Happy Wednesday! Let’s just chat shall we?
Lately I’ve been thinking about background noise a lot. I am someone that always has something playing: Spotify, Netflix, Podcasts, Audiobooks, Instagram Stories, you name it. If there is silence, I’m filling it. (This is also applicable to me talking in conversation ?). I definitely didn’t used to be like this, but lately it seems like there is always noise. In addition to this I’ve noticed heightened anxiety and serious lack in productivity.
I tell myself I’m being more productive by listening to an audiobook while working, but am I really? Am I killing two birds with one stone, or am I spreading my attention too thin?
Lately I’ve been trying to be intentional about seeking silence. Whether it’s driving in the car without the radio on, working on my computer with no background noise, or doing daily tasks without music in the background. It’s proving to be a tough habit to break, but it is so freeing! It is very eye opening and relieving all at the same time. I am an over-thinker in every way, and it seems like lately I’ve been pushing those thoughts aside telling myself it is a good thing, but it may be leading to restlessness. It’s been making me notice that often when I feel worried or riled up I seek something to turn on to distract me. Not exactly a habit I’m proud of. Resisting has been turning my heart more towards prayer and leaning into the attributes of God.
I think it came up and has been especially important for me because I’ve been extra busy this week. Having these gaps of stillness in the midst of busy days has been rejuvenating and made things seem less overwhelming.
I’m not saying there is anything wrong with background noise, and I’ve still listened to plenty of it this week, but it’s just something that has been on my mind. Do you have any thoughts on this? I’d love to hear them in the comments.
I used to love to cook! In fact I got a Rachel Ray cookbook for my 6th birthday because I loved her so much. I still love cooking shows but haven’t found myself in the kitchen in quite a while (the perks of living with your parents). I made dinner the other night and I forgot how much I love it! It was so relaxing and enjoyable! I think I need to make hobbies like this more of a priority. I’ve been pinning way more recipes lately, maybe I’ll even regain the knife skills I had as a 6 year old ?.
This week is also the first week of the devotional newsletter I’ve been working on. (P.s. can we come up with SOME other word than Devotional to describe reading your Bible? It’s time we retire that one. Agree?) Working on this project has been a really cool experience with the Lord. He’s defeated my feelings of unqualification (something the newsletter actually will talk about on Monday, November 20th), and taught me so much about His word. I have been so blessed by the response from you lovely people signing up and encouraging me while I write. I don’t believe with anything in me that I will have the perfect words, but the chance to send a piece of scripture into your personal inbox every day, man I’m excited about that! Our God is so incredible, and ya know what, His word is pretty neat too.
Wishing you a happy Wednesday!
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