Monday, May 21, 2012

{the power of} silence


when you have some free time, what do you do?

if i can ever steal a break, i love going driving alone, listening to a book or some music.
sometimes i have a gift card that needs spending, so i head to a coffee shop to refuel.
oh! or browsing a store, ahem, target.
and social media, of course. blog reading, tweeting, instagram...

even typing that out increased my heart rate.
sometimes resting is what i do. sometimes i choose quietness.

do you ever just sit in peace?
with no music, no netflix, no book, no phone. just you. alone with the quiet?
that's a struggle for me.

i dont' remember when i started, because i'm certain i've done it all my life.
i often avoid silence...


continue reading at beautifully rooted!


"i think the devil has made it his business
to monopolize on three elements: noise, hurry, crowds.
if he can keep us hearing radios, gossip, conversation, or even sermons, he’s happy.
but he will not allow quietness. satan is quite aware of the power of silence.
the voice of god, though persistent, is soft…for spiritual awareness and reception…
let us resist the devil in this by avoiding noise as much as we can,
purposefully seeking to spend time alone, facing ourselves in the word
satan is aware of where we find our strength. may he not rob us!…
mark my ear, lord, that it might respond only to thy voice."
{jim elliot}
 

10 comments:

  1. Sweet Hannah, this was so so good to hear today. I so desire to rest in the Lord & be so open to hearing from Him!

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  2. well said! love that last quote!

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  3. I really had to think about this...My only "real" quiet time would be in the morning. Sometimes after I read my bible I just sit. Sometimes I'm meditating on the word but sometimes I'm just in a tired stupor. I don't avoid silence, I love it. I guess my life just doesn't allow for it much these days.
    Love you! xoxo

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  4. I love spending time in the quiet...I find myself thinking, talking to God, being still and absorbing all the good things around me. It's the best!

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  5. this is good... it's almost like i'm afraid to sit in silence, like i'll think too hard, or be too lonely. but how amazing it is to sit and commune with Jesus in the peace and quiet. in fact, i'm giving myself five minutes on the computer and then doing just that.

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  6. what a fabulous quote. it's so true. ok going to finish reading the post now.
    xxO

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  7. I never just sit down all by myself, without the TV on or the phone in my hand...That is not a good thing. I need to just be.. I feel in my heart that Jesus just wants to be with me. Just me and him... And what do I do about it...?

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  8. i love this, hannah. as mommies of littles it's sure difficult to be silent and to find silence, but sooooo needed!
    <3 <3 <3

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  9. It's so hard for me to be in the quiet. It's like, if there's silence than Jesus can see my sinfulness. If I'm busy, it doesn't exist. I'm so weird. I needed to hear this. I need to learn to embrace the silence and just sit with my savior. Thank you for this reminder!

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  10. A good word. I like silence, but it is hard at the same time. That Jim Elliot quote is so true... I don't want Satan to rob me of hearing God's voice.

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