Posts Tagged ‘silence’

lonelinessDrop thy still dews of quietness
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of thy peace.
by John Greenleaf Whittier

 

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had one of those weeks where all I’ve wanted is to curl up in a quiet corner and pull a cover or a quilt over me. There has been nothing specifically that’s made me feel this way this week, just a series of situations and events that have made me wonder “why me?” and  “what’s the point?”. question myself, my worth, my intentions, as well as .

Sometimes I just need to remember my own advice to take it all to God in prayer…maybe subconsciously that’s the quietness I’ve been yearning! How about you?

enjoy-the-silenceI know I’ve talked before about how some folk just seem to have their volume control turned up to full all the time, but there are in fact some times when the quietness can be just as uncomfortable…

Ever noticed how many of us don’t like it when it’s quiet, when no-one is talking? Funny how someone always feels the need to break that quietness…usually with something completely unrelated to any previous discussion, and in many occasions trying to be funny but completely failing!

Have you ever noticed how there are some people you can sit in silence with for ages and never feel uncomfortable with? They are the folk you love and trust, and that is why silence is so easy to cope with and not uncomfortable at all.

So, yes, there are some times when quietness or silence is uncomfortable, but then there are also some situation where the silence is just so natural. Hold onto those relationships where silences are comfortable as they are your important and valuable relationships.

silence-speaks

Life can be difficult at time, and it’s often during those times that we find it hardest to be still and wait on the Lord. The thing is, if only we took the time to stop and wait on Him, we would find the reassurance and help we need.

Exodus 14:13-14 (NIV)

Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.

Don’t be afraid of the silence, it’s during the silence that we can hear God more clearly when all around us is in turmoil.

Be Still For the Presence of the Lord by David J Evans

Be still for the presence of the Lord,
The Holy One is here;
Come bow before Him now
With reverence and fear.
In Him no sin is found,
We stand on holy ground;
Be still, for the presence of the Lord,
The Holy One is here.

Be still, for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around;
He burns with holy fire,
With splendour He is crowned.
How awesome is the sight,
Our radiant King of light!
Be still, for the glory of the Lord
Is shining all around.

Be still, for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place;
He comes to cleanse and heal,
To minister His grace.
No work too hard for Him,
In faith receive from Him;
Be still, for the power of the Lord
Is moving in this place.

ExamsDo you remember being at school and sitting exams? It was always so quiet in the exam halls wasn’t it!

Personally I always found the silence quite intimidating, so rather than it helping me concentrate, I found it distracting as every little noise seemed to be magnified 10 fold!

Could it be that life is just the same as school exams…when we’re being tested in life, our teacher, God, stays silent while we’re being tested. That of course doesn’t mean that our teacher doesn’t care how we are getting on in our test.

When we were at school, I’m sure if we’d tried to walk out on our exams, our teacher would have tried to convince us to stay and battle on through the test. Likewise in life, God may seem silent when we most need Him, but He is always there, and will help us when we need Him.

Nothing To Say

Posted: April 29, 2012 in holiday, life, music, religion
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Ever had a day when you’ve got nothing say?

Well I’ve been a bit like that the last few days. I just seem to have nothing in particular to say.

It’s not that I’ve not got a lot of things going through my mind, because I have! In fact I’d go as far as saying I’ve probably got too many things going round in my head at present!

Just because I don’t feel like talking to anyone doesn’t mean God isn’t listening to my silence. Remember God knows what’s in our mind and in our hearts even if we’re not really or willing to talk about them to anyone including him!

Ever been on holiday and sat either late at night or early in the morning, sitting looking out over the sea, at the calmness of the water, with just the noise of the sea lapping on the sand and the sound of a few birds or insects? If you’ve ever experienced it you will never forget it, it is so peaceful and so relaxing.

Have you rowed out into the middle of a deserted lake or loch and then just sat there looking around you taking in the scenery? Stunning isn’t it, and so tranquil.

What about just being alone in your home, wearing your jammies and curled up on the sofa with a blanket, with no TV, radio, CD playing in the background? Isn’t that quietness awesome!

It’s good to be able to sit and just listen to the sounds of nature around you, instead of the busyness of our everyday lives. It’s during times like these that we can focus our minds on the important things in life, and even make important decisions about our future.

During these times of quietness is also when we should spend time enjoying being in God’s presence and thanking Him for all the amazing things He does for us.

How often do you spend a few minutes in complete quietness? I must admit I don’t do it very often, maybe together we can make a promise today to spend more quiet time with God.

Sometime when you’re alone in a person’s company, it can be uncomfortable when there are periods of silence. Personally when I find myself in situations like that, I usually blurt out something stupid and meaningless and basically make a fool of myself…Yet another of my worst nightmares!

On the contrary, when you’re in the presence of someone you are truly comfortable with, have you noticed how the long silences don’t seem to matter? That is a sign of a true friendship!

True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable – Dave Tyson Gentry

Do you have someone in your live you are comfortable sitting in silence with?

My relationship with God is one I’m comfortable enough with that when I spend time alone in His presence, there can be periods of silence. However I know that during these times, God still knows and understands what’s in my hearts, even if I can’t put my feelings into words. So silence doesn’t matter when talking to God, so why should it matter when with our friends!

Teach Me To Pray

Posted: June 8, 2010 in music, pray
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Do you struggle to know what to say when you pray? It may surprise you now that, despite being a lifelong Christian, I too find it difficult to know what to say sometimes when I try to pray.

But there is hope for us all because even Jesus’ own disciples needed to ask Jesus to help them pray – How do I pray? they asked Jesus, “Lord teach us to pray”

There is no right or wrong way to pray because what works well for one person may not work for someone else. So heres a few of my thoughts you may find useful:

  • When we pray we come before God with the world on our hearts. We are also offering ourselves to be in some small way channels of love and peace in God’s world. 
  • God already knows what is in our hearts and minds. We can be honest with God, and say exactly how we feel, or even just sit in silence, because God still knows what’s in our heart.
  • It might help to find a quiet space. You may want to be on your own, but you may also find that it helps to join other people, who may be gathering to pray in local churches and elsewhere.  
  • You may find that you can say just what you want to, using your own words, but many people find it helpful to use written prayers.
  • Use a prayer diary to help focus you on those you people and situations who need your prayers.