Quiet

 

girl gesturing silence saying shh using her hand - concept vectoI grew up listening to music and like most teenagers, I liked it loud. I wanted to hear the “ping” of the cymbal or the acoustic guitar amid the electric. I subscribed to the notion, “if the music was too loud, you were too old”!  Yes, it has affected my hearing a bit so that now the reason I like music loud is so that I can hear it! LOL!

The Psalmist whose words I read this morning, speaks of quiet. I have learned that I do like to get up early while my house and my world is quiet. I like to hear from the Lord.  I like to hear from Him before the noise of my life begins. It’s not that He can’t speak through the noise of my life (because He does), but I don’t often hear through the noise. I like to start my day with Him speaking into my heart. Check this out…

My heart is not proud, Lord,
    my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
    or things too wonderful for me.
But I have calmed and quietened myself,
    I am like a weaned child with its mother;
    like a weaned child I am content.

Israel, put your hope in the Lord
    both now and for evermore. (Psalm 131:1-3 NIV)

I want to hear what the Lord says, because what I want to say is not nearly as important. He is God of Creation, King of Kings & Lord of Lords – I would be wise to trust Him. I would be wise to hear Him. I would be wise to follow His instructions. I would be wise to put my hope in Him. I am ok to sit quietly with Him. He speaks volumes to me heart in the quiet moments where I can listen intently. He handles my life. He will take charge of the smallest detail to the largest, monumental decision. He gives me wisdom and strength in the quiet moments. He prepares me for the noise of my day in the quiet moments of the morning. I’m thankful that I have Him and that I know Him.

Today is a different day for me. I’m attending a funeral later this morning of a dear family friend who was killed suddenly in an auto accident. Her family is hurting deeply.  Later this afternoon, I get to be part of a beautiful, outdoor country wedding with my nephew and his sweet bride to be. In the quietness of this morning, the Lord makes both these events somehow beautiful and meaningful. My life – this life is all about bringing glory to God with my life. He loves it when I point to Him. My quiet time in the morning helps me map out my day and how I can get that accomplished.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Wedding Invitation

InvitationWeddings are pretty fun occasions. Some are more fun than others. Sometimes when there’s been a divorce, you can feel the tension between two sides that used to be one. Some weddings are super solemn and others are light-hearted and quite fun. Some weddings the couple is obviously very much “struck” with each other and at other weddings, the couple seems to “going through the motions”.  I believe that the Lord loves weddings. I believe marriage was designed by God to be the most precious and intimate relationship we have. I also believe that God should most certainly be invited to every wedding.

My brother, John the Apostle was writing as fast as he could and with as much accuracy as possible all that he was seeing in his revelation vision. He was seeing things and hearing things, he never heard before. I’m not sure that I could have done any better describing the events taking place in the heavenly realm.  He did notice the wedding part. Check this out….

The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried:
“Amen, Hallelujah!”
Then a voice came from the throne, saying:
“Praise our God,

    all you his servants,
you who fear him,

    both great and small!”
Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:
“Hallelujah!

    For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad

    and give him glory!

For the wedding of the Lamb has come,

    and his bride has made herself ready.
Fine linen, bright and clean,

    was given her to wear.”
(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)
Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” (Revelation 19:4-9 NIV)

 

I want to wear fine linen today representing my heart that is devoted to the Lord. I believe that everything I do and everything I say reveals more about my heart.  I want the words from my mouth, the things I say, the way I carry myself and the things my heart meditates on to bring honor, glory and praise to my Creator.  He has saved me. He loves me deeply. He invites me to the wedding supper. He has adopted me into His family forever!

Pressing On!
Dwayne