This morning as I woke up in Dallas, Texas and walked into the kitchen to grab my coffee and the newspaper, I noticed the headlines. "Ambush, 11 officers shot; 4 dead". My heart began to grieve for the family and friends of these officers that were shot and for the ones that were killed.
I knew I needed to go to my "quiet and place" and to pray for each of these families. Everyone is asking, "what is happening to our society?" Everybody has an answer. I feel that people have lost all respect for mankind. As I go to the dictionary, Webster says that respect is "a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable, important, etc.; a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way; and a particular way of thinking about or looking at something."
As a society, we no longer respect individuals for their own opinions and we no longer respect people for who they are. None of us have the same DNA, so none of us are going to think exactly the same way. God created us with a "free will" and a "free mind". There are a lot of people that I don't agree with, but I still love them for who they are.
We each need to have our "quiet place" to be still and to listen as God whispers. He is wanting us to have a gentle spirit, to be kind to one another, and to love and to respect others. We all have a free will and it is up to us in deciding which path we will choose.
Take the time to find your "quiet place". A place that you can go when your heart grieves for someone or for a situation. In those quiet times, you can lift up those concerns and you will begin to feel the spirit as it feels you with the wisdom and insight that you need. Your "quiet place" can also be a place where you are also happy and just need to rejoice.
"Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him." Deuteronomy 30:20
Here is a picture of my sister's "quiet place". It is her backyard where she has planted various flowers and plants.