Mute Button Moments

“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19

Have you ever felt like someone hit the mute button on your life? You kept moving and going and doing but, like a silent movie without a soundtrack, you found yourself voiceless and incapable of expression.

That’s what happened to me last week.

Not that being quiet is new for me. All my life I’ve been labeled as “the quiet one.” The only person to dispute that might be my husband who is one of the few to have experienced my giddy side. And he has also had to endure a lot of my pent up emotional outbursts and philosophical rants, bless his heart. 🙂

But, last week, I had a lot of things stirring inside but I seemed to be lost for words. And no words = no blogging. I was stuck and I needed to get unstuck. But how?

After many failed attempts, I finally had to surrender to the mute button – to the idea that maybe there was a reason for this sudden forced silence. Maybe I needed to listen.

So I tried to do just that. And it made me realize once again just how needy I am. How I need more listening time with God. How I need to hear His voice so that mine can be filled with more grace and less anger.

That is why, today, I am praying along with the Psalmist David:

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

In fact, I pray that the Lord would grant us all the ability to think and speak and live in a way that is pleasing to Him. May we allow our mute button moments to lead us to a keener sense of hearing and a deeper understanding of His will  – believing Him when He says,

“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength…” Isaiah 30:15

Have a great week and be blessed!

Quiet Places

“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23: 1-3

I read this article today by Anne Simpkinson on The Power of Silence.

It made me think about how much our spirit craves quiet and how, too often, we feed it a fast-food diet of noise and distraction. But God calls us to stillness.

“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

There are times when stress can weigh us down, leave us starved for strength and struggling to breathe. There is only one thing that can lift our weary heads and revive our weakened hearts. We need a retreat. And He is our example.

“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 5:16

We need to find a place of solitude. A place where we can settle ourselves down at the feet of Jesus and find true rest, healing and renewal. Have you found that place?

Today, I am enjoying a long-awaited and welcome rain. And, with it, silence.

Is your spirit craving silence today? Ask the Lord to show you how to make time for quiet contemplation and prayer. Be blessed!

Word-of-the-Day Wednesday

Whisper Soft speech produced without full voice; to speak softly.

This word makes me feel like I’m standing on the edge of somewhere or nowhere in particular. Breeze combing through my hair. Still. Quiet. Bending my ear toward heaven. God spoke to Elijah in a whisper so I know it’s important to stop and listen if I want to hear His voice.

The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
– 1 Kings 19:11-13

Today, I want to escape the noise of the world around me. And this is my prayer for all of us. That we would pause long enough to hear that gentle whisper.

Imagine

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake. Henry David Thoreau

I’m always awestruck by the beauty of nature. God seems to speak louder when I am immersed in His creation and take time to be quiet and listen. Those are the times it becomes easy to dream…

I wrote the following when we were on vacation in the mountains a few years ago.

Imagine Me
 
High above majestic mountains
Over treetops, green with envy
Finally, like an eagle soaring
Imagine me
 
Rushing waters far beneath me
Rivers of regret behind me
Singing in the calm, blue breezes
Imagine me
 
From the early, misty morning
Into brilliant sunset, evening
Finding God beyond the moonbeams
Imagine me