February 21, 2014
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Fret Buster #118

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A Quiet Heart

There is something important we can learn from the way of a mother with a young child who is frightened. The response of a young child to fear is not a whimper, but a wail. The mother’s response is not casual or indifferent, but one that is instant and intense. Love moves into action, not with explanations or reasoning, but with everything in its power to quiet, to comfort, and to reassure. The arms of the mother’s embrace speak louder than any words the child could hear in that moment of fear.

The mother’s voice is also soothing and quieting, “Shh, it’s okay…mommy’s here. It’s okay.” These words are all the child needs to know. Her gentle words bring the assurance that helps the child to believe, “I can begin to quiet myself because mommy is here and I am in her arms.”

The words God speaks in Psalm 46:10-11 can be likened to the words of a caring mother to her fearful child. The language is simple, the words are few, the impact is instant, the result is profound. His words tell us all we need to know to settle us, still our fears, quiet our hearts, and reassure us when we hear, “Be still, calm down, release all your concerns, quiet your heart, it’s okay, I am here and you are safe in the shelter of My arms.

Be still, and know that I am God… The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Psalm 46:10-11 NKJV

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5 Responses to “Fret Buster #118”

  1. Jaci February 21, 2014 at 8:50 AM #

    My mind is very busy and quite does not come easy. This has become my life verse. It does calm me when I am stressed and at other times it reminds me who is in control so I can relax. Jaci

  2. Tamatha Knauber February 21, 2014 at 12:09 PM #

    Roy, this is so true! It is often the message that we all need to hear especially during the stressful times in our lives. It is good to know that God is in control of it all; he will not forsake us nor will he abandoned us. For he is always present with us. He dwells within us and forever he will stay (just as his Word will live forever so will He!).

  3. karyn February 21, 2014 at 12:32 PM #

    O yes, I’m a mother through and through and through. When a friend of ours first had her first child and we were having dinner and she started to cry fiercely, her mum was so fearful but I took her daughter and just held her and she stopped crying. Her mother was petrified and her daughter felt it in her arms. It’s so important to keep calm in situations that call for calm. It makes a whole lot of difference.
    Thank you for your teaching and advise and I will try my best to change.
    :)

    • Sarah.Kelley March 21, 2014 at 5:08 AM #

      Your Quiet Heart devotion reminds me of a favorite scripture, ” In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”
      Isaiah 30:15. My faith is always restored and strengthened in the quietness. My confidence is in Him who is the author & finisher of my faith.

  4. Theresa February 21, 2014 at 2:18 PM #

    bro roy, i absolutely love your devotionals. simple, but it goes right into your heart. i bless you! continue to point our hearts to the Lord, Who only can help & save us! may you be encouraged & strengthened as you have done for multitudes & complete protection for you & those who stand with you in Yeshua’s Majestic Name!

    in His Love

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