give thanks in quiet

from the give thanks in quiet reading plan


Psalm 46:10, Proverbs 31:10-31

BY Diana Stone

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.

 

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32 thoughts on "give thanks in quiet"

  1. Wynne says:

    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

  2. aleta says:

    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

  3. monica says:

    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.

  4. Tera says:

    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

  5. Mollyk says:

    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.

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