If you know me in real life, you know how much I can talk. I've met a few people who can out-talk me, but not many. So don't keel over laughing at this post title-hang with me.
I've been thinking alot lately about silence. What it is, when it's good, when it's bad, and how I can get some more of it. Now as a mom, there isn't a whole lot of silence in my life. The monkey LOVES to talk and the turtle LOVES to just make noise. I have every word of the Fisher Price Little People CD memorized. I can quote every line from Spy Kids 2. Even taking a shower isn't a quite experience.
Of course, many times in our life we seek out noise. We are afraid to be alone with our thoughts, our life, our God. On the rare occasion when the kids are out of the house, we turn on a TV or a radio, run the laundry, or the vacuum cleaner. Just to have some noise. What are we running from? Shouldn't we be running toward silence? It's in that quiet space that we can find the clarity that can come from the Holy Spirit to deal with our life when it is noisy.
In 1 Peter 3:3-4 it says "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment... Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight." Although I may talk a storm, I pray that God will grant me that quiet spirit. That He will lead me in the directions that He wants me to go. I challenge you to seek out some silence in your life this week.