For When Life calls for Silence

psalm 62-5Perhaps my One Word for 2015 should have been Shh.

For as I learn to sit with Jesus, I find myself hushed. Each time I go to open my mouth, the words that begin to exit are held back by those The Spirit is breathing in.

I want to listen well.
I am being reminded often to listen well.

Listening means sitting still. And silently.

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. (Psalm 62:5)

Luke tells us that as Jesus grew, Mary “pondered” — treasuring moments and minutes. I don’t think that’s because she didn’t have access to a blog. I think that’s because she knew the value of quiet reflection. Of listening well.

This is the message my pondering has produced — Some things are meant to be said. Some are meant to be treasured.

Knowing the difference between that which is sweeter in the sharing and that which gets diluted in the discussion is an ongoing piece of my training in what it means to DWELL.

So I will settle myself at His feet. And hush.


Linking this reflection of Small Wonder with my friend and fellow blogger, Kelly Chripczuk, who is launching a Community of blogging Beauty Hunters at her site this week. So grateful for the reminder that our Big God shows himself in the most amazing small ways.

10 thoughts on “For When Life calls for Silence

  1. I love how brief, simple and clear this is, Beth. I can hear the quiet in the lines between your words. I’m in a place of discerning what is necessary to be said in many difficult places, I need to ask myself, “What do you need to say,” maybe instead of “What do others need to hear?” Blessings, friend. Oh, and I may be already changing my One Word! It takes some time for me to settle in!

    • You are right, Kelly, that God & I are also having much discussion about keeping my mouth shut in conversation with others. Can a tongue get damaged from too much biting?

  2. This is lovely, Beth. And true. And thought provoking for a talker! As I think about this, I realize that even though I love to talk and explore ideas and converse, often it isn’t until I have thought and distilled in silence that I choose what to share and what to simply treasure quietly. So on top of all the adjectives at the beginning–it’s confirming. Thanks.
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    • Thank you for letting me know how God used this to confirm things for you. I love the way He is s gracious to do that for us.

  3. I’m here, too, in this call to hush. It comes and goes, like the wind, and I’m trying to go with it. I love how you are listening, Beth, and going wherever the Spirit leads – even if, especially if, this leads you to sit and be still.
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    • It’s impossible to talk and hear at the same time. And oh, how I want to hear His spirit. So I will hush. And, when I do, the Spirit is always faithful to sing over me.

  4. Yes. This is so where I feel God has me right now. Less talking (writing) and more Listening. Quiet reflection with Him. He knows best what we need, doesn’t He? Blessings to you, friend. xoxo
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    • Yes, Beth, I love the way he leads us. And so often it’s better to live the moment than to report on it.

  5. JoNell

    Interesting, Beth! I decided recently to ask God to give me a word if it pleased Him to do so. Before I even had my prayer formulated, I sensed, “Be still and know that I am God.” I am trying to do just that, but I realize how noisy my mind is!

    • Being still is so much harder than it sounds, isn’t it, JoNell. But always worth it, in my experience. Be blessed, friend.

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