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Christian Addiction Recovery: Shutting Off The Noise

Facebook, Twitter, Cellphone, T.V., Foursquare, Linkedin, Skype, Socialcam, Flipboard, Radio, Ipod, Email… the list goes on and on. It seems my world has become inundated with noise. The other day I was with my family at a four year old’s birthday party. In the midst of all the festivities between the games, the cake and presents, I took a couple phone calls, and I troubleshot some problems at the office with an email, Tweeted a post or two and read a couple status updates. Then, standing in the middle of this child’s birthday party, I felt emotions welling up inside of me. I put my phone down. A little overwhelmed, I sat down and felt this amazing range of emotions from anxiety to pure elated joy and everything in between. I turned to my wife and said “Hun, I don’t understand, I just feel overwhelmed right now.” As I sat and tried to quite myself in the midst of the distractions, I heard the music playing in the background for the first time all day. It was the song that was playing as my beautiful bride was walking down the aisle so many years before. The song had brought up inside me all of the emotions from my wedding day, but I was so distracted with the “noise”, I couldn’t hear them.

In times like these, I have to remember what The LORD said in  1 Kings 19:11-13. The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

Will you join me in slowing down? Please join me In shutting off the noise,and listening for the still small voice of God.

“We should fix ourselves firmly in the presence of God by conversing all the time with Him… we should feed our soul with a lofty conception of God and from that derive great joy in being his. We should put life in our faith. We should give ourselves utterly to God in pure abandonment, in temporal and spiritual matters alike, and find contentment in the doing of His will, whether he takes us through sufferings or consolations. ” ― Frère Laurent


Pastor Phil Dvorak MS, LMHC

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