Be Still and Do

By August 19, 2014Blog, Daily Declarations

Be Still and Do

Are you confused about when to keep pursing something and when to realize it’s not what you are suppose to be doing? 

As a woman of faith, I have struggled with the dichotomy of the two Bible verses “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10) and “Faith without works is dead.” (James 2:20). 

In one instance, God is saying that there is nothing you need to do and there is nothing you can do.  You just need to surrender and believe and I will do the rest.  Yet, in another verse, He is saying that I can believe all I want to, but there are things that I need to do.  So, which one is it???!!!   

I must admit, I have been praying, fasting and asking how these two distinctly different ends of the spectrum co-exist.  Through this journey of discovery, I have experienced those times in my life when it was VERY clear that I needed to be still. It was then that God manifested in an amazing way.   It was very evident He wanted me to sit still because anything I tried to do failed and failed hard. 

Then, I have had moments in my life when I had to move, do, and persist to accomplish what I believed God had for my life.  Again, there was a deep feeling in my “gut” that pushed me to do, do, do.   

However, there are also those moments when sitting still and doing, doing, doing both felt wrong and didn’t accomplish anything progressive in my life.  This is when I’ve learned the power of remembering and gratitude.  These two things serve as the bridge between “being still and knowing” and “getting up and doing.”  

There’s a powerful song by gospel artist Donnie McClurken that simply says, ‘“When you’ve done all you can, you just stand.”  These words are also found in Ephesians 6:13-14.  What I’ve found is that place between “Being Still” and “Faith without Works” is the waiting.  Yes, that awful, awful thing called waiting.   

When we are waiting for the blessing to manifest in our lives, we must be empowered to stand. This power comes from remembering how many times things happened in your life that you couldn’t work hard enough to accomplish. 

Remembering those opportunities that were presented and how you maximized them because of your hard work.  Then, allow yourself to feel and experience the gratitude for these great memories and moments in your life. 

Gratitude gives us joy, which is the fuel that empowers us to stand and wait for God’s appointed and anointed time in our lives.  

Leave me a comment below and share with me a great memory that serves as your fuel while you wait for your next blessing. 



  • Jeannell Darden says:

    I LOOOVE this Sheri! I struggle with this everyday. For me, I have to remove the worry and anxiety that I impute when I’m working. So I have to mediate on Philippians 4:4-8. EVERYTIME I get that right, opportunities open in my life and my business. Thanks so much!

  • Sheri Riley says:

    Hey Jeannell,
    Thank you for sharing your comment. Yes, those verses help empower me, as well. Continue blessings to you!!!

  • Charisse says:

    I can definitely relate to this. Sometimes when I have an issue, it feels right to “be still” on Monday but on Tuesday I feel that I need to “do” something. Gratitude is key, like you said. And meditation helps me a lot too.

  • Sheri Riley says:

    Hey Charisse,
    I am learning to meditate more. Thanks for sharing that insight!!

  • This is right on time Sheri. We have to learn to hear, then act, vs. the other way around. Thank you for this post!

  • Sheri Riley says:

    Hey Jemiah, Thank you. It’s my purpose and my pleasure. I am looking forward to seeing you at VisionQuest 2020 on September 27.

  • Nashawn says:

    Sheri, thank you for this article! I have been in the place of discerning regarding my “NEXT” in my business and what my next steps are….STILL or WORKS OF FAITH!

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