The Quiet Life

The Beginning of our Ministry

I sit here in our quiet studio surrounded by toys, packages, six-foot soldiers, and sense the presence of God. In the quiet studio of the business and ministry, I look back to why we dedicated this business to him several years ago. We were praying with our attorney because his newborn grandson went to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburg and decided God want us to minister to children in hospitals.   We developed a ministry plan to accomplish the vision God gave us which included

 ‘He says, “Be still, and know I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. ‘

Psalm 46:10-11

Matthew Henry’s commentary on this passage says the first part refers to the enemies of God who should cease their efforts to thwart his plans because he is God and nothing can stand against him. Their fruitless struggles are waged against the One who will be exalted among all the nations. Lifted up by his people we also proclaim he is LORD Almighty.  The God who makes a promise is also the one who keeps them and so his people can be still in the face of those who still struggle against God.  If we trust God was the one who established this vision in our lives then the difficult times provide a place and time for quiet because God will be exalted.

What does it mean to be exalted among the nations? Scriptures say every knee will bend and every tongue confess Christ is Lord and Matthew 5:16 reminds us to do good works so others will give praise to our Father in heaven. As we begin this work we will give others the chance to praise our God and Father. Why? Every boy growing up wants his friends thinking his dad is special! One time Stefani told me her friends said I was “cool!” As we grow in this new venture we want others to know how wonderful is the God of Jacob, Steve, and Vicki


We have seen movies where the director yells out, “Quiet on the set” as they begin filming because the only dialogue to be recorded is that from the actors. We will need quiet during our video-conference calls between Saint Nicholas and children too.  However, the hearts of Steve and Vicki can be still before our great God because he is our fortress.