shhhh

shhhhh!

I find that my world has lots of noise and not just from the radio, TV or my kids having fun.  There just seems to be lots of noise, even in my thinking.  The noise in my brain might be similar to yours:  tasks I haven’t finished, people that I’m concerned about, issues I need to discuss with my husband, work things to get through, planning my dinners for the next week, topics I need to talk about with each of my kids, the brake light & head light on my car that need to be replaced, . . . . . Just lots of things flying around in my brain, probably just like yours.  But these things can become annoying if I don’t take some time to get quiet and be still.  Initially, when I try to settle down my thoughts, they only seem to get louder & demand more attention.  But if I stay with it, pressing in to being still and quiet, I can often find some quietness and I love these moments because it seems like these are the times when my fellowship with Jesus is very rich.  So, maybe we could agree to take some time this weekend to get quiet and be still – listening to Jesus and giving Him our presence and attention.  The effort can pay indescribable dividends!  🙂

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feeling safe in silence

I just had the honor of attending a Veterans Day Ceremony at my kid’s school & it was really good.  While I was there & on several other occasions, I noticed that people get really squirmy with “silence”.  Sometimes when I’m giving a lecture or sermon, I do the silent thing for a few moments to make everyone just slightly jittery – its a little bit of twisted humor on my part.  Nevertheless, the point remains that for many of us, we feel very uncomfortable with silence.  In order to mitigate this discomfort we play music, talk on the phone, text our friends, hum or talk to ourselves, turn on the tv for background noise, . . . . just about anything to fill in the awkwardness we feel in silence.  But there is massive solace, joy & even safety in silence.  Mother Teresa said, “God is the friend of silence .”

So here are some thoughts that might help you to feel more comfortable with silence & feel free to add your own ideas as well:

  • quiet can be more soothing than filler noise
  • quiet can allow you to work through your thoughts to understand some deeper issues
  • try getting in 3-5min of quiet in each day (turning off everything & putting your phone on silent)
  • recognize that silence is an essential ingredient for listening
  • silence prepares us to receive
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dignify the difficulty

 One of the mentors in my life has this saying, “dignify the trial”.  I used to get cranky with him about this idea, but the more I think about it, the more I agree with this idea.  When he’s talked w me about dignifying the difficulty, he means that when I’m in a tough situation that I can bring dignity to the challenge, as opposed to making the trial a pity party.  Whenever I’m facing a hardship or difficulty, I have a choice to make – I can gripe, moan, worry, complain, fight, argue and other things that could possibly not be constructive.  Or I can make the choice to dignify the difficulty.  In my mind, that means that I don’t run around, complain, whine advertise my struggle & gripe about it to any listening ear.  To dignify the difficulty, that means that I bear up under the struggle, looking to God for strength, wisdom & help.  I may chose to share with a person my struggle in a very private way, but I’m not advertising my hardship to gain sympathy, support, pity or commiseration.

I’m exploring this idea in my daily living with some difficulties that you probably face as well & so far, this idea of dignifying the difficulty has been very rewarding in a very personal way.  I’m particularly liking the idea of leaning into God for His strength & support, rather than advertising my struggle – this seems to be much more constructive & beneficial 🙂

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