Quiet: Enjoyed in Peace and Relaxation



I’ve kept my feet on the ground,
    I’ve cultivated a quiet heart.
Like a baby content in its mother’s arms,
my soul is a baby content.
(Psalm 131:2 The Message)



Over the past several days, we have been exploring ways to quiet our souls. We’ve cataloged various techniques to cultivate a deeper relationship with God, who loves us and longs for us to linger in His presence. 

You may feel overwhelmed with all these ideas. Or some of them may not appeal to your personality or fit in with your current schedule. Please do not feel obligated to try all of these suggestions. Think of this place as a pantry to return to when you want to add some spice to your devotions. Pick and choose which technique fits you. 

And most of all, get to know God better. Know that He cares more about being with you, than how you spend the time together. Rest in His presence. Enjoy your times together. Enter the quiet and contentedness, He alone provides.

That said, today’s idea is one of my favorites. I love baskets and containers, as does Pam Farrel. We are kindred spirits on this topic. As a matter of fact of all the ideas in her book, this is the one I return to over and over again.

I have my everyday basket with my Bible, a journal, pens and a favorite devotional, like My Utmost for His Highest. 



And I also like to have themed baskets such as a prayer, writing or worship basket. One time my friend Kelly and I spent a day putting together baskets accessorized with bookmarks, note cards  and other goodies that complimented the themes. I occasionally loaned them out to friends to encourage them in their walk with God. I regret to say that last year, I disassembled the baskets to inventory my books and organize them on shelves. That goal is still in progress, and I want to put the baskets back together with new, fresh themes.

Pam shares her motivation for keeping these baskets placed in and around our homes:

When I started putting together quiet-time baskets, I found myself spending more time with God. Having a quiet-time basket in nearly every room…helps me to take time to connect to God no matter where my responsibilities take me.

I find that by having devotional material in user-friendly places I can stop and grab a minute with God while putting away laundry or straightening up the the living room.

©Pam Farrel from 30 Ways to Wake Up Your Quiet Time (IVP). For more devotional books by Pam http://www.Love-wise.com

These baskets become visual reminders of God’s desire for us to linger with Him for awhile. The other great thing about quiet-time baskets is that they are portable. You can easily carry your items to a quiet place outdoors. 

What are some creative ways you
 visually remind yourself of God’s love?


6 thoughts on “Quiet: Enjoyed in Peace and Relaxation

  1. Emilie Barnes recommended these baskets, way back. I have one of her beautiful hand-tied baskets, in which I keep special letters. A basket for every need, as we bask in His presence!

  2. Kel – I love my quiet time basket and it was such a joy to help you assemble yours. They are in a pile now and the baskets are empty? Well, we have to do something about that!Hugs,Kelly

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