Wednesday, September 12, 2012

"Be Still" Give-Away!

It's been over a week since I made the choice to be still.

It's been nothing short of amazing.

It took me a few days to get out of "blog" mode. I had moments with my boys where the nagging temptation to snap a photo or brainstorm clever, witty ways to document it were overwhelming. I had definitely gotten way out of balance and have enjoyed the transition of getting back into "normal mommy" mode. 

A few weeks ago I received an email requesting that I watch and review an upcoming women's short film called True Beauty, by Lisa Fran. It's a 3-part DVD series for women. It sounded like a great opportunity, so I agreed to watch the first of the three films and do a review.

I kept putting it off and putting it off. But, even during my "break," I felt the need to follow-through on what I had originally agreed to do. So, when Peanut was down for a nap, and the hubs had taken Opie to a birthday party, I decided it was time to finally watch the film. It was so quiet in the house (that was a weird feeling) and I was thankful to have a while to blog, without putting my kids or anything else on the back burner.

I went to the website and entered the private password I'd been given. And when the film began, the title 'bout knocked me back ten feet in my seat, ya'll.

It was: Be Still.

(Ooo-weeee-ooooo) Yeah, what are the chances?

Needless to say, I was pretty convinced that God had put this in my path for a reason. And it did not disappoint. I watched the film (it was about twenty minutes long) and was so convicted by I saw. 


It was a touching short film. Lisa Fran was so sincere and tackled a subject that we, as women, need to hear. Especially in this "who-can-do-the-most-and-still-have-it-all-together" society we live in. She convicted me on how I spend my time and excuses I make for why I'm not still. I loved the sweetness of how this stillness was portrayed. It was right on.


We are so busy. We are baking, cleaning, sewing, working, parenting, watching, typing, creating, blogging, exercising, etc. We've got parties to plan, cakes to make, houses to decorate, Facebook statuses to update and yet we keep making excuses as to why we can't slow down. But, in the midst of the chaos, we are being called by God, Himself, to take a breather and just be. I didn't realize that I'd been too busy to do that.

I ain't gonna lie. I still have lofty dreams of really growing this little-piece-of-me blog and touching thousands of women who are as overwhelmed and hard on themselves as I am. But, if trying to achieve greatness makes me lose out on a relationship with the One who is greater, than my dreams will be worthless.

I hate gettin' all serious on you. You know I like to laugh and hoot and holler with the best of 'em. But, this being still is not something to be taken lightly. Life is fast. Time goes by. And what is your life headed for? 


Being still is hard. It is un-natural. And staying fast-paced keeps us from having to face the things deep within our hearts. Even laughter can be a way to hide the reality of our soul. But, this week, as I have gotten back into just listening and being still, I am seeing how my mind is at ease. My thoughts aren't chaotic. I make better decisions for myself. And the need to impress and be whatever someone else is, seems to be dissipating. 

And that is such a good place to be.

PS. There is a GIVE-AWAY!! One lucky reader will win a copy of Lisa Fran's first DVD in the series, Be Still. To enter, just leave a comment on this blog post or on my Briantics Facebook page about being stillSo, what are you waiting for?? Click on this link to check out the trailer of True Beauty, Be Still








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14 comments:

  1. Bring still is so needed! I love when God shows us a theme.

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  2. I know. I never master it, but pray I can as I get older and wiser!

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  3. I'm afraid to watch it because I'm NEVER still!!!! And you know the world will stop rotating if I am not there to fix it!! (Hmmmm.... probably why I should watch it, lol)

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    1. I don't know how you could slow down! I get dizzy just watching you on Facebook!! :)

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  4. In the midst of trouble today, I sat down very still and it was hard. I lasted about 8 minutes. Hard. --Mom

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  5. Whooo! I'd love to win this! I feel like almost every time I leave a comment I am referring you to something my Pastor wrote or spoke about, but it's ironically always so relevant! The part you wrote about trying to achieve greatness... that seriously could not be more on point with what my Pastor's new book is about. I just started reading it, and it seriously is so good. Check it out. It's called Greater (lol) by Steven Furtick. You can read about it here: http://greaterbook.com/ :)

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    1. I love when you refer me to stuff! I will have to check it out!

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  6. Thanks Brianne! Isn't God's timing perfect? Glad you are making this a priority. Something I myself need to do.

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    1. Yep! I'm always amazed at how details come together just right...

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  7. Being still is an art that seems lost on so many of us modern-day-mama's, myself, chief among them sometimes. The best way I know to be still? Unplug from everything and everyone and get on my knees, be silent, wait on the Lord, and rest. Oh yes, ceasing the striving. Works like a charm every time. Loved this.

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    1. Thanks. I really appreciate your wisdom and guidance throughout this adventure we are on!

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  8. Be Still and Know is a mantra for me when I worry about money, Braden, getting older, etc...knowing that I just need to be still instead of do, do, do is so humbling, scary and yet peaceful.

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    1. You are so fabulous. God has brought you to a good place. I'm amazed at the woman you continually become. Inspiring...

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