Lisa Leonard Designs

be still.

February 28th | jewelry, thoughts

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love this rainbow and the promise of hope after a rainy day.

we’re on the mend, but with rain and sick kiddos, we’ve been very mellow this weekend.

lots of time to be quiet, cuddle, relax. to literally be still.

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but i think there is a deeper meaning to ‘be still’.

to stop worrying, stop trying to control things. to wait.

to find contentment.

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we added a little tag to the back of the be still necklace.

love the simplicity of this necklace.

love the meaning behind it.

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with the busyness/crazyness of life,

how do you find time to be still?

45 Responses

  1. Erin M. says:

    A good reminder! I’ve had the pleasure of nursing my two sons– Hudson until he was one and a half,and I’m still nursing 9 month old Silas… before becoming a mom I had such a hard time sitting down and living in the moment…just being– nursing forced me to learn how to be content, to enjoy life! To notice the smallest things- including my sweet baby’s eyelashes!- and thank Jesus for each breath. What a blessing. What a way to put life in perspective.

  2. shannon stinson says:

    lisa….
    this is beautiful and something i needed right at this moment! something i am trying so hard to work on these days! thank you for sharing simple beauty…..afterall, isn’t that the best?
    what a sweet reminder….a gentle nudge from God….to be still! be still! say it again……be still and KNOW that HE IS GOD!
    love it! love it!
    was this a give away? i’m just saying! lol….just kidding!

    i am so glad that you guys are doing well….better! i like that!

  3. Suzanne says:

    We had a week long of being stuck indoors with sickness and snow. I had moments where I could find solace in being still and others where I had serious cabin fever. This is such a nice reminder/symbol to put things back in perspective of how to be in the moment and not get caught up in the business life throws at us.

  4. Sarah says:

    As I was reading I was asking…I wonder how she is still with busy children….how does she get them to be calm, still, and quiet. Please do share! My two year old Henry is coming down with a croupy cold…and I am planning on a quiet calm week…we’ll see how we do.

  5. Thank you for this great reminder. I like to go to the Word to be still. It is so wonderful to read God’s promises and know that whatever negative things are happening, HE is in control and it will ALL be ok.

  6. Peggy says:

    First the AAHHHH from the rainbow (simply stunning) and then your words….you actually got me to calm my breathing… and then the necklace. Two simple words to remind me. I needed that today. I’ve had a difficult time remembering HOW to be still. Gotta get back to that. Thanks!!!

  7. Jenny says:

    My Utmost For His Highest… worship at church this morning (which brought me to tears, God is so patient with me)… my blog.

  8. lisa says:

    Hey Sarah
    I’ve been really thinking about being still. It’s something I stuggle with. Spending time online is definitely not being still (for me)! Sometimes when the boys are in school I’ll park near the ocean and watch the waves and let my mind think. I need quiet. Even when the boys were really little I needed alone time-time to get away, think, make lists and/or rest.

  9. Robin says:

    Lisa,

    I think that your jewelry is wonderful and fun and inspiring. I love to come and look at it and try to decide which piece I want.

    Thanks so much for being an inspiration.

  10. Megan Crume says:

    We have a lot of crazies in our life right now…and I needed to be reminded to Let God be God… and that I need to “be still”. My heart needs to rest.

  11. Tami says:

    I’m not good at being still. There always has to be SOMEthing that needs to be done RIGHT now. I get almost paniced, sometimes when I try to be still. and quiet myself. Since I”ve been sick lately (Pneumonia that is hanging on and hanging on…) I’ve found that I do need to stop and rest often. And go to bed earlier. I’ve been trying to be in bed a little before I NEED to, so I can lie under my comforter, drowsy and warm and just focus on my breathing and the comfoted feeling. I’ve been feining that I wake up more rested. That’s how I”ve been still, lately.

    This may be my new favorite necklace. Oh wait, there’s the friendship one (darling!) that’s on my wishlist. But, now that you’ve got the tag on the back of this…too, too cute!

    Thank you, Lisa, for this little bit of peace in my day!

  12. beth says:

    I love the “be still” pendant….what a gentle reminder of how to live each day….well, most days anyhow….somedays you just can’t stop the waves that hit you and occasionally knock you down !

  13. Amanda says:

    Hello everyone! Yes, there is a deeper meaning to “be still”. Today in church our pastor taught on the Bible scripture, “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
    “Be still’ means to stop striving, stop fighting, relax. It also means to “put your hands down”. Sometimes we put our hands up to defend ourselves from all that life can bring our way. We put up our hands so that we can fight things off.
    To “know” means to purposefully and intentionally think about God (who He is and how good He is to us).
    So, to me, “be still” means to put down my hands, stop fighting/striving and purposefully think about God and how good He has been to me and will continue to be………………….

  14. Like always….. I LOVE it!!! What a beautiful reminder.

  15. Bonnie says:

    Spectacular shot. I find myself holding my breath in the moment this photo captures.

    Sitting and watching the clouds roll by. Feeling the wind caress my face. The sound of the world buzzing life around me while I sit motionless just breathing. Sipping a warm cup of hot cocoa.

    These are the moments I am still.

    I am looking forward to the day when I own one of your necklaces. Simply. Beautiful.

  16. Lisa says:

    love your rainbow! I love how God keeps his promises and shows us in the sky sometimes. now that is tangible!

  17. Kathy says:

    Gorgeous picture….hope the boys are feeling better soon. Love the necklace….being still comes easier and easier these days. Have a wonderful week!

  18. janine says:

    Such inspiring comments on here – last week was anything but calm and still for us, so this week I am going to listen for God whispering (or yelling!) to me, enjoy the sunshine today and look out for the signs of spring. I hope you find calm amidst the storms of life this week as well!

  19. Sharon says:

    I lost my son during birth on his due date several months ago. During my grief God held me and stilled my soul in such an amazing way. Then God surprised me with a new pregnancy 2 and a half months after I lost my baby. Since finding out almost three months ago I have been so thankful but also completely panicked. My soul has been anything but still. At the same time this has been really difficult physically and I have had to literally sit or lie still with my thoughts a lot… Yesterday morning God spoke to me over and over through the sermon, my devotional, and my husband and I felt such a peace and a beautiful needed stillness in my soul. First thing this morning I woke up to a new week, husband back to work and I was struggling to hold onto what God gave me yesterday, fighting all the worries again… and here was a message straight from God through you. I appreciate this post and all the comments especially Amanda’s. My only choice is to put my hands down and accept whatever it is that God plans to give me. Lisa I have been so inspired by David’s story and your loving, trusting acceptance of God’s will in your life. Your blog has been a comfort to me over the past several months and I am just now having the courage to comment:) I plan to get the necklace and wear it daily during this pregnancy as a concrete reminder to just stop, be still and wait for the Lord… His peace is so precious and surrender is so hard but so refreshing!

  20. Shawna says:

    Last night my husband and I went to bed early after putting all the kids to bed. We got in bed…. turned on Diana Krall’s new CD… and listened to her voice… so mellow… so relaxing… so still…. We had the best intentions of having “grown up time”……. BUT…… WE BOTH FELL ASLEEP!!! ha! ha!… Oh the joys of having 9 kids…. you have no energy for anything else! :)

  21. Lauren J says:

    We have a lot of crazies in our life right now, as does everyone else and I have to remind myself to be still…The necklace is beautiful and what a simple yet elegant remember of what is important in life…I often take big,deep breaths and try to be still….remember what is important and calm down if I need to,,,,on a greater note church and exercise help me achieve a sense of calm.

  22. Jessica says:

    Lisa,

    I just want to say I love your designs, especially this be still necklace! When I was going through cancer right after my 26th Birthday and the birth of my son, “Be Still and know that I am God” was a verse that got me through!

    On a different note, I would love to know what you use to darken your letters….I tried liver of sulfer but it seems like such a process….any tips? And the antiquing…how do you do that? I find when I polish my blanks they are way too shiny for my liking.

    Thanks!
    Jessica

  23. Beautiful post.

    Be still?

    Hmmm…

    I guess I sleep.

    Yea, that should do it!

  24. Heidi @ ggip says:

    I love the new tag on your be still necklace. It is quite meaningful.

    Now if I could just get my husband to get me one of your necklaces! :)

    I hope you all get healthy. We have been struggling with illnesses a bit too. I am tired of those cold germs!

  25. blissmamaof3 says:

    Be still, hmmmmmmm; holding my babies, petting my dogs, looking through my camera’s lens and gazing out the window over my kitchen sink (since I spend a lot of time in the kitchen).

  26. Melody says:

    I think this is my favorite. What a great message!

  27. Kristin says:

    Beautiful picture!
    Love the new tag on the back of this necklace. It’s on my wishlist.
    I think that you have to make moments to be still as an act of the will, b/c it’s so hard to do it in the everyday lives we lead, especially as moms with small children. But it’s so important for our well being, and for me, to be able to hear God.

  28. What a beautiful reminder to be still. To me, that means being content. Which I am awful at. It’s a neverending work in progress…

  29. Maureen says:

    Looooove that picture!

  30. more than anything, i love the picture. this a.m. i was writing in my journal asking God to help me remember His promises and remain encouraged through the dry times. your photo is a word picture of just that. thank you.

  31. the necklace is really sweet, too! :)

  32. kerry says:

    Gah, I love that necklace and have been wanting it so much! Now more than ever. Be still is a part of the meditation that I use when I get/ make the time for meditation in my life. It is based on the “be still and know that I am God” scripture. It brings me such comfort and peace. Lovely photo!

  33. Philippa says:

    Lisa, thanks for the lovely reminder. I try every single day to wonder at how amazing nature is – I’m a passionate gardener and nature lover. My main moment of ‘being still’ each day is sitting on my verandah steps hand-feeding some of our pekin and khaki campbell ducks. Two of our pet pekins ‘Bob and Ted’ get almost into my lap to get the bread and I love stroking their backs and tickling them under their beaks. Our chooks join in too! Thank you for reminding me how ‘still’ I feel when I’m doing this. Smiles for your night/day from NZ.

  34. Michelle says:

    Ohhhh I love the Be Still added to the back…Im jealous I just got this necklace and love that message…I think that is why I fell in love with it so long ago.. Your creativity and your message are inspiring :)

  35. Laura says:

    Wow, the rainbow sure is beautiful. It reminds me the “Skittles” candy.

    The only thing I can think of “Be Still” is when both of my sons are still sound asleep in their cozy bed while I am up early in the morning with a cup of warm Chai Tea, having a moment to myself before getting into a hectic schedule.

  36. Jessica says:

    ooh, I love this post.
    And I love the tag.
    And I love the thought of being still.
    Though I wasn’t very good at it while I was touring with A Chorus Line.
    My most often note I got was “stop moving.”
    Oooooops.

  37. Dianne says:

    simply beautiful. the photo. the thoughts. the necklace. it’s my favorite.

  38. Becky says:

    I received a gift certificate to your website from a dear friend for my birthday. I’ve been trying to decide whether to get Heartstrings (which means I have to wait until we find out what baby #2 is and name him/her) or Be Still. I would love to have a beautiful symbol around my neck to honor the precious gifts that God has given me, my husband and two children, but I also know that God is constantly whispering to my heart to be still. I know I can only be the wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, employee, and homemaker God wants me to be if I stay connected to HIM! Seeing that you added the “Be Still” tag on the back may have just made my necklace decision! Thank you! Now I’ll just have to save up myself for the other one. :)

    Blessings to you!

  39. Suzanne says:

    I just ordered this necklace and I can’t wait to get it. it will be a daily reminder to be still and trust in God, to live in the moment instead of worrying about the future. Thank you.

  40. traci says:

    Absolutely LOVE the tag on the back of the necklace. I wear my “Be Still” necklace nearly every day and I often will hold it in my hand and think those words — it is amazing how soothing that mantra can be! I would say that I wish I had waited so I could have owned this newer tagged version, but mine has provided me with too much happiness already to regret a single day of owning it. Thank you for creating such beautiful jewelry!

  41. chrissyb says:

    I just want to say how beautiful your necklaces are, very heartfelt creations! I love the petite original necklace!

  42. Josie says:

    these are gorgeous!!

  43. Vittoria says:

    i love the meaning behind this necklace too…how refreshing!

  44. Aimee W. says:

    I just LOVE your work…each piece is so very unique! At the moment, your Be Still necklace is my favorite…but my favorite changes all the time :o)
    And I really like the new tag you added to this pendant. It adds that little extra bit of something special!

  45. Heather Garland says:

    Isn’t that the truth? Love this necklace…it would be a good reminder every day to stop & smell the roses….

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