How to Be Still for God Amid a Noisy Life


Not long ago, I was in my van with a 15-year old friend of the family and my kids. She and I were chatting a bit, the radio was on, and each of my children were singing―not along with the radio. The three of them were each singing their own song. I look over to my friend and she has this wide-eyed look on her face as she asks in desperation, “What is going on in here?!”

I took a moment to pay attention and was amused to hear the three different songs and the radio. The amount of chaotic noise going on in that minivan was borderline insane. I laughed and replied, “Oh, Honey, this is the soundtrack of my life!”

When you have small children, I think you become accustomed to a certain level of noise. When others step into your world they can be overwhelmed by it all. But you can seem to tune it out without effort. You move gracefully through this hopping season with ease (most days). Our need to rise above the noise and still be productive is definitely necessary sometimes. But the ability to tune things out can be a blessing and a curse. We can use it to seek sanity, but it may be the thing that keeps us from connecting to God on a daily basis. When life gets too noisy, how do we quiet ourselves long enough to feel his presence? The need to be still is just as great as is our need to tune out the noise and get stuff done! Some days it is even greater.

When the day is getting the best of me and the noise and busyness of life is blockading my ability to be still, I look for a quick, quiet moment. For me, this is my pantry prayer. I have―on more than one occasion―slipped into my pantry and had a moment with God. I have scripture taped up on my wall too. I walk in, shut the door, and take a few deep breaths. Then, I read the scripture out loud and ask the Holy Spirit to help me with my thoughts and attitude in the moment. I declare a few truths about who God is and who I am as his daughter. I pray for peace and better ears to hear the Holy Spirit. He is our comforter and he reveals wisdom to us. We can count on him to bring us fresh perspective.

Now if you don’t have a pantry to shut yourself in, a bathroom will work too. The point is to create a moment of solitude. I recommend putting scripture up in any room you’d like beyond your getaway room. I like to have some at my kitchen sink to help with my attitude about dishes (one of my least favorite chores). God’s Word around your home is an excellent way to keep him at the forefront of your mind. Just think, people put pictures of their kids on their desk so that they can look at them and think about them during their time away. Scripture serves a similar purpose. It keeps your mind on God and the goodness he has stored for you in the pages of our precious bibles.

Here are a few of my favorite verses that I have had posted around my house at different times:

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things.” Galatians 5:22-23

 “For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” James 1:3

“Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.” Galatians 6:4

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

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