Showing off in the quiet

My morning outings

Sometimes life’s interruptions provide the opportunity to rest.

And reflection

Such has been my experience this week.

The past two months (maybe more) have been quite hectic and while the unexpected, unplanned trip to my dad’s seemed like another thing on the long list of busyness, it actually kept me from jumping right back into everything.

It gave me a chance to take a deep breath.

In our task-oriented and achievement-minded culture, it is easy to be caught up in work, service and activities. They may be good things. They may be distractions. They may energize us. They may exhaust us. They may be the very things we should be doing. They may keep us from doing the things we aught.

My mornings have been a time to be alone, to listen, to breathe, to let my praise reflect back to the Lord the beauty of his creation. And to ask, “What do you have for me, Lord?”

To begin with, be refreshed, restored, recharged.

“Come to me,
all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 28:11


Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them,
“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
Matthew 6:31


And He said,
“My presence shall go with you,
and I will give you rest.”
Exodus 20:8-10.


“In peace
I will lie down and sleep (rest),
for you alone, LORD,
make me dwell in safety.”
Psalm 4:8



“Call to me, and I will answer you; I will tell you wonderful and marvelous things that you know nothing about. ”
Jeremiah 33:3

The LORD says, “I will teach you the way you should go; I will instruct you and advise you.”
Psalm 32:8

Next time: What the Lord has shown me in the midst of the quiet.


One might hope a thing to be a certain way, then smile with delight of it being true.


About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, a son-in-love, a daughter-in-love and two adorable granddaughters. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in New Braunfels, located at the Texas Hill Country.
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