Longing for Quiet

Have you ever had a day where everything seems particularly loud? The kids’ voices, radio, washing machine, dishwasher and television all seem to about ten decibels louder than any other day?!

I think as a mom we’re simply going to encounter days like that sometimes. But, I almost think the bigger question is…how do I react to everyone around me on a day like that?

Ouch! I don’t know that I want to honestly answer that question, because the answer may not be nearly as pleasant as I wish it was!

So often I feel like I have to be perfect, but I really never react the way I wish I had looking back. Then comes the guilt and the feelings of unworthiness.

Just about that time I realize that I seriously need to bring it all before God to gain perspective, ask forgiveness and move on (or start fresh) with my day. Isn’t it wonderful to know that we can do that?!

I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.
I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:19-23 NIV)

So the next time you’re having “one of those days” consider going to the Lord in prayer and laying it at His feet. You will leave forgiven and almost always, it will turn your day and attitude completely around!

3 Responses to Longing for Quiet
  1. Jodz
    November 14, 2008 | 4:57 am

    Thank you for this. Sometimes I need reminding, in the loudness of it all to take it to God.

  2. Relimom
    November 14, 2008 | 1:34 pm

    A subject very near to my heart! Sometimes I feel like screaming because of all the loud noise around me.

    And yes, then I feel guilty about not being patient enough with the children.

    So thank you for giving me new strength and hope.

  3. Susan M. Heim
    November 18, 2008 | 10:59 am

    You could have been describing my household all the time! It seems like my four-year-old twin boys are never quiet except when sleeping and at Pre-K. On those days when I don’t think I can stand anymore, I remind myself that someday the house will be TOO quiet, and I’ll miss the sounds of children’s laughter and play. Their childhoods pass so quickly.