Hearing His Voice in the Noise

November 9, 2012 in Five Minute Friday,lessons for moms

Honduras beach

I find it easiest to focus and pray in quiet, solitary places.

I rise in the early morning of Friday for this place. The quiet punctuated only by the forced air heat. I like to pray and think and write in this space. But it’s not the only way.

I grew up as an only child and a  latch key kid. I spent hours alone. Whole summer days. I learned to stop fearing the silence, to enjoy the creaks of our old house. Fears were handled by a phone call to mom who somehow always answered in those pre-cell phone days. And in the worst situations, like the threatening prank call that came one day, I would hide in my parents’ room, under the covers and make the call. It was safer there. I could smell it.

Growing up in this way created a habit of solitude, a thought pattern that required silence to hear. But it isn’t silence that brings His still, small voice. For many years I struggled (still do sometimes) because there was no quiet (which I defined as lack of noise). These two girls of mine prefer jubilant noise and loud wailing, my husband’s much larger family fills every space of its gathering, mission work with orphans is never quiet and in these situations, I knew I would go crazy because I couldn’t hear. But the need for solitude was a selfish habit, a refusal to keep pouring myself out. I was deceived. Silence does not bring his His voice, rather a quiet heart that is listening for Him above the noise of the world.

A quiet moment may be the easiest way to hear God, but not the only way.

Joining Lisa Jo’s community of word lovers today for 5-minutes on the word: Quiet. Join us here!

A Honduran VBS

I am learning to hear God’s voice in a crowd.

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Linda November 9, 2012 at 11:32 am

This was a good reminder to me (as a fellow only, who spent time alone) to strive for balance between solitude and being in the fray. Thank you!


pruningprincesses November 10, 2012 at 3:51 am

Being an only child is so different. My biggest struggle as a mom is figuring out what to do about sibling fights–I have no ideas from my own childhood to guide me. And I really LOVE my alone time. My husband doesn’t understand at all. Thanks for stopping by.


denise November 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Wonderful post.


Positively Alene November 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

This is beautiful!! Your pics capture my heart. I find myself longing to be there. Been missing you friend. I hope I’m back to a regular routine. LOL whatever regular is, right?


pruningprincesses November 10, 2012 at 3:40 am

I’ve missed you too! Regular routine are anything around here are anything that last for more than 2 weeks! Seeing your face on the comment list made me smile. I love your heart.


Nikki November 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Your photos are exclamation points here! I love them…and your thoughts.
yes. He’s there in the noise, too. I just need to train my ears and open my eyes to see!


pruningprincesses November 10, 2012 at 4:02 am

Hi Nikki, if you are interested your should check out the post from Thursday on our homeschool joys and struggles. I think our first year homeschooling experiences are really different since my girls are older and were in public school for seven years. And the pictures, when I was looking for an image to use and wandered into our Honduras pictures I knew they were perfect but I like thinking of them as the exclamation marks! Thanks Nikki. I think you are a gifted writer and a gifted encourager.


Barbie November 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm

I too want to learn to hear God’s voice in a crowd. “Silence does not bring his His voice, rather a quiet heart that is listening for Him above the noise of the world.” Oh Lord, give me a quiet hear to hear You!


Dolly@Soulstops November 10, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Yes, as you say to tuning our heart so that it is quiet enough to hear Him in the midst of the noise…it is a balance as we see Jesus in the crowds serving then also withdrawing to be alone with His Father…we need both…love the picture of the kids …Good to meet you, Laura 🙂


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