“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10.

This past year has sent a shock wave through our existence. Even though the majority of North American’s are home more often, it is no guarantee that they have found more peace in their everyday lives. In fact, many people have become more stressed and even depressed, because they have had time to reflect on things they have been able to ignore due to busyness. What do we do when stillness is lacking in our walk with God?

If you are having a difficult time stilling your thoughts and worries, here are a few things that help me focus when I am overwhelmed.

  1. Consistency:

    Have a specific time everyday that you spend with the Lord. Your prayer life will flow into every facet of your day and will be beneficial to your overall spiritual wellbeing.

  2. Praise:

    When quiet moments with the Lord are difficult to achieve, try worshiping God and thanking Him for everything He has accomplished in your life.

  3. Envision The Lord:

    Close your eyes and imagine the Lord standing before you saying, “Come unto me all who are burdened and heavy hearted, I will give you rest.” Visualizing the Lord with you will bring so much peace during every season of your life.

  4. Journal:

    When I can’t seem to find the words to speak out loud, I write my emotions, thoughts, prayer requests, and even my goals down in my journal. I address it to the Lord and talk to Him through all the pages, and end it by writing, “In Jesus name, amen.”

Becoming still in the presence of God puts all focus on Him allowing our business and schedules to fade into the background. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Take some time today to sit with the Lord, away from people, your phone, and to-do lists. Just focus on God’s sovereignty and love.


Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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