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Silence guards the fire within”. ~Henri Nouwen, The Way of the Heart

As you may have guessed from my latest posts, silence has been on my mind quite a bit lately. One of the reasons for this is that the more I’ve been trying to control my tongue, the less success I seem to be having! One consolation is that I’ve noticed a pattern in my life: when I’m about to overcome something, it becomes pronounced. It’s like a blaring alarm that forces me to deal with the issue so I can get some peace and quiet already!

As an extrovert/verbal processor, keeping silent has been no small feat! But as I’ve been pondering how ‘silence guards the fire within‘, motivation has skyrocketed. Keeping the heart-fire burning has been the most exciting and valuable reward of weighing my words as it kindles my passion for God and draws me ever-closer to Him.

I love that secret, intimate place where God and I share our inside jokes and private life together. It makes the reality of God as Father, Jesus as Bridegroom, and the Holy Spirit as Comforter all that more real to me. I have always reserved secrets for God’s ears only, but now that I am intentionally incorporating silence into my life, knowing that it heats up my most precious relationship makes silence more of a desire than a discipline.

Once again I am amazed at how a Heavenly perspective transforms the seemingly dull and difficult into a delight.

You need discipline in your spirituality, but if your discipline is not earthed in delight, you won’t have the desire to see it through.” ~Graham Cooke