• “My soul remained in a kind of heavenly elysium. So far as I am capable of making a comparison, I think that what I felt each minute, during the continuance of the whole time, was worth more than all the outward comfort and pleasure, which I had enjoyed in my whole life put together. It was a pure delight, which fed and satisfied the soul. It was peasure, without the least sting, or any interruption. It was a sweetness, which my soul was lost in. It seemed to be all that my feeble frame could sustain, of that fulness of joy, which is felt by those, who behold the face of Christ, and share his love in the heavenly world.” – Sarah Edwards, wife of Jonathan Edwards

Sit Still – Streams in the Desert 02/05

“Ye shall not go out with haste” (Isa. 52:12).
I do not believe that we have begun to understand the marvellous power there is in stillness. We are in such a hurry–we must be doing–so that we are in danger of not giving God a chance to work. You may depend upon it, God never says to us, “Stand still,” or “Sit still,” or “Be still,” unless He is going to do something.
This is our trouble in regard to our Christian life; we want to do something to be Christians when we need to let Him work in us. Do you know how still you have to be when your likeness is being taken?
Now God has one eternal purpose concerning us, and that is that we should be like His Son; and in order that this may be so, we must be passive. We hear so much about activity, may be we need to know what it is to be quiet. –Crumbs

Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Nor deem these days–these waiting days–as ill!
The One who loves thee best, who plans thy way,
Hath not forgotten thy great need today!
And, if He waits, ’tis sure He waits to prove
To thee, His tender child, His heart’s deep love.
Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Thou longest much to know thy dear Lord’s will!
While anxious thoughts would almost steal their way
Corrodingly within, because of His delay
Persuade thyself in simple faith to rest
That He, who knows and loves, will do the best.
Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
Nor move one step, not even one, until
His way hath opened. Then, ah then, how sweet!
How glad thy heart, and then how swift thy feet
Thy inner being then, ah then, how strong!
And waiting days not counted then too long.
Sit still, my daughter! Just sit calmly still!
What higher service could’st thou for Him fill?
‘Tis hard! ah yes! But choicest things must cost!
For lack of losing all how much is lost!
‘Tis hard, ’tis true! But then–He giveth grace
To count the hardest spot the sweetest place.
–J. D. Smith

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3 Responses to Sit Still - Streams in the Desert 02/05

  • cindy says:

    I have 2 daughters I am a single mom my oldest daughter is in teen challenge and will be coming home soon shes showing signs of bad behavior and i can no long afford the monthly payment shes been there 7mos she has 2 Planters warts on her foot that are hurting her she needs prayer teen challenge wants me to go ahead and pick her up since she knows shes coming home they feel its linked to bad behavior my plan was to pick her up march 6th to keep her school in line, I'm so scared because she has 2 mos probation left after being on it for 2 yrs. She tried to kill herself last july which is why i put her in teen challenge,she is 15. Your website has helped I feel no one really cares. My 11yo daughter has alopecia and suffers hair loss shes lost about. 50% of her hair in the last year. The last, 2 days ive felt really stressed and depressed please pray that God takes over this awful mess and helps me to be a better mom to help my girls. I would like to thank ur website I found out by googling Anne orthlund her book is helping me. My 15 yo is not a bad girl, she just needs to be accepted by the right peers she gets discouraged. I know I need to sit still and let God take control. Please pray for us.

    • womenof7 says:

      Thank you Cindy for being honest. I will pray for you and your daughter and family, as I hope many others that see this comment will also do. I live in Southeast Missouri if you ever need help/fellowship in the Lord. Which isn't too too far away from where I think you are.. Blessings to you in Christ.

  • Cindy says:

    Thank you for your prayers (everyone) and response. I have found a jewel more precious than rubies and diamonds by finding this website. It has helped me so much today to understand the sorrow and pain my little family is experiencing, and God has already began to intervene and open my mind to understanding, and I have talked with the director of TC and solutions are beginning to take place. I thank Him and you for creating this website. I pray for others who are experiencing pain or sorrow to find the strength behind it and begin to understand it. Peace to you in Christ, and thank you womenof7 for your offering help/fellowship.

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