Start the timer for 5 minutes….begin writing.
Silence is golden, unless you have children. Then, only when they are asleep, are you glad for the silence. For when the quiet suddenly comes upon our house I know I’m in for a big mess.
Silence is also something I gave up around child number 2 or 3. Silence is a mixture of emotions for me. Silence from God has been in seasons I’ve struggled to hear His voice, feel His presence, and understand His ways. Silence from God has also been in seasons of rebellion, distance, and busyness. Silence is also so sweet, especially in the morning hours and I have a moment to breathe.
I’ve begun to read Shauna Niequist’s book Present over Perfect and I can tell already God is going to use it in my heart and in my life. I long go “higher and deeper” as the song goes. Yet, the silence and mountain top moment isn’t my everyday reality. In my ordinary days I have loud, noisy, and busy surrounding my life.
But it doesn’t have to surround my heart. I can still choose moments of silence. I can get up early. I can chose to make time to refill my own glass. And the beauty of it all, this idea of silence, is that God says no matter where I found myself: Loud or Quiet, He is there.
O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar…..Where shall I go from your Spirit If I ascend in heave, you are there!….For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139
In my past, before I was even born, God saw me and knew me. In my future, whether I fly to the dawn or am buried in the earth, He is close and knows the way. And in my present. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. He is there. In the normal, everyday, boring, silent and loud moments. And He knows me.
Something special happens in October. A community of bloggers and writers gather for 31 Days of Writing. For an extra little challenge, I’ll be also participating in 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes.
31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes is a “challenge within the challenge,” so to speak — namely, to post on your blog every day in the month of October, but to write each post in only five minutes flat.
If you are interested in joining the fun, check out Christina’s page here.
Here is the list of the word prompts for 31 Days of Five Minute – Free Writes.
Do you struggle finding time to study the Bible?
Do you wish you had more minutes in the day to devote to Bible reading?
What if I told you you could start TODAY in just 5 minutes!?