from retreat leader
A word not often used in Christian circles but one that captures my attention.
The verse that won’t seem to loosen its grip on me is:
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
- PSALM 46:10
I pray God will begin to weave stillness into the fabric of our lives. You and me and
our crazy, busy, demanding, noisy days. Would you consider giving stillness a chapter
in your life story? Jesus did.
“As often as possible Jesus withdrew
to out-of-the-way places for prayer.”
- LUKE 5:16
Jesus modeled balance in the midst of demand. He lived a public life in the crowds, a personal life with His friends and disciples, and a private life alone with the Father. If Jesus found the need and time for stillness, shouldn’t we?
I would love you to walk with me
Consider a few moments of daily stillness on my Facebook page
And, finally, join me on a retreat: “Dare to Be Still…a weekend experience with God.”
Along the way I’ll share insights from those who have gone before and know much more about stillness than I do. You may be one of those.
Would you say a prayer for those of us who are beginners?
For starters, here is a thought from Tracy Balzer, author of Permission to Ponder: Contemplative Wisdom for the Spiritually Distracted:
“If we are to live in the depths of the abundant life with Jesus, we need to concede
that he has actually given us permission to ponder and that the world in its frenzy will
go on without us, quite well, as a matter of fact….
The humility that is forged in silence moves us from our compulsive possession of
our lives and convinces us that we are not the managers of the universe. God is.”
I welcome you to my journey with a challenge:
Will you “Dare to Be Still”?
A little more about me...
I’ve lived in Oregon most of my life and call Eugene home, the place my husband and I raised our three children. The children are now grown and married, and I enjoy being a Grandma to six young ones.
After graduating from the University of Oregon and spending some time at home with my children, I pursued a variety of interesting careers. My retirement offers me the opportunity to do what I love most – encouraging women to draw close to God through Bible Journaling Groups, hosting Dare to Be Still retreats and serving as a Mentor Mom for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers).
If you have specific comments or questions for me, you can email me here.
What others are saying
If you are interested in a life-changing retreat . . . I promise you’ll walk away from the retreat having a deeper, more intimate relationship with the Lord!”
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