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When Life is Loud and You Can’t Hear God {Nourish Your Soul: Day 20}

Nourishing our souls is a great idea. Except when life is loud and our minds overwhelm with demands that don’t end and schedules that never let up. So today let’s think through some ways to get quiet and intentionally place ourselves in a position to hear from God and let Him do the nourishing.

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Just three tips for when you just don’t know how to shut up and listen for the only One Who can actually bring the nourishment you know you need.

1. Stop. It takes time and strong intention, but just stopping what you’re doing for even five minutes is essential when it comes to nourishing your soul.

So stop right there. Stop the over-thinking, the second-guessing. Stop the self-doubt, the outside noise, the overhwhelmed lie that tells you it’s impossible to quiet your soul and rest, that you have too much to do.

Take a pen and some paper if you need to. Do a brain dump and write everything down that comes to your mind. Then hand it to God and ask Him to show up. Ask Him to quiet your mind so you can hear His whispers, feel His hand when it touches you.

2. Drop. Drop to your knees. Literally. Maybe even your face. Lay flat on the floor and remember.

Remember Who You’re listening for. He’s the King of the Universe, Maker of Life, the One Who thought this whole thing up — this living and breathing and being who you are. He is the One Who invented your dna, strung it together and put you into motion. And He whispers in quiet stillness and humble hearts.

3. Listen. Wait. Look. Keep watch for His hand. Turn your focus to the expectation of His whisper.

Pick up your Bible and turn to a Psalm or a chapter in John or maybe something that caught your ear from last time you listened. Maybe you have a devotional book or a blog you follow that keeps you on track with the study of God’s Word. Just pick up the Bible and listen for His voice right there in His Words.

Question for you: What would you add to this list? How do you find the quiet you need for nourishing your soul? Let’s talk in the comments or over at the Facebook page today.

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**We’ve been challenging ourselves to take care of our souls this month. Know someone who might need to find the quiet? Why not let them know about our challenge over here? I would be so grateful if you’d share it with them on Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest or Instagram or even through email. 🙂

8 Thoughts on “When Life is Loud and You Can’t Hear God {Nourish Your Soul: Day 20}

  1. I sure appreciate this today, it hits me exactly where I need. Thank you

  2. Love this.
    Very clever.

  3. Love this. It was just what I needed today!

  4. katinavaselopulos on October 22, 2014 at 2:10 pm said:

    Wonderful post Brianna! One way or another I keep missing your posts, as they never come to my inbox.

    These are a few thoughts I share in my book, suggestions on the topic of spirit/soul. Stopping whatever i do when overwhelmed even for two minutes gives me a chance to calm down with deep and mindful nose breaths and prayers.

    …Every time i sense pain, tension, fear, or irritation i light a candle, burn some incense, and pray for patience and wisdom to deal with it the best possible way.

    …I specifically pray for the appropriate fruit of Spirit, and then write about its power to nurture me when i need it: for patience and peace when there is conflict; for love, kindness, and support when powerless; for forgiveness and healing when harm is done. It never fails. Seeing a purpose to everything happening, I give my soul a chance to come out, inspire, and heal.

    …I am always attentive to synchronicities and trust my intuition to handle things for the best, as they are sent from above, empowering my soul to be active.

    …Searching in nature for signs of its resilient spirit, especially after winter or fires and storms is also inspiring and encouraging. It’s the same soul and life force that runs through us and keeps us going. I invite that spirit to come back to me and inspire me not to give up and cave under life’s hardships.

    …Fasting and confession also removes the hard stones and leave the the ground ready for the soul and spirit to thrive.

    …I always write my soul stories and how the spirit withing lifts me out of life’s difficulties. I always go back to read when i need to be reminded of my spirit’s resilience.

    Blessings and Light, always!

    • Katina! This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it. I love the idea of praying for the appropriate fruit of the Holy Spirit, asking God to strengthen that in me. I love your intentionality in seeking God’s peace in every moment for your soul. Thank you.

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