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08/20/15

You Need Only Be Still + Giveaway Winner

Time to announce the winner of the Exodus 14:14 custom-made, hand-lettered, beautiful art print in beautiful gray, weathered wood frame for their home. Special thanks to Valerie Wiener’s Art for such a special piece!

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Congratulations are due to Kacina H.!!!!

Yay for you sweet Kacina! What a precious friend you are and always full with the Lord’s encouragement.

I pray it blesses you and others in your home each time you look on it!

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“The Lord, your God, will fight for you; You need only be still.” — Exodus 14:14 

Everytime I read that verse or see that scripture propped on the top of my TV cabinet, I think to myself… “Do I live a life that reflects that?”

“Do I live a life that shows that to others?” … “Is that my testimony?”

And the honest to goodness truth is, no. I don’t live in light of that truth each day.

I am often struck by the words, “you need only”, such simple words with such profound meaning. For someone like me that is always going, doing, thinking, writing, reading, striving, helping, building, etc. It is just one simple ask of our Savior. You need only… be still.

Be still. 

“That’s all?”…  my inquisitive heart asks.

The world expects much more from me. Be smarter, be prettier, be thinner, be funnier, be more intelligent, be more hospitable, do more, work harder, spend more, stretch yourself thinner and thinner until…

The world is full of conditional “ifs”. If you do this, you will garner love. If you do this, you will receive success, praise, accolades, power, fame. And because of all of that, then and only then, will you feel worthy.

But, that is not His message.

I recently read an excerpt from a book by Pastor Tullian Tchividjian, grandson of Billy Graham, entitled Jesus + Nothing = Everything. 

How I longed to hear a message like that!

In it, he writes: “Rediscovering the gospel enabled me to see that- 

because Jesus was strong for me, I was free to be weak; 

because Jesus won for me, I was free to lose; 

because Jesus was someone, I was free to be no one;

because Jesus was so extraordinary, I was free to be ordinary; 

because Jesus already succeeded for me, I was free to fail.” 

Bottom Line. Really.

In Christ, you are already in! The Lord loves you! You are hopelessly and unconditionally loved. No conditional ifs, ands, or buts. God is boldly broadcasting His love for you across the world and across the heavens. Don’t miss the good gifts He gives. Ask Him to open your spiritual eyes so that you may see the wonder.

Timothy Keller once said, “If we are deeply moved by the sight of His love for us, it detaches our hearts from other would-be saviors. We stop trying to redeem ourselves through our pursuits and relationships, because we are already redeemed.”

Take the Exodus 14:14 dare. Be still & be enveloped.

Live in light of His truth for you today.

xoxo…

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08/11/15

You need only be still… + Giveaway

A few years ago, I had a verse hit me between the eyes.

Exodus 14:14- “The Lord our God will fight for you, you need only be still.”

The Lord YOUR GOD will FIGHT for you, in place of you, and all He asks in return is that we remain still & trust Him.

For those of you who have been a part of my spiritual journey, or others who have been reading this blog for a while, you will undoubtedly know that trust is something I have struggled with.

I want to do it so, so badly.

I want to relinquish control, cease the striving, and just lean back, lean in, and trust. I want nothing more.

And then my nature kicks in. That stubborn, “I know better”, and “I can do it on my own” mentality rears its ugly head.

So many times I have run to Him and He knows the words before they ever escape my lips, “God, you Know me. You made me. Hear my heart.”

Exodus 14:14 has become something of a life verse for me, a heart cry for the way I want to love. The way I choose to live. Because it is a choice. A daily one.

And it’s the verse that this blog, A Still Magnolia, is based on.

So, in effort to keep it ever in the forefront of my heart & mind, I commissioned Valerie Weiners, a very talented artist to create for me a custom hand-lettered piece to display one of my favorite pieces of scripture.

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It sits on a side table in Katie & I’s apartment.

A daily reminder.

A stake in the ground.

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And perhaps, you’d like one too?

I thought you might!

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Giveaway details…

How to enter:

1. Subscribe to A Still Magnolia Blog.

To do so, click on the “Join my Mailing List” icon above the picture of the home page. This link will open a seperate page where you can enter your contact information and be added to my mailing list.

It’s easy. It’s fun. It’s free.

You know you want to…

You really, really do.

Would you ever doubt me?!?

{If you already subscribe (sincerely, thank you), simply move forward to Step 2}

2. In the comments section below this post, simply shout out what is one of your favorite scriptures, word, or phrase that you find encouraging. 

3. Additional entries can be earned by commenting on the  A Still Magnolia Facebook page or for sharing on any form of social media. Simply tell me about it below in the comments section- “Share on Twitter” or “Posted to my Facebook page” for one additional entry.

I will be selecting 1 winner for this amazing piece of custom artwork to go home with. Winner will be selected & announced next Thursday, August 20th.  So, you have lots of time to enter, comment, tell your friends, and share on social media platforms.

Good luck!

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For more information about Valerie Weiners and her beautiful art, please check out her website at http://valeriewienersart.com/.

XOXO…

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