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The Silence of Winter Can Bring Joy

Silence of WinterI love January! Why? Because I love the silence of winter, when everything slows down. We cozy up with a warm blanket, in front of the fire, while reading a good book, amidst the silence. Or, one could take a walk in the freshly fallen snow and hear silence. I find silence to be peaceful and that brings me joy! It is also, in the silence, that we open our ears to hear the whisper of God speaking to our hearts.

Silence of Winter

The silence of winter provides us with time to reflect on how we are doing, where we are going, and what we want to accomplish. When we assess how we are doing, we can count our Continue reading

Finding One’s Self: Resting in God’s Will

rest in god

Guest Post by Fawn Waranauskas:

Shedding the False Self

All of us at some point or another have been at a crossroad, and determining which path to take in our lives can be daunting. We can overwhelm ourselves – How do I know I am choosing what God wills of me? Yes, frequent prayer is essential! However, is that God’s voice I hear or my own? Yes, listening to God through others is important, but how do I differentiate between the conflicting, but sage, voices of family, friends, and colleagues? Are they just telling me what I want to hear? Yes, inner reflection is equally necessary. Nevertheless, how do I recognize the truth in that inner voice? God is not Continue reading

Be Still, Silent, Listen and Know God!

Silence and Know God

Be still and know God!

Easier said than done! Yet, to truly come to know God, we must become good listeners, capable of discerning what He has in mind for us. Think about it: Do you ever really hear what another person has to say, if you are talking over them? Why should it be any different with God? We need to be still, silent, and listen for God’s guidance.

Here’s an exercise to get you started on the right path:

  1. Find a quiet place where you will be undisturbed for 15 minutes.
  2. Get comfortable.
  3. Mentally, tune out the chatter in your head and around you.
  4. Center yourself to be with God, by taking some deep cleansing breaths.
  5. Refrain from Continue reading

Listen to God? What’s in it for You?

Listen to God 2 Let me give you some good advice: Listen to God as He speaks to you. Why? Because He has your best interests at heart. God wants only what is best for you. He has a good handle on everything. Let’s remember, He is omnipotent (all-powerful), omnipresent (everywhere at one time) and omniscient (all-knowing); three very good adjectives to describe His power.

We, as humans, certainly do not have the full picture regarding anything, but He does. God is there to guide us on our journey. If we would be silent and listen, we would learn God’s plan for each of us.

Listen for the Whisper

Do you care where you are going in this life? Do you want what is Continue reading

God Speaks: Are You Listening?

God Speaks

God would like to talk with you. How often are we guilty of sending vocal prayers upward, without listening for a response? Yet, we expect God to hear our prayers and do something about them.  Did it ever dawn on you that perhaps, just perhaps, the solution, the response needed to your prayer, might come in the form of listening to God speak? How does God speak to us, you ask?

If you are like me, your mind is constantly analyzing, assessing, deciding, working every moment of every day. I can’t seem to sit down and just be quiet – silent – yet I must, if I am to discern God’s will for me.  With difficulty, I make Continue reading