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In 2016, I felt like the Lord said to me, "You must learn to be quiet and let me tell you when to speak up." I was one of five children—four brothers, and I was the youngest and a girl. I had to speak up all the time to be heard.

Matthew 25:40 says, "And the king will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'” You see, I am a defender by nature and always have been. I have never been able to stand by and watch someone be mean to another, but what I did do was stick my nose in things that didn't have anything to do with me. I quickly realized in ministry that some battles were not mine to bear and the weight of them became heavy. I was never meant to carry them. The more time I spend with the Lord, the more He spoke to me about learning to be quiet and just ‘hush’ until He released me to speak. This was a hard lesson for me. I had to work on it daily and ask if I was supposed to speak up or just be quiet; most of the time I had to be quiet. I felt as though I had lost my voice in anything. If you know me at all, you know I have lots to say or an opinion on most things. (Haha.)

A huge event was happening in 2018, and I was concerned about it. I spent lots of time praying about it, and the Lord spoke and said, "Now is the time." Time for what? I ask. Time to speak up and do something. I had learned to be quiet and now was the time to speak up. The Lord allowed my voice to be heard and led me in all the right directions to help in something that made a difference in our community. If I had not listened to the Lord when He spoke and said to be quiet and listen to Him, I would have still been carrying the weight of every battle that wasn't mine to carry. I chose to listen, spend time with Him, listen to Him, and know when to speak up and when to be quiet. The Lord hushed me many times. But now, I feel like when the time is right to speak, it is not a burden I have been carrying. It's just time to speak up. 

To hush isn't always a bad thing to do. It may just be a season of listening and learning. There is so much noise in the world, screaming at us from every angle. Learn to be quiet to hear His still, small voice. There are many scriptures on being quiet: "The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent." (Exodus 14:14); "Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth." (Psalm 46:10); and "A time to tear, a time to sew; a time to keep silent, and a time to speak." (Ecclesiastes 3:7)

There are many voices running around us. Know that in His presence you will learn when to speak and when to be quiet. 

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