the curious place of listening (days 21 – 25)

Two years ago when my sister started this whole let’s-write-everyday-in-October thing, several of us emailed back and forth ideas for topics.

We started out serious, but when we all heard how ridiculous our ideas were at the beginning, it became a common joke that maybe we should just write about silence and frame our laziness and inability to think of something to write about with the pretense of being profound. We could call it 31 Days of Quiet and take the month off.

Today, I laugh because this week is going to be just exactly that, minus the laziness and pretense. There is nothing lazy about taking intentional time off to listen, to become aware of the inner workings of the soul, and to honestly confront whatever comes to the surface.

In my flesh, I would rather do anything else.

But these twenty days of writing have been leading up to an invitation to quiet. And for the next several days, I’m entering in to the curious place of listening. Since I won’t be posting for several days, here are some posts I’ve written in the past that may encourage you as you enter in to your own week, whatever hush may look like for you.

4 Ways to Take a Walk Like a Believer

A Question for the Desperate

For When You Feel Behind

The Secret to Keeping the Wonder

5 Ways to Breathe in a Breathless World

Love in the Morning

This post serves as days 21 – 25 in a series, 31 Days to Hush. You can click here to see a list of all the posts. If you would like to receive these quiet thoughts in your email inbox, subscribe now.



  1. says

    I LOVE your wise wise words friend! I totally understand what you mean when you say you would rather do anything but. Listening is anything but being passive, but so so important for us to learn from the Lord and each other!
    Loving your series!
    Much Love,

  2. says

    I mentioned your blog on my blog today if you’re interested in reading<3

  3. says

    “For When You Feel Behind”
    The title just jumped out at me.
    You said “We are tricked into believing that the only relief from feeling behind is to catch up.”
    Loved reading this today…it was exactly what my flustered (and tricked) heart needed.
    Thank you

  4. Cheyenne says

    Ahh. That is how it feels to be back here. I haven’t been to your blog for a bit, and tonight I stopped by again. You are so deeply inspired and so truly talented. Your words reach right to my core. It’s like a tall glass of ice cold water on a hot day in July. Absolutely refreshing. Thank you for all you do, and sharing your beautiful gifts with all of us! I don’t even know you, but I feel like you’re a good friend. :)

  5. says

    Hi Emily! Just wanted to let you know I wrote a post pretty much dedicated to your talk at The Influence Conference on my blog today :) Would love for you to check it out – I hope I got it all correct :)

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