Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Quiet Night by vladstudio

In returning and rest I shall be saved;
In quietness and confidence shall be my strength
(based on Isaiah 30:15).

a. (Adjective) Making little or no noise.
b. (Noun) Absence of noise or bustle; silence; calm.
c.(Verb) Make or become silent, calm, or still.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the word quiet. Maybe it’s because I often get myself in trouble by speaking without thinking. God has been reminding me that I would please Him more (and sin less) if I spoke less hastily and kept quiet instead. (Proverbs 10:19)

Perhaps the word quiet has been on my mind so much because silence is such a rarity. Everywhere I go there is sound—droning on the TV, blaring in the restaurant, ringing and dinging from my cell phone, thunking and swishing from the washer, etc, etc. I am sure I could have a better conversation with God if, like Jesus did, I would just remove myself from the noise and bustle around me. (Mark 1:35)

And I definitely understand why God is nudging me to indulge in more quiet time. I could connect with God more frequently if I would just become still for a bit (Psalm 46:10) instead of constantly feeling the need to be busy, to be moving, to be getting “stuff” done. Even when I am sitting, my fingers are flying over my computer keyboard and my thoughts are jumping from one idea to the next as I virtually hop from my web browser to my email to Microsoft Word. How can God possibly get my attention when I am so engrossed in surfing the information highway?

How about you? Does quiet seem like a pipe dream to you? Do you struggle to find a little stillness and silence? The Bible says it is worth the extra effort and reaps the rewards of a better relationship with God and one another.

Many blessings, my bloggy friends!

 ©2012 Pamela D. Williams


  1. Hi Pam,
    First, I want to say that I am blessed by your blog thoughts. This post about quiet hits home. There is way too much noise today and it drowns out the soft voice of the Holy Spirit. I wonder how much we miss of God's expressions of love to us whispered in the clatter of our noisy lives. Please visit me at my blog Alabaster Flask. By the way, I am also a former foster care worker, and a birth mother (reunited).

  2. Pam, this is a wonderful post! I love "quiet." Being still and meditating on Him, allows me to get just a little bit closer to my Father, each and every day.... Being quiet allows me to reach out to others and become more aware of their needs.... Being quiet allows me to listen to my Father and stay on His path for my life.... Being quiet allows me to be a better follower of the Word. There are so many positives to being quiet. But, mostly, being quiet allows us to grow closer to the One and Only: Our Heavenly Father. Thank you and many blessings.

    P.S. I'm thinking a coaster or bookmark will result from this posting. You are a blessing to me!

  3. Just wondering - are you getting out and walking as much? Running is my quiet and reflective time with God.

  4. I have always been labeled a quiet person and that I am. But awhile back God showed me all the ways that I can be quite noisy within. As you we're in-taking a lot in the course of day. Being an introvert, I find restoration in the quiet. So I need quite a bit of it.

  5. We all could use a lot more quiet time with the Lord. I know He would certainly love the attention. Thank you for sharing on this. Blessings.

  6. This speaks to me too. I need to find time to be quiet.