Excerpts from Listen to the Quiet, from A Gentle Kiss from God
by Carol Castagna © 2016:
I can look out from my lanai and see the splendor of the night sky running to greet me. I feel blessed. And when I awaken, the lazy morning sun pours down on me as I listen to the grass grow ~ and I know that all peace reigns in my corner of the world.
An oriole walks nearby,
chirps a song written for me.
A raindrop trickles down my cheek.
Thank you, dear Lord, that you are close-by. Only a prayer away…
that when I whisper your name, you hear me; that I can merely close my eyes, say nothing and you know what I mean.
A hush speaks sleep to the pond.
Jesus and sunshine…
God is everywhere.
Colossians 3: 12-15 “Therefore as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts…”
To be more like Christ, we will desire what He desires; we will speak as He speaks. Above all, while we yet remain on earth, we will commune with Him “in quietness and in confidence.” Isaiah 30: 15 tells us that “In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.” To know His gentleness, we will seek to experience the quietness of a close relationship with the Lord. Our conversation with Him will be often, not only speaking to Him but listening for His voice, the Holy Spirit’s calling. It is during those times of quiet communion with the Lord, when we seek direction, guidance and protection, that we become closer to Him and grow in His love and His power.
As Paul tells the Galations in Chapter 6: 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10 “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness…2.Bear one another’s burden’s and so fulfill the law of Christ. .. 7.Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8.For he who sows to the flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10.Therefore, as we have opportunity , let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Thank you for your love for us, for your gift of sacrifice on the cross and for your presence in our lives. Help us to walk as you would have us walk.
Lead us in your way. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2017 Carol Ann Castagna
He leads me by quiet waters. Psalm 23: 2