Haven ministries also publishes a monthly devotional called Anchor Devotional. They feature different authors each month. I had used their publication years ago and then moved on to other devotionals. So when I found Haven Today again, I decided to try it once more. For a donation of any amount they will send it to you for one year in advance of each new month. It is a great small size that will fit in purse, pocket or backpack. We recently made a trip to New England. I know when I travel it is difficult to keep my quiet time and I packed this to spur my brain towards Christ. I was not disappointed! In fact, two of the entries spoke so deeply to my soul that I asked permission to use them verbatim in this blog. I received this response from Robert Clauer at Haven Ministries:
“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with you in sharing the great story that’s all about Jesus! You may use excerpts from the Anchor from September, as long as you give credit to Haven Ministries, and the author Brad Swope.”
The Anchor Devotional month of September, 2019 is entitled “Meeting God in the Little Things.” The author, Brad S. Swope, is senior pastor of Horizon Community Church in Roseville, California. He teaches at William Jessup University.
The entry entitled “Afraid of Quiet?” is based upon Isaiah 30:15 NIV (which the Baptists would call Molly’s life verse, topic for another blog entry) “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”
“Clamor. There may be no better word that describes the din which constantly surrounds us. We all say we long for quiet, but at the same time we fill up our lives with noise. The TV is always on in the background, the car radio is tuned in to our favorite station, and Netflix is continually available to fill the void if we are bored. All the text messages, emails, and social media apps create a noise of sorts, too. An outside observer might say that we turn up the volume of life-noise because we’re afraid of quiet.
“If you’re a believer in Jesus Christ, you need not be afraid of quiet. He will meet you there! Through the psalmist, He gently says, “Be still and know that I am God.” (46:10)
“We have a hard time grasping that command. Perhaps we do not hear the Lord’s voice because He can’t be heard over the racket of our busy lives. God will get our attention one way or another. He may even reach out to us in a startling, big way. But more likely He will come to us in His still, small voice. Listen for it; it’s always there.”
“See if you can introduce more quiet into your life, and see what happens when you do. Then let the “clamor” be joyful noises to the Lord!”