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The Running Season

“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among
 the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 NASB

It's a busy time of year here in the Sher household.

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Doctor's appointments. Parent-teacher conferences. My son's choir concert. Haircuts. Field trips. Academic assemblies. And that's not even counting Thanksgiving, my daughter's birthday (and party - two different days), and Christmas preparations.

The past several weeks, I've felt just a LITTLE bit like that gal over there. And that is NOT a good thing. And if I were a betting woman, I'd wager that you have been feeling the same - or you will be soon.

It's definitely the running season. Running from this place to that one. Chasing options, kids, sales, and appointments. Working - striving - to get everything done before the holidays are upon us, the in-laws get here, the year is over, or fill in your own blank. For most, this is a fast-forward time of year.

But all this speed - all this running - isn't doing much for my health, whether we're talking physical, emotional, or spiritual. And feeling the way I have been (just ask my friends and family) is not what God wants from me.

It's hard to slow down. I know. And sometimes it isn't possible - at least not on the outside. But in your soul? That's different.

Most translations of Psalm 46:10 start with two words: "Be still." But there's something about the New American Standard Edition's rendering that grabs me every time.
Cease striving and know that I am God.
Stop trying so hard, it's telling me. Trust the Lord. Know who He is - not just what I can do. Quit running - chasing after things that will only wear you out, Stop trying to catch up with the Joneses, and just be His, and do His will.

Cuz when I'm physically still, often my mind is speeding by, striving. For what? Depends on the day. But it's doing it. Maybe yours too.

But if I can cease striving, even IN my running (yeah - that IS possible), I will truly know He is God, no matter how busy I  might be. And maybe I can give him a bit of exaltation.

Ya think?

We're discussing this here, and at Living By Grace today. Won't you join me?

Traveling Rough Roads With God's Strength


  1. Oh, I'm right there with you girlfriend! Thanks for this very timely challenge. I'm going to work on being still today.

  2. A timeless message that never grows old, Joanne. Thank you for the reminder.


  3. He is the sovereign GOD with everything thing under control—something we often forget when we're on the run and trying to do more than He designed the day to hold.

    Great reminder, Joanne. Needed it 'cause life is feeling a whole lot outta control!

  4. Trust me, ladies - I don't write these unless I need 'em. Today, even ;). Being still on the INSIDE (or trying, anyway). Thanks!

  5. Yes soul quiet is what I have been longing to get back to.


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