BOLD SILENCE - November 16, 2016

It seems cruel at first glance.  Within two weeks of receiving my newest CD "Bold" - with all these fun new arrangements and great songs that I can't wait to share - an unwelcome visitor named STREP arrives - and my voice departs!  

My passion of singing is on hold and I can hardly speak.  To make matters worse,  I'm forced to drink TEA, which I despise, and I'm going days without exercise - one of my favorite daily gifts that bring me a healthy emotional balance (affording me the indulgence of chocolate!).   I am on a kind of 'lock down' at home - just me and the Lord - in the very quiet stillness.    

So what is there to be learned in this season?  My God knows I don't rest well - I never have.  He also knows I don't do silence well, though I know so much can be learned from listening.  I can sense His not so gentle nudging to be still and re-focus.  To rest and meditate.  To listen and learn.   

I recall sweet scriptures recited into my memory:  

"In quietness and trust is your strength."   
"Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak..."  
"Come unto me, you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
"Be still and know that I am God."

Hmmm.  The definition of BOLD is: showing an ability to take risks; confident and courageous - Syn. daring, intrepid, brave, courageous, valiant, fearless.

Could this vocal silence sharpen my mind to consider?  Could it give room for my heart and soul to grow in confidence and courage?  Could it remind and re-direct my thoughts and attention to the One who gives the voice and breath - and all things living?   

So while my voice is silent, I will be bold and brave in heart and soul - with great thanksgiving!             


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