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Enjoy Quiet

“Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations…” Psalm 46:10

“…in quietness and in trust shall be your strength, but you would have none of it.” Isaiah 30:15

“…the pause that refreshes” (1929 Coca-Cola slogan)

I remember when I became convinced of the importance to learn how to enjoy being quiet. I knew I needed to learn to be quiet devotionally. But, I also needed to learn to sit quietly and be peaceful at times in everyday life. This was back when my children were small. We didn’t have answering machines, caller ID, personal computers, iphones, itunes or all the other gadgets that take up our time and create “static” in our world.

I’m fidgety. I don’t do still. I don’t do patient. At least I don’t do them naturally. Quiet is not in my nature. I’m more impulsive and reactionary. It’s rather humorous that God put me in the position of being a pastor’s wife and mother. Some of that had to change…

fortunately.

We are a culture that generally doesn’t see benefit in pausing, reflecting, taking breaks…that is, unless we have something that needs to be done during those times. The whole point of quiet, particularly our time with God, is to put aside our own agendas and prioritize His agenda…

…found in His Word.

When I stop and quietly wait before God, He often points out ways His Word applies to the true needs I have. They may not be my “felt needs” …those are often not my real needs at all. I need the quiet to drown out all the craziness that goes on around me.

How do we enjoy quiet?

Here are some ways I’ve learned to enjoy quiet…

Through my children.  It was a side benefit, but after a noisy, squealy day with a house full of girls, quiet was a great relief!

Feeding my thoughts through reading scripture.  This prompts my thinking and prayers in positive ways along God’s agenda, not mine. Reading from the Psalms or parts of many of the prophetic books, like Isaiah, point my thoughts toward God and who He is!  It takes me away from my small little world here and transports me into a place where, for just a few moments, I see life from GOD’s perspective.

It is a place where…

…nothing is impossible, if it is within His will for me.
…in the end, GOD will be victorious over evil.  I see how majestic He is.
…justice will prevail, eventually.
…God is on the throne; He is in control, a Holy place.

For a few minutes each day, I need to think about that. I need to have that as a basis for my prayer, devotional time and everyday living. It is not a time where my guilt over what I’m not doing for God is paramount.  This is a good thing…

…and it keeps me quiet.

When I get that, and I’m only starting to, I will be like many of the prophets…and shut my mouth. A wonderful place to stop!  A wonderful place to enjoy quiet.

Question:  What do you intentionally do to enjoy quiet?  Have you found enjoyment in the quiet?  Share you comment by clicking here.

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AboutMartha Brady

Martha is a mother to 3 married daughters, a grandma to 6 grandchildren, and a wife to 1 retired pastor. During their 40 years in ministry–either in the US or overseas–she became passionate about helping women understand the grace of God and what it truly is! She believes life is not about me fixing myself up enough to go to God for forgiveness of minor, petty mistakes. It is about God, reaching down to me while I am still a mess. He comes to me before I am cleaned up, loving me and providing a way, through His grace and forgiveness. God’s grace is involved in the grit of our lives, not just the glamor…fortunately! She is a nurse and enjoys writing on her blog.
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Comments

  1. Phew! Being quiet is such a chore! LOL. I too am not a quiet person. But I have come to crave my quiet times. It seems that God is always waiting for me in the stillness. I have found that I must get up before the rest of the house or stay up after they all go to bed so that I can wallow in the stillness of the moment. Like you, I find that God often directs my thoughts away from what I am thinking about and moves me in the direction He would have me go. Thanks for the great blog on a loud and crazy day! Hugs!Michelle

    1. martha brady says:

      thanks for you comment michelle. it seems like the quiet is what puts life in balance…especially when during that time of quiet, we spend it in GOD’s Word.

  2. Jan McDaniel says:

    I have been told my my daughter to listen to God and He will speak to me. I can’t deal with the quiet, what can I do. It might have been due to the fact that I was a single parent of five with the youngest being a few days old, but I am not sure.

    Would someone help me with this?

    Thank you Martha.

    Jan

  3. martha brady says:

    i messaged you on fb jan. thanks for the note. The main way GOD has spoken to us is through His Word, the Bible. Reading a little from Scripture when you sit down to pray (or go walking to pray or whatever way you do it) gives input from Him. Then as you pray there is your praying and listening too.

    GOD often brings truth from His Word to your mind and gives you insight into situations you are praying about. Taking time with Him to be quiet and unrushed (even tho’ you will still be on a schedule) gives your mind a chance to pause and focus on the One who is eternal, righteous, just, loving…to name a few…and has them all in balance.

    That’s a great way to get a wonderful perspective on whatever is happening around you!

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