Can you hear it?
Right now the house is quiet, except that I can hear the fan of the furnace forcing warmth into the air.
Sometimes I crave quiet.
There’s something peaceful and holy in those quiet moments.
My body relaxes. My thoughts become like a child in a meadow… running free, arms in the air, twirling, and finally flopping down on the soft grasses and noticing a single blade, a tiny ant, and the scents of soil and wildflowers.
In the quiet my senses come alive. My imagination awakes. My creative cells gather energy.
In the quiet, the Holy Spirit speaks life and hope and joy into my heart.
I’m reminded that following Jesus’ birth, there were angels, and shepherds, and then quiet. It was in this quiet that Mary treasured all these things. In the quiet, as she nursed the one who spoke our world into existence, her heart swelled with joy. God had chosen her for this awesome responsibility of being the earthly mother to a heavenly son. In the quiet she contemplated what God had done and she was filled with joy.
In the quiet I am alone with my thoughts. There is no competition for my attention.
In the quiet God is there. He’s been waiting for this quiet.
It’s in this quiet that he ministers to my hurting spirit.
It’s in this quiet that he breathes life into my soul that feels like it’s dying.
It’s in this quiet that I am able to let go of striving, failure, loss, and fear.
Those moments in the quiet sustain me for a while.
Noise enters back into my world and with it the world’s troubles and worries.
We don’t live like monks, tucked away from the world.
Daily we must face the trials and stresses of daily life.
But, we CAN retreat for minutes into quiet.
We can turn off our devices.
We can sit and stare out the window, or stop our car at the park or by the lake.
We can stop doing. We can just be.
When we retreat for those moments… we can hear God.
Quiet is a discipline.
Unlike everything else… quiet doesn’t call to us or vi for our attention.
And in the quiet… we can enter into His presence.
And in His presence there is fullness of joy.
You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
It’s Joy Day!
The day we set aside a portion of time to look back over the past week and count our blessings and give thanks. This counting and giving thanks is another way to fill our hearts with JOY.
Won’t you join me in counting just ‘seven’?
Thank you God for…
- a thoughtful gift at just the right time.
- hearing the cry of my heart.
- lovely blogging friends.
- sunshine just when I needed it for a photo shoot.
- another possibility.
- your faithfulness.
Now it’s your turn!
In the ‘share your extraordinary thoughts” below, list your ‘seven.’ I dare you!
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