Abiding

We’ve already talked about how I adopted the word “still” this year – as in being still – and we’ve already talked about how this is not my strong point. Which is probably exactly why our Lord and Savior is nudging me to give it a try. This word is doing a lot in me, but something tells me that up until this point I’ve just been scratching the surface of all there is to find in “still.”

Enter, the concept of abiding.

If you’d asked me a month ago about the word “abide,” I would have been like, “what are you talking about?” I’ll save you guys the click through to the the dictionary, and tell you that Merriam Webster defines “abide” as:

To wait for…
To endure without yielding..
To bear patiently…
To accept without objection…
To remain stable or fixed in a state…
To continue in a place…

I don’t know when I actually started to understand what this word means or to think in terms of abiding, but it’s happened. And in this, I’ve seen as always that it’s not so much about one word as it about the concept: Drawing closer to God and letting Him stretch our limits.

In the practice of being still, I’m learning to abide. I’m learning again (as I’ve had to so many times in my life) how to remain stable and fixed in the state of His love instead of the whirlwind of to-dos and demands this world throws at us.

For in him we live and move and exist. – Acts 17:28a (NLT)

When the world says, “do more…” I’m answering, “Be intentional. Abide. I’m loved just for who I am. Now just do all things with love.”

When the world says, “go faster…” I’m answering, “Be still. Abide. Accept grace and notice the small things God puts in my day.”

This is new territory for me. The last time I was learning how to abide, I was sick and in need of a rescuer. I had nothing but a God who kept me going day by day through probably a whole host of miracles and a whole lot of grace. Learning to abide in better health has been  harder. I’m no less in need of a Savior, but when we’re capable of doing more with our two hands, it can be hard to resist the temptation to do it all.

How about you guys? Do you find it hard sometimes to slow down and just abide in Christ’s love? Do you have a favorite way to slow down and rest in who He is?

I’m linking up with Sarah’s What He’s Done Wednesdays.

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16 comments

  1. You always write about something that I am dealing with spiritually. Learning to abide and be still in my re-occurring storm. While I pray for the storm to pass, I also pray that I will not forget the lessons I learned during it.

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    1. Karyn, I’m right there with you. I definitely pray for the storms to pass, but I’m learning that God can use them to put my focus more squarely on Him, and that’s a blessing. I hope your storm passes soon. Hugs.

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  2. This was a good post for me to read today. I often find myself wanting to do more….more…i am impatient to heal, to serve, to d.o. And God is saying rest, trust, be still. Just b.e. it was an issue when I was healthy and seems to be an issue again as I heal..hmmmmm My garden time is a way to rest and abide. Singing and praying in my prayer language is a way to rest and abide–focus on Him.

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    1. Renee, I do hear you! It’s been an issue for me my whole life, too. Seems like we’re on this “abiding” ride together. I think of your garden time a lot. It’s a beautiful way to connect with God. 🙂

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  3. Kim, your posts are always so insightful and applicable. Our culture exalts busyness. And it’s easier to be busy doing things than it is to be still. For me it also took losing my health and ability to do things in order for me to start to see this. And I still find it hard to wait. I particularly like the Webster definitions “to endure without yielding” and “to bear patiently”. It reminds me that abiding in God’s love is not just passive doing nothing. It can be intentional and active in a way even if it’s done while being still.

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    1. Jen – Yes! I love your insight into abiding being intentional and active. Those two definitions also stood out to me as being so similar to 1 Corinthians 13 when Paul says “love bears all things.” When we love God and know we’re loved by Him, we bear all things by holding on to Him and never giving up on Him. Just want you to know that I’m praying for you!

      On Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 3:18 PM, Gospel Girls

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  4. What a beautiful word, abide! And how precious that He abides in us as well… Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. John 15:4 Another good one gospel girl! 😉

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  5. The definitions of abide surprised me. And perhaps it shouldn’t have, but it surprised me also to realize that I’m in the abiding fight as well. In the waiting and the enduring, in the wholehearted, life-tilting effort to remain in Him as my refuge and my home. I’m glad to have a friend on the journey–it’s a hard road in sickness and in health. You’re encouraging my heart, and I am so grateful.

    PS: I’m glad you found my lost comment–I was afraid I might be doing something wrong and yet I felt utterly at a loss as to how to fix it!

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    1. Courtney, I hear you. I LOVE abiding, but something about the world pulled me out of it and into the crazy tornado busy cycle. And now when I’m trying to get back into abiding, something is resisting with all it’s might. Thank you for your sweet comment. I pray for you. And I’m glad Steph tracked down your comment! Hopefully it won’t happen again!

      Sent from my iPhone

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  6. Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Thank you, However I am having difficulties with your RSS.
    I don’t understand the reason why I can’t join it.
    Is there anyone else getting the same RSS issues?
    Anyone that knows the solution can you kindly respond?
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