My Stillness Model: Just Be

The Little One at Burritt on the Mountain

“The Little One,” edited in Snapseed, Retrolux Filter

Sundays are typically crazy-busy around here, but with my little one ill, the end of the semester imminent, deadlines pressing, and voting just two days away, today I found myself feeling particularly anxious about things I cannot control.  Then, while taking a short break,  I ran across this photo of my son which reminds me to be still and yield to a spirit of peace.

In this photo he is the embodiment of stillness to me. He is totally immersed in his own thoughts and completely comfortable in his world. Not a worry. Not a care.  He’s just “being.”

Isn’t that what stillness is?  Practicing a spirit so at peace that whatever is happening around us cannot disturb us?

The serenity of my little one’s face reminds me to surrender the reins, give God the whole burden, and “just be.”

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  1. Hope your little one gets well soon. And that the right candidate prevails in the vote on Tuesday. (I am not asking for your opinion which is the right one as there is something like voting secret and I totally defend that! It is a very important basic rule for voting.) All the best for you, your family and hopefully wisdom for your country.

    • Yes! Thanks! The little one is better–just a really bad cough that we’re monitoring closely. I’m so anxious about the results of the election that I’m determined to stay away from television and conversations until tomorrow morning…

      • Well, until tomorrow nobody will know for sure, anyway. And me the least, sitting in Good ole Germany, or rather sleeping while the results come out.

  2. christine brooks

     /  November 7, 2016


  3. Shalom! Nothing compares to the perfect peace of God. May all be well with your family.

  4. I love this one. If this is not confirmation for me, I don’t know what is. My devotion yesterday was also on standing still and watch God work. Sometimes we do not need long posts to get across what God is trying to say.

    • One of the books I’m writing is on “Stillness,” so this will definitely be expanded quite a bit. Thanks for loving this. And you’re right, we don’t need a long post at all. Jesus can change a life with just one sentence.

  5. Laurie

     /  November 7, 2016

    Hoping your young man gets better soon. What a wonderful picture of him and your words are perfect, I can’t agree with you more…thank you for the reminder.

    • Awww…thank you, Laurie. He’s feeling better, but he’s not quite 100%. Thanks for the well wishes and the compliment and agreement on the post. I hope you’ve been well.


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