“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10a)

“Be still and know that I am.”

“Be still and know that.”

“Be still and know.”

“Be still.”

“Be.”

“Come away by yourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” (Jesus, to His disciples, recorded in Mark 6:31)

“But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. (Luke 2:19)

Quiet is a beautiful thing. If you’re not used to it, you many need to choose to be quiet several times over a few days before you can join me in saying, “Quiet is a beautiful thing.”

There’s so much noise in our culture today. It’s common for many teens and adults to have pods in their ears. Music. Movies. Traffic. Yelling. Talking. Ringtones. Buzzes and beeps.

As I write about in Screens and Teens, quiet times are essential for ideas to settle. It’s when truth more likely rises to the surface.

Anyone with self-smart strengths needs quiet built into their day. Without it, stress builds. Insecurities increase.

More important reasons to create quite times are recorded in God’s Holy Word. And they may be more important this month than any other. But, you might be thinking, “It’s the busiest month! I can’t add anything to it!”

This is exactly why we must. It’s the cushion that may protect us and keep our emotions and attitudes in check. More importantly, without quiet, we may miss the truths God wants us to hear, reflect on, ponder, understand, learn, and believe. I’m confident there’s much we could probably ponder in the next few weeks. Agree?

Also, don’t think about adding things to your day. Just turn the radio off as you’re driving. Eat dinner with no radio, TV, or devices. Bake the next batch of cookies without the radio on. Have silence the last 30 minutes of your day and you may sleep better. Silence the noise as you’re doing what you’re doing. You get the idea.

Quiet restores. Quiet invites pondering. We’ll reflect, wonder, and grow.