Day 1: How Do I Get Quiet?

Quiet. When You Speak in the Silence. Here I am, no more hiding. You are in this moment no more fighting, I’ll be quiet.

-Lyrics from “Quiet” from Elevation Rhythm Worship

As I sit here peacefully writing this at 8:02a on a Tuesday morning at Starbucks, distractedly
watching the sheep of cars driving to their wallet’s daily doom, I can’t say that I’m very good at
“quiet.”

So… hi! I’m Megan. We’ll get to know each other prettttttty well in the next 60 days, and I’m
excited about that.

But first things first, there’s something you should know about me. I don’t
know if you’re into personality tests, but I’m REALLY into them. Why? Because as a Life Coach,
minister, and entrepreneur for the past 10 years, I’ve helped thousands of clients and friends
unlock the freedom of their identity through a Bible-based approach to a test called the
Enneagram. We won’t get into all of that now, but if you want to “Find Your Type,”
yourenneagramcoach.com is a great website from my friends Beth and Jeff, two awesome
Christians who have the largest “Enneagram Ministry” in the world, totally based on Jesus. I
can’t wait to hear what you are. (Feel free to post in the comments!)
So, why does this matter here in a devotional? I’m so glad you asked! Since this is a series
talking about How To Hear The Voice of God, I thought we should start our journey together at
the basics: silence. Another word for it: quiet.

These first two days, we’ll be exploring the word quiet via two pathways:

1. Why getting quiet is important for our personal walk with God.

2. What to do and what it means when we feel like God’s voice is quiet.

Quiet. Or if you’re me, another word for it: BORING.
You see, on the Enneagram Personality Test, I’m a fierce Enneagram 8w7, which is called a
“Challenger,” with an “Enthusiast” wing. As you may now be catching on, the Enthusiast wing
says it all. I like to be enthused.

I am loud.

I am proud.

And on top of that, I’m 6-feet-tall.

Nothing about me is quiet, or subtle for that matter. And to me, nothing about quiet has ever been “fun.”
*Sigh, I can recall my elementary school grade cards now…*

“She is a very bright girl, but she just… she just… never stops… TALKING!”
“She likes to be very chatty even when we explicitly tell her it’s quiet time…”

Anyone else? Just me? Okay cool.
So… it’s safe to say that if “quiet” and I were to be in a relationship on Facebook our status
would be “it’s complicated.”

In all seriousness, growing up, I really struggled with quiet for two reasons:

1. In terms of calling, I was born and created to be very loud. (More on this later.)

2. Being quiet, in my brain, is associated with absolute boredom and therefore torture. “No
thank you,” and “I’ll pass” were quickly followed by the idea. God gave me a massively
creative mind destined for writing, songwriting, and futuristic possibilities. Being quiet
(back then), I associated with shutting down my very nature.

But lately, God has been sticking words such as “quiet,” “still,” and “peace” into the washing
machine of my spirit far more often.
Now…putting the detergent in, setting the washer to the right settings, and pressing start may be
another story entirely, but the point still remains.

So I dared to ask: “Why God, why is this even important?”

“Try it,” God said.

With a quick eye roll and a little giggle, I considered what He said.

Quiet… Why would I try that? I asked God.

“Try it,” God said again.

After a little baby eye roll, I plopped down on my couch, flopped open my bible, and found my
notebook.

“OKAY, God. I’m listening.”

I silenced my phone and threw up a quick prayer.

“God, I open my heart, ears, eyes, and my mind to Your Word. I thank You for slowing down my
mind and speaking expressly to my Spirit-man what You want and need me to hear today. I am
your kid, and I surrender to Your Word. Teach me today, Father. I’m excited for what You have
for me. Amen.”

Feeling… nothing, in particular, I continued.
I steadied my heart for His gentle leading and felt a small bubbling in my spirit to turn to one of
the Epistles, Colossians.
What occurred the next 30 minutes shocked me.
I, a normally very spastic human, was locked in.
It was like someone drugged me with focus pills, shut out the world, and made me the most
productive human being on the planet.
It was almost trance-like.
Woah! I woke up.
What time is it? I asked.
It had been thirty minutes, I had taken eight pages of notes, and my spirit just felt… refreshed.
God, you spoke to me! I was locked in! I can do this!
I hadn’t found the cure for cancer, I hadn’t added thousands of dollars to my bank account, but
yet I felt like I had just found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
That morning, I had woken up with a racing mind of 100 to-do’s from work, errands, cleaning,
and my relationships.
After just thirty minutes of intentional focus, I felt… peace.
And I’m here to tell you, you can too.
I wanted to start off our thirty-day journey together to let you know that no matter where you
come from or how “mature” your relationship is with God, He’s just a breath away at any
moment. He’s standing at attention, living inside of your heart if you’ve accepted Him as your
Lord and Savior, ever-ready to commune with you as His child.

Below, I’ve posted some scriptures to help you draw near to Him with peace in the quiet,
without fear. I encourage you to read them out loud and use them as a prayer reference as you
draw closer to God today.

See you tomorrow! Post your enneagram type below in the comments!!

Day One Scriptures

QUIET
Judges 18:7 “Then the five men departed and came to Laish and saw the people who were in
it living in security, after the manner of the Sidonians, quiet and secure; for there was no ruler
humiliating them for anything in the land, and they were far from the Sidonians and had no
dealings with anyone.”
Isaiah 14:7 “The whole earth is at rest and is quiet; They break forth into shouts of joy.”
1 Chronicles 22:9 “Behold, a son will be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give
him rest from all his enemies on every side; for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace
and quiet to Israel in his days.”
Proverbs 17:1 “Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it, Than a house full of feasting with
strife.”
1 Thessalonians 4:11 “And to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own
business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you.”
Isaiah 32:17 “And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness,
quietness, and trust forever.”
PEACE
Isaiah 53:5 “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the
punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds, we are healed.”
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to
you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you
will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Daniel 10:9 “And he said, ‘O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of
good courage.’ And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, ‘Let my lord speak, for you
have strengthened me.’ ”
DRAW NEAR
James 4:8 – Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
NO FEAR
2 Tim 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.”