For a few very hard years this word was my mantra.
The word means
-undismayed; not discouraged; not forced to abandon purpose or effort
-undiminished in courage or valor; not giving way to fear
But the truth is, I was often dismayed by everything that had taken place, and I did battle discouragement. I battled fear and doubts. I hurt and was angry, and sometimes "undaunted" sounded more like a mockery than a mantra, and I was determined to be real about all of it in these posts, thus the name, Undaunted Reality. More than that, though, I was determined to live undaunted, not because I'm so great or strong, but because my God is, and no matter what this world looks like, He is the only reality that matters.
I pray I live the reality of Him beautifully undaunted.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Still Understanding

At the end of each year, I ask the Lord for a "word for the next year". What does He have to say that I can be in agreement with in mind, body, and spirit? Sort of an overriding direction, if you will. This year's word was so simple it has been a bit hard to wrap my mind around.

He said simply, "Be still and know that I am God."

This is a foreign concept to me.

I grew up on a farm. I was an athlete. I am a mother of two, homeschooler, church volunteer, "Type A", has to be doing something with my hands while I watch TV kind of person. Be still? Frankly, I didn't even have a working knowledge of what that means. So, I do what I always do. I looked it up.

My Hebrew Keyword Bible didn't help much. It simply said "still". Huh.

So I pulled out my dictionary. "Still" has a number of meanings, but simply put it means without motion, noise, or distraction. In other words:

"Quit focusing on what you can or can't do or what is happening around you. Understand I AM God, and it is all about what I can and will do."

I don't know about your year, what kind of year your coming out of or the things you face right now. I don't know the mental, emotional, or spiritual details. I do know most everyone I know, including myself, has something they would like to see changed, something that hurts them, overwhelms them--things much bigger than they are. And we've all done all we know to do to change things, to fix things. And what do you do when nothing you do makes a difference? Be still. After all He's God.



  1. Oh yes! He is God and His mercies are new every morning and He is completely in control and I will be still and know He is God!

    Love you!

  2. yes, that speaks volumes... i keep hearing those words - be still. it is only when we settle down from our busy busy activities-driven days that we can hear that still small voice. (i'm preaching to myself here!)... thanks for the reminder, jerri! it's a good word for a new year ahead...

  3. I also posted a word for the year. Praying for you. Sounds like being still will be a challenge - as it would be for me. Love you, Jan