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Reflecting on Blessings and Calming the Noise

Each year I reflect on what that means to me, and each year I find a different dimension is added to that.

This year I am learning that “Quiet Workings” often means being quiet in order for the Holy Spirit to be able to do some “workings” in me!

I’m not by nature a quiet person.  I’ve always liked sound or noise around me.  I used to scoff at those articles that said girls needed absolute quiet in order to work properly in academics when I was the kid sneaking my walk man (yes, I’m old enough to have had one of those) in to my desk at school (I loved having those ACE desks with dividers so I could lean up against it with an earphone in one ear and “hide” it from my teachers).   I used to fall asleep listening to music.  Everything I did was characterized by noise of some sort.

When I got older and lived on my own, the tv became that noise.  I didn’t even have to be watching it, I just ran it for the noise factor.  I always had to have noise.  I think, in a way, I was afraid of the quiet, because I was afraid of what my thoughts would bring to me.  If I had a constant distraction I was much better off.

Over the last few years the Lord has worked amazingly in my life.  I’ve turned from being that “noise” person to a much more quiet one.  I still like my music on much of the time.  But I now treasure those moments when everything is turned off and silence reigns.  Those moments when I spend time with the Lord and relish being open to His leading in my life.  I can go for a drive in the car and not blare the cd player.  I can sit, in the early morning hours, and enjoy my Bible without even soft instrumental music playing in the background.

I have learned that that is when the Holy Spirit quietly works.

In the still small voice, not in the mighty rushing wind, the thunder, music, or anything else.  And it’s peaceful.

And I’m thankful for it.

I’m thankful for the blessings the Lord brought to our family this year.  For Little Man asking the Lord to take away his sins during vbs.  For our amazing family get-away in September for 3 days.  For our Little Guy turning 1 and bringing such a different dimension to our family.  For Little Miss and her joy for life.  For my husband bringing me flowers and a Starbucks card for my birthday.  I’m thankful.

Another blessing has been starting a home business and seeing it grow little by little.  I’m so grateful to each person who has helped my business move ahead even though I’m a terrible sales person.  And I’m so thankful for the amazing friends who have supported me and helped watch my kids or come with me when I taught classes or worked markets (and my husband is top of that list!).  I love being a doterra consultant and I hope to continue growing that and allowing the Lord to lead in that area.

This year I also shared my heart with you about the book, Becoming MomStrong, and I’m so thankful for Heidi St. John’s ministry in this area.  It really brought out much of what I shared above, and so much more.  If there’s one thing I could encourage you to buy this Christmas, it’s a copy of that book!  Besides that, let’s purpose this year to spend more time in God’s word and more time in prayer, in communion with our God and Father…and imagine the things we, as women, could accomplish!

This year, after Christmas, I’m going to be sharing Twelve Days of Carols with you.  I’m not completely buying into the “Christian” aspect of this tradition but I love that it goes from December 25 into January.  It’s so easy, once December 25th passes, to pack everything away for another year.  But I want to encourage you this year to keep this season close to your heart.  Because it reminds us to slow down, take a breath, and remember Christ and what He did for us in leaving all and coming as a Baby to this sin-filled place.

So I hope you’ll remember to check back in after Christmas and learn some history behind 12 different carols (some well-known and others not as much), and maybe add some repertoire to next year’s Christmas season.

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

Have a blessed time with family and don’t forget to make time for quiet and let the Holy Spirit work in you this season!

Amanda Cunningham

Amanda worked as a full-time school teacher for two years before getting married and having two wonderful kids.She blogs about faith, family, food, and fun.While crafting takes up a lot of her extra time, Amanda also strives to help others through ministry in her church and in the community.Amanda, also known as Mae, works as the church music director and is hoping to start tutoring and teaching music again in the days to come.

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