to me!” God met her where she was and she trusted in the Lord Jesus at that time. Her life verse and desire is “no matter what happens, to conduct herself in a manner worthy of the gospel.” Philippians 1:27
Beth now resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband Larry. The Lord has blessed them by blending their family of five children. They currently have eight grandchildren and are hoping that there will be more grandchildren in the future.
Donna accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of nine and has been amazed at God’s goodness and faithfulness throughout her life. She has been blessed to have had many mentors through each season of life, who have shown her what trusting God looks like. Donna and her husband, Bryan, have five children, one son-in-law, one soon to be daughter-in-law, and one wonderful grandson. Donna and Bryan have recently moved back to their home state of Arkansas after livingin southeast Alabama the past 23 years. Donna enjoys spending time with her family, laughing with friends (usually over coffee), going for long walks with her husband, and reading a good book (which may also be accompanied by a cup of coffee).
Sarah is a true Florida Cracker. She was born and raised in Southwest Florida. At the age of 6, Sarah accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and she hasn't looked back since. Hebrews 13:8 is one of her favorite verses, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Eating delicious desserts, spending time with her family and friends, and teaching people about Jesus are a few of the things she enjoys to do in her spare time.
Sarah has been married to her best friend and husband, Brandon, for 7 years. They have been blessed with one beautiful, determined son, Asher, who keeps them on their toes. Sarah and her family live in the Tampa area. They love exploring their community together, family hugs, and eating pizza whenever possible.
Katie Flint just recently moved back home to Fort Myers, Florida with her husband, Ryan and two children, Collins and Madden. At the age of 5, Katie accepted Jesus Christ to be the Lord and Savior of her life, after attending Vacation Bible School. Through each phase of her life, God has shown her that He alone is trustworthy. The verse that has been her life source is Psalm 46:10- “Be still and know that I am God.”
She is a stay-at-home mom and enjoys exercising and baking. She has been married to her husband Ryan for almost 9 years, who is her high school sweetheart. They enjoy trying new restaurants, family trips to the beach, and relaxing at home.
Marsha grew up in a small rural town in upstate New York. In 2006, after finishing college, she moved to sunny SW Florida where she met her, now husband, Shawn. Together they enjoy spending family time with their two fun-loving toddler boys Zachariah and Kairos.
Marsha enjoys living an active lifestyle, which is helpful, considering that her favorite hobby is baking.
Though she attended church as a child, Marsha was not saved until adulthood when her eyes were finally opened to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.
Since being saved, God has placed a loving burden on her heart to share the truth about God’s healing grace with those who may feel like forgiveness is not possible for them.