An Everyday Symphony: How to live in the quiet presence of God


I live in a noisy house, maybe you can relate? I live with 4 wild souls, a dog, and two cats so it is to be expected. I have learned to embrace the noise for the most part but it can begin to consume my heart and mind if I let it.

An everyday symphony, made up of many instruments with many different sounds. Every day is different. Some days it is sweet music to my ears, other days I have to turn it down and tune it out, and then there are days like today, where the noise just became too overwhelming for my heart to listen anymore. On days like today when all of my instruments were out of tune and all I could hear was the sounds of guilt, shame, frustration, failure, anger, and discontentment screaming from the heart of my children and my home and from the depths of my own heart.

I sat at my table just craving the quiet orchestra of God’s presence.

I just wanted to run away and be alone with Him but I couldn’t. I can’t run away from my life. Sometimes I can retreat for a little while but the symphony is always waiting to serenade me again. The reality is life is one big symphony and God is the composer. He is always there, composing.

Today I realized that it was my instrument, my heart that was out of tune the whole time to the music of His heart. As a stay at home wife and mother living in a noisy loved home it is vital that I learn to live in the quiet presence of God, the composer of my beautiful everyday symphony serenading me into Him. Each note is meant to draw me closer to Him but so often I miss it.

I miss it because I fail to tune my heart to the beauty and truth of His heart. It is only there that we will learn to live quiet among all of the noise because it is only then will we begin to truly hear the rhythm and melody of His love for us here, opening our eyes and our ears to the extraordinary beauty in each moment no matter how noisy.

This is your love song, your every day.

Quiet your heart in the presence of God by tuning your heart to His. Read, meditate, recite, or listen to music that fills your home and heart with His beauty and truth. I didn’t do this today. I just ran away into a spin class where I ran into God because He is always there, composing.

But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child in my soul within me. (Psalm 131:2)

What are some of the noises you hear in your everyday that consume your out of tuned heart? How do you make sure your heart is tuned to His?

3 Responses to An Everyday Symphony: How to live in the quiet presence of God
  1. Joseph Cantone
    June 6, 2013 | 10:58 am


  2. Ginny at Random Acts of Momness
    June 7, 2013 | 9:24 am

    I can relate! The noise level in my house can get so intense (and I only have two kids and no pets).

    Like you, I’ve learned that I need to carve out a few moments of quiet here and there. One thing I’ve started doing is pouring a cup of coffee and sneaking it back to my room in the morning and spending five minutes reading the day’s Scripture readings there, when the kids think I’m getting dressed for the day (prayer by stealth!). 🙂 Those five minutes really help ground me.

    But I love your description of the noise in your house as a symphony. Lots of different instruments make it up (two boys, several noisy toys, the radio) … and it’s beautiful in its own way. Thanks for that metaphor.

  3. Missy
    June 7, 2013 | 10:20 am

    Kelli, that out-of-tune heart of mine can sometimes be limping along until God brings some word through His Word, or a song, or a blog post, or a friend’s kind encouragement, to me. I can get back into rhythm when I hear this word and allow it to sink in. Thank you for the reminder that we all get out of tune now and then!