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Embrace Peace

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalm 46:10

Anna filled her days with work. From the moment she got up until she went to bed each night, she was rarely still. She loved having so many people counting on her and so many projects filling her plate.

Then a car accident changed everything. She had broken her back and needed surgery. But the doctor explained that the surgery would be very risky in Anna’s case. “Since you’re not a good candidate for the surgery, I want you to rest for the next six weeks. Perhaps your body will heal on its own.”

At first, Anna found herself grumpy and bored. All she could do was lie in the hospital bed and slowly tick off the days. But then Anna decided to use her time to do something productive. She began studying her Bible every day and writing down what she was learning.

Anna eventually made a full recovery, and a few years later, she saw a publishing company was looking for Bible study writers. She submitted the study she’d done when she was in the hospital and was delighted when the company wanted to use it.

“I used to think of quiet time as a waste of time. But now, I know that God never wastes a season in my life including the still ones.”


Lord, when I’m in a situation and You’re calling me to be still, help me to cease striving. Show me again that You’ve got it all under control. Help me to depend on You for my strength. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

August 20 devotional

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