In Others’ Words: Do You Hear What I Hear?

Christmas love 2014

One of my favorite things about the Christmas season is the music. I love all kinds of Christmas songs:

  • White Christmas
  • Carol of the Bells
  • Silent Night
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Straight No Chaser’s take on the Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Pentatonix’s take on Mary Did You Know?
  • Amy Grant’s I Need a Silent Night

 

I could go on and on with my list of Christmas music.

But this season can be all hustle and bustle and hurry and scurry — it’s why I call it “the holidaze.” 

Sometimes I forget the importance of silence. I forget to listen to the quiet — and I don’t hear what’s hidden inside of the hush.

I’m going to make room for quiet this month — even if it’s early in the mornings when no one else is up. And Christmas morning, when I’m surrounded by family and crumpled wrapping paper, I’m going to stop … and listen. And embrace the love that’s in the room with me.

In Your Words: What unexpected things have you heard when you’ve taken time to stop and slow down and listen to much-needed quiet? How has listening to quiet refreshed you?

Congratulations to the winners of my Rafflecopter contest to launch my

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  • Wendy Mastin is the winner of the $100 Williams-Sonoma gift card
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  • Rita Wray is the winner of the Audiobook or Ebook of ANB

Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest! 

 

 

 

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6 Comments

  1. December 3, 2014, 12:23 pm   /  Reply

    Now that our tree is decorated, corporate effort, and it’s dark outside early and late, I continue enjoying getting up early and plugging in the tree lights so they twinkle and flash, setting an atmosphere by the time the little kids arise and shine. Parenting, grandparenting, authoring, life, is a lot about setting an atmosphere–an amazing opportunity and challenge–or opportunities missed.

    • December 3, 2014, 5:56 pm   /  Reply

      Wise words, Dee, wise words indeed.

  2. December 3, 2014, 2:09 pm   /  Reply

    Listening to the quiet is hard, especially right now. I’ve developed a habit of having piano music playing when I have my quiet time. I love it, but lately I’ve become distracted. Today, my quiet time was just the dripping sink, the running fridge and me.

    It’s got me thankful for a home that has all the modern conveniences, plenty of food and dishes waiting to be put into the dishwasher. Today’s quiet has me looking for things I can be thankful for.

    • December 3, 2014, 5:58 pm   /  Reply

      I am purposefully not filling the silence at times — and there is peace in the quiet. And a rest and refreshment that is soul-deep. (And yes, sometimes there is a dripping faucet in the silence too.)

  3. December 5, 2014, 12:06 am   /  Reply

    Holidaze made me laugh out loud. Some days, I feel like a holiday robot … shop, bake, wrap, clean, sleep, repeat. Your post reminded me, silent and listen have the same letters. Here’s to setting both as priorities throughout December. Maybe you could write about this daily? 🙂

    Btw, my favorite is Mary Did You Know? I bet it’d help to start every day with that song.

    • December 6, 2014, 6:43 am   /  Reply

      Glad I helped you laugh a bit during the holidaze, Kim. 😉

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