February 26, 2018


A few weeks ago, the pastor at my church spoke about finding our quiet place in this world filled with breaking news, stress, busyness, trauma, and uncertainty. He talked about the importance of surrendering our burdens to Him and prioritizing time alone with God to listen, talk to, and deepen our walks in faith.

Those words resonated with me in the moment and have stuck with me since. There's something about peace and quiet that this introvert craves and seeks. In a world where everyone is in the fast lane, it's hard not to try and merge into that lane as well. We want success. We want to be known. And we want to please others. 

But there's something about finding that spot, that place, that time where you can rest and actually catch your breath. 

And after years of searching, I think I've finally found it. If you follow me in Instagram or have seen enough of my monthly recap posts, then you probably know how much I enjoy the outdoors, listening to podcasts, and taking photos. In fact, I have a feeling you're probably a little (or a lot) tired of seeing those photos fill your feed. 

When I was reflecting on the sermon, I realized that walking and hiking in the outdoors IS my quiet place. It's where I find peace, it's where I listen to worship music, and it's where I pray. It's where I can let my mind wander while I get fresh air and take in the beauty of His creation. It's where I find quiet time in the chaos of life, work, and relationships. And it's where I process, reflect, and think. 

My quiet place isn't in my room, the library, or a little corner in the house. It's anywhere from quiet, in reality. But it's where I find peace and for me, that's more important than the sound of cars driving by, wild turkeys calling, and dogs barking in the distance. 

Where is your quiet place? 

p.s. If you want to read more about making time for creativity and rest, here's why you need white space in your life, and here are seven ways to nurture creativity in your home.

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