There are many types of noise.
In our house, we have typical noise, just as I’m sure your house has it’s typical noise too. We have things like boy noise, dishwashers, hair dryers, yapping Pomeranians, kids playing, music, and XBox games.
Another kind of noise that I seem to encounter is the noise that leads to distraction.
Call it brain chatter, worry, curriculum planning, or what-will-they-think-of-me—No matter what it is or isn’t, it seeks to distract me from the things that are most important in my life.
It seems like the noise is louder lately. I can’t stay focused to follow through and get things done. Even this post, which I am writing at 10:36am on Tuesday, which is normally finished and scheduled to be posted just after Midnight on Tuesdays, has fallen victim to my noise problem.
Okay, I have a bit of an excuse.
J came home from Swaziland yesterday evening, almost 2 hours earlier than we expected them because their flights were early. (How does THAT happen?!) It was awesome to see her and the rest of the team home again, but it threw off my evening and I didn’t get my post written.
It shows in my home too. The clutter is everywhere right now. Disorganized, piled, messy clutter that I just can’t seem to get a handle on. I finished reading Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider, and I’m ready to do something about it.
I want to simplify my life and my home, and it starts by eliminating time suckers, time wasters, and things that we don’t need that I always tend to push off to the side and ignore anyway. I need less noise in my visual field, less noise inside my head.
I am starting to hate the noise.
Not the “noise” of my home; no, this is normal and comfortable for me. It is the noise inside my head—the comparisons, the concern I have for one of my children who is living away from God and us, the easily-distracted self that can’t seem to finish what she starts.
God is a God of simplicity and purposeful living.
If I seek to be more like Him, then I should be seeking to live simpler and purposefully. It just makes sense. How can we be more successful and effective as homeschooling mothers? By removing the things that cause the noise in our lives, and paring it down to the essentials!
In Rob Bell’s Nooma video titled Noise, I love the way he talks about the noise in our lives. Spend more time listening and less time talking. More time listening for the voice of God than worrying about things that might happen. Less noise. Less me. More God.
“Does my schedule, my time, my life look like that of a person who wants to hear God’s voice?”