Silence with a purpose.

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Sorry for the silence, friends.

It’s been a long stretch of quiet in the midst of chaos, the kind where incredibly deep things are happening in the stillness of my heart while the world goes on around me. I’ve made decisions, dragged suitcases around again, said goodbyes. And I’ve seen God be who He is. Faithful. Good.

And I’ve been quiet.

I’ve missed blogging.

But it’s been hard to articulate the things He’s working in my heart. So I’ve sat, hammock creaking, birds rustling in the leaves, and I’ve closed my eyes. I’ve left the laptop shut.

This quiet place is just for Him and me.

There’s been so much to say, and nothing. All at the same time.

I need His presence in that space in my heart where no one else goes. It changes me like a fire plunged red-hot into the depths of my soul.

I need the quiet. It’s my lifeblood.

But this winter, the silence has held a secondary purpose, too.

In the midst of all the moving, there’s been a humbling opportunity to put to paper the story of what He’s done in my heart over the past decade or so, the story of how He brought my life from stagnant, broken dreams to being finally free. The story of how He became enough … of how He became everything.

That story is going to be a book soon. Crazy.

To God be the glory for the things He has done.

Writing them down has driven me straight to worship.

I hope it will do the same for you.

I’ll have more details soon, but I hope you’ll come along, if you find the story resonates. I hope it will, because I’d like to keep hearing yours as we go. Because your story, our stories – they push me closer to God. And I’m grateful for that. Grateful for you.

Because this path that leads to Him was always meant to be walked together.

33 Comments on “Silence with a purpose.

  1. I fell upon your blog over two or three years ago, when a friend sent me one of your posts, and I’ve been following your blog ever since. Your writing caught my attention because you speak so closely to my heart, and think and feel things quite parallel to my own thoughts. I feel like if we met, we’d be good friends! It takes a lot for me to want to keep reading a blog, and you’re the only one I follow regularly. Just wanted to encourage you because you have a gift in writing, and if you’re coming out with a book, I’d love to hear about it! I know you travel around a lot, and I actually tend to move around too so who knows how long I’ll be here, but if you’re ever in southern California, I would love connecting with you over a coffee or what not, if you don’t mind meeting a stranger! :) -Aimee

  2. Wow, writing a book that is amazing I am looking forward to reading it!
    God definitely speaks in the silence too often our days, especially mine seem to full of noise and it is challenging to find the quiet moments. It reminds me of Elijah looking for the Lord, and only found him in the silence of a gentle wind.

  3. So blessed by your posts, always. Can’t wait to hear more about your book! :)

  4. Who knows how or when I stumbled on your blog– you know how one thing leads to another online– but I’ve enjoyed your writing and thought you’d make a good devotional writer. Your writing is succinct, descriptive, raw and real, thought-provoking, and Godly. I’m glad you pushed through (writing (and finishing it!) isn’t always an easy process) and wrote a book. Well done.

  5. I’ve been thinking about you, and your recent absence from your blog for a little while too.
    It’s interesting because I’ve been in a silence period too for a while. I don’t know why, but I’ve not been allowed to write. I’ve been doing, growing, and listening, but the writing hasn’t come. When it has, it’s been forced and not God. For whatever reason that’s just not how God is speaking through me at this time.
    It’s frustrating to look at my empty blog, and stressful knowing that it is sitting there waiting for something to be written on it. That’s when I think about your blog, also empty, and I wonder what adventure God has been sending you on, and if you struggle like this at times too.

    I look forward to your book.

    Be blessed!

    • I think He gives us silent seasons sometimes. They’re a little mysterious. But I’m always thankful for the depth He brings in them and the way He speaks.

  6. You have been in my thoughts. At times I thought about contacting you just to let you know I was wondering where God was leading you. I can’t wait to get a book for myself and Waverly. It is a daily desire for me to draw closer to Jesus than I was the day before so I can relate to you. May God richly bless the work of your hands. Love you, dear one.

  7. I had been thinking of you, and wondering where you were :) I always enjoy what you have to say. Let us know when/where/how to find your book, and please make sure it is available for Kindle ;)

  8. You’ve been missed. But so good to hear of all He is doing in your life!

  9. Praise the Lord!! God led me to your blog a few months ago and I have to tell you I am so blessed by everything you have been sharing. There are no words that allow me to properly express my gratitude for you having allowed the Lord to use you. Your work matters. Your life matters. I was becoming a little worried because I did not see any posts in the past few months, but I am very happy that the Lord has kept you and I am even more happy that you feel his presence still working in your life. Thank you so very much for inspiring people like me. Thank you so much for sharing your story to encourage people like me. You’re going to have so many stars in your crown when we all get to heaven because of all the souls God has used you to bring to Him. Every generation needs people like you. Every generation needs people that are faithful to God and that are so in love with God that they prove with their lives that God is enough. Your example of faithfulness tell others that God is sufficient, that a Christian single woman can be happy and fulfilled in past. People who come behind you will be encouraged to be faithful because of the fire of your devotion lit their way. Your foot steeps in your Christian walk lead others to believe. (This a paraphrase of the song Find us Faithful, by Steve Green. You embody the meaning of that song). I hope to meet you soon when we all get to heaven. Keep is posted of the release date of your book, I am so buying a copy!

    “Forbid it Lord that I should boast! Save in the Grace of Christ my God! All the vain things that charm me most I sacrifice them to thy blood!”

    This post is in no way meant to vaingloriously puff you up and fill you with false pride. I pray it is taken only as a grateful encouragement.

    May God continue to bless you!!!

    • I know (and have loved) that song from when I was a little girl … and those are mighty big shoes to fill. I’m so grateful for His faithfulness … because I am so naturally unfaithful. But my prayer definitely is that everyone can know just how fully satisfying He is … it is life changing to a degree I never would’ve imagined. And I’m in awe of that, and of Him. All glory to Christ. Thanks for the encouragement. Press on, sister. And keep in touch. :)

  10. I thought it had been a long time since I last saw a note pop into my email! It was great to hear a few thoughts. Please know so many of us are right there with you and totally understand many wonderful stories are being written with our lives. Sometimes we all need our special time with our heavenly Daddy near by.

    Look forward to your book and all your future has in store! Christy

  11. :)

    I’ve never asked this…what will be the name of the book? I’m already planning to go buy a case whenever it’s released and give them as presents to everyone I know. :)

  12. I look forward to hearing more about the book. I love your writing.

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