Cultivating Quiet

In my mind there’s nothing better than getting away from it all. And I mean, getting away. Away to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota, where the only way in and out is by canoe/kayak.

soaring eagle

Or if that’s not possible, a hike through close-by timber or prairie will do.

Where solitude engulfs and quiet prevails. That’s when I feel close to my Maker.

Yet, I’m also developing the ability to find quiet in the midst of crazy. Because let’s be honest, quiet and stillness are not much of a reality in the busy lives we lead.

“Being still” before the Lord doesn’t have to occur only in places lacking noise. And it doesn’t mean sitting perfectly still. It can be found in the midst of storms and activity.

Because stillness has more to do with a state of mind than external factors.

Whatever circumstances we find ourselves in, quiet can be cultivated in the recesses of our mind. (←Tweet this!)

And it’s in that quiet we can hear God speak.

“Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself
like a little weaned child with its mother;
I am like a little child” (Psalm 131:2)

Share in the Discussion: What does your “quiet” time look like? Have you developed the ability to quiet your mind in the midst of chaos? 

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Find hope in your real-life struggles. We'll chase it together! I am a wife; mom of 4 (including a young adult daughter with special needs); miscarriage mom of 5; author & follower of Jesus Christ. I write, edit, speak and enjoy everything outdoors.

6 comments on “Cultivating Quiet
  1. shortybear says:

    Awesome post.

  2. Great post, Julie. I love unplugging–outdoors-style–too.

    But just like you’ve discovered, quiet can happen in the midst of chaos. Thank God that, as you said, “quiet can be cultivated” and “stillness is a state of mind.”

    That’s great news, because my home is full of energy and it is true–when my world buzzes, if I fix my eyes on Jesus, God keeps my heart at peace.

  3. Tammie says:

    So true that we can be still even when things around us are going crazy. I wish I could figure out how to do that more often. Clicked over from Five Minute Fridays!

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