My children were huddled around the grocery cart as we waited our turn. I gently laid each item on the conveyer belt, all the while keeping a watchful eye. The brightly colored candy bar wrappers neatly lined the shelf. I guided their small fingers away from swiping some sweetness. We moved forward and I smiled a hello to the cashier.
“Wow, you are busy!”
“Yes, yes I am!”
Busy is a good word to describe life with four little ones under seven. Another word that comes to mind is LOUD. Growing up with three other siblings, the screaming, playing, and general noise doesn’t bother me. Its the noise of life that affects my heart and mind.
An overbooked schedule.
A to-do list I carry day after day…..never crossing anything off.
Too many people that need me.
Too many balls in the air.
Too many roles I play….
Wife. Mother. Teacher. Blogger. Writer…….
All of those voices demand my attention. They drown out the One Voice I need to hear the most. The decibel level in my home does not dictate the decibel level of my heart. A loud life is not a healthy life. Intentionally seeking out stillness is more than just having literal quiet. God calls us to find our peace IN HIM. We can find solace through the noisy seasons of life. Any season can be a season of rest and quiet.
Nap time is the quietest time of the day. Yet, it was not a restful time because I felt I needed to do so much. No matter what I did, something was left out and I felt tired and unrested. So I’ve changed my expectations. I only expect one thing at nap time: REST. One the best things I’ve done during nap time is put in my headphones. I turn on the music and get to work. Either reading. Writing. Cross stitching.
If you wait for literal quiet to spend it with God, you will never find it. You will lay your head on the pillow each night wishing you had more time. But the reality is, no matter how much time you really have, you will spend it doing what you have made a priority in your life. So make Him a priority.
Find your own way that works for you. No matter what you do, when you do it, or how you do it – when you do have that time to yourself, remember that it is all about a heart attitude, not the decibel level of your house.
God desires us to be still and rest in Him. He calls us to us in our noisy lives to come. Rest. Listen. Seek. Our quiet times will be best spent with Him. I’m not perfect, but this month as I focus all month of being still and resting planning is key.
Here are some practical steps to take…..
Get some earphones.
Invest in some soothing, encouraging Christian music.
Decide which part of your day will be your quiet time.
Do it. Don’t do something else….choose the quiet.
Devote some of that time to spend in prayer and Bible reading.
Finding quiet time in your life begins with planning. It continues with intentional action. It changes our lives and hearts as we allow God to speak to us during those quiet times.
Your life doesn’t have to be quiet for your heart and mind to be at rest. Choose to rest. Choose to listen. Choose to seek. He is calling.
Jesus says to you, dear friend, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”