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Do You Need a Quiet Circle?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

 

I’m celebrating a bit.  I’ve been writing this Quiet Circles blog  for over a year with about fifty entries.  When I started, I doubted my own ability to offer something on a regular basis.  I’ve tried to bring words that stimulate and inspire you to listen to God more than you listen to any other voice. As a celebration marker of this web log, which our social media culture has shortened into the clunky sounding blog, I want to re-share the subject of my first entry.

 

I chose Quiet Circles for this blog because it represents one of the most important practices that encourages spiritual growth in me.  I need Quiet Circles because I can’t hear the right voice without them. 

 

And who is the right voice.  God, of course.  I want to hear God, his whisper, his counsel, his direction. 

Too often, I can’t.  It’s not because I don’t want to.  It’s because I live in a noisy world.  Often, I

hide behind those noises and pretend they are the must-listen-to voices.  But loud and noisy doesn’t impart importance or authority.

 

Now, I’m not afraid of God’s voice.  At least not most of the time.  I am most afraid of my own voice.  I fear the thoughts that compromise my ability to hear God first.  You know what they are—all of the you-can’ts and if-only’s and what-ifs.  These are the voices that come from hurts and failures. These are voices that paralyze and disable.

 

I know better.  I really do.  I know that God speaks His deep and unfailing love to anyone who will listen.  I know that God doesn’t humiliate or put down or rub your face in any failure.  I know that God reminds, redeems, renews with His voice.

 

But I have to be quiet to hear it.

 

 

That’s where Quiet Circles come in.  At a critical time in my young adult life, when my single life overwhelmed me with so many responsibilities, personal and job-related; I learned the importance of drawing an imaginary circle whenever and wherever I needed to hear from God.  In the middle of a noisy day, I would draw my circle in my office.  At the end of a frustrating day, I drew my circle at home.  It wasn’t about finding a quiet place, though external quiet does help.  Instead, it is about quieting my own voice and my own thoughts so that I can hear God.

 

In the next few weeks, I want to return to this subject of Quiet Circles.  I’ll share some  lessons, what has helped me and what I’ve learned and am learning. 

 

I’ll be honest; I’m sharing this out of a desire for accountability. The New Year has uncovered a hunger to return to Quiet Circles as an intentional way to set aside time to listen to God. 

Would you join me on this journey? I covet your lessons as I share mine.

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