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Circumstances for Clapping Hands is a blog about reasons to give praise to God, despite my circumstances. As Henry David Thoreau once addressed, “There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.” The challenges: 1) Find value in everything you do and 2) Find joy in doing it.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Holding Your Breath...

It's truly amazing to witness growth (especially when it involves you.)

Recently I have been waiting for "something" to happen. Without any description, let's just say it is something I have prayed for awhile. In past years, I would have worried myself sick, wondering, waiting, trying to control (what is) an uncontrollable situation.

Besides biblical support, including wisdom gained from Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and such, I attribute many of my lessons learned regarding patience and happiness to my lovely wife. Her ability to not only understand my feelings, but serve as a human voice for the Holy Spirit has been remarkable.

It's amazing that after six years of marriage, I can now say, "whatever happens-happens for a reason." Trust me, we all want things to go a certain way, but God has a better plan. Yes I will continue my wishful thinking, but I will also enjoy every step of my walk with the Lord too.

Question: Who has proven to be a "rock of stability" or a "calming voice" for you?


  1. A human voice of the Holy Spirit, huh? Is that still true when I want to pick the restaurant?

  2. I so know how you feel. Brian is totally that rock for me. I am like an emotional helium balloon that freaks out and runs up to the sky, but Brian gently pulls me back down to earth with wise advice, and amazing insight and discernment.

  3. Now that's the mark of a true, lasting relationship. Wow. The way you can process life with your wife in that way is such an incredible thing - very inspiring.

  4. "Yes I will continue my wishful thinking, but I will also enjoy every step of my walk with the Lord too." Great stuff. My rock is this Italian chick I know . . .