I’m in our church choir, and I had a fun conversation this past week with a friend in choir practice.
I got to choir practice late as I had to get food ready for after church and have a speech prepared for the end of our church service. When I arrived, we were practicing the song Still, My Soul, Be Still by Keith and Kristyn Getty. My friend who sits beside me asked, “Are we singing this for Mother’s Day?” She was wondering why we weren’t singing a Mother’s Day song. I quipped with her that stillness was probably what every mother wanted and asked if they were going to take the children out of the service while we sang the song.
The church service went well, and I was so thankful that I did not feel nervous when I spoke which is one of the things I prayed for. Then we went to a school meeting. Our church has a small school for church members. We all register with an umbrella school, so in the eyes of the state we attend a private school. Next year there will be changes as the head teacher is changing. With the change in teachers, we are also changing up some curriculum. I found out that I would be teaching the Mystery of History for everyone under 8th grade — which is great as I love History. It was even my minor. But my mind went into overdrive.
Between thinking about the Wednesday night summer program for kids that I am spearheading, our VBS program in June of which I am the director, the end of school coming up this week, Kristi’s birthday party that I need to get together, and two new subjects to teach next year, I couldn’t sleep! I’m a total curriculum junkie and I research until I think I know what I am doing — so I was on the computer researching books. I pulled out my The Well Trained Mind book that I really haven’t looked at that much until now. I started the process of studying her history sections for the Ancients. I went on Ebay and Amazon and have ordered supplemental books for me and for the middle school children to dive deeper.
Then I tried to jump back into my VBS mode that I need to be into. Yep, it’s been a crazy week.
So tonight, after I left church, I remembered our choir song for Sunday and realized I needed to live out the words. Look at the words:
Still my soul be still
And do not fear
Though winds of change may rage tomorrow
God is at your side
No longer dread
The fires of unexpected sorrow
When I read these words, my thoughts left my busyness and turned to my sister’s life this past week. If you have been following Creative K Kids for a while, you may remember when I asked prayer for her family a couple of years ago as they had been attacked as missionaries in South Africa. They are still ministering in South Africa two years after the attack, and they have a new very small church in the town they are currently residing in. The most faithful family of their church were in car accident in Zimbabwe this past weekend. Both the wife and daughter died. My brother-in-law was able to get an ambulance to bring the husband back to South Africa to get better care. He is awaiting surgery on his legs last I heard, and if he is not get surgery soon, one leg may be amputated. He still is not aware that his wife and daughter have passed on. I am praying that the words above will carry him through this very difficult time. His truck was totaled, and he needs his leg to be an auto mechanic. Please pray that his faith in God will carry him through this tragedy.
The second verse says:
God You are my God
And I will trust in You and not be shaken
Lord of peace renew
A steadfast spirit within me
To rest in You alone
No matter if it is busyness or an unexpected heartbreaking tragedy, we need to turn to God and trust in Him and in Him alone. Is He really my God like the first line says? If He is, He can be trusted. He can give us peace and give us steadfastness of heart through times of overwhelm or through times of intense grief.
Consider these verses:
- Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: (Psalm 37:7a)
- Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
- Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. (Psalm 46:10)
- My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. (Psalm 62:5-6)
- And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. (Colossians 3:15)
- Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (Isaiah 26:3)
I went to YouTube to hear the song we will sing on Sunday. Our arrangement is different, but this arrangement is beautiful. I pray that you are blessed with the rich words of this text and that your soul will experience stillness and that you will have a peaceful and blessed Mother’s Day.
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Here are some favorite posts perfect for Mother’s Day from last week’s party:
- When You Feel Like an Inadequate Mother from Joy in My Kitchen
- Homemaking is The Ultimate Career from Children are a Blessing
- What NOT to Get Mom for Mother’s Day from Jenny Louise Marie
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