Morning Coffee- Focused Fruits Part 3: Peace- Say No to the Noise

coffeeHow noisy is your world? That noise could slowly be killing you. The American Psychological Association released a study on the effects of chronic noise on children. The report confirmed that chronic noise impairs a child’s development and may have a lifelong effect on educational attainment and overall health. Chronic noise in adults can lead to high blood pressure and fatal heart attacks.

I recently read an article on a new technique for consistently disruptive children in school. Instead of dolling out detention after detention, teachers are requiring that children practice meditation. That’s right, a new torture device for your kids! Surprisingly, after practicing silence and meditation, the behaviors of these “problem” kids changes drastically.

Silence is good for you. Stillness is good for all of us. Keeping my body still is not a problem. Keeping my mind quiet is a different story. The constant noise surrounding us prohibits us from experiencing peace and resting our hearts. There are times when experiencing silence is impossible and, you will hear yourself pray these words “Lord give me peace in this storm”. If you are going through one of life’s storms today, seek Him; seek His peace that passes all understanding (Phil 4:7). If it is just another manic Monday for you, then intentionally take time out of your day to prepare your heart for the storm, because I promise you, friend, the next life- storm is coming.

This morning I encourage you to say no to the noise and make a go at seeking a peace-place in your life. Give up social media for a while and instead sit quietly. Instead of the news for an hour in the evening, cut it down to half and meditate for thirty minutes. Give your mind a break. Give your heart a break. Give your body a break. Give yourself a chance to experience spiritual peace.

The world will still be raging when you turn the radio back on.
Facebook will still be ranting.
The media will still be rambling.
But maybe, just maybe, your heart will be ready to face it. Or maybe you will find that you don’t need the turmoil as much as you thought you did. Give your heart a chance to fill up with Jesus before you face the strife this world is dishing out.

Dear friends, let’s find peace together. I’m not talking about peace between friends today, we’ll save that for another time. What I pray for you this day, is that we make a peace place within ourselves, within our hearts. Let’s steal a few moments to soothe our aching hearts, quiet our worried minds, energize our desperate souls, and just rest in the love of Jesus for thirty minutes.

My family is going to try it this week. Thirty minutes of silence each day…as silent as a house with two pugs and two young boys can be for thirty minutes. Thirty blissful minutes of no phones, no computers, no TV, no Xbox. I imagine the first day to be absolute torture for my boys. I’ll let you know how it goes. I encourage you to do the same. Give something up for thirty minutes today and simply focus on God’s deep and unchanging love for you. If you are not new to meditation, pick your favorite scripture and dwell on it for thirty minutes. Let the Spirit of God comfort you.

1. Can you do it? Can you experience silence for thirty minutes? What keeps you from this spiritual practice? Does knowing how silence is good for you make it more of a priority? It should. So go to it! Go for a walk or run without your earbuds. Go in your closet and sit down. Open your bible and meditate on something like this:

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” -Colossians 3:15

2.Here is an old hymn by Edward Henry Bickersteth, written around 1860. These words fascinate me in their contrast. So many situations and realities that can tug at our hearts, yet we can have peace because Jesus is indeed on His throne. Praise God.

Let these words soak in. Peace to you this day, my friends.

Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.

Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed?
To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.

Peace, perfect peace, death shadowing us and ours?
Jesus has vanquished death and all its powers.

Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?
Jesus we know, and he is on the throne.

It is enough: earth’s struggles soon shall cease,
and Jesus call to heaven’s perfect peace.

I’d love to hear about your silent peace -place discoveries! How did it go? Was it easy as pie or absolute torture? Does you schedule dictate that you are surrounded by noise? Please comment and let’s work on this together!