When my brother was about three years old and things would get loud around the house (or Caleb just wanted someone to be quiet) he would say "Ahshhh". We really have no idea why, but it was like a whisper when he said it. Whenever I think of a quiet and still heart I think of three year old Caleb whispering "ahshhh". So often I find myself getting stressed, impatient, and not at all the biblical example of peace. I need to "Be still and know that He is God..". Rest in the fact that He is the one that carries the world, and I really do: nothing. It is so very comforting to remember how "un-incontroll" I am. How Someone so much much bigger than I am is in controll. 
I love this song (below) by Watermark.

The more I get alone 
The more I see I need to get alone more, more 
Cause just when I think that I'm alone 
Your Spirit calls out to me 
And even silence has a song 
Cause that's when you come 
Sing over me

Still, let me be still 
Let me be OK 
With the quiet in my heart 

Still, I want to be still 
I'm so quick to move 
Instead of listening to you 
Shut my mouth 
Crush my pride 
Give me the tears 
Of a broken life, 


Still, let me be still 
And know that you are God 
And you are always enough 

Still, I want to be still 
To take all that I am 
And simply lift it up
Still, let me be still 
Let me be OK 
With the quiet in my heart 

Still, I want to be still 
I'm so quick to move 
Instead of listening to you 
I'm your child 
Tame my heart 
To me impart 


I thought this was rather fitting considering the day. John Piper talks about President Obama and is respectful, but he does not shy away from the truth.


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    I am a lover and follower of Jesus Christ and hope that through me, His name will be praised whether in Knoxville, Tennessee or somewhere in South America. 

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    My Jesus, I beg You that I would become worthy enough to suffer for You wonderful name!


    "Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the Name" Acts 5:41

    "Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I  am weak, then I am stong." 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

    "There is creation and Creator, nothing more. And creation gets all its meaning and purpose from God." John Piper-don't waste your life 

    "Life is wasted when we do not live for the glory of God. And I mean ALL of life. It's all for His glory. That's why the Bible gets down to eatting and drinking. "Whether you eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do, do ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD" We waste our lives when we do not weave God into our eatting and drinking and every other part by enjoying and displaying Him." 
    John Piper- don't waste your life

    "Let worship be the heart of mission's aim

    To see the nations recognize Your name
    'Til every tribe and tongue voices Your praise
    Send us out
    You should be the praise of every toungue
    You should be the joy of every heart
    But until the fullness of Your kingdom comes
    Until that final revelation dawns
    Send us out

            -Matt Redman                   Mission's Flame

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