Give Thanks 2013: Day

Give thanks in quiet

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Today's Text: Psalm 46:10, Proverbs 31:10-31

Text: Psalm 46:10, Proverbs 31:10-31

Quiet time. It’s a phrase that gets thrown around by many of us in the throes of our busy days. Ministry. Motherhood. Work. Volunteering. Quiet time is squeezed in at the last moment, a sort of desperate measure to regain balance and focus.

Business and productivity can be wonderful things. Even the Proverbs 31 woman is described as one who “watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” But at the end of the passage, when it comes down to it, her life is not well spent simply because she was busy. Because she is “a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”

As “women who fear the Lord,” there is a tug between busyness and quiet. Life may be too busy for some, but for others of us it is more quiet than we’d like. Maybe we feel lost and afraid after losing a job. Or we’ve left a city full of friends for the promise of a new start. Maybe we long for a home filled with family, or maybe we’ve just sent our last child off to college.

For we who struggle with unexpected or unwanted silence, it can become hard to find meaning in the days we spend waiting, hoping, and learning patience. Quietness can be a heavy burden to a soul that longs for a different sound.

 Let us not waste or wish away these quiet seasons of our lives. The longer these times stretch, the more tempting it is to fill them with things that simply take up that space or turn up the noise. Let us ask the Lord how He would have us use this time.

Sweet sisters, dare to rest fully in God in times of quiet – whether chosen or handed to you. And be thankful, for even in the silence, He is right there.

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God: my hope comes from him.” Psalm 62:5

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For an added layer of worship and study, we chose a beloved hymn for each day of our Give Thanks plan. Today, we invite you to listen to “To Christ The Lordas we dwell on the truth of God’s word together.

 

  • I lost my jod after being there for 15 years. It's a relief but scary at the same time. Crazily, I even feel a sense about it. It's the weirdest thing because I don't have another job to go to, but I know that God still is in te midst of my circumstances, I trust Him more now than when I was working. While working, I had put all my trust in the wrong things instead of God alone. I subconsciously looked to msn to promote me, but it never happened. For the last 7 years, I hated my job and I was so miserable. I felt terribly stuck and stagnated. I tried to post for other jobs both internally and externally but nothing happened. I simply became another sad statistic of corporate strategies that offers you a severage package to get you to leave the company. Now that I'm no longer working, but i have peace. Technically I should be worried because I'm out of work and my income bracket has changed. I have a mortgage to pay and I am a 50 year old single woman.
    As soon as I was let go from my job, I asked God what am I going to do? I didn't ask Him, "Why me?" I trust God and I believe that He has my beet interest at heart. I am not perfect but I believe in Him even during this downtime that I'm experiencing. All I knew was work over that 15 years and it consumed me. I thank Almighty God for this season of rest . I thank Him for His sovereignty and His purpose that Zhe has for me. I believe that His rest is different from my rest.

    May God continue to bless us all as we continue to enter His rest. In Jesus Name,Amen

    Wynne

  • I agree ladies I to have been caught iup in this Things called life yet Godsaw to allow me to find this passage as if he saved it just for me HE is awsome

  • I am trying to hear God in this incredible time of loneliness. My husband had separated from me after 26 years. I am praying dilengently. But suffer from anxiety and impatience. I covet all your prayers for Gods will and peace on my life.

  • How ironic is it that I decided to do my quiet time a little later today. Low and behold I came to sit and read this as I now unexpectedly had the afternoon off and no job awaiting me anymore! Talk about speaking straight to me… I will be quiet and have faith He is taking me where He wants me ;-) in whatever season awaits me

  • God is amazing. This speaks to me so much. I am entering a season of change; a season of quiet. Today I sit in a new apartment without the cable or internet that I am so accustom to using to avoid the quiet. I know it is time to face the quiet. Not to allow lies from satin to flood my mind, but to allow the spirit to speak. Quietness, stillness is hard for me. It’s lonely and scary. God please help me obey you in the stillness. Please help me hear you in the quiet. Help my anxiety filled heart to calm down and know that you are god and you are with me. Thank you SRT for this beautiful message I needed to hear today.

  • Love the song for today's devo… :) And thank you Diana … Right now is a quiet season of my life… and this is the year when I heard Him the most… and the year when I felt the closest to Him…. :) Thank you Lord for giving me this quiet season.. a season I'll never get back again when lost… I will cherish every second of it with you… <3

    • Wendy

      Hello Dianne and Misce71p….
      Be still and know only comes when it's quiet…when I'm quiet..when all the noise in my mind and all the a activities are silenced. I just retired. I am 62 .HE has given me pretty decent health. My prayer is being answered by today's devotion. Rather than explain over & over to others what I will be doing with my "time", I can now exclaim….witness….. that this is my season of quiet. My time to let my thoughts rest, empty out, and allow my habits & routines to cease. This is a season to just unplug. Drain and be refreshed, &renewed. Time to seek & be filled with What GOD has for me to do!!!! Why am I smiling? I FEEL HIS COMFORT right now. Shhhhhhhhhhhhh entering the Quiet Zone….amen.

  • Joanne Sher

    It's so easy to fill the quiet with busywork. I do it all the time. We feel guilty being quiet, because, especially as mothers, there is always something else we could be doing. But resting fully in Him is what is truly needed.

    Thanks so much for this!

  • "Quietness can be a heavy burden to a soul that longs for a different sound"… thank you for expressing my heart in a way that i had yet to put words to but immediately felt understood when i read them!

  • megkwhit

    I have been running around like crazy this morning since today is our Thanksgiving because of work schedules. My husband finally turned to me and said, "go sit and be still for a little bit". So I picked up my Bible to read today's devotional and it was a great awakening. :-) I definitely need to take time to just sit and be. Thank you for the reminder Diana!!

  • My life has been weird lately. This time has been one full of rest, joy, praise, peace, hope, and reconciliation; at the same time, nothing seems to have changed externally, and my heart has been antsy to hear from God what plans He has for me next in life. Every time I've gone to him, feeling that foolish pressure of wanting to figure my life out, He's answered me with exultation, encouragement, and that he delights in me. In the same token, he's told me to stop asking about plans, and has chastised me about trusting in HIS timing for those words of guidance. He's told me to rest here, and I know there's a reason why. Lord, thank you! Praise you, father, for giving us times of rest and times of moving.

  • MelissaRenee

    This was a message that came right on time for me. I have many times of quiet where I'm not quite sure what do. I need to be thankful and reverent in these times. Thank you!

  • I hope to embrace this season of "quiet" in my own life and use this season of singleness to love and serve others. Thank you for this devotional and the perspective from others who are in their own seasons of quiet.

  • Thanks so much for this post! I've been in a season filled with waiting and silence and at times, it's downright frustrating. But I'm discovering so many other things about God and his faithfulness at the same time. And I'm so thankful that I do believe in a God that I know is with me at ALL times and am so thankful for that.

    Here's a blog post I wrote a few weeks ago on that very topic http://agirlwhoisageek.com/2013/11/13/silence-is-

    • Candacejo

      That was beautiful….and I am guessing you are a Doctor Who fan, lol. I only know that because one of my sons follows it so do I make the friend list?? :)

  • Lakeisha

    Thank you for this devotion. Let us not wish away these quiet seasons. I am beginning to experience this just a little with my children getting older. It’s easy to wish these times away, but this devotional helps me embrace these moments and soon to be season. Thank you SheReadsTruth!!!!!

  • Thank you, Diane, very well said.

    And for you, Tina, I will be praying. A new season has begun!! <3

  • refreshedwoman

    Excellent word I certainly need to hear it. Be blessed.

  • Thank you Diane for your words today, you have been through such an ordeal with your loss that I could not fathom…yet your love for the Lord shines through, your faithfulness is shown in your words. I pray for you today that God may heal your heart and bless your beautiful family.

  • Candacejo

    My times of "quiet", my long valleys of what I THOUGHT were silence, especially in my early days of walking with the Lord, He was there. He was always there. I don't know it all now but I have learned that He never leaves me…I can't do anything to make Him love me any less or love me any more, He just loves me! The lyrics to None But Jesus say everything that came to my mind during the lesson…

    In the quiet, in the stillness
    I know that you are God
    In the secret of your presence
    I know there I am restored
    When you call I won't refuse
    Each new day, again I'll choose

    There is no one else for me
    None but Jesus
    Crucified to set me free
    Now I live to bring Him praise

    In the chaos, in confusion
    I know you're sovereign still
    In the moment of my weakness
    You give me grace to do your will
    When you call I won't delay
    This my song through all my days

  • Thank you for this – it is really a blessing to read these passages with a different insight. I love how these devotionals have helped me see God's word ina new light every day – thank you all (writers and commenters) for allowing yourselves to be used by God to bless us all!

  • Thank you Diane…thank you Tina for your transparency and sharing this morning. God is truly faithful in not leaving us in the dark but giving us revelation and a a little glimpse of the plans He has for our lives.

    Thankful for the quite times to seek Him and truly thankful for knowing as I do, I will find HIM! He is the light of the world. He is the answer to every question or problem. More importantly He holds all time in His hand; so I will wait knowing He is Sovreign and always in control.

  • Diane, thank you so much for this…. a. Very much devo. I have been in a season of waiting for…..what seems like… forever, since the loss if my daughter, 9yrs ago, then my man of 18yrs leaving us 18 months later. My sons one by one leaving g home, to be married and to go to university …. it's been a long season of waiting…. to be honest on what , would have been my question. I could see, and would give thanks for the new additions to the family, the boys being settled and life being good for them….. but me what about me? Was that it for me..
    I recently went to a women's conference, where there was a young girl giving her testimony….she was alight with dreams, hopes love for the Lord….I realised I had no dreams, hopes ….I have existed….. I do the fine on the outside but actually I am dead on . The inside…..or so I thought ! Until today… this morning ….. I am going to CLAIM that this has been my season of quiet and give thanks….
    Thank you Lord God for this season of quiet……I am sorry Lord that on occasion I have wasted the time to be with you, filling it with worry, questions, tantrums…. Thank you that you have my life in hand and that you give me this time of quiet for a reason. I love you Lord, and I will rest knowing you have a plan, a purpose, a future for me when the time is right. Thank you Lord.

    Bless you Diane for this, and all you wonderful ladies at SRT…..my days begins with you and in the evenings too…. a life line, thank you.

    Be Blessed richly, my dear sister's of this community, today in all you do. I pray your thanksgivings were truly blessed with plenty, love and most especially the presence of the Lord our God. X x x

    • Candacejo

      Beautiful…praying for you today sister…God is so near!! ♥

      • tina

        Candacejo, good morning, and thank you for prayers and love so evident. God bless you toooooo. X

    • AnnaLee

      Amen, Tina. You are not alone. Praying for you. You are so loved! Be of good heart!

      • tina

        AnomAlies , thank you and I pray God's blessings over you. Thank you sister, friend.

        • tina

          AnneLee, so sorry , predictive routing. It looked right as I typed…oops. Thank you sister.

    • Brenda

      I'm praying for you Tina. I wish I could say just the right things to make the hurt and pain go away. Just know that we are here for you whenever you need to talk. God bless you sister.

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