#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Archive for January, 2007

Further Reports from the Silence

I am sitting in my wonderful living room as I type this blog, watching the sun rise behind the towering pines outside my windows. I have had my prayer and journaling and devotional time, and practiced entering the Silence, my sister Sally’s prayer shawl around my shoulders, enfolding me like Grace does.

I lasted about five minutes.

The dogs barked–we are in imminent danger of a wild turkey invasion, according to Yorkie intelligence. Then I started thinking about all the things that need to be done–scholarships essays to judge, pages to write, an upcoming publicity tour in the Phoenix area,

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Short Circuits

Around this time of year, many of us start thinking of things we’d like to do, be or have. We set goals, make resolutions. Those of a spiritual bent–and I happen to be one–pray.

What goes wrong? Why is it that, so often, nothing seems to happen? By March, if not the second week in January, we’ve given up on losing that weight, shedding that bad habit, landing that new job or starting that business we’ve always dreamed of having. Where is the short-circuit?

Personally, I think it’s often because we ask God for some wonderful thing–fully expecting Him

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“Keep your ear to the ground” referred to the practice of plainsmen listening to the ground to hear hoof beats. It became the westerner’s warning to stay alert.

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