Choosing a Quiet January

Choosing a Quiet January

Lucinda Secrest McDowell

2018. Wow.

I greet this New Year with mixed emotions. For this baby-boomer growing up in mid-century America, my first response is incredulity –- 

“How did it get to be 2018 already?” 

Quickly followed by my second response,  “How utterly Faithful and True my God has been over the past many years!”  Which is a Good Thing, since the year ahead will most certainly offer numerous occasions to cry out to Him – seeking His wisdom, protection, power and provision. 

I experience many more responses as I turn the page to January 2018 but for now, I will simply “ponder” those in my heart.

After a full holiday season, I am going to go into a Quiet Space for the month of January. I won’t be interacting on social media or posting blogs or sharing memes. I am going to be still and listen to God’s Whisper on my life. As a new and significant year for me begins I am going to wait in wonder for instructions and guidance. I will unplug from technology and plug in to a very few people, sanctuary places and intentional prayerfulness. 

“To be in solitude is to choose to do nothing. For extensive periods of time. All accomplishment is given up. Silence is required to complete solitude, for until we enter quietness, the world still lays hold of us. When we go into solitude and silence we stop making demands on God. It is enough that God is God and we are His.” (from “Invitation to Solitude and Silence” by Ruth Haley Barton)

I also plan to marinate in my word for the year 2018 – STEADFAST

  • Reveling in God’s STEADFAST LOVE (hesed adonai) for me The steadfast love of the Lord never changes, His mercies never come to an end…”  Lamentations 3.22 
  • Seeking to become more STEADFAST (hypomoneo) “Let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1.4 

Signing off for the month now — praying for both a restorative and revealing time alone as well as moments with family and friends. 

Perhaps you will choose to do the same? Let me know, and thanks for being patient with my reply…

under the mercy, Cindy

©2018 Lucinda Secrest McDowell

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