Tuesday, August 30, 2011

My Stilled Soul

Psalm 131 is my favorite chapter in the Bible. It's a short one but it packs a punch. A few years ago God knocked me to my knees in tears as I read this and realized that God had indeed stilled and quieted my soul-finally. "My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, both now and forevermore", Psalm 131, NIV. What these words say to me is that I no longer need great things in my life nor do I need God to give me anything. I am content to just rest in His presence.

That little child inside of me

Had always felt alone,

Forced by life to carry a weight

Too burdensome for a tot.

Never allowed the carefree play

That youngsters ought to have,

The secret I resolved to keep

Hung heavy in my center.

Until the day that Jesus' strength

Came down and hugged me tight.

He rocked me back and forth that day

And loved my tears away.

He stilled and quieted my soul within

As I gazed upon His face.


  1. Peggy. Beautiful painting. Beautiful words. Beautiful YOU!

  2. Love this poem, Peggy. The Bible verse speaks to me, too.

  3. Lovely and from the heart. Just last night (well, early morning hours), I awakened from a bad dream and there was fear in my heart. Immediately, I felt impressed in my spirit to receive these words from God.

    "Focus on me."

    There was such a forcefulness that came with this mandate, I immediately thought of Jesus (what I imagine him to look like) and peace flooded my soul! What a treasure to be able to have God's attention all the time, in an instant!


  4. You are so talented! And what a perfect post as I just sat down and planned on visiting friends. Thank you sister for encouraging me always. God bless.

  5. That Psalm spoke to me first this morning, and now again in your post.~God bless you~