Joy of My Heart with Anne Graham Lotz - January 12

January 12

Speaking Up for Jesus

“We cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

Acts 4:20, niv

It has only been a couple of years since our youngest daughter, Rachel-Ruth, gave birth to our first grandchild—a little girl named Ruth Bell Wright. My husband and I are totally enthralled with this little girl. She fills our hearts! We can’t help talking about her to anyone who will listen. I’m not afraid to talk about her. I don’t plan in advance how I will talk about her. I don’t worry about offending someone with my talk about her. I don’t go to classes to learn how to talk about her. I don’t read books on how to talk about her. I pick up that little girl, feel her snuggle up against me, touch her soft little cheek, and melt! Little Ruth Bell fills my heart! And what fills my heart comes out on my lips!

Why do we seem to make speaking up for Jesus so complicated? If He fills our hearts, He is going to come out on our lips! Like Peter and John, we will not be able to help “speaking about what we have seen and heard” of Him!

My Heart’s Cry, (Nashville: W Publishing, 2002). 

Edited after Danny’s passing:

It seems like just yesterday that our youngest daughter, Rachel-Ruth, gave birth to our first grandchild - a little girl named Ruth Bell Wright. Since that very first day, my husband and I were totally enthralled with this little girl.  She filled my heart.  I couldn't help talking about her to anyone who would listen. I wasn't afraid to talk about her. I didn't plan in advance how I would talk about her. I didn't worry about offending someone with my talk about her. I didn't go to classes to learn how to talk about her. I didn't read books on how to talk about her. I would just hug that little girl, feel her snuggle up against me, touch her soft cheek, and melt! Little Ruth Bell filled my heart!  And still fills my heart now that she is a teen-ager.  And what fills my heart comes out on my lips!

Why do we seem to make speaking up for Jesus so complicated? If He fills our hearts, He is going to come out on our lips! Like Peter and John, we will not be able to help "speaking about what we have seen and heard" of Him!

©2012 Anne Graham Lotz. All rights reserved.


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•  The choice to listen
•  The choice to forgive
•  The choice to pray

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