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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Quiet. Still. Surrendered.

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."
Exodus 14:14 (NIV)

Friday's "FMF" featured the word prompt "Quiet." I'd just learned the hard way that the consequence of my continual failure to get out of God's way was to be quieted and moved, and it's a lesson I only want to learn once. It is my experience that God will get a message to you, using a variety of guideposts if you're paying attention. I read an affirmation today…"I practice silence today that I can hear my deepest thoughts. I AM listening to my heartspeak. I invite you to tune into your own innerspace." That was shortly after reading a fellow writer's FMF, where she hit me upside my head with this…"I stare quiet in the face an cannot embrace it." I told her I was thoroughly convicted in the reading, and I needed a band aid and a lollipop. Yes, Lord, I am listening. I don’t need any more correction, thank You.
I need this tattooed on my forehead…be still, and quiet, and easy in your minds,
 and forbear saying or doing anything.  
Exodus 14:14
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John Gill's exposition of the Bible illuminates Exodus 14:14 for so even I can get the message…
The Lord will fight for you…By commanding the wind of the heavens, and the waves of the sea, and employing them against their enemies, and on their behalf; they being unarmed, and so not in a condition to fight for themselves, as well as they had no heart or spirit for it:
You need only to be still;
be still, and quiet, and easy in your minds, and forbear saying or doing anything; "be silent"; and neither express the fear and distress of their minds, by any mournful sounds, nor their joy of faith by shouts and huzzas; as they could not draw a sword, they were not so much as to blow a trumpet, and break a pitcher, and cry the sword of the Lord, and of Israel as they after did on another occasion, at least their posterity.
In finally and fully acknowledging that God is in control, this is what I need tattooed on my forehead… be still, and quiet, and easy in your minds, and forbear saying or doing anything.  Quiet. Still. Surrendered.
Quiet. Still. Surrendered. This is my new daily prayer. The first time I prayed it, weak and so very weary, God moved so quickly to prove His Word that I was stunned into weeping. He proves it still. Every moment of my life has always been a blessing where God is in control, but now I'm learning to get out of the way so He can move. And He moves fast. This summer, before I knew that I'd be here, I wrote this…
It has been said that "friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly." Fortunately, even when our wings won’t work, our prayers still fly to the heavens. Often, He moves before our Amen.

Quiet. Still. Surrendered. And blessed. God is in control. He will fight, I will be still. And quiet. And surrendered.

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