#slowitdownSunday / practicing silence is weird

I sat in a room with 799 other women.

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My phone remained in my bag almost the entire weekend and I didn’t take a single photo, thus the one up there I had to find on Instagram.

The conference was She Speaks – an annual event here in Charlotte hosted by Proverbs 31 Ministries to help develop Christian writers and speakers. I’m still basking in the overwhelming beauty of all this weekend offered. On more than one occasion I felt as if God came down from Heaven and said, “That was for you, my child.”

Shauna Niequist took the stage.

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Maybe you’ve never heard of Shauna. 1 year ago I had no clue who she was. Somehow I stumbled on her devotional, Savor, and it has been changing me in ways I can’t explain.

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Come to think of it – I’m pretty sure Amazon recommended her based on other books I’ve purchased. Ha!

As she began her message to this room full of women, she stopped to pray over us.

Dead silence.

Like, weird silence.

I actually raised my head and opened my eyes slightly to see if something was wrong.

In reality, I’m sure it was only 15 seconds, maybe 10!

Then, she began praying.

It wasn’t until later in her story that I had the OHHHHHH moment.

Shauna said she’d been practicing silence over the past 3 years.

What??

Practicing silence.

Those words seem foreign to me. Then I realized exactly what she did before praying over our hearts.

Am I the only one that has some kind of something playing 24/7 – including the voices in my head?

Radio. Television. Pandora. Apple Music. Choir music. Kids. Phone calls. My crazy brain.

Honestly, I don’t stop and just listen. Ever.

Last night, I rode home in the still of the dark night. I didn’t talk. I didn’t sing. I didn’t let my brain run 100 miles per hour.

Side note: I did almost hit three crazy teenagers walking in the middle of a busy road…seriously?? Goodness. Yep, I called 911 on them. Because that’s what I do when there is trouble around. Y’all don’t laugh. I’m pretty sure they know my name at the 911 dispatch.

This morning, I laid in my bed listening to the silence of a new day.

Practicing silence.

Yes, it seems weird and so completely opposite of what our culture offers.

Would you dare try it?

Might God speak to us in the stillness? Might He open our ears and hearts in ways we’ve never imagined? I believe so. I’m on a journey to learn the art of practicing silence. Will you join me?

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In case you missed it – from the past week on the blog:

#shareitsaturday / In This House We Will Giggle

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#funfriday / do I struggle with leaving my kids?

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#thirstythursday / just shut your mouth, Starr

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#1wordwednesday / we interrupt this blog – I need your help TONIGHT!

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#trashouttuesday / for the first time in forever…an organized pantry!

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#makeovermonday / Judy’s $2 nightstand

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#slowitdownSunday / she asked me this question: what would you do?

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5 comments

  1. Around the beginning of the year, Eric and I decided to stop using cable. For YEARS we would complain about having hundreds of channels yet watch only 6 of them. BUT they were on nearly 24/7. Racket! It took a couple of weeks to get used to the “loud silence”, but now it’s a joy to just hear the clock pendulum swing, the dogs in their deep sleep, the birds chirping all around, but most of all, the sweet tender voice that invites you to spend time in the Word and to pray. Now I have to confess, I do miss my HGTV’s Chip & Joanna, Family Feud, and a couple of other shows, but I can easily get caught up with them online. What I don’t miss is the constant yakking! Yep, I’ll just be right here listening to the silence…

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    • I love this, Genia! We actually ditched our cable over 4 years ago and haven’t looked back! We haven’t figured out the whole silence thing, though. We still have music or kids programs from PBS or Netflix playing too much. The funniest thing happened when we got rid of cable, we didn’t miss is one bit! I can’t remember the last time I sat down to actually watch a TV program. I guess in my older years I’m figuring out there’s too much more I want to do with those precious hours that I don’t have enough of! Thanks for sharing your story wit us! I’m encouraged to listen to those still small sounds more in my life. Love you!

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  2. Needed that. So much going on all the time. I will join you. Thanks so much for all the encouragement and support you give to me Friend. (I will meet you one day). Cant wait for your book! G

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  3. I’m with Genia on hearing the clock ticking! I’m working from home 3 days a week now so if I’m not listening in on a meeting or on the phone, all I hear is the ticking of the clock. A lot of people don’t like to hear clocks but they always remind me of my grandma. The first time I remember hearing a clock ticking in the middle of the night was sleeping with my grandma in her bedroom. Silence is good!

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