The past couple of days have been rather “silent” for me…after a flurry of busy days filled with deadlines and lists of “to dos”, all leading up to a scheduled event. Thanks to the Lord’s mercies, His strength, and the power of the Holy Spirit, the event was a success. Yet it was not without personal struggles, little short-comings, and roadblocks to circumvent. Now my body has decided it’s time for some down time. That’s often the way it is for me. And it may be that way for you, too. As it is for many who are disabled or who manage life with a chronic illness.
Flare-ups are common, especially after a flurry of activity or a bout with stress or increased demands on our body’s limited resources. “Down” times become necessary, as they are the body’s way of telling us it needs rest and restoration. You may find yourself overly fatigued, having increased pain levels, or facing flare-ups of other symptoms. It isn’t so much the pain or fatigue that down time brings which upsets me the most. It’s being unable to minister as I am called to do or unable to do some of the other things I love. And yet, the Lord is helping me to realize that these quiet times are a good opportunity to rest in Him, to pray, and to listen for His voice. God speaks to us in the stillnes- sometimes through our pain- and He will comfort us and draw us nearer to Him…if we allow Him
“Be still, and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)
I have found that, often, during such times, His Spirit enables us to share what He’s placed in our hearts, according to His perfect timing. For me, it might be in the form of a letter, or perhaps an article or blog post, or through a video I’ve been given the time to produce. Your sharing may come in a similar form, or in a different way altogether. He’s taught me that, in the stillness, if I will take time to listen, He will speak to my heart and often provide new, quite opportunities to minister to others, as He brings healing and restoration to my own body and spirit. And He will do the same in you!
Sharing hope and the beautiful truth of God’s love are the greatest gifts of ministry- often revealing themselves via the most heart-touching and meaningful ways- in the silence.
Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (NIV)
John 14:26: “But the Comforter [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
May the Lord bless you abundantly as He guides you to becoming all He created you to be!
As Americans, we all need to get REAL when it comes to processing and sharing our opinions concerning the firestorm of arguments and issues before and surrounding our presidential candidates. Though we may not like it, on January 20, 2017, one of them will represent our country and it’s people- and that includes you and me. Americans need to THINK before we shout opinions at one another and post vehemently to social media. Listen, Process, Analyze, and PRAY- asking God for wisdom. Then, and only then, should we offer opinions, and in a civil and respectful manner.
Our nation’s problems cannot and will not be solved by one man or one woman. Only ALMIGHTY GOD can save us from national implosion and destruction. Many Christian leaders are calling Americans to pray with earnest and urgency! We will be wise to heed their warnings, and especially God’s warnings- which are many, if we have eyes to see and ears to listen. Once we have prayed and wept before God for our nation and looked at the issues through the eyes of God’s wisdom, it is then we need to Speak Out for what is true and right and Stand Firm against what divides us, fitted with the full Armor of God!
1 Corinthians 16:13: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” (NIV)
James 3:17: “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” (NIV)
James 1:5: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (NIV)
Ephesians 6:11-12: “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (NIV)