A Place of Quiet Rest

My world is often noisy, too noisy for this mama who just wants a little bit of quiet most days.  The children are seemingly the loudest on the planet, happy or no, they seem to do everything with elevated noise levels. The neighbors are even more noisy, and seem to gravitate to whatever outdoor spot is nearest my location inside the house to do their talking ... mostly vile, foul things that I do not want to hear, but  it is a vivid reminder to pray without ceasing. The barky dog who belongs to the bellowing neighbors is another intrusion into my quest for quiet.  And then there is the phone, which I dare not ignore lest it be a ministry-related call and not just another interruption to my search for a bit of quietude and rest. 

In this all too noisy space, I still must find a time and a place of rest.  I've had a long-standing practice of having my morning quiet time in the early morning hours after my husband leaves for his factory job- usually between 4 & 5 am.  The children learned long ago that the first hour or so after Daddy leaves for work is "Mom's Prayer Time" and the only interruptions to be tolerated are those due to illness or otherwise life threatening issues.  They do try to abide by this, though being the voiciferous children they are, if two of them should happen to be awake at even that early morning time, there will be some noise, but it is usually kept to a "quiet for them" murmur from their bedrooms. 

On days that my quiet time just doesn't materialize, I know that if I don't find at least a few minutes for solitude and rest, the day will not go well for any of us.  On those days, I try to find a quiet, absorbing activity to interest the children for a short time and slip away to a peaceful spot to read and pray.  Even 10 minutes of rest will refresh and renew this frazzled Mom to be able to once again face the noise and mess of family life and ministry.

And when even that fails, I do my best to rest in His presence no matter how much chaos there is all around me. 

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  Psalm 91:1

And when I don't make some time for rest, and royally mess things up, which is far too often for comfort ... there is repentance and rest even then ...

In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength ... Isaiah 30:15


It is then that I must run to Him who promises to give me rest- Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Matthew 11:28

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.  Matthew 11:29

And isn't that what we all need, rest for our world-weary souls? 


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  1. I find that the best time for quiet time, as you say, is in the first hours of morning. I have gotten a tad bit later the past couple of weeks as my sister has been home and I havent had the responsibility of the sweet wee babe. I was getting up at 5:30 am and having my quiet time outside until I was needed. The last couple of weeks it was after my husband left for work around 7:45.
    This morning I went back on duty with the baby and tried that routine. Thankfully, I was able to get her back to sleep and hook up the nursery moniter to an extension cord outside and have my quiet time with the Lord. However, I felt rushed and did not get as much time with my Lord as I felt the Lord and I wanted and needed. I think I will begin at 5:30 tomorrow.........Many blessings my friend.

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  2. Yes, yes...all such good thoughts here, flowing from such real and challenging circumstances, to slow down and find quiet...and in that quiet, with God Himself, peace. His peace.

    My first book (now out of print), The Contemplative Mom: Restoring Rich Relationship with God in the Midst of Motherhood, was all about this very struggle. I wish I had more on hand to share a copy with you. But I found the same thing--I had to set aside time, like I would a date night with my husband, to spend alone with the Lord, the Beloved. And I also, like you have found, need to become more aware of His presence in order to interact with Him throughout the day, *in the midst of* motherhood.

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  3. I would love to read your book, Ann! I will see if I can Interlibrary Loan it.

    And yes, Gentleliving, morning is always best for me too, when I can manage it.

    Blessings,
    Catherine

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