the noise

August 22, 2014

familyI’ve started to realize I have way too much noise in my life. Noise from binge watching shows on Netflix, from the internet, my own dumb wants, music, social media, projects, and the list goes on. I have been horrible at listening to my husband, children, and especially my God. I’ve filled my life with so much noise that I was losing focus and neglecting the things that should be most important to me. This week I started to see and hear more clearly, and I’m thankful for the different ways God revealed to me just how cluttered my life was. Sometimes I really suck at this wife and mother thing, so I’m praying (and trying to be more consistent at praying) that God keep shaping and growing my selfish heart into a selfless one.



16 comments on “the noise”

  • Sarah says:

    Yes! You couldn’t have summed it up any better. Noise. That’s exactly what has been permeating my life as of late. My phone is my constant companion, as is the background noise of the television when I’m home. My laptop is always open and I’m forever searching the internet. Perhaps I’m avoiding my own thoughts in some capacity, putting off tackling an issue that needs to be tackled. No doubt I have been a more scattered version of myself as of late. I’ve been half-hearing what my husband and son have to say (and overall less mentally present), staying up too late, and in general feeling overwhelmed and distracted. Why do we do this to ourselves? How does this pattern begin? Things I’ve been asking myself since reading this post. Thank you! (They needed to be asked.)

  • thanks so much for being real and reminding us of what’s important!

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  • oh man! I was just thinking the same thing this morning! i’m thinking about fasting tv, internest, all of it for a time. just so i can get back on track and focus on what really matters, the Lord & people.

    thanks for confirming already what the Lord was speaking to my heart.

    xoxo ,kerri

  • Mallory says:

    Thank you for your honesty! I just went through the same realization this week. I had been in a funk for more months than I care to share. I no longer felt like cooking dinner, our house was a mess, and I just didn’t feel like I had anything left to give. And then I felt that all too familiar nudge. The one from above that says it’s time to let go of the things you are clinging to. The noise. I put down my phone and realized how much more I got done. The moments I had been missing. It’s so embarrassing to admit. Social media is a ministry for me but I had made it an idol. Thank you for this, such great encouragement to know I’m not alone in this!

  • Danica says:

    Gosh, I feel like even if there isn’t any physical noise…there is still noise in my head and heart! Always worried and overthinking this or that. Amazing power can happen when you let Jesus quiet the sound! Pray, pray, pray!

  • heather says:

    You sound like me. I am both thankful, upheld, and challenged by this particular blog post. Thanks dear. 🙂

  • Sheena says:

    I feel you Ryby I’m guilty of that. It doesn’t help being a student as well. PTL for the reminder. Psalm 46:10 comes to mind….be still and know that I am God…. 🙂

  • Jennie says:

    Exactly what I needed to hear this afternoon as I grumbled my way through the end of the work day and gearing up for an eventful family night.
    Thank you!

  • Christine says:

    Beautiful. Thank you.

  • Kaitlyn says:

    I can completely relate!!! Noise. It’s been buzzing for months now, being overwhelmed with the new responsibilities that crept in bit by bit and now all I can think about is how to give my best in fulfilling all of those. The stress is turning me crazy and not the best version of me at all! Still figuring out how to carry out these responsibilities but resting, trusting and placing God at the focus instead of all the crazy.

    Thank you, Rubyellen for sharing this! Praying for all of us here, thankful and knowing that His grace is sufficient for us.

    By the way, I’m surprised I haven’t commented here before seeing that you have been such a great source of encouragement to me by your walk. Thank you! Sending love to your sweet family.

  • nikki says:

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  • Taylor says:

    Thank you for being so transparent in your walk and your writing. It’s always an inspiration.

  • Karla says:

    I’m the same way… and I’m so stressed! I don’t know how to make it more peaceful, though.

  • Cait says:

    Amen….I feel the same way and it really helps to hear someone putting it into words. I pray it quiets down for both of us, whatever we have to do!

  • Harmony says:

    Thank you, Ruby.

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