New Year’s Resolutions. How are you doing on yours?
Since you’re way more awesome than me, you’re probably not struggling to remember to follow through with those resolutions. However, I’m still struggling.
If you weren’t here when I made my New Year’s Resolution, you can read about it here. Or you could check out my post about how to Almost keep those Resolutions here. Personally, I like the permission to almost keep those goals.
Anyway, my resolution this year was to be more purposeful.
One of the ways I struggle most with purposeful-ness is being still.
Psychology tells us that when stress comes we have three options: fight, flight, or freeze.
We can press against the stress and fight the situation. We can run away from the problem and hope it goes away. Or, we can freeze and pretend it doesn’t exist.
Thankfully, God gives us a fourth option. Trust. God’s option tells us to relax, be still, and trust.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56: 3
Trust has everything to do with confidence. When we are confident that God is who He says He is, we have nothing to fear. We know that we are secure because He is working for us. God is fighting for us because God loves us. He knows your name and my name. He calls us by name because we are precious to Him.
Far too often, we attempt to help God. We try to solve the problem in our own way. Fear tells us that we must do something! Fear is not about trust. Fear is about lack of trust. It tells us that God will do nothing and that we must do something. So, instead of consulting God, we take on another job or we sell the house or we do nothing.
In my own experience, I find that I simply end up in my own way. God had a plan from the beginning. He knew how the situation should have been handled before I was even in the circumstance. When I try to solve it myself, I only create three more problems and take the longest way possible to freedom.
However, being still doesn’t mean doing nothing. There is still action to be taken when we are trusting God. Being still is not an excuse for curling up on the couch and binge-ing on Netflix.
We have to continue to be in the proper frame of mind so that we are prepared to hear God when He next tells us to do something. Our confidence in Him allows us to give glory to Him before the victory has arrived. However, our assurance of victory should inspire our action and not the worry that we still cling to. For this reason, it’s important to find Godly activities that will help us be still.
Here’s a list of twenty five things that I’ve found help keep me still. Some of these things help me tune into God better and some simply help me forget the worry.
- Praise God for what He’s already brought you through.
- Praise God for the victory that’s on the way.
- Study the Bible.
- Pray for your situation.
- Offer thanks to God for His provision.
- Fast and seek God’s direction.
- Write thank you cards to those people helping you through the difficult circumstance.
- Sing songs of praise and victory.
- Write a song or poem like David. Express your struggle and thank God for His continued goodness. Check out Psalm 56.
- Create something. Use a talent God gave you.
- Go for a hike. Enjoy the beauty that God created and praise Him for it.
- Have a family game night. Enjoy this gift.
- Get together with friends and enjoy each others company.
- Dance your crazy dance steps to your favorite worship music.
- Write a list of things that you’re thankful for.
- Join a Bible Study.
- Do something nice for someone else.
- Prepare a meal for a family less fortunate.
- Pray for missionaries.
- Memorize a Bible verse (or two or three).
- Sit and listen for God to speak.
- Meditate upon God’s promises.
- Make a list of Biblical promises. Make sure that they’re actually in the Bible!!
- Get together with a friend and pray together.