Grumpy the Gator

In Grumpy the Gator, a group of children playing encounter a grumpy alligator. The story teaches children to always keep a safe distance from animals in the wild, and to find an adult if they see an alligator.

Grumpy the Gator

Its Always A Story With The Hendersons

In the quiet morning… or afternoon…

One of my favorite childhood memories is that of going to visit people. My parents and I visited relatives and friends and enjoyed sharing chats and laughter. There was always one thing from those visits that stayed in my memory . I noticed that a lot of the older people always had a home of “quiet”.
By “quiet”, I mean that there were no t.v.’s blaring, or cell phones ringing, or computers chirping with the local weather update. In almost every home, the sounds were peaceful and fulfilling. The tick tock of the clock on the mantle, the birds chirping at the bird feeder outside the window, and occasionally a timer waiting to buzz to let us know the cookies or cake were done.
I remember walking into homes and sitting on soft couches, filled with huge decorative pillows(some handmade) and often, a beautiful crocheted or knitted afghan(some handmade) lay across the back of the couch. These items welcomed everyone to sit down and have some quiet and rest.
Interesting thing is…. the older I am, the more I appreciate the “quiet”. Oh, yes, everyone who knows me knows that I love to laugh out loud and I do enjoy the “loud” times. In fact, I often cause the “loud” times. 🙂 Yet, the “quiet” of my surroundings is really affecting me lately.
During the quiet of the morning or afternoon…. I listen to rain tapping on the roof, I hear the birds singing songs, I hear the laughter and voices of children and families playing outside or taking walks together, the sounds of the house settling in different weather, the  sound of a passing siren(which gives me an opportunity to pray for whoever needs help and also, for the rescue people) and so much more.
Most important is that the “quiet” gives me the wonderful, amazing opportunity to listen for God’s Word for me. He is always ready to listen to my prayers and in the “quiet”, I am ready to listen to Him. I am amazed at all He reveals to me during these precious times. He gives His love during the “quiet” and the “loud” times. We need to be prepared to listen.
Enjoy your day and notice what you hear and/or see during those “quiet” times. Is God sending you a special thought or message? What is one of your favorite “quiet” moments?
Have a blessed day,

  • Christine
    Posted at 00:11h, 18 May Reply

    What a great message to think about and put into practice! In this world with all of our gadgets, it’s definitely easier to maintain the noise. I have gotten into such a pattern of noise that staying in the “quiet” moments is now more strenuous; but I crave the “quiet” moments all the same. As silly as it sounds I even have an app on my phone to help center and put me in a quiet moment. I’ve found that nature helps me connect to the moment – the smell of the spring air and fresh cut grass when I first leave the house in the morning, the sound of the rain in the evening, the sunset when driving home after work. With this post in mind I’ll keep a more keen eye/ear out for opportunities for “quiet”!!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 00:28h, 18 May Reply

      Thank you for reading and commenting. Thank you for your beautiful thoughts.

  • Carol Souders
    Posted at 14:20h, 18 May Reply

    What a lovely post. You are so right! Quiet times are so important and needed to help us reflect, adjust and prepare.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 14:23h, 18 May Reply

      Thank you for reading and for commenting. 🙂

  • joyceheartwings
    Posted at 23:41h, 18 May Reply

    Thank you for your enlightening message Mimi. My two favorite quiet moments every day are (1) my time spent with God in the morning, reading the Bible, my favorite devotionals and praying and talking with God; the (2) other is the time I spend on the Heart”wings” Good morning… message beginning at 4:00 each morning. My sweet hubby wanders by (silently) keeping my coffee cup topped of until I am finished. What a blessing he is to me. j

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 23:43h, 18 May Reply

      Thank you for always being so encouraging . 🙂

  • onerebelheart
    Posted at 13:23h, 30 May Reply

    Me too! Sometimes I just like to sit in the quiet. The world today is full of sound and it’s so easy to drown out the important stuff with noise.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 13:37h, 31 May Reply

      Quiet time……. love the quiet. But, I love the noise, too. hahaha I especially love the giggles we share.

  • shannan williams
    Posted at 03:54h, 31 May Reply

    OH what a wonderful post…you brought back so many memories to mind while reading this post. And it’s so true. I remember going to my relatives and it being just the way you described. I love my quiet time now too. I appreciate it the older I get. Thank you so much for such a wonderful post and the memories it brought back…I’m in a happy place right now. God bless you sweet sister.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 13:36h, 31 May Reply

      Shannan, you are so dear to me. 🙂

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