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For the go-getters and doers and those who run after dreams, to stand still can seem like a waste. A waste of energy, time, opportunity.

But it’s not. Because we can’t go-get and do and run all the time. Sometimes the very best thing we can do in a moment is to simply stand.


. . . for something.

. . . for someone.

. . . for yourself.


. . . in faith.

. . . against evil.

. . . when you’ve done everything else already.

Right now, that’s where I’m at. Standing. Keeping a boundary in a tricky relationship. Holding still to see God work in a friend’s life. Staying quiet when I’ve had to confront someone, then instantly want to smooth things over and take their discomfort away. Stepping out in faith, then standing in that step long enough for life to settle into its new, healthier normal.

It may feel weak to stand still, when we’re so used to moving. To be still when we’re good at getting things done.

But to move in those moments robs us of the gift that only staying put can cultivate. Seeds sown can only sprout if we leave them where they land. 

We owe it to ourselves to trust the truth of Scripture: whatever one sows, that will he also reap (Galatians 6:7). We owe it to God to let Him bring our efforts to fruition in this world. To stand still long enough for Him to cultivate life from a mixture of the supernatural and the super ordinary in us.

Yes, take the bold steps. Yes, chase the dreams. Yes, invest in healthy relationships. Yes, heal in the deep places of your heart. And, when it’s time, courageously stand there and see what happens. 

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all. . . stand firm.” —Ephesians 6:13

Standing with you,


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  1. says

    When I meet engaged couples I often ask, “May I offer you one piece of advice for your wedding day? When the pastor pronounces you husband and wife, before you fly down the aisle as a married couple, simply stand there. Your guests will continue to cheer as you soak it all in. Sure, the postlude may end before you’re all the way out of the church, but the memory of simply standing together that first time is priceless. So much application there.

    • says

      That’s such a beautiful, concrete way to help a couple be present in that important moment! Love that idea. Great to connect here, too, neighbor. 🙂

  2. Alycia Johnson Morales says

    I am one of those who has such a difficult time standing, because it seems like I’m not getting enough accomplished. But I also find myself too busy to get it all done, as well. Here’s to looking for the balance in standing. Such a great post, Laurie. You made me stop and think.

  3. Elizabeth Jones says

    LOVE this Laurie. SO powerful. I am SO bad at standing. It is awesome how you are taking your struggle, being open about it and God is using it to encourage others. THIS is what I LOVE about you! Stand strong friend.

    • says

      Yes!! And then, as if that one’s not emboldening enough… then there’s v14. Been reading through Exodus this month. Good good stuff for the seasons we need deliverance.