The “Still” Lesson

God always has a chair waiting for a visit.

Wait on the LORD:
be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the LORD
Psalms 27:14

I heard a Quaker lady
who had to spend half an hour every day
sitting quiet and doing nothing
calling it her ‘still’ lesson.
I wish we could enjoy
such a half-hour daily in God’s presence;
our still lesson would be one
of the most useful lessons of the day.

“Be still and know that I am God.”
Psalms 46:10

In times of difficulty be still!
Thine enemies are plotting thine over throw!
They laugh at thy strong confidence!
But hast thou not heard His voice saying;
”This is the way, walk ye in it” Isaiah 30:21?
Then leave Him to deal with thy foes
from whatever quarters they come.
He is thy rock, and rocks do not shake.
He is thy high tower,
and a high tower cannot be flooded.

Thou needest mercy,
and to Him belongeth mercy.
Do not run hither and thither in panic!
Just quietly wait, hushing thy soul,
as He did the fears of His friends
on the eve of Gethsemane and Calvary

“Rest in the Lord, wait patiently for Him”
Psalms 37:7

Be still, for He will not rest,
until He hast finished the thing this day.

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Today’s thought – Wait Patiently

star wallpaperStar Magnolia,
one of my favorite spring flowers.

Good Morning

Psalms 37:7
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him

Have you prayed and prayed and waited and waited,
and still there is no manifestation?

Are you tired of seeing nothing move?
Are you just at the point of giving it all up?
Perhaps you have not waited in the right way?
This would take you out of the right place—
the place where He can meet you.

“With patience wait” (Rom. 8:25).
Patience takes away worry.
He said He would come,
and His promise is equal to His presence.
Patience takes away your weeping.
Why feel sad and despondent?
He knows your need better than you do,
and His purpose in waiting is to bring more glory out of it all.
Patience takes away self-works.
The work He desires is that you “believe” (John 6:29),
and when you believe, you may then know that all is well.
Patience takes away all want.
Your desire for the thing you wish is perhaps stronger
than your desire for the will of God to be fulfilled in its arrival.

Patience takes away all weakening.
Instead of having the delaying time,
a time of letting go,
know that God is getting a larger supply ready
and must get you ready too.
Patience takes away all wobbling.
“Make me stand upon my standing” (Daniel 8:18, margin).
God’s foundations are steady;
and when His patience is within,
we are steady while we wait.
Patience gives worship.
A praiseful patience sometimes “long-suffering with joyfulness” (Col. 1:11)
is the best part of it all.
“Let (all these phases of) patience have her perfect work” (James 1:4),
while you wait, and you will find great enrichment.
–C. H. P.

Hold steady when the fires burn,
When inner lessons come to learn,
And from this path there seems no turn
“Let patience have her perfect work.”

Praiseful patience . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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July 6, Today’s thought – Tangles of Life

july 5 finished sans and sea 003Sand and Surf, a round afghan for a dear little boy, was finished last night.

Good Morning

2Chronicles 20:12-13
O our God, . . . for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us;
neither know we what to do:
but our eyes are upon thee.
And all Judah stood before the LORD,
with their little ones, their wives, and their children.

A Life was lost in Israel because a pair of human hands were laid unbidden upon the ark of God. They were placed upon it with the best intent to steady it when trembling and shaking as the oxen drew it along the rough way; but they touched God’s work presumptuously, and they fell paralyzed and lifeless.
Much of the life of faith consists in letting things alone.

If we wholly trust an interest to God, we must keep our hands off it; and He will guard it for us better than we can help Him.

“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” Psalm 37:7

Things may seem to be going all wrong, but He knows as well as we; and He will arise in the right moment if we are really trusting Him so fully as to let Him work in His own way and time. There is nothing so masterly as inactivity in some things, and there is nothing so hurtful as restless working, for God has undertaken to work His sovereign will. ~~A. B. Simpsom.

It is such a comfort to drop the tangles of life into God’s hands and leave them there.

Drop the tangles. . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

(Bold emphasis added)