1. I’m from Atlanta. Freeway noises, sirens, an endless pothole parade of jackhammers and construction. I loved it! Now put me in the suburbs, so quiet I though the train noises were a tornado. Click, oh just the air conditioning. Occasionally, someone mows the lawn. I’m making myself sleepy. That is what we desire, that deep rest and peace from God, whether drowning out the loud or rousing your quiet, there is solace in classical music, not that I’m an expert but it soothes soul. Probably better for rush hour than talk radio.

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      I must admit I do love being in the city. I lived in London for a long time before coming to the States.

  2. I have taken up the hobby of “coloring” in books. This time gives me double peace. Choosing colors that compliment each other and how they “play” of each other is quieting, interesting and fun. But when in act of coloring my mind and soul “talks” with Jesus. Some of the most intense times with Jesus as been in this method. It seems all else is blocked out of my mind. The act of coloring itself is mindless. This is one way to “get away to a quiet place” to commune with my Savior.

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      Thanks Challis. I love this. I have not tried coloring, but your description how it allows you to spend time with Jesus is just really special. Isn’t it amazing how he can speak to us and be with us when we are quiet.

  3. Oh, how hard this is! I crave quiet, and it’s been so hard to come by this summer with three kids home 🙂 But making time is key. Choices are key. And how much better we feel when we do. Thanks for the encouragement today!

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      I have three kids, too. They are college-age and they’re all home at the moment. Even though they’re older, it can still be crazy busy. Hope you find some quiet when they go back to school.

  4. Rachel,
    I love quiet! Which is quite good actually since I live alone 🙂 but it’s a necessity for my soul to recharge. Your days in the mountains sounded divine and I love the tips you offer to sit in silence. That is such a rarity these days. And that’s what can offer the opportunity to hear what God might want to say to us!

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      I’m glad you love quiet, Valerie, and embrace it in your life. Sometimes, I think it’s hard for people and they shy away from it.

  5. I’m in a season where God has set me aside and there is this gift of having lots of time for the quieter moments. Time to breath deeply and listen for His voice and His leading. It truly is refreshing and it makes me more aware of how busy we have become as a society and how so many people simply don’t make the necessary time to hear from God. It leaves us stressed out and depleted and we waste so much time struggling in our own strength.

  6. Sounds like a lovely place to be. I agree with the ideas of turning off the noise. Sometimes silence is so golden. And strange if U aren’t used to it.
    Great ideas

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      Yes, it can take a bit of time getting used to a change of pace, especially slowing down.

  7. I like activity and the hustle and bustle of life, but I need a balance. Your Colorado experience sounds amazing!

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