Full

The house is empty.  I hear the hum of the refrigerator and the ticking of the keyboard, but mostly it is a strange silence.  I have not sat alone for many days.

I don’t know how to do “alone” very well.  My life is so full.  So noisy.  And I am forever offering input, filling the spaces with my own voice.

But tonight I dwell on the words of Elisabeth Elliot:  “Silence, as someone has said, is the mother of prayer and the nurse of holy thoughts. Silence cuts down on our sins, doesn’t it? We can’t be sinning in so many different ways if we are being quiet before God. Silence nourishes patience, charity, discretion.”

Yes, I need this.  I long to have my patience nourished through a silent acceptance of the Father’s assignments for today . . . no quibbles about my appointed lot.

I wonder how to do this when the garage door opens and the family bursts in, full of stories and songs and energy.  Can I find a still sort of silence in the cacophony that regularly marks the rhythm of a big family.  And can I cultivate a sense of sanctuary in my noisy home?

The noise fills and runs deeper than sound.  It is the trinkets that I trip over (quite literally) in my house.  It is the catalogs that fill my mailbox.  It is the clutter that crowds the basement.

This throwing off of encumbrances will take some muscle. But I want to run the race well, and in the end, I know I’ll find that in quietness and trust I will find all the strength that I need (Isaiah 30:15).

I’d love to hear how you cultivate quietness in your home or in your own hearts.  If you’d like, share your thoughts as a comment below–I’d love to learn from you!

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A happy wife, a mom on the learning curve, a daughter of the King . . .
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4 Responses to Full

  1. juliesunne says:

    Oh, how I wish I knew, Julie! Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts, gave me a glimmer today as she so poetically wrote about slowing down time by reveling in each moment. Today as I rested in that, it was as if all moved in slow motion, even voices and craziness, allowing me to cultivate somewhat the silence of a soul deeply satisfied. Now to capture that regularly amidst the catalogs and clutter!

    • Julie says:

      Ooooh–I’ll have to check out her blog today. I am often blessed by the way she shares her heart. Hope your recovery goes well. I could just picture you scooting your broom around in slow motion!

      • juliesunne says:

        Actually, Julie, I am slowly digesting Ann’s book, generally while I’m doing my “transforming” (I’m sure) therapy (yuck!). It was in there that I was inspired by the sense of peace she projected.

  2. Marianne Coad says:

    My dear friend! Yet again your words have uniquely conveyed our Heavenly Father’s desire for us to slow down and be “Marys” and not “Marthas”. For me, the key lies in Romans 12:1-2 “Therefore, I URGE you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Bottom line for me is – It’s a mind game to attain the very mind of Christ each moment of every day which really means making conscious choices about every activity you do. And you my friend, are a fabulous example of this!!!!!!!!! May our gracious Father continue to bless your efforts to be attuned to the Holy Spirit each moment of every day.

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