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Yesterday our youth pastor, Jeremy spoke on a passage of scripture in Ephesians 3.  It is the prayer of blessing.  But it wasn’t so much that prayer that we have all heard a million times in our lives that stood out to me – it was what he said about paying attention to God that made me sit up and take notice.  He talked about things in our lives getting the most attention – the things that are maybe not the most important – but that which make the most  noise.

So I ask you this – as I ponder this same question for myself.  What is creating the most “noise” in your life right now?

Does God allow the “noise” to see if you’re really paying attention to what is important?

Do you still hear Him in the midst of all that “noise”?

What does your “noise” sound like?  Do you spend your time trying to quiet the noise and “put out tiny fires” instead of really concentrating and centering down to the quiet still small voice in your heart?

 

God Bless

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Comments on: "What’s Making Your Noise?" (20)

  1. My life is so technically noisy that I can’t identify my own noise. I know it’s there somewhere. Too much going on around me, though. Usually, it’s my mother screaming. BIG SIGH Hopefully, I will be able to sort things out soon. I crave peace and quiet to listen to other things.

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  3. My noise comes from busyness. I get caught up in the day-to-day that I fail to just stop and rest…

    Thanks for the reminder, Cindy!

  4. Watched the video, it was excellent. God is in the silence. I’m gonna have to shut that music off…

  5. That still small voice is the best one to listen to — not really noise at all. Sometimes so still and soft that we fail to listen. Great take on noise and your suggestion to pay attention to the important things and not necessarily to that which makes the loudest noise.

    • So true Hazel! Paying attention is sometimes the hardest thing to do with all the “noise” in our lives – and yet that’s what we need to do. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  6. This is one of the things that that’s so hard about the phase of life I’m in now: I feel defined by the urgent. It’s so hard to hear above the din when life is never still.

    • The urgent will always yell the loudest – and sometimes the non-urgent too 🙂 That’s the trouble with noise – it all sounds the same after a while.

  7. It’s hard to differentiate the urgent from the important.

  8. Your post made me think of this Nooma video that Rob Bell did on noise awhile back:

    And that image is bugged out! It hurt my eyes!

  9. I was going to say the noise in my life right now is the A/C…but somehow I don’t think that’s what you’re getting at ;).

    I’ve got some noise going on…mostly me doing it though (worry, etc.) but I am trying to turn it over daily – even hourly – to the Lord, because I’m not supposed to worry, and really, it’s all out of my control so there’s no point in even worrying (and we’re not supposed to worry anyway).

  10. My noise is my business life. In difficult economic times, as if the day to day business and the lack of it aren’t enough, the crooks and thieves crawl out of the wood work. The last four years with all the legal turmoil and business issues, I allowed the noise of them to become like a siren, with all the implications.

    Knowing in our minds that all things are in Gods’ hands and time is one thing, to believe and live it in the soul is another. I mostly prayed for deliverance in the beginning. I’ve come to realize that God may not change my circumstances until He has delivered the wisdom of change in me.

    The noises still sound off, but I try with the help of God to keep them in perspective, as I do the noise fades perfectly into the background. After all, “What can man do to me”?

    • I LOVE THIS! Well said Floyd. God does takes us through things and often it is to gain wisdom and perspective that we would not normally have otherwise. The change does need to happen from within me first.

  11. This is so true. Satan also gives you noise to drown God out. My life has always been fairly complicated, but over the years, I’d learned to drown out the noise with humor or stuff it under the rug with determination. After accepting Christ, I have been trying to learn to do it with trust in God. That’s not been as easy for me. After following the Lord for a while, I found that the noise took new form. What’s difficult in the last several years, is that there are many different types of noise all at the same time coming from many different directions. My health noise sounds a lot like a 90yr old woman trapped in a 48 y/o body. My financial noise sounds like a threat from a spoiled child. I have a few other noises but I have yet to identify their unique sound. LOL

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