Sometimes we just need to be still. To be quiet before God and ourselves. To listen to His words and give Him our full attention.

We need stillness – the absence of movement or sound. Stillness is a gift in my world. It helps me recharge after long days and projects that use every ounce of my brain energy. As a borderline introvert-extrovert, when I’m exhausted I renew best by being alone. Being alone doesn’t mean you’re lonely. It just means you’re engaged in time that can foster solitude and rest.

Stillness Retreat RenewalOne of my goals for 2017 includes having quarterly weekend retreats with God to examine my life from those prior three months and hear from Him how to best center myself in Him as the next three months begin. My first retreat will take place the last weekend of March. I plan to pack simple, mute my phone, enjoy a peaceful location, and hear from the Lord.

We live in a world of constant noise and movement. Everything yells overstimulation. But God whispers rest into our ears. He knows this world is a hard place. He sees it and He sees us:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”  – Matthew 11:28-30 The Message

There are many things that fight for my attention in this world. But I want to give my full focus to the Lord. I want to hear His voice – that still small voice – and listen with comprehension to what He tells me. This life will always feel busy. But my heart doesn’t have to feel that way if I welcome God’s quiet into my soul and let Him quiet the noise with His love and peace.

Melody Copenny

About Melody Copenny

Melody Copenny is a poet, writer, author and storyteller living a gospel-centered life. A native of Atlanta, GA, she’s called Orlando, FL home since 2005 and been a member of the Discovery Church family for 12 years. Presently she serves as editor in chief for the Discovery Women's Ministry blog, Cherished. She's passionate about the intersection of creativity, words, theology and popular culture and writes to be real, relevant and reveal. A healthy foodie who enjoys cooking well, classic soul and R&B and serving a women’s group at Discovery, she blogs regularly on themes about grieving, mourning, living and loving at www.findingmelodie.com. You can connect to Mel on Twitter & Instagram @findingmelodie.

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