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Be Still by Shawnacee Moore. 1 5/5 (1)

“Being still” does not come naturally. When our children are born, they flail their arms and legs around in the most adorable way, as though attempting to backstroke the air. Then they walk, and WE walk with them. They run, and we run after them. Our whole lives seemingly revolve around movement. We watch them walk onto the playground their first day of kindergarten, walk across a stage to receive scholastic diplomas, and eventually walk down an aisle to their beloved.

Unfortunately, at some point we lose the ability to control what paths our children walk or the speed at which they walk them. It seems as though age eighteen is a magic number when our children run amok down every horrible path known to man. If we could only be omnipresent, we would stand guard at every fork in the road pointing them in the right direction. But of course, that is impossible.

Proverbs 22:6 says “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Have you ever really dissected this verse? It says when they are “old.” Perhaps another way to phrase this would be, “when they have matured” they will not depart from it. If they are “old” by the time they figure out which fork in the road to take, then we most certainly will be gone. We may not live to see our children move full circle into God’s plan for their lives, but rest assured in the knowledge that they will not depart from it. When we find ourselves in this phase of life, we choose bending a knee over chasing, and we pray like never before.

I have prayed a multitude of prayers for my son as he struggled with addiction and all that comes with it. Most recently my twenty-one-year-old daughter began a battle with an eating disorder. This knocked the very wind out of me, and at times I did not even know how to pray or what to pray for. Have you ever related with Deuteronomy 28:23 which reads, “And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.” I have! Many times! Nothing’s moving. Then comes the “be still” part that moms have such trouble with.

As mothers we are doers, getters, fixers. It’s not in our nature to be still! But there’s a bonus in being still. It’s the “knowing” part that makes it bearable. To “be still and know” is a state of being, not a motion or emotion. It’s that silent, still moment when we don’t know how, when, or where; we just know. The Lord may not answer our prayers in the time frame or manner we would like, and that’s very frustrating – especially for a planner deluxe, control freak like me. It’s hard to be still.

Ephesians 6:13, paraphrased, says “And having done all . . . stand.” Whew! That’s difficult. But when I decide to “be” with the knowledge that God does all things well, not always my way, then what emerges is not a flawless child, but a beautifully, imperfectly, flawed, redeemed child. And that is worth being still for.

Note: Shawnacee is married to Paul Moore and resides in the Napa area of California. She is the mother of three, stepmother to three, and “Mimi” to four grandchildren. She attends Modesto Revival Center. She spends her time running a successful in-home daycare, writing, interior decorating and thrifting.
(From: Ladies Prayer Intl May 2018 Newsletter)

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