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Shine.FM Momcast #4: Returning to the Workplace After Having Children with guest Melissa Keeley

Join Shine.FM’s Heather Erbe as she welcomes Melissa Keeley for this episode of the Momcast. Melissa shares her story of returning to the workplace after having her first two children.

Silence.

Silence. How often do we find true silence? How many times a day do we find ourselves sitting in a space so quiet that we can’t even hear the humming of an air conditioner, or the buzz of the electricity in a lamp? For me, that answer is never.

Silence has become an indulgence. Something that we reward ourselves with after we’ve completed all our work, seen everyone we need to see, and finished all the chores around the house. And maybe we don’t even experience silence after that; maybe our reward has become watching television while scrolling through social media.

When I study, I listen to music. If I’m with people, someone is usually talking. When I’m doing chores or getting ready, I pick my favorite playlist on spotify or turn on the TV to provide some background noise. Silence has become bothersome. Silence has become a bad thing.

Last week I visited a small chapel that sits on the back of my college campus, and for the first time in a very long time, I experienced silence. For over an hour, I sat without distractions and was silent; no phone, no homework, no emails buzzing in my pocket. It was in those moments that I realized how loud life truly was…how loud I allowed life to be.

We need silence. We need to sit without distractions and be still. The Bible gives us several verses about this:

“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).

“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” (Exodus 14:14).

“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.” (Psalm 62:5).

“Teach me, and I will be silent; make me understand how I have gone astray.” (Job 6:24).

“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength,” (Isaiah 30:15).

Yet today we are fed constant noise. Maybe we like the noise because it distracts us from having to listen. God uses the silence to speak, and perhaps the truth for many is that they don’t want to hear what the Lord is trying to tell them, so they fill their lives with noise instead. This reminds me of another story in the bible:

“The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: ‘Go to the great city of Ninevah and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.’ But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish.” (Jonah 1:1-3).

(If you don’t know that story, Jonah eventually gets swallowed by a fish and then comes to his senses, following God’s directions and doing as God asked. There’s a whole veggietales episode about it.)

Basically the point I’m trying to make is this; silence is a good thing. Silence is peace. Silence is sanity. Silence is listening and obedience. And in this loud and pushy world we live in, silence is necessary.

However, silence is still hard to find. But I encourage you to search for it. Find ten minutes in your day that you can dedicate to silent listening without distractions. Maybe it’s waking up ten minutes earlier, maybe it’s staying up ten minutes later, or maybe it’s substituting ten minutes of your social media time. However you can find it, I encourage you to use it.

Let’s Smack Talk!

Let’s “smack” “talk”!!

A quick note about your favorite football-sport team: It’s TERRIBLE!!!

Your team is so bad that when I think about that team, I laugh about it, because the way it runs its plays is all backward. Furthermore, half of your guys are, in my opinion, ill-suited for the sport that they’re playing, which is football, and another sport might be a better choice for them so they should pursue those sports, and not this one, which is football.

Scott & Sam – The Rest of Clayton’s Story

The hope of a young man who knew where he was going and, as he was dying he encouraged everyone to live with the kind of love Jesus has.

Brant & Sherri – Never Miss a Radio Show!

We’re now uploading our show the day after it airs. You can subscribe here (on iTunes), or if you don’t use iTunes, via the Stitcher app. Yesterday’s show: Brant is a “Loon”, The People Jesus Repelled, Parmesan Cheese Dinner, Grace, Nik Wallenda, Forgetting the Candy, Our Show Agenda, No Pets Scrutiny, Awkward Jog of Gratitude, What’s in a Person’s Heart Sherri’s Fave Quotes: “You’ll hear us talk about grace a lot because it’s the only thing that changes any of us.” “I’m ok with looking dumb if I can just love people for once. I’ve gotten that frustrated with it. It’s time to grow up and love people.” “People get judgmental about me having a bowl of Parmesan cheese for dinner. That hurts.” “Grown man hiding behind a couch to avoid some kid in a Superman outfit. That’s how I roll.”

Brant & Sherri’s Call List

We’d love you to join our CALL LIST! We need people to do awesome contests and talk to us about stuff. If you want to be on our list, send your info to producersherri@branthansen.com.

WARNING: If you say you’re available, but you’re not, like Drew did, well… we take it very, very seriously. It hurts. Bad.

Brant & Sherri Call List

We’d love you to join our CALL LIST! We need people to do awesome contests and talk to us about stuff. If you want to be on our list, send your info to producersherri@branthansen.com.

WARNING: If you say you’re available, but you’re not, like Drew did, here, well… we take it very, very seriously. It hurts. Bad.

Deal Breaker?

DEAL-BREAKER from the show today, for the ladies: Let’s say you’re single, and you meet the best guy. He’s intelligent, a great provider, loyal, incredibly funny and fun, great-looking, and a spiritual leader. Everything you ever wanted. Only quirk is…

He keeps a dozen mice. And they get to roam freely through the house. If you marry him, it’s just part of the deal. You will be living with a dozen free-running mice the rest of your life. (When one dies, another replaces it.) IS THIS A DEAL-BREAKER?

I certainly hope not. I would certainly hope a dozen mice would not come between you and your dreams. Sherri says, without hesitation, “Yes. Deal-breaker.” So strange.