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Recently, I read a post on Twitter from a writer who yearned for a “quiet place” — not just for rest, but a time set aside to find inspiration and cultivate ideas. ¬†I’ll admit, I struggle to find enough time to complete writing assignments. Finding time to sit in silence and dream? Practically unheard of!

But isn’t that what we’re called to do? Not just as writers, but as Christians. In addition to cultivating inspiration, quietness is imperative if we are going to hear from God on direction for our lives. Quietness is only found if it is purposefully sought after. It does not come naturally in our busy, noisy world. From the time I wake in the morning, dozens (if not hundreds) of things compete for my attention: work, ¬†planning meals, meetings, pets, and housework. And that’s before I even log onto the computer, where email, social media, and projects are waiting not-so-patiently for me.

Have I filled my moments with so much busy work that I don’t make time for the quietness that is so necessary for daily survival? Is there a way to find that quietness among a noisy lifestyle?

I realize that the only way to pull back is to do just that: pull back. Shove all the noise aside. Close a door. Take a few deep breaths, escape inward and look up. It’s amazing how the growing clutter disappears in those few quiet moments and clarity takes its place. But it’s up to me to make it happen, and promising myself that I’ll do it tomorrow is no excuse. I must find that quiet place today.

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