Running and Listening

Hello friends! I am honored to help lead worship at Kairos.  Kairos is a single, college, young adult, and anybody and everybody else ministry at Brentwood Baptist in TN.  We ( about 1300 of us)  meet on Tuesday nights at 7 for food, coffee, worship and teaching.  I love Kairos!  I met this wonderful, gentleman Brian there.  Brian is a leader and prayer warrior.  He has continuously encouraged me for the past year and a half.  He also has blessed me with books.  I LOVE to read.  My favorite hobby, in fact.  His first was a Frederick Buechner book.  Buechner, thanks to Brian, has become my new favorite author!  Brian recently blessed me with a new book, Walking on Water by Madeline L’Engle. This is my first time to read her as well.  So I started it this morning.  Now I am one of those readers who either gets fully engulfed in a book and reads it in a few days OR more recently, starts a book and cannot find the time to read it quickly, therefore I get bored and start another book a few weeks later… a month down the road I have 3 books started and none finished ( all of them great, I am just too busy)!  Ha So today I have started a second book in a month.. but I promise to finish them both!  Hold me to it:)  Anyway I am 3 pages into this new book and I have to stop and write a blog.  I am so moved and challenged and I am only 3 pages in!  I love it when God does that.  Thanks to Brian again,  I can already tell she will fast become a favorite of mine.  This is what stopped my in my tracks at the gas station.  ( Yes I was reading while I was pumping gas, because us busy girls have to take time when we have the time)  “Listen to the silence. Stay open to the voice of the Spirit.” ” Slow me down, Lord.” ” When I am constantly running there is no time for being. When there is no time for being there is no time for listening.  I will never understand the silent dying of the green pie-apple tree if I do not slow down and listen to what the Spirit is telling me…”  OK! OK!  I am a busy girl.  My mom used to say my middle name was go.  I have always enjoyed being busy and active ever since I was a child.  That continues in my life today.  I am a wife, a mother of a wonderfully, demanding preschooler, a friend, in full time ministry with Avalon and  in full time ministry as a solo artist with a new record.. just to name a few things on my plate right now… AND I am 7 and 1/2 months pregnant, HA!  Are you exhausted yet?!  But I love every minute of it.  I do not like to sit still at all. I enjoy the hustle and bustle of life but CONVICTION sat in as I read these words while smelling the fumes of gasoline pumping in to my car:) ….  WE ALL NEED TO SLOW DOWN LONG ENOUGH TO BE.  TO HEAR.  If not we will miss out on ALL God is doing and speaking into our lives.  My husband just told me 2 nights ago, that he and one of my best friends decided I make myself more busy than I need to be.  I plan stuff just for the sake of planning stuff.  Now of course I argued that I didn’t and asked for example’s.  -to which he could not give at the moment, I love it when that happens:)  All kidding aside, he was not lecturing me just telling me I could slow down if I wanted to.  Then when I read this today, I thought ok when my spiritual leader – husband, a close friend, and now the random book I started all say the same thing, the light went on and I conceded to the fact THE SPIRIT is trying to speak.  Listen.  I hope if you are a busy girl or guy and you have read this today,  I want to encourage you to stop and listen to the silence, because I know God speaks in the storms and in power but I also have read He speaks in the whispers.  1 Kings 19:12.  Although, I don’t now yet what He is saying ( Because I rushed to tell you about it:) ) I know He is speaking.   I just have to stop long enough to LISTEN.   As much as I enjoy being on the go, I want God’s will and voice to be heard always in my life.  That is much more important than having a full calendar. I realize that right now. So I am saying- I will slow down long enough to be, to listen, and long enough to trust… will you?  I hope so, Melissa