Daily Dose- Mental Health Devotional for Courage to Be Still

Psalm 46:10

“Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!”

English Standard Version

Not long ago, trapped in a cycle of mental health destruction, I was forced to hit the brakes. We had a work transfer out of state, and my high school daughter revealed she was pregnant. Dad was already back in Colorado, my fifth grade son didn’t like it, and trouble became his middle name. The housing market had crashed, and selling our beautiful home was impossible.

My nerves were raw, and the complexity of the situation overwhelming. My efforts to slow down my mind failed. The more I ran mental circles, the angrier I became.

One day I heard a distinct message, “Be still, and know that I am God.”

It didn’t resound in my ears with a gentle, soft voice. I heard a prominent bold voice suggest God meant business. In my pity, I lost sight of Him. The world appeared larger than my God. Eventually, all I could see was the swirling chaos.

God tells us we will have troubles (John 16:33). How we prepare to manage them is up to us. His Word is a roadmap to aligning our thoughts and minds with His perfect will for our lives. This world is not worth my mind. I learned to trust and listen, but it all began when I chose to be still.

Do you need to be still today?

Poem “And Know that I am God”

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