31 Days of Gratitude: Settle 

I generally wake up early. By early, I mean before 5 a.m. Mornings are my quiet time, my creative time, my “me” time, and my devotional time.

Typically, my mind is racing through out the day of a million things that I need to do at work and home. My to do list grows faster than I can tackle it. My free time is so very limited so I sleep less so I can have this precious morning time.

The other morning, I read my devotional readings and the Bible. I had quiet time with God. I was running late that morning. I remember my son asking, “Mom, do you know how late it is?”

Yup, one of those mornings. I took him to school and headed towards work, an hour commute to mentally prepare for my day. My mind was racing unable to be calmed by the music playing on my radio.

As I drove and work became closer, I remember knowing that I needed to calm my thoughts before I approached my busy day. I grappled for the words of my devotional readings. I couldn’t remember them.

The overwhelmed, sleep deprived mind of mine was blank. Nothing. How could such powerful words I had read only hours earlier be gone already?

Immediately, I began to cry out to God as tears pooled in my eyes. 

I needed His Word. 


That one simple word washed over my soul like the refreshing coolness of a mountain stream.

The words of my morning Scripture…

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strength, and settle you. 1 Peter 5:8-10

Settle. I love words. Some words have multiple meanings. Settle is one of those words. Yes, it can mean to end an argument or to make a decision, but it also means to quiet or to come to rest.

We often tell children to settle down. We desire for their noise and activity level to come down a few notches.

That is exactly what my mind needed to do. It needed to be quieted. It needed to come to rest in Him.

Settle… come to rest…in His tender embrace.

My mind did settle. The day was crazy, but I held onto that gift of a simple word.



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