Friday, March 23, 2012

Not Attempting to Be, Already Am

Happy Friday! Linking up with The Gypsy Mama for five minutes of writing bliss:). Join in to write without worrying, over-thinking, or having to get it right. Today's prompt: LOUD

I like loud. I can remember being a child and doing all sorts of things I considered "loud." Singing all the time, telling lots of stories, putting on skits, performing magic tricks, etc.

As you grow up though, you either begin forming new aspects of who you are or your identity takes on shape in new ways, and perhaps you're not as keen to let those inner-child moments come out. I can remember thinking that it may be best to quiet myself some as I got older, as maybe I didn't need to be "that loud," listening more to the voices around me than my own, or more than that, God's. Of course, there still were some of the more outspoken, more outgoing parts in me, and they surely came out, but I thought it best not to let them come out at certain times, wondering what the feedback from others would be, instead of just being totally myself.

There's a balance for sure. I like times of quiet. I like listening to others. There are very major times for that in my life.

But, God made me to have a love for life and to live it loudly in many different ways, and not to shrink back from that. I think there are certain things He has called me to that I haven't even fully made room enough for yet because I'm still working my way into it, or maybe fully out of a place of reserving myself as more "quiet."



What does loud and quiet look like in your life? Do you let yourself embrace what God created you to be in these areas?

Do you prefer one or the other and so quench something He might be doing with an area of your life that is quiet or loud?

*I love what Dara Maclean said on a K-Love interview yesterday about her song

"Free" (love this song!). She says, in Christ, she's not "attempting to be something..

I already am something." Whether you like the quiet, the loud, or anything in

between, whatever kind of person God calls you to be and however your passions

collide with His plans, what freedom and purpose there is in knowing we already are



  1. God made all of us so unique, and I'm thankful for that. I'm encouraged and uplifted by extroverts. Thank you for stopping by My Heart's Desire. I look forward to following your blog, and enjoying reading about your "loudness". =)


  2. Thanks so much for those kind words and the follow, Lynda! I'll definitely be back to My Heart's Desire as well!

  3. i love that he calls us to work out our salvation - to grow. what if he expected perfection? i will see you at amy's in april for (in)RL!

    1. Love your thoughts here, Kendal! So great to connect:). Hope to see you in April. I love that we are able to grow more and more into the fullness of the Spirit and he continues to work out his good purpose in us.

  4. Hi Julie!
    I just found your lovely blog from Angel's. Love your fast 5 minute thoughts! I'm LEARNING to be still and quiet in God's presence... He has so much to say and I want to hear it! :) I'll come back and visit you again.
    -Blessings, Amy (from

  5. I think you're right, there should be times for loud and for quiet. Balance ... why am I always hearing that word? :)

    1. Thanks for coming by, Jerralea! I know what you mean on balance, it's used a lot. It helps those of us who have tended toward extremes...ahem, me, stay reminded on why balance can be important :).

  6. I think at this point in my life, I really value quiet. I think when my kiddos get a little older I will wish for more loud. I'm trying to appreciate what I have while I have it...