In the Quiet

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There is a place I know that speaks directly to my heart. A plot of land that’s covered with tiny cabins in the woods. I go to this place and leave every care at the gate. Somehow I can focus, or refocus, on what’s most important to me. Even if I am surrounded by wonderful friends, I seek out solace in the quiet wherever I can find it. Why?

In the quiet, God speaks.

Have you ever found yourself in a place where the sounds of life deafen your ears? You try to balance yourself, to listen as you grab ahold of the things that you think will keep you grounded. Straining to hear the slightest whisper of hope. Relief. Freedom. Searching for answers to questions that you don’t how you to ask.

No?

Well, it’s just me then. I’ve spent the last few years living in moments I will never be able to replay or even repay. There has been much, oh so much, to be thankful for, but there has also been so much pain. The sound of silence became an echo in my heart of the quiet voice of God. He spoke, but I didn’t always listen. I found myself worn out, burned out and seeking out hard answers to the questions that tumbled around in my heart.

I have been awash in grief for some time. Maybe you have too. We grieve for many reasons in life, loss doesn’t allude itself to only one source of pain. Loved ones, pets, jobs, homes, physical disabilities and mental capacities. So much of who we are and what we do can bring us such joy and – such pain.

We need hope.

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the suffering and afflicted. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted, to announce liberty to captives, and to open the eyes of the blind.” Isaiah 61:1

Today, let’s be quiet, be still and meditate. Allow this verse to settle into your soul and come to know the One who spoke it, Jesus Christ. This is the good news and your good news – there is comfort and liberty when you call upon the name of Jesus.

I don’t know your story, I don’t know your pain – but Jesus does. Let Him speak. Find some quiet. Turn off the TV, the social media, the phone – walk away from whatever you are doing and bring yourself to a place of stillness. Feed your soul. Look to the One who is anointed by Almighty God to bring good news to the world, to your life and for your heart.

In the quiet, God speaks.

 

12 thoughts on “In the Quiet

  1. Excellent thoughts! Made me think of the song, “There is a Place of Quiet Rest,” especially the chorus:

    O Jesus, blest Redeemer, Sent from the heart of God,
    Hold us, who wait before Thee, Near to the heart of God.

    Thank you for the encouragement!

  2. robin Silva

    Well said my friend. Allow God in and he will bless you with his words and then you turn around and bless those around you. Thanks for paying it forward!! Love you!!

  3. erikakimberlystanley

    I love this!! Beautiful writing and excellent encouragement.

    I enjoyed talking to you and meeting you this weekend in Maine. I would love to connect with you about our writing and women’s ministry. Please feel free to email me or message me on Facebook.

    Blessings!

    Erika K. Stanley
    from CT

    1. Erika!!

      I am so glad you stopped by. I was deeply blessed by the ministry of your heart. I enjoying talking and meeting with you too. I will be in touch very soon!

      Peace!

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