finding stillness in the noise

five minute friday: still

As I sit down with Jesus on the edge of the day, the quietness of the house is deafening. My ears all too expectant of noises and the clutter of sound. It always takes me a moment to gather my thoughts, lay them at His feet and give thanks for His nearness before I unfold His Word.

How do you find the place of stillness in His presence?

Psalm 46 reminds us that He causes wars to cease. This always turns my thought to the wars within my own heart. He quiets the wars inside of me. The Psalmist then invites us to be still and know He is God.

In seeking stilling for my soul, first there is an acknowledging of God and His attributes, His ability to cease wars, His sovereignty, His goodness and His grace.

In seeking stillness for my soul, first there is an acknowledging of God. #stillness

The Psalmist even opens Psalm 46 with reminding his own heart that God is our refuge and strength. Who He is never changes. His attributes and names and characteristics stand firm in a shaky world.

How can I not first begin my time with Him remembering who He is?

Once my soul is reminded of His attributes, I often turn to gratitude, thanking Him. I thank Him for who He is, but I also thank Him for His gracious and abundant gifts. I keep a gratitude journal where I daily list these gifts. I challenge myself to come up with unique gifts each day. God brought the sun up this morning, thank you, Lord. The morning light is flowing through the window in such a way to make my favorite fiddle leaf tree glow, thank you, Lord. I take personally the gifts He offers me and seek to receive them with gratitude.

The book of James (1:17) says He is the giver of every good and perfect gift, so how can I not give thanks for the abundance of them?

Finally as I search for the stillness in His Presence, I meet Him in His Word. This is the very breath of God on the page according to 2 Timothy 6:16-17. When we make a consistent rhythm of leaning in to listen for His voice through His Word, He will speak. Psalm 119:130 reminds us that in the unfolding of His Word there is light.

How can I not spend time, in this dark life of thorns, seeking His light by unfolding His Word?

My favorite way to unfold His Word in the morning is through my TEND method that the Lord taught me many years ago. I would love to send you a guide to help you start using the TEND method in your own time of seeking stillness with Him.

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19 thoughts on “finding stillness in the noise

  1. I love this! It really helps us find that place of stillness when we remember who God is and that he is still sovereign even in the midst of the challenges we face.

  2. The chisel slides on down the grain,
    a curlicue of fresh wood rises
    and a stillness calms my brain
    but there still may be surprises
    such as grain that lifts or dives,
    causing blade to slip or dig,
    but patience in the end survives
    on this path to Something Big,
    an offering to God, I guess,
    sincere hard labour of my hands;
    although it may not impress
    I do suspect He understands
    the gift of my heart’s need to rock
    another custom rifle stock.

  3. I love starting the day with quiet stillness with God and His Word, too. When we deliberately think of His attributes, we know Him so much better and trust Him so much more.

  4. There has been a lot of chatter and noise in my life lately. Some of it caused by circumstances beyond my control. If it were not for my quiet time with the Lord, I would not be functioning.

  5. What a beautiful and instructional meditation on seeking stillness in God. I love how you take us through different aspects of your own quiet time with Him. Thank you!

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