• “Loneliness is a required course for leadership.” – Elisabeth Elliot

Voices I Hear by Andrea Howard Hawthorn

The voice of self beckons:

Get out there and do something important and worthwhile.

The voice of my blond-haired daughter invites me:

Mommy, let’s play house. I’ll be the Mommy, you be the Daddy.

The voice of self lures me:

Stand up! Be counted among the useful and make the world a better place.

The voice of my infant son cries from his crib:

I pick him up and we rock together in the silence and stillness.

The voice of self bids me:

Work hard and seek the praise and applause of many.

The voice of my grown-up four-year-old daughter announces proudly:

Mommy, I colored this picture of Pooh for you.

The voice of self tempts me:

Make sure your talent is noticed and appreciated and bask in the spotlight.

Three small voices plead:

Mommy, we’re thirsty, will you get us a drink of water?

The voice of self cries out as I wipe a little nose for the twentieth time:

Lord, isn’t there a more glamorous job for me than this?

The voice of my Lord assures me:

“If anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones … I tell you the truth, she will certainly not lose her reward.—For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to these little children.”

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  • “But the misfortune is that people wish to direct God instead of resigning themselves to be directed by Him. We wish to take the lead, and to follow in a way of their own selection instead of submissively and passively following where God sees fit to conduct them. And hence it is, that many souls who are called to the enjoyment of God himself and mot merely to the gifts of God, spend all their lives in pursuing and in feeding on little consolations.” – Madame Guyon

Verse of the Day

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, — Philippians 3:20 (NKJV)

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