When Quiet Comes

Another long day. At home alone. With Dad at work. And little ones bickering.

While waiting for Dad to come home, I find my six-year-old sitting at her desk, writing with intense focus.

Her letter reads:

Dear Dad,
Parker wrote on his door.
He hit me in the stumuk (stomach).
He wakt (whacked) me on my head.
I love you.
Brynn

I had addressed each of her little brother’s offenses when they occurred. But Brynn wanted something more. She wanted Dad to know.

Kids are, after all, prone to tattling.

And yet, I wonder if some of my “prayers” sound akin to tattling too. How many times have I written loud prayers of a similar quality to my Father?

Dear Father,
Friend A keeps gossiping.
Friend B hangs out with Friend A.
Friend C hasn’t called.
Please help.
I love You.
Amen.

In other words, go get ‘em Dad.

Plenty of psalms echo the same sentiment. David sometimes said it like this:

“Vindicate me, O Lord.” (Psalm 7:8).

But these same loud prayers eventually give way to quieter ones. Prayers for guidance and wisdom and strength.

“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long”      (Psalm 25:4-5).

When my prayers begin to reflect less of my feelings-in-the-moment and more of my deepest heart’s desires, quiet comes.

And I know my Father is home. He’s right here with me. And has been all along.

Do you have a favorite verse you like to pray?

Today, I’m joining Lisa-Jo, taking 5 minutes to write about “loud.”

Looking up verses: 4 minutes
Writing this post: 5 minutes
Uploading photo and link: 6 minutes
Spending Fridays with you: Priceless

32 thoughts on “When Quiet Comes

  1. Oh Denise — this is conviction for me, right here. A Bible study leader (she’s so wise!) once taught me that prayer requests should never be gossip in disguise. And, as you’ve reminded me, neither should our prayer. I become so guilty of this especially when praying for marriage — he this, he that, save-me-God . . . you know how it goes. Thanks, Denise. Needed this today.

    • Sarah, you have a wise and godly Bible study leader. A prayer request can quickly become little more than a thinly veiled morsel of gossip.

      I pray that my words will always be encouraging and uplifting and never used to tear down another person.

  2. Yes – I so often write those letters to God, only to realize that I’m complaining rather than truly praying. I love to pray in the Psalms – especially Psalm 63. Thank you for sharing with us!

  3. You are so right! It is difficult to enjoy the peace that God offers when we are so busy complaining or being upset about what WE want. But when we align ourselves with what God wants for us, life really does get so much sweeter!

    • Aligning ourselves with God’s desires for us ~ that is the place of total surrender, and the place where Peace reigns. And you’re right. Life really does get much sweeter when we surrender to Him.

      May the rest of your Friday and the weekend be blessed. 🙂

  4. Guilty of “tattling” to my Heavenly Dad! You’ve painted such a beautiful picture here. Loved the verses. You made my day!

  5. Knowing the Father is home…..ahhh, love it! What a picture you painted for me today, Denise.
    I know God doesn’t mind when I get things off my chest by talking to Him, but just like the Psalms portray, the key is to transcend to the quiet. To seek His peace…. I’ll be striving for just that!
    Thank you, friend! always blessed by your words and am always astounded with what you can shed in 5 minutes time! Enjoy your weekend!
    All for Him,
    Nikki

    • The Father is home. And I am so glad. Sometimes I have to remind myself of that very truth though.

      Nikki, you are always such sweet encouragement. You brighten the blog-o-sphere with your smile and your words. 🙂

  6. I am enjoying the Pslams for this reason. They speak daringly loud and then resolve to quiet themselves in the knowledge of who He is over and over again. And this is the way of much of life isn’t it? We rant in the chaos of the every day only to brought low by Him in the silence when we find it. You write so beautifully in five minutes.

    • I love the Psalms too. And I love how you put that. They do speak “daringly loud and then resolve to quiet themselves in the knowledge of who He is.” Sometimes when I am at a loss for words, I open the Psalms and read them aloud, making them my own heart-felt prayers too.

      May you have a blessed weekend, Shelly.

  7. Ouch. I’m guilty of this as well… “I know I shouldn’t have said that, but she said (blank) first!” “But God, he did this to me (fill in the blank)!” As if God doesn’t know and didn’t see it, and needs me to fill Him in on the situation.
    Beautifully written! I really like how you end these with “spending Fridays with you…” 🙂

    In Christ,
    Laura

  8. just love this, and echoing what other have already said.
    i so need Him to quiet my heart so very much of the time. ’nuff said 🙂
    thank you for sharing. and such a tender, poignant, yet straight to the heart post!
    have a great weekend!
    steph

    • I need Him to quiet my heart at times too. And I’ve learned that only He can. And He’s so willing, but sometimes I am stubborn before finally surrendering.

      Have a great weekend, Steph! 🙂

  9. I love the Psalms for this very reason. There is something precious about a God that allows both the loud and the soft prayers, and meets us in every one. Even if it’s only to shake His head:)

    • Kimberly, I love that image of God shaking His head. I’m afraid that, more often than not, I give Him reason to do just that! I’m so thankful for His patience with me as I work through my loud prayers. 🙂

  10. Well done on the word Loud! I love that “When my prayers begin to reflect less of my feelings-in-the-moment and more of my deepest heart’s desires, quiet comes.” I am guilty of praying too much in the moment and the loudness rings in my head as the distractions grow. Maybe that is part of the problem…that my prayers need to change. Then my heart and mind will quiet as well.

    • I am so thankful that He is patient with me whenever I am praying some rather loud prayers. He is always faithful to remind me of His truth, and I know He truly cares about each and every situation.

      Have a great weekend! 🙂

  11. Oh I love what you’ve said here. Wow, there’s so much in such a short story. Me too, “go get ’em dad”!

    I love how you see with such clarity, the changing of David’s prayers. From urgent and loud to the quieter surrender. Beautiful.

    • Yes, you zeroed right in on the heart of those quieter prayers. Surrender. It’s our prayer of surrender that brings that deep, inner quiet. If I had spent more than five minutes, I would have definitely devoted more time to the idea of surrender. I believe it is pivotal. ~BLESSINGS.

    • Michele-Lyn, that’s beautiful. A call to go deeper. And to find that “still quiet place in His Presence that transcends the clamor of this life.” That continues to be my prayer, no matter my circumstances. {HUGS}

  12. Beautiful, Denise! Yes, our cries for vindication can be so loud sometimes. I’m ever grateful for a Father who waits patiently for me to work through my emotions and remember His goodness. Thank you for sharing your heart at Lisa-Jo’s!

  13. “go get ’em dad” – – haha. guilty! I do that too 🙂 And knowing that Father is home? Such a beautiful picture. I felt his hand on my cheek as i read that. Beautiful, friend. Happy Friday!

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