Thursday, June 28, 2012

It Sure Is Quiet !

Many times when someone comes to visit us for the first time, the first words out of their mouth when they step out of their car are, ”It sure is quiet here!”  And they’re right. Compared to the hustle and bustle and noise of cities and even small towns, our little farm sure is quiet. And we like it that way.  Psalm 107:30 reminds me of our place: “Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.” The Lord brought us to this quiet place thirty-six years ago and I am still glad!

But sometimes that same phrase “It sure is quiet!” can take on a different meaning if you have small children in the house. Usually kids make noise.  I can remember a neighbor of ours down the road telling me how she loved to hear our kids outside laughing and singing and playing.  Noise was the norm.  So when the noise stopped and it got very quiet, I knew it was time to go investigate because there might be trouble brewing!

On a more personal note, have you ever been thinking about your relationship with people and even God and said to yourself, “It sure is quiet!”?  Meaning that there is a lack of communication between you and others.  When people stop talking to us, it’s usually a sign something has gone wrong somewhere. Maybe on our side. Maybe on theirs. Whatever the reason, if it’s a relationship we want to continue, we have to get communication going again. If it gets quiet between me and God though, I know that it’s my fault because He always wants to talk to me. It could be that I’ve not been reading my Bible as I should. Or I’ve not been taking time to talk to Him in prayer like I used to .  Whatever the reason it’s up to me to get the conversation going again.

One time when it’s really good to be able to say, “It sure is quiet!” is if I am talking about the restful peace I have when everything is good between me and my God. There’s just a sweetness and quietness about the spirit when we can know that we are saved and trying to find God’s will in our lives.  1 Peter 3:4 “But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”

I hope that if the words “It sure is quiet” find themselves into your conversation today, it will be because you are either in a quiet, peaceful place physically and/or spiritually and not because your children are finding mischief to get into or that you’re not hearing from God!

May God bless us all with the right kind of  a “quiet” day!


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I Needed That !

I can't remember how long before today that it's been since I got outside and walked! Way too long for sure! I just kept telling myself that "I don't have time today".  My todays kept turning into weeks and then into months.

This morning when I woke up I determined that I was going to try my best to get dressed right away and walk at least one mile.  And I am so glad I did! I needed that!

As I walked in the cool of the morning in the shaded driveway with our dog Blackie at my side, I began to feel myself unwinding. I  began to hear the birds singing.  I began to notice the beauty on every side that I so often take for granted.

Then I hear a soft whispering sound. At first it caught me off guard and then I realized it was the wind in the top of the trees.  It was almost as if God was whispering to me or "shushing" me like a mother does to her whimpering child. I felt His peace. It made me smile as I looked up through the tops of the tall trees into the blue heavens above. I softly told God "Thank You" for taking time to speak to me in such a special way this morning.

Have you taken time to let God speak to you lately?

God bless you!