In the midst of having a busy life like most others, this week I took time to practice silence. It was a huge blessing! I was able to breathe and experience peace and relief instead of stressing and thinking about what I needed to be doing next. "The discipline of silence invites us to leave behind the competing demands of our outer world for time alone with Jesus." - Calhoun. The biggest way I practiced the discipline of silence was turning off my radio for the entire week. I commute to school about 45 minutes each way - and I go to school 5 days a week. This means I was able to spend a hour and a half each day to pray and listen to the Spirit of God.
Relinquishing the false self was the goal of our disciplines this week. "Silence offers a way of paying attention to the Spirit of God and what he brings to the surface of our souls." - Calhoun.
God spoke to me in great ways this week through silence. There were times when I got distracted and I began to worry, but made the decision to turn those thoughts and worries into prayers. The distractions slowly began to leave. My thoughts about the things I needed to get done also began to disappear during those times. I could sense the love and presence of God all around. He continued to remind me each day that I am his daughter. That alone is so moving me to. The God of this entire universe loves and cares so much about me that he calls me his daughter. I am a daughter of the Most High King! Just reflecting on those truths show me where my identity is. I was able to break away from the
It was so refreshing to spend those times in silence. Now I am looking forward to more times where I can be open and available to sit before the Lord and allow the Spirit to guide me in the direction of God's great plan for my life. The more I practice silence the easier it is to hear the still small voice of God and his will among the yelling lies the world trys to deceive me with.
Luke 5:16 says that "But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed." Jesus needed those moments of silence to be alone with the Father. I want to continue to remember this and follow after Jesus' ways and also withdraw to places of silence to be alone with God.