Mother Teresa: “God cannot be found in noise.”
A study in the journal Heart in 2006 found that silence can relieve tension in just two minutes.
In another study of 100 men and women who went on a silent retreat, Conor O’Shea found that simply being quiet before the Lord led each person to experience an increased awareness of who they were in the light of God.
I hear it a lot. “I’m fighting for recovery.” Or, “I’m fighting for sexual purity.”
Not only do I get that, I often say that myself. And the premise that recovery is a fight, that it calls for hard work, is sound.
But we need to know when to tag out.
The Bible says, “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent” (Exodus 14:14).
Recovery Step: Now might be a good time for you to back off, sit down, look up, and wait on the Lord. Let him do in you what you cannot do yourself.
Author: Mark Denison
Mark and Beth Denison, married for 36 years, launched There’s Still Hope as a national movement to call men and women into lives of sexual integrity. Their ministry offers 90-day recovery plans for addicts and one-on-one and group coaching for addicts and their spouses. TSH also produces resources for pastors and churches to confront the porn epidemic that is destroying so many lives.
Dr. Denison was a senior pastor for over 30 years, NBA chaplain, and board chairman at Houston Baptist University three times. With a Master’s Degree in Addiction Recovery, Mark is a certified PSAP and active member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Mark has written four books on recovery: Porn in the Pew, 365 Days to Sexual Integrity, A 90-Day Recovery Guide, and 40 Days to Porn-Free Living. His latest book, Jesus on the 12 Steps, will be released later this year.