When I started A Voice in the Noise, one thing I felt was a need for a space that was a place of focus in all the fuss. I felt like there was noise everywhere, competing for space in my head. I needed to hear a voice break through it all. I needed to hear His voice.
When I thought about what I wanted to write about this October for the Write 31 Day challenge, I just started praying about what I wanted to hear from God on for a straight month. What am I needing most from Him, yearning for Him to teach me?
I have a small bookshelf by my bed and on it are the books I want to read but haven’t found the time to. Every now and then I will grab one and spend a few minutes in it, spare minutes that are hard to come by. Lately any time I have for reading is spent on blogs or magazines at which I am submitting or reading friend’s writing in and in books by exciting and ground-breaking new authors.
The simple cover on this book definitely didn’t scream exciting. But the title leapt out at me just the same. I didn’t make it past the introduction before I took a deep breath and knew this was the thought on which I wanted to spend the next month. The book that inspired me was by one of my heroes of the faith, Elisabeth Elliot.
In the introduction she shares a prayer that she wrote in 1947, which is my prayer today as well:
Lord, give me a quiet heart
That does not ask to understand,
But confident steps forward in
The darkness guided by Thy hand.
For these 31 days, that is my prayer for myself and for all of you reading. I want to learn more about having a quiet heart before the Lord. I want to receive from Him – not His answers, but Himself. I want to stop all the noise in this space and get to a place where I can confidently step forward, knowing that I am guided by His hand.
Please pray for me as I write, that these words will be what I am learning from trying to truly have a quiet heart before my Savior. Some people write all their 31 day posts ahead of time but I want to truly be on this journey with you and will be writing every day and posting it the next. It is a little nerve-wracking having people join me on this journey when I am committing to write for 31 days and I don’t have the words yet. I am trusting Him to show up and speak. And I am grateful for those that will be coming along with me.
I usually send weekly emails on Monday, even if I post more than once a week. For those of you that are following along on my email list who will be getting daily emails for a month, thank you. These will be shorter than my usual blogs. At the end of the 31 days I will be giving away a copy of the book that inspired me to seek God in this way, stay tuned for the giveaway!
Let’s spend this month together working to keep a quiet heart…
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