The Beauty of Being

by Leslie Hollowell

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Confession: I have a really hard time being still.

This past week I was at the beach with friends and for the life of me, I could not lay still in the sun. I’d rather be walking, swimming, throwing frisbee or something…but to sit STILL, not moving and getting more freckles, unfortunately, is a bit hard for me to do.

I have also come to realize that I struggle a bit being still before the Lord and “Being” in His Word.

Psalm 46:11 says, “Be still and know that I am God.”  

James 1:22 says, “Be doers of the Word and not hearers only…”

How can I Be a doer of God’s Word if I’m not taking time to be still and know that He is God through His Word?

I am learning if I can’t BE still before the Lord and be a woman of His Word, there will be an even bigger struggle as I seek to BE a doer of His Word and teach these truths to my son. I am daily striving hard to make time to BE still and BE in His Word, in order that I might BE a doer of His Word. As a doer of his word, I must learn to put into practice all that God tells me to be. This is not important only for me, but as I learn to be in His Word and do what He has called me to do, I’ll be much more equipped to teach and train the Next Generation.

Momma’s, we have been called to “not hide these things from our children, we must tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and wonder’s He has done.” (Psalm 78:4)

We have an obligation to truly take time to “BE Still and Know that He is God” in order to help our children learn to “Be Still and Know that He is God.”

In studying the many things God’s Word tells us about “Being,” I’ve realized that these are practical and beautiful ways I can strive to model and train my son in order for him to begin being a “doer of God’s Word and not just a hearer only.” (James 1:22)

Below are just a few reminders from God’s Word on what He has called us to BE.

God’s Word tell us to: 
  • Be kind and compassionate to one another” in Ephesians 4:32

If I’m to teach my son to be a doer of God’s Word and not a hearer only, then I must realize the importance of being kind and compassionate to others so I can teach and model this to my son.

  • Be Wise”Colossians 4:5

God’s word tells us to “be wise in the way we act towards outsiders, making the most of every opportunity.”  How does this play out in our everyday life? How am I teaching my son be a doer of the Word and to make the most of every opportunity?

  • Be Self controlled and Alert” 1 Peter 5:8

This verse is a reminder of the importance of being alert because we have an enemy roaming around like a lion, looking for someone to devour.  How will I teach my son to guard where he walks and to be alert for the enemy? How can I model self-control in my every day life?

  • “Be Courageous, Be Strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; Be Courageous, Be Strong.” I love these verses and realize that we live in an age that is seeking to make us coward down rather than being courageous.  I long to stand firm in my faith and help my son stand firm and be strong- even when it goes very much against what the world says is ok.

  • Be Thankful”Colossians 3:15

“Let the peace of Christ dwell in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be Thankful.”  I long to model a thankful heart to my son and a peace that only Christ can give. I am striving to learn that my circumstances cannot control my gratitude and that we truly serve a God who loves us and desires for us to be “thankful in all circumstances.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

My prayer for all of us as we seek to parent our children, is that we will take time to “Be still and know that He is God” in order that we can be strong and wise and compassionate and kind and “Doer’s of His Word and not hearers only.”

Leslie Hollowell

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