My life is noise. If someone were to ask me one word to sum up what my day-in, day-out life looks life, that would be it. NOISE. I have a two-year-old, and a rather loud husband (the gentle but not-so-quiet giant). Between my toddler’s Curious Geroge cartoons playing in the background and my husband singing at the top of his lungs in the shower, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, doing yard work, etc., it can be hard to find the stillness I, and you probably, so desperately crave.
How does God speak to you? It definitely doesn’t feel like He can get a word in otherwise in my home. To find the quiet in the day to day, I have to pray for it, be disciplined for it, and be OBEDIENT to Him.
Finding the Stillness in a World Full of Noise
1. Wake Up Early
Every fitness or self-help blog on the planet will tell you this. Wake up early! But beside the fact that you can accomplish more of your daily tasks, fit in a nice workout, or enjoy a cup of coffee before your children are demanding your attention, waking up in the morning does something else. Scripture tells us that every morning His mercies are made new. (Lamentations 3:22). He also makes us new. It is also why He tells us not to let the sun go down on our anger. The morning is new. It recreates us, it places in us joy and comfort if we take the time to find it. Definitely, enjoy your coffee, but take the time to listen to what the Lord has to say.
2. The 15 Minute Rule
I work from home, which means I get caught up with work, house chores, and chasing my little one. Set a timer. Every hour- hour and a half, set aside 15 minutes of reflection time. This can be putting down your broom to sit and color with your child, or 15 minutes of walking around the block to get some fresh air and exercise. Finding the stillness doesn’t have to mean pure silence, it can simply mean muting out the distractions of the world, taking away from enjoying the pleasures and the beauty God has set aside for us to enjoy each day.
I encourage you to find ways to find the stillness in your life. When all else fails- a little Steven Curtis Chapman and a drive through the countryside works.
Stay Encouraged- Be Uplifted. Until Next time.