Seeking Peace and Focus: Quieting the Competing Voices

On Thursday evenings I look forward to seeing the prompt  that  Kate   Motaung has chosen for Five Minute Friday. I enjoy linking up with this community of writers and seeing where the word takes us. Today’s prompt is: SIMPLIFY

Sometimes the news and political controversies stir up my emotions and distract me. The “news” is posted on my e-mail carrier, on my iphone, on twitter. I had a habit of watching the news on TV while eating breakfast (a bit of a news junkie?).

This year I need new habits. My husband and I are reading devotions based on the Proverbs every morning (God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life by Tim Keller). I am eating breakfast in silence and then spending time on my study of the book of Romans.

With so many competing voices in our culture I need to focus on the Bible.

The Word of God is the best guiding voice for each day.

Your Word is a lamp to my feet . . .

Your word is a lamp to my feet

And a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

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By Carol

Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.


  1. Great reminder! There are so many voices competing for our attention that we have to be intentional about listening to God’s.

  2. How true last week I unplugged for a whole day and experienced the presence of God like I had not for a while and was filled with joy.

  3. I feel that too when I’m driving. I feel the push to turn on the radio on the off chance I am by myself with out my kids. Yet I feel a tug to sit in the quiet and be with God. A little pocket of quiet instead of saturating any free moment with competing voices like you said. I’m sure that morning routine is much more calming 🙂 great ideas

    1. Sometimes I listen to the radio in the car–and other times the quiet and whispered prayers is a blessing. It is a challenge to find balance. Thanks for visiting! Have a blessed weekend.

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