Sunday, July 16, 2023

Solitude and Silence Beg to be Found by Becky Van Vleet #Devotional #SundayThougts



Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)

When I was a young girl, I loved pulling the string on the back of my Chatty Cathy doll to hear her talk. And boy could she talk. I was probably a little chatty myself when I played with her.

In our chaotic, raucous society, solitude and silence beg to be found. So many voices vie for our attention from our cell phone pop ups, our computers, TVs, and just people in general. If we’re honest, even our own voices contribute to noise influx.

It's been observed that God gave us one mouth and two ears, so we ought to listen more than we speak, right? How do we discern when to speak or be silent? On our own, I think this is mighty tricky. But when we immerse ourselves in scripture and seek God’s counsel, the Holy Spirit guides us.

When we’re not speaking, we will be more inclined to listen—to others and to God. It’s much easier to lean toward obedience to God in moments of silence.

When Jesus began his Galilean ministry, He was on a pack filled circuit, but even so, we read that He sought silence and solitude to spend time with His Father in Mark 1:35. Without personal quiet time and prayer time, we may struggle to really know God and who He created us to be. If we don’t place boundaries with outside stimuli, we may not “hear” what God wants to teach us.

We will always talk, and we can be thankful for the gift of speech. But are you okay for your pet parrot to squawk about to others what he hears you say? There are times to be silent, especially when it comes to gossiping. No talking, please!


Becky Van Vleet is a retired teacher and principal and award-winning multi-genre author. She has been published in Guideposts, The Country Register, and Christian Devotions Ministry. Her children’s picture books are the recipients of the 2020 Excellence in Editing award as well as the Purple Dragonfly award in 2020 and 2021. She and her husband make their home close to Colorado Springs where she enjoys gardening, hiking, oil painting, power walking, and spending time with her family, especially reading books to her grandchildren.

Becky is the author of Unintended Hero, a true story about her father’s battles, experiences, and adventures in WWII aboard the USS Denver. She is passionate about sharing the values from the Greatest Generation and enjoys speaking to high school classes about patriotism.

A member of ACFW, Allauthor, and Pikes Peak Writers, Becky has devoted her website to creating and preserving family memories and sharing family stories for the next generations through her monthly blogs. You can find her at: She would love to hear from you, especially if you have a family story to share!


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