Saturday, April 6, 2019

VOICE | Finding Peace in All the Noise



"Hey, God has you." 

It's the short text sent from an Asheville airport that finds me in an exhale. My father, hundreds of miles away and experiencing anxiety of his own, sends the text anyway.

God has you.

When circumstances change or our emotions run rampant, it can be hard to find peace. When demanding deadlines and confusing questions fill our days, it can be difficult to slow down enough to remember Who is behind it all, weaving beauty into our lives and sprinkling little joys throughout our days. Butterflies and birds soaring and someone sharing cake in the break room. A bouquet of carnations and a Switchfoot song to sing at the top of your lungs.

I went for a walk in the woods this week to get away from the noise.
To be present in nature, even if just for a little while.

This week, the Lord has been whispering to me about peace: "Trust in Me. I've got you." I'm learning that I don't need to know what lies ahead and that when my own anxious thoughts try to solve everything and see the end of my story when I'm still at the start, there is One who speaks to me in a soft VOICE.
He tells me to take it one day at a time.


I want to put this VOICE first. Sometimes it can be hard to hear Him, when I'm so focused on my own thoughts, the blare of social media, the magazines I read, the lyrics I listen to.

I need to carve out more quiet spaces devoid of technology,
media and other people to really hear Him.

I'm not there yet, but I'm on my way. And in case you were wondering, or maybe in the midst of it all you've found you've forgotten: Hey, God has you.

What about you?

What do you do to unplug from the craziness and spend quiet time with God?
Any tips for taking time away from technology (it's such a distraction)!
Hope you all are having a wonderful April.

Miss last week's VOICE post? Check it out here.
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Talk to you soon!

6 comments:

  1. I like that! I agree that it's hard to connect with god when there are SO MANY DISTRACTIONS. But you are trying, that walk is helping, you are looking and listening. <3

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    1. Thank you so much Vanessa!! Taking that time and making the effort to slow down is for sure helping. I so appreciate your kind words. Hope April has been peaceful for you and that you get to spend time with family and friends!

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  2. I always try to remember that he has it all under control. It's so easy to forget in the craziness of day to day life.
    Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. I totally agree! I'm trying to step away from the chaos a little bit more so I can be still and hear Him. Thanks so much for reading, it means so much to me! Hope your week has been lovely, Skye. :)

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  3. Amen. I've definitely had to keep this in mind with my job transition as I've been nervous about making ends meet at times, but he's provided and I just have to keep remembering that he always will.

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    1. I love that you've been able to experience His provision first hand! I always find that the things that scare me most (when I'm wondering how the heck He's going to handle a certain situation in my life) often turn into the biggest blessings, where I just get to stand back and watch Him work. Thanks so much for your comment, Victoria! I hope you had a great Good Friday and have an excellent Easter weekend. :)

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