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Dear Friends,

I thought I’d made it through the flu season without even so much as a sniffle, and then . . . last week got a nasty bug. And with the bug came the unexpected—laryngitis! I still have it!

This week I missed recording our MoneyWise radio program and will miss speaking in Mexico at a Compass conference led by our Latin American Director, Andres Panasiuk. Around the home it’s much quieter with me speaking to Bev in a faint whisper and using sign language. I think she’s enjoying this. 🙂

Despite these inconveniences and not just being able to pick up the phone and call a friend, the Lord is using this for good. It has forced me to be quiet. Today, I am finally began to realize how fast paced my life has been during the past couple of months . . . too hectic! The Lord is kindly using this to get my undivided attention. He is telling me to slow down. Rest more. Pray more. Just enjoy His presence more.

Be more grateful for the many gifts He has given, including the gift of speech and hearing. I feel a little like a monk that practices silence in a monastery. And, guess what, this has helped re-calibrate my priorities, and I am thankful.

How about you? How are you doing, really doing, in your walk with Christ?

Love in Jesus,
Howard Dayton