How To Be Still And Wait On God
*This post may contain affiliate links.
As I sat with my coffee in hand and feeling paralyzed in what step to take next in my business, I felt God telling me to just BE STILL. Being still is just not in my vocabulary. For the last 3 years I’ve been in constant hustle mode, but I’m trying so hard to be obedient to God’s word. Ever been there?
Have you ever found yourself in a season of growth and change while also feeling God telling you to just BE STILL?
If you are going through a season of overwhelm and feeling stuck on what to do next, then I feel you sister friend. Here are some of the things I found to be helpful during my season of hustle when God was telling me to slow down.
To Be Still is to stop being anxious about the battles in life. Anxiety doesn't win the battle, God wins the Battle. Click To Tweet
1. Trust That God’s Plan Is Better Than Yours
It is so easy to try to take control of every aspect of our lives and try to manipulate the outcomes. Why are we so convinced that we know what outcomes are best for us? Almost every decision that I’ve made solely on my own without guidance from God’s word has turned out to be wrong.
God gives us discernment to judge how well we are making decisions. I may not always tune in so well to this, but when I do I trust that it is God showing me which way to turn next. Fix your eyes on Him, dive deep into His word, and He will give you the answers.
Be Still, be inactive, keep quiet, & hold your peace. When God says no, accept His No. Don’t try to force open the door God closed for you. Stop trying to get advice from your yes men when God says no.
2. Dive Into The Scripture
It’s almost impossible to be in tune with God’s plan if you are not in His word. I get it, it’s a time of busyness but if you don’t take a moment to slow down and ask for answers then you will not hear Him clearly.
Have you ever felt like you’re in a fog when it comes to God’s plan for you? I know I have, but when I am truly open to what He was for me then I start to gain some clarity on His direction for my life. You can start gaining more clarity if you dive into the word, meditate on Him and His goodness, or set aside some time for worship.
3. Pray For Peace and Contentment
God tells us to ask and we shall receive so why do we sometimes miss that part? I don’t know about you, but sometimes I forget to simply ask. I get so caught up in my own head and the process of “fixing” that I forget so simply ask Him for help. It’s like this never ending cycle of know His plan is best, but still trying to fix things on my own. Why? Because I like seeing instant results and I’m extremely impatient. See this stems from an even deeper problem. I’m a mess, but I know I’m not the only one.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
4. Join A Small Group and Connect With Other Christians
This one is so important. Do not underestimate the power of community. Being surrounded by women who are going through similar experiences or who have already been through them is monumental.
Opening up your struggles isn’t always easy, but so much growth comes from surrounding yourself with other Christians. God did not design this world for you to walk alone and just figure it out. Sometimes he uses other people to guide your decision making and give you the answers.
There have been many times in my life where God has put people in my path at just the right time to deliver the right message. This was not a coincidence, but a divine intervention orchestrated by God himself. Allow Him to work through others or to even use you by surrounding yourself with other believers and becoming a part of a community.
5. Start A Bible Study
Whether or not you have ever done a in depth study of the Bible before, this is a great way to really get in tune with God and learn what He says about you and the promises that He has for you. Studying God’s word is really just studying Him and expanding your relationship with Him on a deeper level.
When I take time to really slow down, learn from His word, and just be still I discover so many new truths and gain so much clarity on His vision for my life. It also opens more opportunities for growth. God will use people during these times of learning to speak to you and share with you what His message is.
You may be wondering why that is…..why do you hear from Him more clearly just because you’re studying the word? It seems so simple. And it is. It’s because you are not only more open and receptive to learning from Him, but you are also more spiritually connected with Him on a deeper level. When you open your bible study in prayer and ask Him to show you exactly what He wants you Wlife blocking out any extra signs from Him. That’s typically me unless I’m intentional about the time I’m giving to Him. Makes sense right?
So what are some good Bible studies? Where should you start? I’m going to give you a list of some of my favorite studies:
- Women Of The Word (this is an amazing book that teaches you HOW to study the bible)
- The Armor Of God
- Breaking Free
- Any of The Daily Grace Co. Bible Studies
6. Learn To Bible Journal
I have had two journal bibles sitting on my bookshelf for the last two years collecting dust because I wasn’t sure exactly how to start. Isn’t that crazy? I wasn’t using them because I was scared I’d do it wrong. How can you journal the wrong way? Well you can’t. You just start. Either learn how others use their bible to journal or make it up as you go. The point is to just start somewhere.
I have always been a perfectionist and while this seems like a good quality to have, it also hinders me from doing things that are important instead of being a beginner. So recently I put those Bibles to use and guess what happened? I started to grow deeper in my walk with Jesus because I was breaking apart the words of the Bible and getting creative, but most important I was devoting time to learning from Him.
How I got started….
There is no special way of how I got started. I just bought some Sharpie highlighters (they are my favorite) and Sharpie pens and underlined scripture that speaks to me. Then I draw a line to the side and make notes of either what I learned or what I’m currently going through and then I pick a color and highlight to my heart’s content. This may bother you that I don’t have a set way of doing it and if it does that’s okay. Just do it in a way that makes sense and meaning to you. See a pic below of how my Bible is looking. I can’t wait to gift these to my children someday.
The two Journaling Bibles that I have:
ESV Floral Journaling Bible (single column)
ESV Leather Journaling Bible (interleaved edition)
7. Practice Quiet Time Daily
Quiet time is an important part of my daily routine. I always make sure to set aside at least 10 minutes every day to get clarity on my thoughts and take special time designated to prayer. When you are feeling God is asking you to just be still, setting aside time to just listen without any planned activities is so important.
While journaling and bible studying is super important, having a time without activity is also just as important. This is time to respond to what God is teaching you by decompressing and just meditating on what you’re learning about yourself and who you are in Jesus.
Just find a quiet space without distraction. Then tke a few minutes to clear your mind and just be open to anything God has for you even if it just a few minutes of silence.
8. Take A Break From Social Media
This last tip is super important. I’m giving you permission to take a break from social media. If that is something that has been on your heart lately, then this is your sign. I’ve been there even recently and have felt guilty about walking away from my social media obligations, but I was also feeling God telling me to just be still in this area of my life right now and to take a mini break.
I didn’t do anything extreme like deleting my apps or temporarily deleting my account, I just stopped making it a priority. I’ve only been checking my notifications once or twice a day and setting aside blocks of time to responding to messages and man I can’t even tell you how exhilarating this has been. And even my family has taken notice and have mentioned how I seem less anxious in general.
Always feeling the need to keep up with all the notifications and alerts can be so overwhelming. I have noticed a huge difference in my relationships, listening skills, and anxiety levels since giving up this aspect of my life. I highly encourage it, but only if you feel God pulling you in this direction.
If not then making small shifts in the other aspects of your life where you feel a pull is where you should focus.
I hope these tips helped you in wherever you are at in your walk right now. Slowing down and being still is not easy if you are a go getter like myself, but it’s so necessary to recharge your battery and prevent burn out. I would love to hear from you and how you plan on making shifts in your current season to slow down.
———>>>>> If you liked this post then you may like my Proverbs 31 Woman Gift Guide!
Keep In Touch and Stay Connected… drop a comment below.
You are AMAZING mama!
And if you need more Tips and make sure to join my FREE group on Facebook —> The Modern Mompreneur Lounge
Question of the week:
What tip out of the 8 listed above are you most excited to implement?