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!