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Anna works full-time for DaySpring from Minnesota, where she lives with her husband and four kids. Anna is the author of A Moment of Christmas and Pumpkin Spice for Your Soul, and she shares the good stuff of the regular, encouraging you to see the ordinary glory in your everyday.

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  1. The whole time while reading this I was reminded of 1 Thess 4:11 – …make it your ambition to lead a quiet life…

    God has often brought this verse to mind when I think I’m not doing enough (by our cultural standards here in the U.S.) and I then relax in knowing I’m living at the pace God intends for me to live to be contented. And the busy of the others just doesn’t work for me and that’s ok! 🙂

  2. I recently “retired” due to extreme burn out from my job. Trying to meet expectations of my sweet boss, help my aging mom and be there for my adult children as they grapple with their new lives and responsibilities. I often feel guilty, like the author, that I now have space to breathe!

  3. Good for you! It took a long time for me to learn to say no. Every so often I get too involved with saying yes and feel the stress and anxiety from it. So I pullback and it feels so good to be able to breathe and just “be”. I love being reminded how Jesus took time to get away and be alone, quiet.

  4. Upon awakening each morning, after saying “Good Morning” to God, my thoughts immediately go to Today’s Schedule. I can actually sense an inner excitement when I realize I Don’t Have To Go Anywhere Today!!!

  5. Thank you for sharing. I always look forward to hearing from you. I am thankful you made the time to share with us again.

  6. Yes we need seek stillness. As life can so busy we forget to be still and quite. To spend time with our Lord in Prayer and Bible reading. We need to do that know the quietness and stillness of Lord hear his Holy Spirit speak to us. To teach us how to live right for him each and every day. So let not get so busy we don’t have the time to do this let us make the time to do this. Love today’s reading. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xx

  7. “Quiet the corners of your life that feel too loud.” Yes. Your post spoke directly into my writer’s heart. I want to share my words (and do through a local mom blog/collective), but I know it’s not healthy for me to spend a lot of time on social media. It’s all so “loud.” Can we be writers these days without living on social media? I wonder this often and hope there’s a way! Thank you for sharing your words and your quest for quiet.

    • Consider me a guinea pig! My books are nearly 8 and 10 years old now but still selling, and I’m sure that not promoting them like crazy, having private profiles, etc. has impacted sales… but I am privileged enough to not need to worry deeply about that, and I’m grateful.

  8. Wow! I love, love, love this and completely get it.

    Thank you ~ sweet confirmation.

  9. I had a 15 year career in broadcast journalism and for a long time the first line of my LinkedIn bio said, “I thrive in a fast-paced environment.” Turns out, I was wrong. I left that career a year ago and I have flourished more in the last 12 months than in all of my 15 years in journalism. Mostly because I got still. I left the chaos behind and looked for — embraced — a quieter life.

  10. We also won’t hear God in the hustle. We need the quiet to listen. He speaks in a whisper. Wonderful post, Anna.

  11. I enjoy the quiet place. Just enjoying being alone, is that, is that enough for Jesus to bless us?

  12. Well said, Anna! We will always love you, even if you put yourself out there less. I won’t forget. You are a very special young woman! That won’t change. We are here waiting for whatever comes next.

  13. Hi Anna,
    You are one of my favourite writers from encourage! Even though you often write about life with kids, I’m single, there is still a message in your words for everyone. I like how you often include some humour in your posts. 🙂

    One of cousins brought up her 2 boys with Friday as family night and even now, even though they are teenagers, they still long for that family time once in awhile. Praise God!

    I have never been on facebook or instagram and, certainly don’t feel like I’m missing anything that important.

    In my humble opinion, you are doing life the way Jesus modelled it for us-staying close to His Father, enjoying the best of family and friends and, most importantly, reaping a life with decreased stress and more love.

    Keep being yourself!
    Blessings and thanks, Sandy

  14. We all need quiet to hear HIS voice and feel the calm we need. Quiet times help us rest and recharge ourselves. Bring on the quiet and when ready go show your beautiful self God bless all

  15. This really hits home with me! I volunteered to be a board member for a county agency and it has ended up being way more time consuming than I thought it would be. One of the members has told me how much she appreciates my being on the board (a guilt trip waiting to happen) and some of my friends have congratulated me. The bottom line is that it is more than I can handle. My term is up at the end of the year and I feel the Holy Spirit’s lead to graciously leave the board then.

  16. Anna,

    Oh you & I could be twins. My job at local hospital is busy, loud & tiring. Come Friday I am worn out & just want quiet with hubby. Enjoy watching old Star Trek episodes & just being still. I find the more I’m quiet the better I feel. I can worship & praise God more readily. May be one day I can do a bit more but for now I’m content to be quiet & make room for more!

    Blessings 🙂