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We live in a culture of noise. We can not seem to escape it even in the quiet places of our minds for even there it exists… with constantly running thoughts, where the handle seems to be broken. Noise invades the voice of God from our lives. The tv, the radio, the voices of many replace His word, His voice…

My heart rejoices and gives thanks in the quiet discipline of commiting His word to heart, to soul. It is a heavenly silence where only the word of God is heard, that echoes with in our hearts, that is repeated in rythyms, that searches out the darkness with it’s light, and that fills our souls with the “manna” from heaven. It is a form of worship, this heavenly silence. We need to find more of this divinity of quiet, of rest, of delightful abiding in the word… may you and I make it a conscious, diliberate, intentional and JOYFUL effort to commit His word to heart and mind in this form of silent worship… silent to the world… into the noise, the sounds of heaven… the word of God.

Counting into His presence with Ann

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Father’s Day

…taking this day to reflect on my heavenly Father, God.

“Father” is the most significant name of the God of the Bible. It is the name that sets Christianity apart from all the other religions of the world. Other religions invite us to worship their gods, allahs, creators, or metaphysical forces, but Christianity invites us to believe in a Son and to enter into an intimate family relationship with a loving Father. Jesus, the Son of God, came so that we could meet His Father, be adopted into the family of God, and relate to the almighty God of the universe in an intimate, personal, concrete way as sons and daughters (2 Cor. 6:16, 18).Mary A. Kassian

and giving thanks and praise for the earthly father of my children, who takes his role of the spiritual leader, father very serious like that of Jonathan Edwards, to bring them into union with their heavenly Father.

Jonathan Edwards is described as a husband and father whose care and oversight of his family was thoroughly spiritual. He took seriously anything that troubled his children, and would save the evening hours to be spent in prayer and close fellowship with his family. Primarily concerned for the condition of their souls, Edwards taught each of his children to earnestly seek salvation, “to have God our friend, and to be united to Christ.”  Kim Kistler

I am so thankful that as a father, he is primarily concerned not with the temperal things of this life but of their eternal souls.

He is always striving to bring us all closer in worship and fellowship with God our Father…

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There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t referee siblings and protect them from eachother’s harsh thoughtless words. Today as I was caught in one of those moments, I thought how can I encourage them to speak kind words, grace words to eachother. How can I get down on their level and teach them gently with a little bit of fun?  Quickly the Spirit gave me a word: sweet, sweet words, which led me to thinking about honey. Sweet honey words? Where is this going? I wasn’t sure either at first until more words put together that make sense came to my mind…

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:24

How we long for gracious words, words that bring peace and encourage harmony to fill our home, but I have struggled with how to encourage my little ones and older one with how to understand and speak grace words. I wonder how often I respond like my little ones with harsh emotionally sour words teaching the opposite of what I long for and not giving the Spirit more freedom to lead in my parenting. I quench His work in my parenting by not taking more time to listen quietly in the moments of child training.

So here was the situation, it went something like this:

Amaris (to someone who was greatly annoying her, I am sure unknowingly): “STOP IT!”

Momma:” Oh, Amaris those were very harsh words. Why don’t you try dipping those words in some honey?”

Amaris: (turns confused and slowly begins to smile)

Momma: Come on let’s try it. Instead of your sour words let’s try to sweeten them in some honey, like this: “Kai, would you please stop ______?”

Immediate smiles and giggles, bubbles of grace, float and fill the air bringing sweetness to all of our souls and health to our bodies.  

So now, around our house and wherever we go we are sure to dip our words in honey-grace.

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