Noises in the Night

As I get older, I notice my sleep patterns are starting to change. Instead of sleeping like a baby, small noises in the night now wake me up. A barking dog in the neighbor’s yard or my phone alters beeping cause me to stir from my slumber. Once I am awake, I find it hard to get back to dreamland. I received a pair of earplugs on one of our overseas flights so I thought I would try them at home to see if they helped. I scrunched them up and inserted them into my ears. At first, I did not notice a difference until they started to expand within my ears. Slowly, the noises of the night faded away, and I drifted off to sleep. I savored the sound drifting away into nothingness. I use the earplugs more often now, and I look forward to the physical sensation of everything becoming quiet as I know sleep will soon follow.

Romans 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.”

Some days, I wish I could wear my earplugs all day long. I would love to silence the unwanted noises of my life. Quiet the screaming news headlines declaring this opinion is better than that opinion. Tune out the negative thoughts that roam around in my head when I screw up. Plug up the traffic noises, honking horns and blaring sirens. When the sounds become too much for me, I use nature to escape into a quieter zone. Listening to nothing but natural noises gives me the same effect as my earplugs.

1 Kings 19:12 “And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.”

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When the noise ceases, and the calm settles around me either in nature or when wearing my earplugs I notice another benefit. I can listen better. I can focus my ears to pick up the things I want to hear when I drowned out the unwanted noises. My quiet times let me hear God more clearly also. The volume of society prevents us from noticing the still, small voice of God. Jesus does not want to scream and shout above all the others clamoring to get our attention. God does not want to compete against the cries of the world that scream in our ears. We hear and find Jesus in the quietness of our souls. God is in the whispers that are only perceived when we tune out all other sounds.

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Psalm 107:29 “He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves.”

God works in the whispers, not in the chaotic shouts. Find time today, and every day, to shut out the noises that bombard us daily and seek out the hints of God found in the silence. God can calm the storms with a whisper, including those raging within you. Seek Him today.

Blessings,

Yvonne – #blogger, #speaker, and #author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

19 thoughts on “Noises in the Night

  1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
    Yvonne

    Amen and thanks for commenting

  2. mimionlife – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    mimionlife

    I find that if I calm myself and sit in peace and quiet, I can listen and hear for God’s message much more clearly.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Me too. Thanks for adding your thoughts.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      I am always amazed how God can show us a verse we have missed before just when we need it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts

  3. I was just saying today how God is not a God of chaos. I love that echoed here in how God is a God of peace and will not shout at us or add to the noise of this life!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks for the comment

  4. Good word, Yvonne. I struggle with insomnia too. But now I’ve gotten used to a noise maker, rain or a bubbling brook since my husband snores and it’s a more constant pleasing sound. Yes, the world is noisy and so much competes for our attention. Love this line, “Jesus does not want to scream and shout above all the others clamoring to get our attention.”

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      My husband snores too and that adds to the issue, lol. Aww to be able to sleep like a baby again. Thanks for commenting

  5. Lynn J Simpson – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – A life coach, writer, and photographer, I love to share information including pretty finds! I love books, music, nature, flowers, and all things pretty. A mom, grandma, and career girl, learning life one step at a time.
    Lynn J Simpson

    Oh yes! I find my car sometimes the place to shut out the noise and quiet my mind. And love my early morning quiet.

  6. I’ve never thought of that verse in this way: that Jesus doesn’t want to scream above the noises in our lives. What a wonderful thing to meditate on. We need that quiet time more than we realize. Thank you.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      It just jumped off the page at me one day. Thanks for commenting

  7. Marcie Cramsey – Culpeper, Virginia – Marcie Cramsey who has been a Children's Minister/Leader for over 30 years lives in Fredericksburg, Va. Her number one passion is loving Jesus Christ. Second to that is her family. She will say that filling the roles of wife and mother is the highest honor that God has allowed her to fill. She spends her days serving others, reading, writing, and hiking and biking (when weather permits). She has been married for 30+ years to her best friend, Dan. They both have four wonderful grown children. Marcie recently published a book for parents, titled "Deep and Wide: Raising Children Deep in Jesus and Wide in Influence." This book teaches parents how to raise their children through relationship. It's been called "the most unique parenting book written." You can purchase this book at Amazon and Westbow Press.com.
    Marcie Cramsey

    I’m a lover of silence and solitude. This is one reason why I love the early mornings so much. My house is complete quiet. I love your statement, “Jesus does not want to scream and shout above all the others clamoring to get our attention.” He sure doesn’t. He wants us to get away and be still, then He reveals Himself to us. It so important to make this time of quiet a regular occurrence in our weekly lives. Thank you for the reminder! 🙂 (I think I’m going to try ear plugs at night, too!)

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      So very true Marcie. Thanks for commenting

  8. ordinarilyextraordinarymom – New Orleans, LA – My name is Brittany Bonnaffons, and I feel like I should have life figured out by now. I also feel like the world judges us by unrealistic standards. I have dedicated this blog to challenging standards and instead embracing yourself for who you are - ordinarily extraordinary.
    ordinarilyextraordinarymom

    I love to find moments of silence amongst the chaos to hear God’s still, small voice. I’ve been out of town recently, and even when I’m home alone, I enjoy putting the phone down, keeping the TVs off and living in silence.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      It is so refreshing to be surrounded by the silence. Thanks Brittany

  9. I love this! It’s hard to focus on God’s voice which is so subtle. It’s like trying to hear a cricket in a windstorm. I’m so terrible at stopping the distractions and focusing on God’s voice. There are tweets to make, blogs to read, work to do, on and on. Great reminder. Thanks!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      My to-do list can be very loud some days too. Thanks for commenting

  10. Edna Davidsen – Greenland – How to use Twitter? ★ Twitter Expert ★ Twitter Consulting ★ Twitter Trainer ★ Twitter Coach ★ Personal Branding ★ Social Media Marketing ★ Christian Blogger ★ Jesus Follower ★ Webdesign ★ Web-developing
    Edna Davidsen

    Dear Yvonne!

    Luckily God has equipped me with the gift of sleeping as a stone whenever and wherever I want 🙂

    I agree with you, God works in the whispers.

    Blessings!
    Edna Davidsen

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