Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #140!
Have you ever had a moment like that?
Sometimes it’s when there’s a really good thing happening, but more often that not, it happens when a friend or loved one has bad news or something really tragic is going on. Other times, it might be that there is absolutely nothing wrong, and yet “the cat (gets) your tongue.”
There’s just nothing to say.
I had that moment today…actually, a string of them.
A friend shared about a really dark time she is going through. Another told me about a serious faith crisis she is having. And then my 18-year-old son opened up about an issue that had been on his mind and heart for weeks.
In all those situations, I could have waxed eloquently about God’s abilities, and how we just need to lean into Him; I could have reminded each one of God’s wisdom, quoted relevant Scripture verses, exhorted them to “hang in there.” But it just didn’t feel right.
Instead, I cried with one friend, prayed silently with the other as she poured out her heart, and “just” sat and listened to my son.
Sometimes I think that’s where God wants us. Even if/when we’re fluent in “Bible speak” – and maybe especially then – sometimes others just
want need to be heard.
Need someone to listen to their heart.
Need to share their pain and let it out into the open so it no longer festers and grows in the dark.
Sometimes – even though it might feel awkward, and we might walk away kicking ourselves because we didn’t say such-and-such – we’re really doing our best work:
Getting out of the way, letting God be in control, and giving the Holy Spirit room to comfort and heal.
Because at the end of the day, it’s not about us, or what we can do or say or write or teach or anything else. It’s about getting over ourselves, focusing on those around us, and being in a position to serve as God calls us.
What do you do when there’s nothing to say?
Now, on to our features!
Interestingly enough, these were our top 3 viewed posts last week. I can’t help but mention a theme in all these posts that seems to jump out at me: hearing from God. When we listen, He helps us order our priorities, comforts us in those times that are so painful and full of unanswered questions, brings healing and restoration to our closest relationships.
It appears to me that so many of us need to hear from Him.
If you’re reading these words, know that I’ll be praying for you, too, in the coming week.
From Sue at WelcomeHeart:
How’s your To-Do List? Has it changed to your To-Be List? Here’s my present to you: free printable! (Happy Spring!) It’s late-March. Spring’s here with summer close behind–on the calendar, if not in your backyard. We have billowy white clouds and blue skies and a chilly wind. Tho’ it’s getting lighter outside, these words sound a little dark — but true just the same:
Redeem the time for the days are evil. Ephesians 5:16 KJV
Evil abounds. Even so, I want redeemed days, minutes, and time. I need God to make it so.
When my priority is relating well to God, everything else will follow.
From Sara at TheHolyMess:
The truth is no human being has all the answers for why God allows bad things to happen.
What we do know is the truth foundation God has laid out for us in His Word, the Bible.
There are truths we know about God from the Bible.
4 Healing Ways to Pray for Your MarriageFrom Beth at MessyMarriage:
When my marriage was at its messiest, I found healing and perspective not only through God’s Word but also through prayer.
If someone asked me what two items I would want to bring with me if I were stranded on a deserted island, I would probably say a “lamp” and a “phone.” But this isn’t so I can snap “selfies” by the day or night, but for a whole other reason entirely.
In a figurative sense, whenever I’m in a desperate situation, I bring with me God’s word (a lamp for my feet, Psalm 119:105) and prayer (my way of communicating with the Person who matters the most).
So in the series, Slow, Know and Grow, I’m discussing how to “know” God better through prayer, and as a result, find healing and empowerment for your marriage.
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