Being Still

How many of us enjoy the concept of just being still? Waiting. Quietly.

Almost two weeks ago, a 30 pound kettlebell rolled out of a vehicle onto my foot and made its impression on my big toe. Yep. It’s true. The pain was super intense. Anyway, I took it easy for almost a week and then got back into my normal physical activity. That was a mistake as I completely set it back. Likely the toe was fractured or broken, and there’s not much that can be done except for scaling back on activity and being careful, allowing time for it to heal. I don’t prefer to reduce my activity, but guess what? Man plans, but the Lord determines our ways. The Lord was gently reminding me of two words today “Be Still.” Yes, Lord.

What is the Lord teaching you to be still on today? I’d love to hear in the comment section below ↓↓↓.


“Be still, and know that I am God…”
Psalm 46:10

38 thoughts on “Being Still”

  1. I broke my toe – most painful injury ever! Praying yours heals quickly!

  2. Yes, the Lord has told me much the same thing recently. “BE STILL”. After a similar experience (tearing my calf muscle) I have been forced to rest completely. At first I rebelled against this…I am a busy wife, Mum to 4 boys and am still homeschooling the 3 youngest. How did the Lord expect me to through away my schedule! But as always, His plans for me are better than my own. Instead of rushing, rushing…the Lord showed me that my busyness was getting in the way. By being still I was able to reset my focus – on Him and on the simple pleasures of being with and soaking up the joys of my family, not my “to do” list!
    I hope that your recovery is going well and that you moments of stillness were full of wonder.

    1. Wow, your injury sounds painful! And I can’t imagine with having children to watch too! Praying for you as you heal!

  3. This is beautiful. You are beautiful. I am a former home schooler (current home health nurse) who attended your conference at Gateway Chuch 7 years ago. I am, and always have been taken by the Maxwell girls’ courage that comes from a deep trust in the Lord Jesus. Your writing in this post has a gentleness and submission that pulled at my heart. I’m a runner who contracted a heel spur from over running approx 2 months ago. I understand the frustration of not being able to exercise as usual.
    Waiting and quietness are powerful. Today God is teaching me to be still and keep the Sabbath without using it for gain.

    1. Thanks, Anna! The Lord is using this time to refine me, as I really love to be active! A heel spur would be painful. So sorry. Praying for you!

  4. Sorry,to hear this Sarah.
    I do not like to be still and rest. But I force myself on Sunday, because it is a good law from God. The body and mind needs this rest.
    Healing and blessings to you,

  5. Hope your toe heals quickly! A little rest is good for us all now and again. Btw your hair looks cute in the pic with the braid!

  6. Ouch. You poor woman. Did you have an X-ray taken to make sure you won’t need any surgery?

    I slipped on an ice cube last Saturday night, broke my left arm, tail bone, concussion. Being still is so hard, but a necessary part of the healing process.

    Blessings, Mari

    1. Wow, so sorry to hear about your fall! That sounded quite serious!

      No x-rays. I talked to a nurse who said that they really don’t do anything for broken toes.

  7. Oh im sorry! Im sure that hurt… I’ve never broken a toe but i have injured my elbow pretty bad and i had to use a sling for a week, so i know your pain!
    Praying for you,

  8. Ouch,
    praying that the pain will subside and the toe will heal quickly.
    My Mama broke her toe once and was in a lot of pain so I can only imagine the pain.

  9. I have appreciated reflecting on your question of what the Lord is teaching me at this time. 🙂 The Lord is teaching me to TRUST Him more fully (and my husband’s plans, too 🙂 ) … even when things are out of my comfort zone or I cannot really see the “overall picture”. I am finding that as I learn to let go and just go with the flow (I am by nature a planner and like to feel “on top of things”), that I am finding increased joy and peace *in the moment*, and I am seeing God’s hand at work in our family in new ways!

  10. Ouch! Hope you get better, Sarah. Hey, down time is a good time for reading and writing, I mean that’s the way I look at it. And praying too. I’ve only ever broken one bone, and that was my tibia (my ankle) in 2009. It hurt so much all the time, and my foot was not set until three weeks later!

    Take it easy, girl. I’m sure you will find a way to be productive while you recover. Get better, and try not to break any more toes!

    Love, Rebecca

    1. Thanks! I remember that about your ankle. That would’ve been so hard! Not being able to do as much physical activity is lending to more book plotting, so that’s good. 🙂

    1. You could Google kettlebell to see a photo. A kettle looks a little like a bowling ball with a handle. Kettlebells come in various weights, and you swing them different ways for exercise or hold them as weight for other exercises.

  11. This was a timely post to read. My “being still” this week consists of waiting through a particularly difficult week of my ongoing battle with infertility. It is truly a struggle to still my heart in contentment and trust while my emotions are roller coaster-ing all over the place!

    I’ve read your blog for years and never commented, but this post hit close to home, even though our “being still” circumstances are different! May your recovery be a sweet time of drawer nearer to Christ.

    1. Thank you for your comment, T! I will add you to our list of couples praying for children. Thank you for being willing to share! The pain you’re struggling with goes very deep. Take hope in these two beautiful promises I just read the other morning: “Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.” Hosea 12:6 and then follow that with Joel 2:21: “Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things.” So wait on God continually, and the Lord will do great things!

  12. Taping your toe to the toe “next door” might help. That’s what one of my relatives did when she broke hers.

    1. Thank you! I debated about that, but that would curtail even wearing flip flops and make it harder all around, so for now, I’ve decided not to, but thanks for the suggestion!

  13. I broke my big toe when I was 15 falling out of bed (which had never happened before and has never happened since — who does that, but I did!). I was too embarrassed to tell my mom so just suffered through it, but those little toes can hurt a LOT! You will heal and probably not have any repercussions. Stay off it — you will be better soon.

  14. I’ve been reminded of Psalm 23:3 lately “He MAKETH me to lie down in green pastures”. I’m so thankful for the (often unexpected, or maybe even initially unwanted) ways that the Lord makes me rest in what He has provided.

    1. Thanks, Grace! I love that. That word “maketh” hadn’t stood out to me before. What a great insight!

  15. Oh yes, I had the broken little toe as a youngster myself, running in the house barefoot as I should not have been. Hope you are doing better now Sarah!.


  16. I am so sorry, Sarah. I am praying you feel better soon.
    I am not a very still person by nature??. I do read my bible every morning on my back porch, and I try to be still and think about God and not my to do list!?

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