“Pay Attention, the Lord is Speaking” by Laura Bachtel

“Pay Attention, the Lord is Speaking”  by Laura Bachtel

 Pondering what it means to “pay attention,” I am suddenly more aware of the Holy Spirit speaking to me, particularly as it relates to my children. For their sake, I am learning to be silent, to wait, and most importantly to pray.  I must allow time for the Holy Spirit to speak, direct, nudge, or convict them--whatever the need may be at that specific moment.  The open doors that God gives me to respond are precious, like rare gems, such as a word of affirmation or a prayer offered up in the secret place of my closet, sometimes on my knees pleading for Him to intervene.  Only the Holy Spirit really knows how to intercede or to speak to their hearts in a way that is effective and life-changing. 

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Remembering with Purpose - 9.11

Remembering with Purpose - 9.11

Seventeen years ago, it was a Tuesday just like this Tuesday, September 11th. The day started out bright and sunny with just the peaceful hint of Fall scenting the air and dabbing leaves with color. I had arrived at Jackson Elementary School to be an encouraging ‘roadie’ for my friend, Jessica Dudley. Mrs. D, as she is otherwise known to students and teachers alike, was all set with her cool outfit, spiked hair and guitar to sing encouragement right into the little hearts of a hundred plus kindergarden children when all plans were put on hold.

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