Quiet time, can you hear God?

Posted: April 9, 2012 in God
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“You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working, and to love by loving.  All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves.” ~ Saint Francis de Sales

In today’s video, Ronnie challenges us to commit ourselves to opening our day with our own individual  quiet time  in God’s Word.

One of  his practical suggestions for those just beginning is to start reading a Scripture that applies to a certain area of your life, meaning something that you are going through—possibly a struggle of some sort.

Don’t forget: Our faith comes alive when we apply Scripture to our daily tasks and concerns.

Did you know the Bible is like medicine?  It goes to work only when we apply it to the effected areas of our lives.

 To know your way through a day begins with listening: And your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” ~ Is. 30:21

Our lives are occupied territory…
occupied by a cacophony of voices,
and the din outdoes us.

In the daytime we have no time to listen,
beset as we are by anxiety and goals
and assignments and work,
and in the night the voices are so confusing
we can hardly sort out what could possibly be your voice
from the voice of our mothers and our fathers
our best friends and our pet projects,
because they all sound so much like you.

We are people over whom that word shema has been written.
We are listeners, but we do not listen well.

So we bid you, by the time the sun goes down today
or by the time the sun comes up tomorrow,
by night or by day,
that you will speak to us in ways that we can hear
out beyond ourselves.

It is your speech to us that carries us where we have never been,
and it is your speech to us that is our only hope.
So give us ears.

Amen. Walter Brueggemann, Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth


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