Following Close Behind

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It has been a noisy week. As I sit down to write this post, I still have all of these words scrambling around in my mind…words I’ve heard, words I’ve read, words I’ve spoken, words I’m trying to figure out how to express.

And as I come into this space…I’m yearning for quiet. I’m yearning for stillness. I’m yearning for less of me. I’m tired of my words.

It’s a sure sign that I need to hear His.

As we move into the weekend, maybe you (like me) are feeling that your brain is over-crowded and your heart is feeling a little weary.

We all need Sabbath-rest, friends.

So I’ll leave words here from the Psalmist, words to help my eyes re-focus on Him…and maybe take a walk, let everything else fade away for a little while, and leave room for the Father’s still, small voice.

May you find some room for quiet this weekend, some rest for your heart, some time to let everything around you fall to a hush for even just a little while…let’s leave space for His words, room for His presence.

My heart is confident in you, O God;
    my heart is confident.
    No wonder I can sing your praises!
Wake up, my heart!
Wake up, O lyre and harp!
I will wake the dawn with my song.    

 I will thank you, Lord, among all the people.
    I will sing your praises among the nations.
For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens.
    Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.
    May Your glory shine over all the earth. – Psalm 57:7-11

Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
    how I praise you!
I will praise you as long as I live,
    lifting up my hands to you in prayer.
You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
    I will praise you with songs of joy…

Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me. -Psalm 63:3-5,7-8



Why We Need the Quiet

Sometimes, after the kids are in bed, I turn off the tv or the music and let a quiet calm reign in the house. I get my cup of tea and settle down with a book in my room…sometimes I just sit and close my eyes, the stillness welcome after a long day. It’s only then that I can hear it: the tick-tock heartbeat of the clock on my dresser.

All day long, it marks the time with its voice – but the sound is covered by the noise of the day.

Sometimes, the voice of our Savior is hard to discern in the busy-bustle of the day. But it is His voice that restores us; it is His voice that we long to hear. Come to Me, He says. Find rest in Me. Find freedom in Me.

If we can only settle down long enough to listen to His small, still voice – we will hear that He is steady-speaking words of Life – I am always with you. You are mine. You are loved. 

My prayer for today? It’s that we can let everything else wait…in pursuing His presence, let’s find that moment of quiet. Let’s turn off the distraction and the noise so that we can hear Him…as JJ Heller says in the song I’m sharing with you today, “He came to bring us peace…came to recall us back to life.” He is exactly what we need, exactly this: our perfect gift.