Enjoying the Journey

As children we were always instructed to think before we speak. Now, with children of my own, I realize that this is good advice for adults too. This simple rule would transform relationships and the very atmosphere in most homes! God’s Book of Wisdom cautions us not to be “hasty” with our words (Prov. 29:20). In the Proverbs of the New Testament the Holy Spirit counsels us to be “slow to speak” (James 1:19). We are all too quick to share our mind before we truly examine it! My dad has said through the years that there is a difference in responding and reacting. When we react we are operating in the flesh. When we respond with grace we are operating…

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Silence is a beautiful thing.  Our noisy world seems to clamor for attention more and more.  In a home with little children quiet is often at a premium.  When our children are small we spend a great deal of energy trying to get them to quiet down.  When they are teenagers we spend our time trying to get them to talk.  My parents have explained to me that when they are gone (thank God we are not there yet!) you spend the first few months just trying to get adjusted to the quiet.  And then grandchildren come. Yes, life is a cycle of noise and quiet.  Both are necessary.  For a Christian, quiet times are times to speak to God…

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