What noise do you need to fight through to find peace?

It’s 8 a.m on a weekday when I go to our patio to soak up the morning sun. The palm trees barely move in the still air but sun is already warm on this February day.

I take my iPad to read, still trying to recover from all manner of yuckiness with a sinus infection. I lean back in the lounge chair to the sounds of morning traffic on the other side of our privacy fence. I see the top of a semi transporting something, a garbage truck rumbles by and a motorcycle loudly speeds on, identified only by sound. The whir of morning commuters doesn’t stop. A lawn service joins the cacophony of sound and the neighbors dogs, inside their house, are barking. And barking.

When we moved in this house nine years ago the street behind our us was a dead end. Our back porch was a place of peace and quiet save for the peacock heard from a nearby county park every now and then.

Then road work began and the street to nowhere became a major east-west road for daily commuters (myself included most days). Add to that, neighbors who moved next door last year with dogs I’ve never seen outside but whose bark can be heard from inside their house to inside our house, windows closed and a/c on.

My husband is the first to notice a crying baby. That’s a sound I’m able to block out. Maybe it’s a mom thing. We know the cry that needs attention and the cry that’s trying to get attention. We can ignore the latter.

More and more of my friends have said lately they’re pulling back from social media because of the political tension that sounds a lot like noise and we just don’t need more noise in the world.

I could choose to stay inside our house blocking out the traffic noise. But sometimes we have to fight through the noise to notice the beauty that’s there.

Inside, I see the tops of a few palm trees but outside on the porch, I see a row of them against a clear blue sky, the breeze picking up a little to make the branches dance. A yellow butterfly floated by and there’s nothing like feeling the suns rays warm this body tired of fighting the stuffiness.

Yes, the political strife is noisy and we should pull back from some of it but lets not forget the beauty of free speech and impassioned hearts. Let’s give thanks for voices fighting to keep these freedoms.

Maybe the loudest noise is within. Sometimes the inner voice is angry. I called myself knucklehead at least three times yesterday. That’s unacceptable. I need to shut that voice up. What’s your inner voice saying to you?

Is that the noise you need to quiet?

There are some things my inner voice says that I don’t want to hear but need to hear. The challenge is in separating the lies from the truth. Yes, I need to get my lazy self up and exercise. No, I’m not fat. (Isn’t that a hard one to believe?)

Maybe I can endure the noise of morning traffic because my soul is craving the peace of nature. Even nature surrounded by machines. What noise do you need to fight through to find peace for your soul? Have you found the peace that is tethered to all that God is?

“The peace of our souls does not have to rise and fall with unpredictable people or situations. Our feelings will shift, of course. People do affect us. But the peace of our souls is tethered to all that God is.” Lysa TerKeurst

More about Debby Hudson

Where do you find grace? Inside the church walls? Around the dinner table with your family? For years, grace was not much more than the prayer we said before meals or a biblical concept. Then I met a group of men who had, as we say, reached bottom. They welcomed me to Graceland. They showing me grace can be found in the darkest of places. I'm still searching and learning. I hope you'll want to come along.


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    The noise I contend with? The noise in my own head. Easy to turn off the noise of the world and my own personal environment – it’s the between my ears that gets loud!!!

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      I think that noise is the loudest for most of us. I’ll have to send you the cartoon I drew that I posted in the blog. I was speaking, LOUDLY, to myself! We tell some of our men, their mind is the worst neighborhood to be in. I wish it were easy to turn out the environmental noises here – especially the neighbors dogs!

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    I am certainly struggling with finding peace in the world. I have thought about leaving Facebook, but I keep coming back to a friend recently thanking me for being a light. I get bogged down sometimes, but I want to push through and help someone else.

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      I hear that, Sarah. I suspect Jesus was often bogged down…pressed in on all sides? But his light remained. Praying your light will continue to shine. Noise can’t put it out. No, never. xx

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    I love the photos, Debby, and I agree, sometimes it’s the inner noise that is the most difficult to fight.

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      Sometimes I just turn the music up, Lesley 😉

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    Beautiful pictures. A while back we were house hunting. We loved one house until we went out the back deck–so much road noise. That’s all it took for me. No longer interested. You’re right, sometime you have to fight through the inconvenient to enjoy the good.

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      We didn’t have any idea the dead end would one day be extended. It was so quiet when we moved in. You were smart to check out the whole house, Ginger. Thanks for stopping by.

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    Do you think we’ll ever find a space without that inner or outer “critic”? You’re so right on knowing what is and isn’t His truth. Help us Lord to take all thoughts captive to You. Bless you Debby – thank you for sharing peace in the amazing photos and laughter to your creative truth!

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      Ha!, Judi I’m not sure about that but we’re working on not listening to that inner critic, aren’t we? Thank you so much for the encouragement you share with me. I thank God for you. xx

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    Debby, I needed this message so much. Such a balance, isn’t it, of listening and blocking out noise. I’m learning to find self-care in the midst of the noise and also that self-care is such a luxury. Many are simply unable to live without that noise…

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      Annie, it’s sadly true that many can’t live without the noise. I hadn’t even considered that side. Heather Caliri has a good post on SheLoves about rest, which to me is a big part of self-care. Some days are better balanced than others.

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    i hope you’re breathing deep, feeling stronger, hearing His sweet whispers of peace this afternoon, friend …

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      I am indeed friend. After seeing the Dr. for a sinus infection I’m literally able to breathe deep and feel stronger but best of all, there is a quiet peace inside. Thank you Linda. From what I hear is coming your way, stay warm!

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