Saturday, September 11, 2010

In the Quiet

There is such peacefulness to the house in the early morning. In those moments where the girls are still asleep, my mind can function in ways I had almost lost hope for. I experience a calm that almost seems unfathomable in mothering young children. I never know whether I should be utilizing this time to exercise, rest, read or write. All I know is that it is in the quiet that my soul is refreshed and renewed.

The quiet today has allowed me to spend time in communication with God, have some conversation with my husband and remember the significance of September 11th. Quiet is difficult to find in today’s world. It almost requires intentional scheduling to experience it in my day.

It is in this quiet, however, that I grow. It is often in the quiet that God grabs a hold of my heart. When there is quiet, I can organize my thoughts, identify my fears, realize my dreams and acknowledge my hope. Morning is my time for quiet; my time to meet God; my time to remember; my time to dream; my time for me. I love the early morning.

Chris Rice has the song “Smellin’ Coffee” that identifies so much with my heart in the morning as well.

Last thing I remember sayin’ bye to yesterday
Glad to see it over, pullin’ covers over my head
But what were You doin’ while I dreamt the night away
‘Cause I can tell that somethin’s different and
My eyes ain’t even open yet

I’m smellin’ coffee, birds are singin’ just outside
Here comes Your mercy streamin’ in with the morning light
My heart is racin’, wakin’ up to Your smile
It’s a good mornin’, good mornin’

I remember readin’ You’re the God who never sleeps
And while I’ve been dreamin’ You’ve been singin’ over me, yeah
Singin’ about my freedom, wakin’ me up to hear Your song
Now I can’t dance hard enough
‘Cause yesterday is gone, gone, gone!

I’m smellin’ coffee, birds are singin’ just outside
Here comes Your mercy streamin’ in with the morning light
My heart is racin’, wakin’ up to Your smile
It’s a good mornin’, good mornin’

Every little breath, every heartbeat
Is a gift of love that You give to me
You keep givin’ even when I’m asleep
‘Cause I know You never stop watchin’ over me
I wake up, my past is gone
‘Cause Your mercy’s new with the mornin’ sun
I’m forgiven, I’m free, it’s a brand new day
‘Cause Your faithfulness is the greatest, hey!

I’m smellin’ coffee, birds are singin’ just outside
Here comes Your mercy streamin’ in with the morning light
My heart is racin’, wakin’ up to Your smile
It’s a good mornin’, good mornin’

Have you taken some time to find quiet lately?

Are there ways that you intentionally schedule some quiet into your day?

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