Thursday, January 1, 2015

Quiet Time


I was thinking the other day about when our children were little, I would have them lay down each afternoon from 1-2:30pm. When they were very young it was nap time. As they grew older it became quiet time. They needed this hour and a half each day to settle down, regroup, and rest. Naturally they balked about having to do this until they reached a certain age. Then they couldn't wait! It meant uninterrupted reading time, or just playing with a toy without little brother wanting it. 

Come February, we will only have one child living at home, and he is almost an adult. In fact, he will be in March. You would think that leaves plenty of 'quiet' in the home, and it does to a certain extent. But the quiet I am talking about is different. It's intentional, which was my One Word for 2014. While I failed miserably many times and should have been more intentional in my words, writing, and worship, I feel like just having chosen the word made me more aware that I needed to be intentional about these things. So in that respect, it was a success.

As 2015 begins, my one determination this year is going to be a daily quiet time with a nice cup of tea. I want to find rest in the Lord as found in Psalm 131:1-3:

O Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty;
Nor do I involve myself in great matters,
Or in things too difficult for me.
Surely I have composed and quieted my soul;
Like a weaned child rests against his mother,
My soul is like a weaned child within me.
O Israel, hope in the Lord
From this time forth and forever.

 I just love that picture of a child resting against its mother. I remember doing this with my mom. I felt safe, protected, and shielded from harm but most of all I felt loved. My own children did this many times and I know the contentedness I felt when they did. Imagine how our Father in Heaven must feel when our soul rests in Him!

I want to make sure I take time each day to absorb the stillness of a moment; to compose myself and rest in quiet peacefulness. 

I wasn't even going to choose a word this year but it just came to me while writing this post; quiet-like. :)

Soooo.... 

My One Word for 2015 is Quiet.

How about you? Do you have a daily quiet time? If so, what do you do; read, nap, or something else?


22 comments:

  1. Dear Anne, my mouth feel open, literally, when you revealed what your word for the year was!
    "Quiet" is my word this year too.
    I have never heard of having a"word" for the year until I began blogging, but thought it was a terrific idea.
    I love your reasoning for the word quiet and may do the same in the way of resting quietly some time during the day.
    But,I will be applying the word "quiet" to speaking. I find as women we tend to feel as though we need to be speaking, especially in a crowd and I am finding that not to be so. Many times just listening has a greater effect on digesting a conversation.
    I love to talk, but God is gently and graciously working with me in that area.

    Thank you for the encouragement here today as we begin a New Year with new desires of our hearts.

    Sweet blessings, Debbie

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    1. Hey Debbie, We can share the same boat because my mouth sort of fell open when I read your comment! I thought I was choosing a strange and unlikely word but I guess not. I can see how I might need to incorporate your application into my year. I am the same way. I feel like I need to say something, when in fact I need to listen.

      Until last year, I had never chosen a word to focus on throughout the year. An author friend encouraged me to do so, and with some trepidation I finally did. But like I said, just having chosen the word, many many times throughout the year I was reminded internally to be intentional about certain things. It didn't always happen but I think as a whole, it did help me at times.

      Best wishes for a 'quiet' 2015!

      {{hugs}}

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  2. I haven't taken the time to think about my "word" for the year but quiet is tempting and having a daily quiet time is a good challenge. Happy New Year to you!

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    1. Hi Ellen, I find it is not only for my benefit to make time for quiet each day, but it benefits my family as well :)

      I have been perusing your blogs this morning and loved seeing all the fellowship and delicious foods in your life. I must make time to show more hospitality this year, too.

      Happy New Year!

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  3. Happy New Year, Anne! I wish you the very best throughout 2015.

    I am a person that needs my quiet time too. I get up early to drink coffee and read blogs. I enjoy a good walk outside whenever I can and am not afraid to take a nap when time allows. It‘s important to do those little things that help us be our best selves.

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    1. Hey Robyn, Happy New Year! It sounds like you have a good routine for finding quiet time. I need to get out and walk more, and maybe even occasionally take a nap.

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  4. A lot of my day is quiet and I so enjoy it. My word for this year is climb. I hope to meet the challenges this year will bring with strength and not dread. Wishes for quiet moments and blessings, great and small.

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    1. Hey Carol, I love that- Climb...what a fitting word for us all, to face life with strength and not dread. I needed this reminder today. I wish you blessings of strength in 2015!

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  5. Wishing you a Happy New Year Anne! I love quiet time at least once a day and it feels good. Have a nice day and enjoy the weekend.
    Hugs, Julie

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    1. Hi Julie, Happy New Year! Yes, I am already relishing my tea time.

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  6. Dearest Anne, I am smiling after reading that your word is 'Quiet' since my mom had shared with me a week ago that she was choosing 'Quiet' as her word {which she shared with you}. Your post is beautiful, my friend, and I think your word is simply wonderful!

    Love and hugs to you! And Happy New Year :) May your year be full of God's grace and His sweet blessings.

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    1. Hey Stephanie, So sorry it took me so long to get back over here! Yes, I loved hearing from your mom. She surprised me when she told me we had the same word. I thought it was kind of off the wall, but I guess not :)

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  7. Happy New Year! I love the quiet... it is a great time to reflect and to look forward :-)

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    1. Hi Cheryl, Happy New Year to you too! I crave quiet now that I am older :)

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  8. Hi Anne,
    I love the word that came to you! Yes, I do spend quiet time in the morning, reading devotional books, and also in the evening in prayer.
    Happy New Year to you!

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    1. Hi Kitty, Quiet time is a great way to start the morning! I hope you have a great weekend ahead.

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  9. Anne, this post went straight to my heart. The older I get, the more I crave my quiet time...the world is such a loud place! If I were to have a word for 2015, I do believe it could most definitely be QUIET as well. Sometimes just taking a few moments to watch the birds can do so much for my spirit :) Happy New Year!

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    1. Hey Debby, Yes!!! I find that sitting on the porch in the quiet of the early morning (when it isn't winter anyway) is one of my favorite times of day. It supplies a calming spirit that is essential for getting through the day. Happy new Year to you too!

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  10. Thank you for visiting me at the Irish Garden House . . .
    We have plenty of snow foryou if you want to make the drive to get some.
    I suggest a large semi to hold it!
    Today's lakeshore prediction, 12 inches.
    When it snows, IT SNOWS . . .
    When it doesn't it doesn't, like for our GREEN Christmas.

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    1. I wish I could haul some snow to NC! I always love the stillness and quiet that comes when it snows. Thanks for visiting today, Lynne.

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  11. quiet is one of my favorite things. hope you get to reap lots of it in the new year!

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    1. Thanks for coming by and saying hello :)

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1 Corinthians 1:3 ~ Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.