Friday, January 21, 2011

Inspiration by Leann Harris


I like to have a inspirational book to read, with daily devotions. I am reading INSPIRATION FOR GIRLFRIENDS by Ellen Miller. These last few day, Ellen has been talking about cocooning. In other words, spending a few days away from your busy life and read, pray, calm your spirit so you can hear God. (She took a month.)

That hit me hard. I knew she was talking to me. I need to spend several days just being quiet and talking to God. When we quiet our spirit, then we can hear. Remember when Elijah was running from Jezebel and complained he'd been zealous for God and look what happened. The Lord told Elijah to stand on the mountain because the Lord would pass by. God wasn't in the wind, earthquake, or fire, but in the gentle whisper afterward. How can we hear if we're filled with all sorts of noise?

We can't all take a long week or month as Ellen, but each of us can come aside, be quiet before God and hear His voice. This retreat isn't a daily thing, but maybe a once a year thing to practice. Think about it.

5 comments:

  1. Hi Leann:

    A great mystic will tell you that you can hear “God’s voice in the silence”. A great hunter will tell you the sound of a predator in the vicinity is ‘heard’ in the silence of certain insects. A skillful detective will tell you he discovers more by what a suspect does not say than what he does say. A great spy will tell you how to hide in plain sight. And yet so many of us allow life’s background noise to command our full attention.

    Thanks for your reminder to stop and smell the roses! (A great golfer said this.)

    Vince

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  2. I agree, but finding time to stop and smells the roses when you have a checklist of A duties is hard.

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  3. Hi Pamela:

    The reason it works is because it is hard.

    Ben Hogan, who said the famous ‘smell the roses’ quote had no time either until he was almost killed in a car wreck. Interesting how almost dying can give you a different POV. : )

    ***

    Duty
    Why couldn’t
    Thou be
    a Cutie?


    Ogden Nash

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  4. Pam, put yourself on that checklist. When my kids were growing up, I made them have quiet time during summer vacation. I think it taught both of them how to listen to that small, still voice.

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  5. I need that month, too, Leann. Wish I could get it.

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