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14 December - The Value Of Quiet

We all have within us the ability to be innovators and creatives, but to do so, means choosing to see things for what they can be rather than only for what they are. That we seek to experiment, look at things in different ways, dream, invent, explore and, as a result, expect to achieve great things.

Being able to see possibilities around us more readily means giving ourselves space to breathe and get quiet on the inside. Because, "quietness is the incubation bed of revelation.” (James Goll)

Jesus, one of the greatest leaders and influencers of all time, knew the value of quietness and focusing on the important rather than the urgent. It enabled Him to offer real help and peace to a confused and agitated world which was searching for peace and answers.

What’s interesting about Jesus is that at the peak of His "career", when people were coming from everywhere to be around him, Jesus would regularly withdraw by Himself to have times of quiet, reflection and rest. (Mark 1:35-37)

In the quiet is where God restores our souls, and we are strengthened. He is the one that calls us to stillness and quiet so that He can bring peace, clarity and revelation to our busy minds and hearts. For "In quietness and confident trust is your strength." (Isaiah 30:15)

God wants us to be able to live free from constant strife and worry and to lead lives that are creative, successful and outside the box. That we will have clarity about what really matters in life and make a difference to those around us, becoming part of the solution to the problems in the world.

I encourage you to follow the example of Jesus and to take time to be quiet regularly. The quieter and more rest time you give space in your schedule, the more you'll hear from God and be able to receive clarity and direction in your own heart.

Turn off the noise, take a break and draw away to a solitary place. As you do, God promises, “He will renew your strength; you shall mount up with wings as eagles; you shall run, and not be weary, and you shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

"The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide and shield me], I shall not want. He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still and quiet waters.

He refreshes and restores my soul (my life). He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. (Psalm 23:1-2 Amplified version)

Prayer: Lord, please help me find quiet time and know the peace you desire to bring to my life in a deeper way. Help me to understand what really matters and not get distracted or caught up in those things that would steal my peace, focus and quietness in my heart and mind. In Jesus name Amen.

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