"I believe it is a weighty thing to break the Living Silence. I don't know that I've ever been 100% sure I was to provide vocal ministry before I did....but afterwards as the Silence surrounded me again...I knew I had "listened…"
"I have arthritis and fibromyalgia and I get massages on a regular basis to help manage the pain and swelling. I'm also Plain. I wear very long dresses and usually long sleeves. Although I'm not specifically dressing…"
Thanks for asking this question since I have found it very helpful to hear others' thoughts on this as well. I would like to add (just to blur the lines and in agreement with what Kristin Olson-Kennedy said) that nothing is…"
"Hi Julie! This is such a hugely important thing to wrestle with, and sometimes I think it's the wrestling that's important, even if we occasionally choose wrongly. Just being present with God, acknowledging that I think Spirit…"
I would add to Kristin's well thought words, Be Couragous with what is being revealed to you. The fact that you are asking this question is an indication that you are being thoughtful of your own place in the discerning…"
"You may also test your leading to speak by offering the message after worship, during introductions. It is usually phrased "this didn't quite rise to share during worship...".
Sometimes a message may stay with you for a while…"
"Julie- as you can see by reading the responses to your post, there are various ways for you to know if you are being lead to share vocal ministry. I would take these responses as guidelines, not as rules that allow you or not allow you to share…"
"If God is trying to tell you something... it probably will manifest as 'your' thinking-- because that's the process you have available for 'seeing' the truth of a thought.
If you examine any example of automatic writing,…"
"I agree with Caroline. In addition, I believe that a lot of times Friends find themselves suddenly speaking without realizing they are doing so. In such a case, that usually means the Friend has been quaking for awhile and resisted the call to…"
"It is different for all, but I do understand why we are called Quakers. A true message makes me tremble. It starts in my fingers and spreads through my body. It might be a message that I have no clue as to why I'm saying it,…"
Hello! I've been kind of lurking on this site for a long time now but I've never really worked up the nerve to post anything. I gave up Facebook for Lent as a way to examine the role of social networking in my life so I figure its a good time o suck it up and finally join the discussions here.I've been going to a Quaker Meeting for about 4 years now and one of the things I've never really figured out is how I should know when I am being led to speak in Meeting. I was wondering, do any of you…See More
"Those who call themselves 'evangelical Quakers' complain when they are referred to as 'cult members'.
Gee, I can't imagine why anyone would complain if someone called them a cult member. Thanks for the giggle!"
"I love the pictures of the kids who dress plain. I really wish I had been in a position to dress that way when I was younger too. Do they wear it all the time? Do they have trouble with bullying in school because of it?
I'm a grad student in biopsychology and a convinced Friend. I like brains, Plain dress and rodents of all varieties. I live in Vienna with my husband, Eli and my pet rat Sir Samuel Squeak (who is convinced my cape dresses are actually rat carriers).
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