A Gentle Whisper

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Thanks to my seasonal allergies, I woke myself up early Sunday morning with my own not-so-gentle breathing. I peered at the clock and saw it was 7:35. Immediately my to-do list started scrolling in my head–I had contest entries to finish, the e-zine to upload, lesson plans for the week, write a packing list, ponder my next chapter, ponder my next book. By the time I sat at my computer, I was already feeling burdened. And I had been up only five minutes! Not to mention I hadn’t even made it to church yet.

Then I read my daily devotional, which talked about Elijah’s exhaustion and how the Lord sent an angel to care for him until he gathered his strength back.

As I read 1 Kings 19, verse 12 stood out to me:

After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

A gentle whisper.

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My days are crazy. In addition to being a writer, I’m also an early childhood educator. I run an in-home childcare program, caring for and teaching 6 Little Darlings, ages 9 months to 4. Noise, laughter, crying–those are normal sounds throughout my day, which is why I love naptime.

For 90 minutes, silence reigns in my house. Soft lullabyes play quietly in the background. I love hearing their tiny snores and seeing their beautiful faces soften with sleep’s stillness cloaking their otherwise very active bodies.

During naptime whispering is mandatory. But if I whisper during free play or music & movement, those Little Darlings will not hear me.

That’s how it happens with our daily lives. From the moment our feet hit the floor in the mornings, we’re off and running. And I admit it–sometimes I have so much on my plate that I don’t take time to do my devotions, let alone listen to that gentle whisper in my ear. And those days turn out to be chaotic.

As He reminds us in Psalms 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.”

If you look at that verse, you will see a comma after still.

God wants us to pause. Be still. Pause. Take a moment to stop. Take a moment to breathe. Take a moment to listen.

And know that He is God.

He is faithful. He is unchanging. He is constant. He is God.

This week I challenge you to take 15 minutes a day to sit in stillness. Curl up in your comfy chair, close your eyes, and listen to the gentle whispers God speaks into your heart.

Your Turn: Amidst the busyness of your day, how often do you pause and listen to the gentle whisper? 

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  1. Beth K. Vogt

    How often do I pause and listen to the gentle whisper?
    Not often enough, LJ.
    But I'll accept your challenge of 15 minutes a day of stillness.

  2. Sherrinda

    Ouch. I don't pause often enough. I do have a quiet time every morning, but I rarely sit in stillness, listening for Him to speak.

    I am taking you up on your challenge too! 🙂

  3. Roxanne Sherwood Gray

    Interesting post because I've been actively seeking stillness. Listening. It's quite a challenge to stop thinking my own thoughts and to be still. In my quiet time, in addition to the Bible, I'm also reading The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence, written hundreds of years ago but still applicable today.

  4. Melissa Tagg

    This is pretty much awesome, Lisa! I'm glad God spoke to you and I'm glad you're sharing. Even when I do take the time to sit down with God first thing in the morning, it's still hard to block out all the things I need to do. Being still is hard for me…but God honors our efforts, you know. And he's helping me with that. Time with Him truly is the best way to start the day…

    …even better than a cup of coffee! (Although if I can have both… 🙂

  5. Lindsay Harrel

    I can sooo relate to this post, Lisa! Seriously. I'm learning that if I can take 15 minutes to read a devotional and pray at the beginning of the day or at the beginning of my lunch break, then life goes a lot smoother. All the worry that builds up inside of me finds an outlet. I try to lay it at His feet and let Him take it from me.

  6. Jill Kemerer

    I am a better human being when I take 15 minutes each afternoon to just sit and be with God. No reading, writing–nothing. Just hanging out, you know?

    Awesome post, Lisa. Hope today is less crazy than usual for you!

  7. Julie Jarnagin

    Yes! This is great. The "be still" part is so tough, isn't it?

  8. Loree Huebner

    I love listening for the whisper…

    I try to take one half hour a day.

  9. Pat Trainum aka P. T. Bradley

    Great reminder, Lisa. It's sad for me to admit, but I used to set my timer for ten minutes. Then I would sit and wait for God to talk to me. Sad, because I had to use a timer to be still and Sad because I don't do that any more. Think I'll get the old timer our in the morning and start doing that again!