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FINDING QUIET

We live in such a noisy world. We are surrounded by computers and smart phones and our calendars are full. For mothers especially, our to-do lists are always a mile long and sometimes we just feel exhausted from everything. Our babies require a lot from us. They get up early, they want to play, they want our love, they are hungry, they have meltdowns, they need us. I'm learning every day the importance of being ready for them. When I'm stressed out and uncentered, how could I possibly be any good to them?

I found myself getting really angry yesterday. Matilda and Phoebe were both in dire need of a nap and not wanting to settle down, thus I wasn't able to get some work done, the house looked crazy and I went to straighten up the living room (with screaming little ones in the background) and found mud all over the couch (thanks Guinness!). I was a few seconds from just losin' it. In an instant I had a rush of peace fall over me, clarity in that moment that I needed to just listen and be there for my kids. I put Phoebe in her crib, took a deep breath, and came downstairs to chat with Matilda. I softened my voice and put my arm around her shoulder instead of speaking with frustration and demanding she go lay down. Just taking a minute to be quiet and to hear my sweet daughter's worries from the day gave me such an amazing opportunity to nurture, to love on my girl. I had this thought that maybe that's an inkling of how God feels when I come to Him, place my worries with him.

This morning I set my alarm and got up a little early when it was still dark to quiet my mind. It's very hard for me. I have all of these ideas and want to be in the know of what's going on in the world but instead I'm trying to be still. Be quiet. Listen. I ordered this book to use as a devotional in the morning. I need a guide sometimes otherwise I feel a little lost.

September 24th

Live first and foremost in My Presence. Gradually you will become more aware of Me than of people and places around you. This awareness will not detract from your relationship with others. Instead, it will increase your ability to give love and encouragement to them. My Peace will permeate your words and demeanor. You will be active in the world, yet one step removed from it. You will not be easily shaken because My enveloping Presence buffers the blow of problems.

This is the path I have set before you. As you follow it whole heartedly, you experience abundant Life and Peace.

- Jesus Calling

Do you manage to steal away some quiet each day? I'd love to hear what you are using as a devotional or how you spend that time! She Reads Truth started an amazing 21 day devotional yesterday on Promises.

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12 comments :

  1. I joined a women's bible study group that meets weekly. We meet once a week, but I study each day and finding that time in the morning or evening is so precious to me. I also love the direction and support being in a group (either online or locally) gives me.

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    1. yes! the community of a group is something that i need as well. we aren't starting our couples small group for a couple of weeks and i can't wait!

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  2. I get up before my kids. It's the only way I get any quiet time. Sometimes an hour or so at night too. But otherwise it's go, go, go all day.

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    1. i feel ya sister! i'm a morning person so that's best for me by the time it's 10 pm zzzzzzzz

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  3. I love Jesus Calling. I've been using that for almost a year now. Thanks for this post. I always so appreciate your honesty.

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    1. thank you so so much natalie!! yes, i've heard so many people recommend it. excited to dive in! xo

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  4. I have received praise on the way that I speak to Aaron when he is being less than charming. I am always amazed that I am keeping it together in times when he and I are a bit stressed. It is easy to forget that God is with you; even though you may have forgotten it yourself.

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    1. thank you maria, yes sometimes it is easy to get distracted from that truth in the moment. workin' on being a cool cucumber like you! xo

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  5. I think I'm going to try that devotional and I know someone who would love it as a gift. I also came across this on Nester today:

    http://www.thenester.com/2013/09/calling-even-on-your-phone.html

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    1. ooh great tip as always friend. thank you!

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  6. I love this. Sometimes {more like all the time..} I feel like the only quiet moments I have are during my commute. I've been trying to used this time, especially in the mornings, to pray and just talk to the Lord. And often I will listen to sermons via podcast, but I really feel a lack of time actually IN the Word, you know?

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    1. that's such a perfect idea for your commute. you are right there is no substitution for the word. try as we might sometimes we just need to sit down with our Bibles. :) xo

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