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Christian Living devotional

Hearing God in the Stillness

The chapel where my wife and I attend worship was built in 1935. Constructed in the Neo-gothic style, it resembles a smaller version of a Western European cathedral. And like any old building, it has a unique personality. As a musician, I used to enjoy the quirky sounds our little chapel made. The creaky floor boards in the choir loft were my favorite.

But the powers that be decided to install a fancy geo-thermal heating and air-conditioning system in the building. One with a fan motor that ran 24/7. And the incessant drone of moving air–through the vents in the sanctuary–totally ruined the audio ambiance!

But this past Sunday a miracle occurred! Someone switched the HVAC fan to run on a cycle. You can hear the church building again-creaky floor boards and all!

I sat there in the choir loft before the worship service, soaking in the silence. Then it came to me in a moment of sudden insight: “It’s so quiet you can hear God!”

How many times in life does the “white noise” of the world drowned out His still, small voice? All the screens in my home practically scream, “Pay attention to me!” Then there’s the miniature slot machine in my pocket.📲 Some still call it a phone. Yet it’s far more addictive than the kind that once sat on a little table.☎️

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

Psalm 46:10

Stillness does not come naturally to me. I’ve always been a bit of a squirrel.🐿. I savor quiet contemplation with God, but find I must carve this time out if it’s going to happen.

For the past forty or so years–since I was a teenager–I’ve consistently spent my “quiet time” with God at the beginning of every morning. The first hour of the day, it’s just Him and me. I read scripture and devotional thoughts, spend time in prayer, and jot down my impressions.

Incidentally, I found the Lord’s prescription for hearing Him better: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”— Isaiah 30:15 (NIV) The Israelites of that time didn’t listen; but you and I know better.

What is your practice for spending quality time with God? I’d love to hear about it! Please share in the comments, if you’d like.

🙏❤️ prayers and love.

Photo by Irina Iriser on Pexels.com. This isn’t my church, but it looks similar.

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Christian Living Purpose

Hummingbird Moments

Photo by Gary Fultz on Unsplash

I love watching the “hummers” hover around our flowers, but I’m never fast enough to get a good photo.🙄 Enter my friend, Gary Fultz, hummingbird-picture-taker extraordinaire! Gary has some wonderful nature shots on the free photo sharing site, Unsplash. You can check them out here. If you use some of his pics on your blog you can even leave him a tip via PayPal.

What’s so fascinating about hummingbirds is how God expertly crafted them to do one thing REALLY well. When it comes to acrobatic nectar gathering, nothing tops these little green guys! They excel at what they were made to do.

And you and me? What did God uniquely gift each of us to do? Every now and again we have our “Hummingbird Moments”—when we’re reminded of our God-given purpose.

A few weeks ago I got to sing in the chorus for a concert version of the musical Oklahoma! During the rousing final number, the audience rose to their feet as they clapped along. And at that moment, singing second tenor at the top of my lungs, I realized anew, “This is what I was born to do!”

Enough about me. How has God uniquely gifted you? What were YOU born to do?

Sometimes it helps to condense your life purpose into a handful of words; make a six word story that sums up you. Here’s mine: Teaches children, helps and encourages people. Oops, I said enough about me.☺️

Please give it a try! I’d love to hear your six words. Share in the comments, if you’d like.


If you are uniquely gifted in your work, you will rise and be promoted. You won’t be held back–you’ll stand before kings.

Proverbs 22:29 (TPT)

A person’s gift opens doors for him and brings him before the great.

Proverbs 18:16 (CSB)

Photo by Gary Fultz on Unsplash
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Christian Living love

Ebony and Ivory

Two little girls, of two different races, walking down the hall holding hands, that’s what I saw one morning. As I passed them, one told me (with genuine joy), “This is my sister!”

Young children are many things, but they aren’t naturally biased.

Can we all get along?

Rodney King

The apostle Paul thought so. “The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ — Galatians 5:14 (NIV). He then warned the church at Galatia that if they kept “biting and devouring” each other, they would destroy each other.

Next, he offers the solution: “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” — Galatians 5:16

Only through the power of the supernatural, by God’s grace, can we love others as well as we love ourselves.

🙏 Heavenly Father: please help us to be like those two little girls, today and every day. For, as the song says, 🎶”They’ll know we are Christians by our love.”🎶 AMEN


Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash