I remember when the sidewalk would be full of kids. Things change and kids grow up. Along the way of life, we sit alone in silence and thoughts begin to wonder. I didn't realize my kids would grow up so fast and one day the things I complained about (like picking up clothes) would be missed.
Years have gone by and now I have granddaughters. I start to get frustrated over little things and then I remember how quick they will grow up. Our street is full of kids playing again and young neighbors. I see the importance of letting a kid be a kid and not making little things big. I hear Brookley and Willow little voices and my heart is full of joy. They hear the neighbors and ask if they can play. We all go outside and the fun begins.
SILENCE ~ I have moments of silence and I'm not a big fan of that. I like my house to be happy and full of laughter. I remember my kids been teenagers and the house would be full of young people at times. They grew up and so did the others. I stay connected with some, but my house is not about big barbecues any more or close friends hanging out. Life's circumstances get in the way and things change. In my silence, I begin to listen to my heart and what's important in life. It's my daily choices that matter. I still have an opportunity to be around people, it's just different.
Aging parents sometimes get on our nerves and we become a little tired in well doing. Yet, someday we will become old if the Lord wants and we will need a person/people in our lives. I miss my mom today in Heaven. She was such a hard one to understand while on earth and yet I understand her more today. In the silence of her voice, I can still hear certain things loud. A 5 year old who lost her mommy and then moved around from house to house to live. Watch a great missing link in her life and I never saw that. Well we can not live in the past or with regrets, we must press forward and be thankful for time we had, learned experiences and a deep breathe helps.
There is a time to listen, be silence and a time to speak up. Let us go into God's word right now and plant some hope for a new day!
James 1:19 New Life Version
My Christian brothers, you know everyone should listen much and speak little.
He should be slow to become angry.
Proverbs 15:23 New International Version
A person finds joy in giving an apt reply--
and how good is a timely word!
BALANCE ~ Listen, Speak and JOY
God tries so hard to get us to be silent. It is in the silent moments that he speak clear to our hearts! Open your Bible and read about Noah, Daniel, Mary, Martha and the list goes on. People who had real life issues and made decisions. David was a little boy when God called him and yet made many mistakes, but God used his life. Just like you and me having free will and choices.
I speak of choices a lot because it's our choice daily what we think upon. Even in the middle of hard things and things that may never make sense, I have God waiting when I am ready to listen. Have you ever tried talking to someone who just keeps talking and you wish they would listen? Have you ever tried to tell someone your experiences and they over ride your with "I KNOW"? When they really don't know at all, they haven't been through what I have been through and sometimes you just see things coming their way and you try to warn them. I think that might be how God is to each of us sometimes. He might say, "will you please listen".
It is in my silence moments of life, that I hear God clearly!
My prayers are with you who read this, your family and friends. I'm not really a loner or like to be alone, but I have moments when I must be alone and share time with you. I write from the middle of my heart and I care about people I don't even know. SILENCE is when we can open our ears to hear God and certainly think before we speak moments. We are truly never alone but we do have those times when we feel alone. Reach out to someone and make a connect today if you need it. Please know you can always write me at Janet@youdontevenknow.org
Blessings to you, your family and friends!