Noise. I’m thankful that we can make noise, that God made us to speak and to appreciate music, talking, speeches, and more. Yet He also says to ‘Be still and know that He is God.’ Noise does characterize a lot of life. One of the lessons I’m learning is that it can be hard to get to a place where it’s actually quiet, to have the balance between appreciating God’s gifts of noise and quietness.
Do you ever find that you just want to run away from it all because the noise is a little too loud. I find that I often want to unplug and just hear my own thoughts and ask myself important questions?
This is me at least once or twice a week. It’s hard to go unplugged, but it’s absolutely wonderful when you do get the chance.
I think it’s essential to be quiet, but I stink at it. So I thought we could discuss it and share different ideas after I share a few reasons to go unplugged with you.
I thought I would talk about this topic for today’s ‘Take Care of Your Temple Tuesday‘ because I know we all love quiet unplugged time, but some times it’s hard to find time or the reasons to do it. I thought I would share a few of the reasons I’ve found ‘going unplugged’ to be so beneficial.
I used to always wear an Ipod while running or exercising or always listen to something, but one year for some reason I was tired of noise, and so I decided to go with silence while running.
At first it was hard. It was hard listening to my thoughts, confronting things I hadn’t confronted before, dealing with struggles I hadn’t dealt with, but it gave me time to really bring all of my worries, all of my thoughts before the Lord.
It gave me time to cry, to talk out loud, to sing, to pray, to truly walk through things in my head.
So I think that it’s not wrong to wear an Ipod because music can be really motivating, invigorating, helpful, and encouraging, but I think silence can be just as golden. . .
These are the verses that I’ve been thinking about while running the past few week.
‘Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.’ (Psalm 46:8-10)
Why should we exercise unplugged? (I just have a few reasons to share, and I would love if you shared your own!)
1) It gives you time to behold the wonder of God’s creation all around you….
2) It gives time to think, to pray, to slow down and not have 100 things pulling for your attention.
3) It gives time to really think about what the most important things in life are and what the distractions are in your life.
4) It helps you just slow down and truly treasure each moment. It reminds me of God’s mercy.
‘Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;’ (Psalm 103:4)
5) Sometimes if the noise in your ears is quiet, you can think about friends and family that are on your heart.
6) The light out side reminds me of how glorious and awesome the light of Jesus is.
‘For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.’ (2 Corinthians 4:6)
7) It gives me time to meditate on God’s promises and Who He is and be comforted by His goodness and love and mercy and justice and truth.
‘But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.’ (Isaiah 43:1-2)
And now my last fun, a bit more superficial reasons to exercise/run/bike unplugged.
9) You can think about what you’ll bake in the kitchen like these absolutely incredibly amazing Pumpkin Granola Bars from Sarah. They are the moistest, softest granola bars I’ve ever eaten.
10) You can recount all the fun, wonderful full blessings of the week whether it be:
Coffee Shop Time (Cora always makes me crave that quiet coffee/tea time)
Movie Times with family or friends
and so so much more… #CountBLESSINGSnotcalories (I’m learning this… slowly.)
Who’s going unplugged for a workout this week?
Do you normally workout while listening to something or do you do some workouts unplugged?
Why would you go unplugged for a workout?
Linking up with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for Tuesdays on the Run! I’m also joining the Wild Workout Wednesday fun with Ann Marie, Nicole, Jen, and Michele and Amanda for ‘Thinking out Loud Thursday.‘