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Becky is an author, speaker, Bible teacher, mom of three loud boys, and the Community and Editorial Manager for (in)courage. She loves writing about anxiety, motherhood, and the kindness of God. Long naps, shady trails, and a good book make her really happy.

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  1. We are sisters in grumpiness over both the visual AND the auditory noise of 21st century living. Even watching the news, I sometimes miss the point because I’m watching all the words running along the bottom of the screen. Like you, I need to get outside every day, and another tip that’s working for me is quiet in the car. My sons are older than yours, so I sometimes get to go places alone, and I don’t give in to the temptation to listen to my beloved NPR during that sacred time. Sometimes I pray using words, but sometimes I’m listening to the quiet.
    Thank you for this encouragement at the end of a noisy year. We really need to steward our brain space in this world that C.S. Lewis has called “the kingdom of noise.”

    • Wow Michele, love ” we really need to steward our brain space in this world!” I have been aching for some alone time with God, I finally got some and feel so refreshed! I pray all my sisters in this online community would get to do the same!

  2. So true what you wrote. Thank you so much for true message. The best Christmas we can give anyone is the way we live our lives by being Jesus to unsaved world who think it all about buying presents. When it about the real present Jesus that came into the world as baby. Xxx

  3. You’re not the only one! I just asked my husband to mute the tv for a few minutes last night because I was craving some quiet from everything….all week, I’ve been running around listening to people, dodging phone calls, and handling rowdy dogs while trying to sort through the never-ending mental to-do list generated from my own nesting. And my wonderful little bean is demanding more and more attention from me now that I’m nearing the end of my pregnancy ….it’s all just been too much! So glad to know it isn’t just me.

  4. I love this Becky! I’m a senior now and I’m learning how to make room for silence in the hustle & bustle of daily life too..Jesus Christ is the only way my quiet comes..I won’t start a day without Him \0/ making room for baby Jesus is just that! Making room! soon January will call us to rest and reset and start anew.. we wait in anticipation for His second coming.. come Lord Jesus.. come rest in our hearts, yes margin for quiet… His quiet… blessings and prayers to y’all..

    • Oh, such refreshing words you leave here, Sadie. Yes, making room requires us to make room. Love that you’ve resolved to do so at the start of every day. Beautiful.

  5. Becky,

    This world is so noisy lately. I just don’t do much social media. or watch news much. I also record TV shows so I can fast forward commercials. All this clamoring for my attention makes me a little edgy. Bonnie Gray wrote about: Spiritual White Space. She states we need to create margin in our lives. Lysa Terkeurst in “Your Best Yes” has us look at our schedules & start making margin for what’s important. States “don’t say yes to everything that comes along.” Our country has become so divisive & loud. This is so true during the holidays. We need to be intentional about making time to be still & know. You’ve given us some good ideas. One more might be to cut back on social media & make time for quiet. It could be no radio on in car, simple five minutes in AM before everyone else is up or in PM when all are in bed. We need to shut out this worldly crap & hear truly hear God.

    Blessings 🙂 Have a blessed & quiet Merry Christmas!

  6. Thank you for writing the struggle that has been in my heart for quietness and still moments for the past 8 months. I often find myself driving around without any music after dropping our boys at school. It is almost too much—even beautiful Christian music. I truly thought it was just me. Thank you for giving us this perspective and for putting your words out there to touch people like me, who are experiencing the same feelings. May you have a wonderful Christmas with quiet moments sprinkled in.❤️

  7. Becky,
    This morning I opened an email titled: “Something Special,” with a video attached of a herd of Caribou running freely through the Arctic snow. It was not only special but so peaceful. I understand about blocking out the unneeded noise to better hear God’s voice telling us what is. Sharing your words along with Psalm 23:1-3, will be another bright spot in my day, thank-you.
    Merry Christmas and blessings to all,

  8. Wow Becky,
    As I read this , just now I thought …” it’s NOT just me “ , often this world is too noisy! I often turn off everything, go out on my deck and just enjoy nature and the quiet. I do have to admit, I often set my timer but …I get a lot of quiet in as I’m home disabled from several illnesses, but I still get overwhelmed with most of the same things you mention above.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, may your year ahead offer more “ quiet “ time …

    • Jen, I love that you’re intentional about getting outside and enjoying God’s creation and quiet. Much love to you as well. May 2019 be a year full of peace and the joy of God’s presence. xx

  9. I can’t love this enough! I can totally relate. Thank you for the reminder to turn it off and just listen to Him!! I love the practical ideas you included!

  10. Thank you for communicating so eloquently my heart’s longing….for quiet, not only from the noice without, but sometimes the noice from within. I say a BIG AMEN!!!

    Many blessings at this most sacred, beautiful time!