fbpx

Catch Nicole in Catching Faith 2 now on DVD and streaming, buy your copy here!

Catch Nicole in Catching Faith 2 now on DVD and streaming, buy your copy now!

  • Lifestyle
  • Films
  • About Nicole
  • Press
More

    PI Weekly Challenge! Spend Some Time in (Shhh)…Silence!

    Have you ever spent time in silence? I mean a good portion of time, like 15 minutes or more? This can be difficult if you’ve never tried it, but there are some great benefits to the practice and discipline of silence.

    The whole idea behind the discipline of silence is stilling our souls before God. Silence means more than just not talking out loud. Silence also includes stopping all activities that distract us from focusing on God. You shouldn’t, for example, just stop talking but you should also take a break from commenting and chatting on Facebook. Unless you truly commit to it, the practice doesn’t provide the spiritual benefits we’re looking for when we embrace the discipline of silence.

    This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger (James 1:19).

    When we practice being silent before God, it develops an endurance in us. This allows us to listen better when we spend time with others. The endurance we develop makes it easier to sit patiently and listen when our friends need us.

    The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You (Isaiah 26:3).

    Silence can increase our faith. When we sit before God in silence, we have to believe that God will come to spend time with us even though we aren’t talking to Him (at least not out loud). At first, it can feel weird just sitting silently, but trust that God wants to spend that time with you even if you don’t say a word.

    So He said, ‘Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD.’ And behold, the LORD was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing (1 Kings 19:11-12).

    Silence enables us to hear the Lord better. The voice of God for us is not a loud booming voice that is always easy to hear. The Bible compares the Lord’s voice to a gentle wind, almost like a whisper. If all we do is talk when we are before God, how can we hear when He whispers back to us? Silence makes it easier to hear God’s voice more clearly.

    When we become still and silent before God, we exalt God over our own thoughts, busyness and voice. The act of staying silent tells God that just being with Him and hearing what He has to say is enough for us. It is enough for us just to be in His presence, whether we speak or not. Our silence says to God what Samuel said in 1 Samuel 3:10:

    Speak, for Your servant is listening.

    PI girls, will take our inspired challenge and join us in spending some time in silence this week? Be sure to let us know how you did (just wait until you’re done and not in the middle! 🙂 ).

    Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, according to the faithful mercies shown to David (Isaiah 55:3).

    *Note from Nicole*

    Girls, almost every night before I go to sleep I read the bible and it helps comfort me and soothe me to sleep! I encourage you to take some time before bed to read a nice book so you fall asleep with good thoughts!* I love you all!

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

    9 COMMENTS

    Project Inspired

    Hey there, welcome to Project Inspired. We're here to inspire you to know that God created you for a wonderful purpose. We are a community of believers who love God. You have gifts and talents from God that are unique to you, and we're here to guide you along the way.

    Read On

    5 Ways to Stay Consistent With Devotions During a Schedule-Less Summer

    Is it just me, or is it harder to stay consistent with devotions during the summertime? Although summer is often laid-back, there’s something about...

    ‘We Have the Peace of Jesus’: Justin and Hailey Bieber Open Up About Their Faith In Their New Facebook Watch Series

    Justin and Hailey Bieber have been increasingly vocal about their faith since they got married in 2018. The two consistently talk about their decision...

    5 Ways to Avoid Social Media Envy

    Raise your hand if this sounds familiar: You wake up in the morning, pick up your phone and begin scrolling through your Instagram feed. After...

    5 Ideas to Help Strengthen Your Prayer Life

    I recently received my favorite weekly update: an email about morning routines. Being the productivity nerd that I am, I love reading through the...

    ‘He is Now with Jesus’: Ravi Zacharias, a World Renown Christian Apologist Dies at 74

    Beloved Christian apologist, author and speaker Ravi Zacharias, 74, went to be with the Lord on May 19.  Over the past week, the news, social...

    Subscribe!

    Stay connected with Project Inspired.