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  1. Dear Melanie
    This is truly spot on and beautiful. Just forwarded it to my two prayer partners. For me lately I’ve heard a still small voice say ” Wait patiently”, ” Stop striving ” & ” Simply trust Me”
    Your beautiful article starting with Ps 130 spoke directly to my heart & being . Thank you so much .

  2. Thank you Melanie!
    Such great encouragement & wonderful reminder.

  3. “…all the longings in this patched-up heart..” ooooh. i LOVE this phrasing. 🙂

  4. Beautiful words of comfort, that my lonely heart needed to hear. Thank You.

  5. This reading encouraged me today that even though my impatience sometimes demand relief and peace, I know in the stillness and with a quiet heart that Jesus wants me to sit with Him and learn from Him in what He needs to teach me.

  6. This has touched my heart with what we’re going through right now. The scripture verses were good for me. I am thankful that God loves us through life.

  7. I love this! And love the Psalm! I live alone and stillness is a big part of my life. Lately I’ve been struggling with my devotional time. Distractions! Ughh! This was very encouraging to me! Thank you!

  8. Be still and know that I am God……..stillness quiets and calms the spirit…….stillness refreshes and revives the soul. Thank you for this powerful and uplifting devotion! It has blessed me greatly!

  9. Melanie,

    Life has thrown me may curve balls. Each time I prayed hard & clung to God. Last fall my job changed suddenly to one I don’t like. My emotions got the best of me & I wasn’t happy with myself. Realized that I had prayed for a better job-one with benefits. God answered with this one. We must remember that God’s answers aren’t always what we want but what is best for us. His ways are higher & better than we could ever imagine.

    Blessings 🙂