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Today’s Truth

Be still, and know that I am God! (Psalm 46:10 NLT).

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The setting sun danced upon the hilltops across the valley as a warm summer night breeze tickled the back of my neck. I inhaled the familiar smell of the pasture while noticing the crunching sound of the grazing horses.

Gazing into the distance, God reminded me of His invitation to be still, and ongoing promise to be healed, though this was not what I imagined when that was prayed over me two years earlier at a retreat. I wasn’t in a therapy office processing the trials and challenges life brings all of us. Instead, I was in a wide-open pasture with a horse named Teddy, putting into practice the principles and techniques learned through becoming a certified trauma-informed equine-assisted coach. And, through Teddy’s response to me, I was reminded once again a “fake it until you make it” approach doesn’t work with horses . . . or in life, for that matter.

Even though I wanted to pretend like I was fine after a particularly rough day, Teddy knew I wasn’t. No, he couldn’t read my mind, but he could detect my heart rate, as God created horses to be able to do so to protect themselves from danger. While we may appear to be calm, cool, and collected on the outside, a horse can notice our dysregulated internal state and in response may freeze, flee, or in an extreme case, fight back to survive. It is the same brain response we have when we’re afraid!

I could tell by the way Teddy lifted his head high and froze in place that the state of my heart needed attention. So instead of pushing forward, I choose to do exactly what I teach my clients: I took a deep breath, closed my eyes, and turned my attention to God as I began reciting Psalm 46:10:

Be still and know that I am God.

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Be still and know that I am.

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Be still and know that I.

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Be still and know that.

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Be still and know.

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Be still and.

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Be still.

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Be.

I felt Teddy approaching before I opened my eyes. We greeted each other with a touch of my hand to his velvety soft nose. He let out a sigh and leaned in as I felt his breath match mine. And there we stood with God in the stillness of the evening as I let go of my expectations for our time together and found joy in simply being present.

It isn’t easy to slow down and pay attention to what is happening inside our heart and mind. But God didn’t make us to live in perpetual motion pretending like everything is just fine. He made us for an honest and wholly present connection with Him and with each other, and in my case, also a horse.

God wants to be with us before He works through us.

Whether you find yourself standing in a pasture or, more likely, up to your elbows in dishes, overwhelmed with laundry, crammed into the carpool line, or juggling papers at your desk, the invitation from God is before you. Will you say yes to slowing down for a breath or two so that you can be still and be present with Him?

He is there, inviting you into a deep and satisfying connection as you take another breath, and remind your soul that He is still on the throne eager for you to cease the endless striving and sit with Him awhile.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, thank You for inviting us to be still and know that You are God. Thank You that in Your presence we find the gift of healing and hope, growth and transformation. Help us be mindful of what You want to do in us before we expect for You to work through us.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn 

How is God inviting you to connect with Him today?
What is He prompting you to hit pause on to be still in His presence for even a breath or two?

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9 Responses to “Take a Breath of Stillness”

  1. Marso says:

    That’s right just lay back and marvel at who the Grand Creator is to you…..Parent

    She dances at this memory

  2. Sherri says:

    Elisa, thank you for this devotional. Tears roll down my face as I know this is God sent! Less than 20 minutes before reading this devotional, my blood pressure and heart rate was very, very high. I ask God why is this happening? Why can’t I let go of the anxiety. I am 62. My family needs me. My sister died a few months ago. I am my mother’s caregiver, I live alone and have a stressful job. I think I am doing all the right things, but my blood pressure and heart rate has not stabilized for months now. BUT GOD is sovereign and I know HE is in control!! Pray for me as I continue to pray for GIG ministry and their readers.

  3. Sherri says:

    Elisa, thank you for this devotional. Tears roll down my face as I know this is God sent! GOD is sovereign and I know HE is in control!! Pray for me as I continue to pray for GIG ministry and their readers.

  4. Peggie says:

    This “Be Still” prayer resonated with me deeply this morning…I will use it again and again, and I know I will be blessed by it! Thank you Elisa ❤️

  5. Terry says:

    Sitting at my desk for my morning work devotions and eyes welling up with tears. The stress of this life, this job, this world weighs heavy on my mind and heart. Thank you for this reminder to Be Still and Know that He is God1. This reminds me to teach my heart to be still. I am thankful for your message.

  6. Joanie says:

    Elisa,

    I needed this reminder to be still. Thank you for sharing. I’m always going, doing, creating, writing. Rarely do I just sit in His presence. I will be trying today.

    Joanie

  7. Toni says:

    Thank you for this reminder To Be still and know that I’m God.
    I too have horses and they do sense my anxiety. I’ve been consumed with the “what ifs in life” lately. I’m wasting the wonderful life God has given me.

  8. Carol says:

    Yes, Father: we are still and know that You are the Almighty!
    Let us know and believe the words of Matt. 11:28-30…our burdens are heavy, Lord, but, Your yoke is light!
    Let us remember to walk beside you, under the protection of Your strength, through all the daily pressures and human faults we have…
    Let me remember to be still, and know You are God.
    In Jesus Holy name, Amen

  9. Jan says:

    A friend sent this to me this morning. I had just prayed for God to show up and this was just what was needed! I have shared with a few others today as well!! What a blessing! I use horses in my therapy practice. How very fitting today!! God is present at all times if we will just Be!!

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