Be Still And Know

September 3, 2016
by Lori Ciccanti

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. (NIV)

2 Corinthians 9:12 – This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. (NIV)

Two months ago, I injured my ankle when I tripped over a garden fence in my backyard. To my surprise, it was more serious than I'd first thought. An x-ray revealed that a bone was dislocated, so I needed surgery to repair it. Afterward, my leg was placed in a cast; now, several weeks later, I'm wearing a post-operative boot while also receiving physical therapy.

Being less mobile gave me the opportunity to contemplate today's Scriptures from a new perspective. Since I had no other choice but to limit my regular activities, it was easier to listen for God's voice. But first, I questioned what the Lord wanted me to learn from this experience. As I thought about it, I realized that various people that He had placed in my life were an important part of my recovery process. It struck me how much we need each other, especially in the body of Christ.

Without the help of my husband and family, I could not have managed. Moreover, I was blessed by many friends who prayed, sent cards of encouragement, delivered meals, and stopped by to visit. Others went out of their way to take me out, pushing me in a wheelchair. These acts of kindness and more made my heart overflow with thanksgiving to God.

In many ways, the Lord demonstrates His love for us through family, friends, and church members. Never knowing what tomorrow may bring, we may find ourselves in a situation that we cannot handle alone, or perhaps, we may have the opportunity to be helpful to someone else in need. In either case, it's important to take time to listen for God's voice, to be ready to do His will, and to offer up our praise to Him for those who faithfully serve Him.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for using the challenges that we face as opportunities to draw closer to You. Thank You also for the people in our lives who help us through difficult times. In the holy name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

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Lori Ciccanti <dlalsina@mchsi.com>
Ocean View, Delaware, USA

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    This really hit home.


    Another good word Lori. Blessings.


    Very good devotion. We all need to stop for at least 10 Minutes everyday to listen to God’s voice.


    Hi Lori,
    Often We feel God is closer when we are still. Glad you shared this wonderful insight.
    God bless you with His presence each day.


    Hopefully you have recovered now Lori, but I too have discovered in these difficult times that it is good to allow others the opportunity to minister to me. It’s a blessing on both of us.


    Hope all well with you. May God be your healing power. For what’s impossible for man is possible for God. And He is indeed using you to make us happy with your devotions. Get Well soon.
    God’s Blessing.


    Thank you, Lori for today’s message. As I was reading it I was thinking that I couldn’t get along without my Christian friends. They are a real lifeline in times of need. Hope all is well with you soon.
    Blessings.


    Thank you for your thoughts that you expressed in to day’s devotional!
    There are many times when I try to go it alone, only to find I need to except some help!! Some times it’s hard. — so it is —time to let go and let God show me the way!


    What a heartfelt devotional, Lori! Yes, we are in need of support, love and encouragement from our friends, especially those of the house of God.
    You are always praying for and caring for others; the Lord has now shown you how your caring affects others. May God continue to shower you with His blessings.


    Dearest Lori!
    Beloved Child of our Wonderful God;
    I give thanks to our LORD for you gift as a writer and teacher. You sent us another message to cause a “pause” and reflect. Just as the Psalm teaches, “Be still and know that I am God.”
    Be encouraged in your well-doing.


    Oh Lori, I pray your ankle is now fully healed with no aftereffects. A bum ankle incapacitates like a broken leg, but I didn’t have to tell you that! I have required a bit of extra care after I broke my leg. Back then, the treatment was to slap on a cast and wait six to eight weeks. No physical therapy, just go carefully . . . for the rest of your life. You’re blessed to have had such good care. Will continue praying. Blessings.


    Dear Lori: Thank you for this. Nine years ago I lost the lower half of my left leg to diabetes. Without the prayers and support of my Mother, family, church and other patients along side me in the hospital and later I would not have recovered as I did. I had super nursing care, and a wonderful physio-therapist, pastors counselling me and many people praying for me and coming to the hospital. I also had the opportunity to minister to fellow patients. God was good to me and continues to be good. I have faced many challenges and still do. Please pray for me. Life is good!


    Dear Lori:
    I was so pleased to read your Devotional this morning. Thank you so much.
    I too was in a situation exactly like yours. Thankfully it happened where there were loads of people to help me. If it had happened at home, I would have been totally alone in the country with no help. (I have since moved). I thanked God every day for the people who went out of their way to help me when I finally did go home. I also was blessed with the patience and peace I needed during recovery and come to get closer to our Lord.
    I pray the Lord will bless you and bring total healing to your ankle Lori.
    May God’s peace and joy be with you dear one.


    Greetings Lori,
    There was such a huge check in my Spirit as I read the devotional you shared. The Lord really does MAKE us lie down in green pastures!
    I went through a very similar experience as you, except with me He used cancer to slow me down, to teach me and use me and break strongholds in me as He revealed things that I needed to allow the Holy Spirit to transform in my heart. We serve a Good Good Father!
    What you said is so very true, the Lord had family and friends already placed in strategic areas in my life, for them to come up along side of me, to support and encourage me. At the exact same time He used me to witness to them. They could see His Peace that flowed forth from me. My cancer journey was a Blessing and He has since had me share with many how He used what the world perceives as bad for the glory of His kingdom.
    Thank you for sharing.
    God Bless,
    (NB)


    I truly believe that God is all about community. There were times in my life when God sent “helpers” my way when things got a little tough. Thank you for sharing. Keep writing.


    Dear Lori,
    May God bless you with continued healing, and give you more ideas for writing devotions.
    “All things work together for good to those who are called according to his purposes.”
    Keep writing.



    Good morning Lori, as I sat rereading your devotion it made me really think! Through a marriage that has been bumpy with the death of infant, cancer, normal child raising problems, Be still and know I am God was told to me during one of our bumps in the road. I have always tried to hang on to that, during our troubled times God placed some of the most unlikely people in our lives from church, they have prayed for us, cried with us and been silent with us.
    What a joy it was to look at this small group of dear friends taking time out with our children that come home to celebrate our anniversary, something that a few years ago looked hopeless! What a blessing! Be still and know I am God for he used the most unlikely people to turn our life around and our children have seen this.
    Thank You for your writing and may God continue to bless you and your writing.

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