About a week ago I shared that I felt impressed to quiet myself and rest. I admit, that's hard to do with a schedule, a toddler, teens, school and all else that encompasses my days.
I found myself doing those things that I often do to generate extra rest and quiet in an otherwise normal and busy day.
1. Set the Environment: I put in a variety of CD's to play in the background while the activities continue. I sometimes find my children even seem a bit more settled when I do this. The particular day I posted about quiet, I was drawn to instrumental. I have also found praise and worship music to be so effective for when I'm needing to settle my own heart and spirit.
2. Step Away: I often find that quieting the online noise helps to focus my heart towards quiet. I shut down my computer, turn off the screen and step away.
3. Screen the Calls: I admit it. On days when I'm sensing the need and draw to extra quiet, I tend to screen my calls. I most often let the call go to voice mail and then listen to the message. If it is something that can wait, it does. During these times I really try to quiet my own mind and mouth to speak only what is required for the moment.
4. Speak His words: I spend extra moments in the day reading and reminding myself of Scripture. I turn the words over in my heart and mind. Whether it's my scripture cards, grabbing my Bible for a quick verse, or just asking God to remind me of His Word that He wants to bring to my mind; I try to make my day intentionally focused on Him in extra measure as I am accomplishing what the activities of the day demand.
What things do you do when you are needing a bit more calm, quiet and rest in an otherwise ordinary and busy day?