Be Still and Know

Jenn Whiteford Givler


Be still and know – such a simple phrase. So easy to understand, yet, so incredibly difficult to do. Psalm 46 also says “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

The words are right there. God is our refuge. God is the source of our strength, especially in times of trouble. We know this. But stillness and surrender are hard.

When was the last time you were still? When was the last time you were able to surrender? Let’s do a simple exercise you can do anywhere, anytime. You can do this for 1 minute or 60 minutes.

Find a comfortable seat. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the floor, in a chair, in the grass, or sitting on a rock in the forest. Just get comfortable. Place your hands on your knees.

Take three deep breaths. Breathe in for a count of 3 and out for a count of 3.

Bring your attention to the top of your head. Inhale as you focus on that area. As you exhale, release any tension from that space.

Next, as you inhale, bring your attention to your forehead and the area behind your eyes. As you exhale, release any tension you find there.

On your next inhale, bring your attention to your jaw. Exhale and release any tension from that space.

From here, bring your focus to your shoulders. Bring your shoulders up to your ears on an inhale and squeeze them up tight. As you exhale, roll your shoulders back and down. Do those 3 more times.

Take another 3 breaths. Inhale for a count of 3, and exhale for a count of 3.

From this quiet space, ask if there is anything God wants you to know. You can ask 2 simple questions if you like. God, what do you want me to know? God, what will you have me do?

Allow your mind to wander and see what answer might come to you.

Remember, as Psalm 46 also says “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Highest dwells. God is within her; she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.” God is here for us. He is here for you. Nothing is impossible for Him. “Be still and know.”

The Wellness Ministry is purely educational and not intended to substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. You should consult your medical provider to know how best to manage your care. If you think you are experiencing a mental or physical health emergency, call a medical professional or emergency services immediately. This ministry is also not meant to bring shame or guilt; in fact, it is quite the opposite! The goal is to enlighten you on how greatly YOU are made, and that greatness comes from the Image of God!