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The words of a whisperer

To whisper is to speak without using vocal chords, in soft hushed sounds using breathe and lips.
Another definition is to talk softly and privately.
Do you get the word picture that is being drawn from this?
God speaks in soft hush tones and even leans in towards us so it can be a private conversation.
Just between Him and us.
Have you ever had a private conversation between yourself and someone else?
It was not for everyone to hear, it’s intention was for a chosen reason, and a chosen person.
That is what God does for us. I Kings 19:11-13
11 And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind.
And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.
12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper.
13 And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.
And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
(The sound of a low whisper)
Did you see it? AFTER the loud comes a whisper.
After the storms, after the force, that tried to knock us down. After we have seen the power, comes the calm.
We must be ready to hear it and pay attention.
It was private. Intimate. Questioning matters of the heart. The intention of the heart.
“What are you doing? Elijah?”
Doesn’t God do that to us sometimes too?
He reaches out to us using breath, and soft hushed tones so we can be STILL and listen.
If He were to yell would we listen more? I don’t think so.
If someone yells at me I bristle and shut down.
God questioned Elijah with a whisper, just as HE does for us.
Within that quiet space we can then enter into a RESTING space.
The refreshing quiet, to be at ease from trouble or weariness from anything that disturbs us.
To have tranquility and peace. To be quiet or still, the dictionary called it ‘refreshing quiet.’
Doesn’t it sound wonderful? Proverbs 18:8
The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.
Remember the movie the horse whisperer? They would train a horse by being gentle and quiet.
Allowing it to trust the process and direction of the one whispering.
As we explore the book I am reading called, ‘Whispers of rest.’
I pray we come away grasping a better understanding and awareness within the quiet.

Learning to slow down and listen

I have been slowly moving through a book called “whispers of rest” by Bonnie Gray.
40 days of God’s love to revitalize your soul.
It has been amazing and good. Challenging us to a new transformation of slowing down and listening.
It is a gift to give oneself.
To stop and hear God’s whispers. In order to do that we must be quiet enough to listen,
In everything I do I strive to be available and open to God’s prompting through the Holy Spirit.
It is amazing when it is a free open arms, open heart decision.
To say if there is anything in my spirit, my attitude, my witness that is not for your Glory.
Remove it. Restore me into a new awareness of love and kindness, so that those who hear me, never doubt my intentions.
We love to go to the beach in fact that is where I am writing from right now.
It refreshes my spirit to walk along the waters edge and as I listen, I hear less of the noisy world and more of the simple nature sounds. The camp where we go is a safe place for me. It is peaceful and quiet unlike a lot of camping parks.
It is a Christian camp where many people meet. They have summer camps for kids and adult meetings too.
It reminds me of beauty and the reason we need to get away just to relax.
Bonnies book teaches all that. How to do simple soul care.
When the day ends it is peaceful to see the sunset and feel the coolness in the air. To breathe in the final moments till another day begins. Like my word of the year, BREATHE … whispers of rest is helping me to do that.

Saying good bye and more time

We took the girls and Sarah to the airport on Monday, it was a sad good-bye.
Our time on the Island was fun and I do believe the girls enjoyed it a lot.
That afternoon we drove around the Island exploring other parts of it that we have not seen. The sides of the Island each look different and seem to have a personality of their own.
There is a rain forest side, a drier desert looking side and then where we were staying was a combination of both.
This was taken off our balcony or lanai. It was pretty private we didn’t have a beach view point but we were very close to it.
The green palm trees and the other ‘greenery’ was really tropical.
We loved to sit outside and listen to the birds and feel the cool winds. It quickly became our favorite place.
The tropical island feeling was everywhere. I loved it.
I had purchased a few things to bring home from this trip.
This was from the aquarium where a Hawaiian was painting on tiles. It should be a coaster but I like it as a ‘picture.’
I found a very cool carved turtle and wanted it for my ‘display’ at home.
Then I wanted some shells to create a ‘Hawaiian theme’ in the collection.
The shells came from Hawaii and the gold dish came from our local Fred Meyer store.
The plate I picked up at the airport as well as the turtle cups for myself and my daughter and the carved turtle.
We found ourselves in a maui brew company for lunch one day and it was surprisingly wonderful. I had the best little slider hamburger I have ever had. I highly recommend it.
Had to bring home a ‘gift’ for myself and my sister in law. It is a very nice little glass for beer or wine or icy drink of choice. I loved the etched turtle on the side of it. It was a very nice reminder of a very nice vacation for us.
I also purchased five summer dresses from a wonderful little Hawaiian vendor.

Hawaii day’s four and five

We only had six days with the girls in Hawaii with us.
We flew in on Wednesday so that really didn’t count as it was a long 5 1/2 hour flight.
They were flying out on a Monday so again that day really didn’t count much.
On the fourth day we let them swim and have fun at the beach.
We shopped a few times and ate meals both in the condo and out.
They were leaving on Monday at noon and the morning only allowed a small meal time, clean up time and one more quick visit to the beach.
After we left them at the airport we returned the mini van to the car rental place and exchanged it for a small Nissan versa.
I wanted to rent a Kia Soul as that is the car I am thinking of purchasing but there was not one available.
We had such a nice time in our condo and on the trip.
I would recommend it to anyone who is wanting to go and explore the Island of Maui.
The rest of the week we had time to explore and rest and enjoy the paradise life.

Hawaii day’s three and four

The third day we were in Hawaii we played at the pools, mostly the girls and grandpa and we scouted out some places for shopping.
We also had to get a few more grocery items at a local Safeway store, and find the atm for cash.
It was fun to drive around the local places and to see the small beaches they had.
Saturday night was the ‘special’ event for Faith’s graduation, the Luau in Lahaina.

We had a plan to get new dresses for the Luau and we knew it would be a nice ‘long evening’ for us all.

The Hawaiian’s were amazing and the dancers with the all the island outfits and festivities of the ‘show’ was really wonderful along with our dinner.
The Luau entertainment told us the ‘story’ of how Hawaii was found and how the traditions were started.
It was pretty fascinating, and of course the girls enjoyed not only the lady dancers but the guys weren’t too bad either when you are teenagers.

The Hawaiian Mai Tai is always a wonderful cool drink on a hot day.

The meal was a mixture of Hawaiian meats and fruits with rice and some vegetables.
It was what we call a smorgasbord of food. Where we could dish out our choices.
In case you didn’t want raw fish or other kind of foods that are not on our ‘normal’ list, the items were nicely marked for you.

The dessert tray was beautiful, full of all kinds of different cookies and treats to try.

The scenery was amazing and with the tropical breeze and trees we really enjoyed the whole event.
We were very close to the stage so we had a very good view of the dancers and the program.

The girls really enjoyed the Luau and I think it was a highlight of our trip along with the warm ocean waters and pools.
They enjoyed the pictures with our waiter, who was very entertaining and cute.

Then the birthday girl got a special picture with him too.

She also got a picture of grandpa and her as we waited for dinner to start.

The sunsets were beautiful and I was fascinated at the banana trees. Something we don’t see where we live.

It was a beautiful setting to end the evening of food, fun stories and music.

Sunset pictures and Hawaiian music left us with a wonderful relaxing feeling as we headed back to our condo.