day one: no longer silent

“The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. 

The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making the wise simple. 

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.

The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.”

                                                            -Psalm 19:7-8 

We’ve all heard that saying that the first step to recovery is admitting theres a problem. When ever I hear that saying I think of my dad talking to my brothers about video games.

“Its not an addiction, dad!”

“You know, the first sign of addiction is denial.” {smirking}

Man, I miss them.

But this idea of admitting doesn’t just come from addiction specialists or psychologists. John wrote about the need to confess thousands of years ago, saying

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” -1 John 1:9

It is really easy for me to keep everything wound up, letting it run over and over in my mind without actually speaking it. This silence seems easier momentarily, maybe even the “Christian” thing to do by not being burdensome. But silence is never healing. Silence doesn’t allow us to enter in to His grace. By being silent, we are submitting to the law mentality, that we haven’t done enough or earned enough. Silence discounts the gift of grace, the gift of healing.

When we speak, we can rest in His words because ours are no longer making a mess in our hearts and minds. We can look to His words, which bring life and refresh the soul.

Words that heal the depths we think are too broken to even talk about.

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “day one: no longer silent

  1. Agreed. I’ve chosen silence often, when I should have spoken. This is an area that I’ve had much healing on, but need more. My tendency is to chose silence because my “voice” was wounded as a child. I’ve had to work hard not to be silent, but to speak the truth in love even when it is very very hard. Thanks for your thoughts.

  2. I’m stopping by from Ann’s today. So glad to have lingered here. Your dad’s conversation with your brothers makes me smile.. think I’ve had the same chat w/my own boys before! Love your reminder that silence doesn’t heal. Blessings to you from Iowa today!

  3. I love this: “Silence discounts the gift of grace, the gift of healing.” Beautiful words. Looking forward to coming back & hearing your insights.

    P.S. Clicked over to your links page, and we English majors (well, I finished mine about 7 years ago) have to stick together. Even though my husband is a Florida Gator alum… 😉

    • Thanks so much Christina. The English Major part makes up for the gator thing, its close though. 😉 Excited you’re along for the ride of these 31 days!

  4. Pingback: day eight: forming the conversation « honestly here

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