Lamentations 3:26 It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. Proverbs 10:19 When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent. I love traveling to New York City. Well. I love traveling to New York City for 3-4 days at a time. After that I have to come home. It’s the noise that gets to me… the traffic, the buildings, the honking, the people… constant noise that gets inside my head and drowns out everything else. Noise can cloud your judgment, distort your thoughts and crowd out decisions. Even all alone you can be surrounded by noise, with droning TV shows, incoming texts, a crowded email inbox, a head full of toxic internal dialogue. It may seem impossible to just… be quiet, but multiple times in the Bible the Lord asks us to be still and quiet. Thomas Kempis powerfully stated, “Blessed are the ears that hear the pulse of the divine whisperer and give no heed to the many whisperings of the world.” How convicting! How many times have I missed the quiet nudgings and promptings of the Holy Spirit because the world’s noise rang in my ears more loudly? God doesn’t need to scream the loudest, because His word is the most powerful. He doesn’t need to shout and demand and stomp because HE IS. He is everything. There isn’t anything in the cosmos that speaks louder than His gentle voice. I encourage you to do a check on the noise levels in your life. Find that quiet space – the women on my team were joking a few weeks ago that their showers are their most spiritual settings because it’s the only quiet place in their house – wherever it may be… both physically and figuratively. Tune out of the clanging ruckus that the world thrives on and focus on the stillness and the quiet. There you will find His pulse and His voice cutting through the static and overcoming the noise. James 1:19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger. Exodus 14:14 The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.