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Quiet by Paula Moldenhauer

December 19, 2008

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 (KJV)

 

9-winter-theme The hush that accompanies a heavy snow speaks quiet into my soul. I love how the white blanket muffles the sounds—how even with the cold, I feel somehow insulated.

The snow changes everyday noises, too. The ground underneath my feet now gives off a crunch instead of a clack or a thud. Even my car tires make a wonderful, squeaky sound as I pull into our cul-de-sac on a cold, snowy night.

There’s stillness in a freshly snowed-in world that I don’t experience at other times and it makes me want to do calm things—like bake cinnamon rolls, read a good book, or take a leisurely walk to watch snowflakes fall.

When it snows at night, one of my favorite things to do is to brew myself a hot cup of herb tea, turn off all the lights, and watch the snowflakes out my window as they drift earthward in the glow of the lamplight.

God feels very close in these times. Perhaps the changes in routine, the slowing down for a snowy day, and the hushed, snow muffled sounds help my heart quiet. I’m not sure. But I’ve noticed that our Lord is often in the stillness.

There are many types of noise in our life. A blaring radio and angry, honking rush hour traffic is noise. But noise can also be found inside of us. Worry and fear can rattle around in our souls until they feel harried and loud instead of hushed and peaceful. Anger—whether at others or our self—can make our heart clang with rapid heartbeats and heated scenarios.

Whether the noise of our life is exterior or interior, there is only one place to find true quiet. Our Lord says, “Be still crossand know that I am God.”
In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, take time to quiet your heart. Come before the Lord with all your worries, fears, schedules, and demands. Tell Him all about it and then acknowledge His greatness.

Get lost in the bigness of God.

Meditate on His forgiveness, provision, and sovereignty. Let the quiet envelop you like a feathery white blanket. Feel the hush as being covered by the presence of the Lord stills your heart.

~ A mother of four, Paula Moldenhauer is passionate about God’s grace and intimacy with Jesus. Her website offers book reviews, homeschooling hints, and a free weekly devotional, Soul Scents. Subscribe to Soul Scents at www.soulscents.us. Visit her blog at www.gracereign.blogspot.com. Contact Paula at Paula@soulscents.us.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Rita permalink
    December 20, 2008 9:50 am

    This was wonderful for me this morning, to be reminded to be still & know God. I find so much rest & peace in meditating on my sweet Lord. Thank you sweet daughter for this from Paula today. I pray you find HIS rest today.
    love, mom

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