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Your Tongue is Loose on Both Ends!

When I was a little girl, my dad used to say:

Marlene, Your tongue is loose on both ends.

I assumed that he meant I talked too much.  Over the years I have realized how right my daddy was and how precious silence can be.  There are times when more may be said with silence than with any other way.

I’ve always heard that silence is golden, but never experienced  to the extent I did when I went away on a weekend retreat.  We were in cabins in the middle of the woods on a quiet flowing river.

After the first night’s session were given the charge to “be silent” until breakfast the following morning.

That evening and following morning I reflected on a movie I saw as a young woman about a nun.  She was very young, beautiful and had made a lifetime vow to be single.  I thought,

Wow! She would never marry, never have a house of her own (with a white picket fence), nor become a mother.

I remember thinking,

She must LOVE God very much to give up all of these things for him.  Surely as beautiful as she was she could get the husband of her dreams and live “happily ever after.”

The really impossible to believe part of this story for me was the part where she gave up “talking” for a year.  I knew as talkative as I was, that this would be an impossibility, although I dreamed of having this type of faith and relationship with God.  Soon the movie was over and I forgot it, until that evening  and following morning at the retreat many years later. Listening to the quiet river, watching the squirrels and birds look and rustle about in the leaves for food, and hearing God’s voice speaking softly to me was an experience I will never ever forget.

We need to find God.  He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence.  See how nature – trees, flowers, grass -grows in silence; see the stars, the sun, the moon, and the sun, how they move in silence…  We need silence in order to move souls. ~Mother Theresa

As I listen and wait in silence for God to move my soul, I often try to take time to be silent.  It is in these quiet moments when I reflect on how good God is, and what a beautiful place He created for us to enjoy in silence!



A little About Marlene Marlene was raised in Sanford, Florida, the daughter of a 12th generation farmer and part Cherokee mother. Marlene first met Jesus at the tender age of six sitting in an orange tree in her backyard. This was when she first felt the Holy Spirit speaking to her about going to different nations and sharing the love and resurrection power of Jesus to others. She is mother to four sons, three grandchildren, and has many spiritual sons and daughters. Isaiah 54 is her life chapter. It was from that scripture God gave her two specific promises about her physical children, "All your children will be taught of the Lord and have great peace.”(Isaiah 54:13) and, “Your decendents will occupy other nations and resettle the ruined cities.” (Isaiah 54:3) Marlene follows the leading of the Lord and goes wherever and by whatever means God guides and provides. She ministers in meetings, retreats, slums, villages, churches and alongside others. She travels to do ministry and conferences called Freedom PowWows equipping others to become true disciples. God searches today for those who will make Him their single desire, who will say with the Psalmist and King David that, “the Lord is the portion of mine inheritance” (Psalm 16:5). They will be His special possession because, “the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto Himself, and Israel for His peculiar treasure” (Psalm 135:4). 850-661-6104 24/7 Prayer CinderellaReleased.Me Webpage

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