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Quiet

Shhh. Can you hear that? Neither can I! It's quiet, except for the whirring of some fans.
My husband is at work, my oldest son is on a backpacking trip and my youngest is on the computer with headphones. This level of quiet is unfortunately a rarity in my household.
So, this morning I am pondering why I (and I assume others) try to fill the silence with unnecessary noise.
So, it is with my relationship with God; it shouldn't be filled with extraneous noise. Nonetheless, I choose the noise more often than I'd like to admit. I turn on music, log on to Facebook, and find a myriad of ways to distract myself. Quiet can be uncomfortable; being quiet is a discipline that takes practice.
I remember an assignment I had in a interpersonal communications class. I was paired up with someone and had to listen to that person for 5 whole minutes without saying a word, without interjecting anything. It was so hard. It took concerted effort, but it wasn't impossible.
Time to be quiet b…

Surrender

Surrender. This has been an over-arching theme in my life; the strands of which have been woven through books, scripture, Bible studies, women's retreat, video series, worship, sermons, spoken sentiments and so on.
Have you ever had the feeling like God was trying desperately to communicate with you, and moreover wanted your complete attention?
Unlike an exhausted mother's smile, head nods and occasional 'uh-huhs' directed toward a child who seeks her undivided attention, God isn't fooled by our meager attempts of going through the motions. Case in point, Isaiah 29:13:
And so the Lord says,“These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.
Ouch! If I am being at all honest, I have to admit that I was convicted by this scripture. How many times has this been true in my life? How many times have I become distracted and taken my eyes …