still, still, still… {be still and know that I am God}

a few times a week they run, thumping up the stairs, breathless in panicked joy –
“run! hurry! it’s almost done and this sunset is the most beautiful one ever!”

i’m tempted to stay rooted to my seat. it’s windy. it’s chilly. i’m settled.

(be still and know that I am God.)

 

harvey cedars sunset angela sackett b

 

but settled in my seat isn’t equal to settled in my heart, for often i’m restless with hurry-sickness,
frustrated at all i don’t accomplish.

so oddly, i need to run to find the stillness.

(be still.)

 

harvey cedars sunset angela sackett

 

the wind whips. i’m in slippers and sweatpants, and i’ve unknowingly (until later, when i arrive home breathless and my daughter giggles on seeing me), donned my scarf as a hat, bouncing down my back as i go. but i run after my boys, whose hearts are wide and wondrous at the sight of Creation, near to turning in for the night.

 

contemplating stillness angela sackett a

 

the clouds roll and tumble, and somehow, in the chaos, there is peace. in the rumble, there is silence of heart. and in the movement, i am still.

 

still still still angela sackett

 

“the winds and the waves shall obey Thy will,
Peace, be still!
whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea,
or demons or men, or whatever it be,
no water can swallow the ship where lies
The Master of ocean, and earth, and skies;
They all shall sweetly obey Thy will,
Peace, peace be still.”
(mary ann baker)

 

 

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  1. Reply
    Joe Siccardi
    November 14, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Visiting from FMF. I’m always amazed at what I find on FMF. Loved the phrase, in the chaos, there is peace. Or rather, the peace of God quiets the chaos. Be still and know that He is God.

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      admin
      November 15, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      Joe – I look forward to reading “wisdom from a father” and hearing your thoughts as well. I’m so excited to find FMF, and to see what others are sharing. Thank you for your response – it is good to be heard and know that others walk the road, too…

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    Helen
    November 15, 2014 at 2:32 am

    Beautiful post. The love between your two sons is palpable from your photos. What joy. There’s a quote that says something along the lines of “When faced with the choice of working or spending time with children, choose the children; there’ll be plenty of time for work later when they’re big”…it always comes to my mind when my littles drag me away from something I’m doing to show me something that’s important to them….life is made of these special moments. [Beautiful, beautiful post. Absolutely loved it].
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      admin
      November 15, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      Helen, it makes my joy explode to hear you say their love is evident! Your quote/thought is such an encouragement to me as I have recently made a move that brings my back home more in my heart… and in body… with my children. It’s also an encouragement to keep priorities straight as future opportunities arise, and make sure that what comes first, comes first! Thank you for stopping by – look forward to connecting again!

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    Kate
    November 15, 2014 at 3:34 am

    Welcome!! SO lovely to have you joining us for Five Minute Friday! What a beautiful site you have! And I love the flow of your writing and your stunning photographs .. Looking forward to seeing more of you in the coming weeks! 😉
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      admin
      November 15, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      Kate – finding your blog and your Five Minute Friday link-up made me feel like I had found heart-friends. I’m looking very much to the “external motivation,” and more, to connecting with new friends. Thank you!!

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    Pattyann
    November 15, 2014 at 4:21 am

    One of my very favorite songs. I loved your words on the topic today. I also love your pictures! Thank you for sharing.

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      admin
      November 15, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you, Pattyann! I love it, too. I am so excited to find this “crew” of writers… looking forward to connecting hearts as we are brave in our sharing. 🙂

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