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I have a confession to make: I say too much and listen too little.

That’s a truth I have been forced to admit over the past several weeks while  getting a new direction in my faith walk. It’s called “shhh.” As in “shush.” Or, when I’m obstinate, “shut up.”

It has applied to every facet of my life. Including blogging. I know this message is from the Lord because I have been blessed very deeply as I have obeyed it.

And so, once again, I will simply be obedient. This is all there is to my blog this week. I will explain some other time. I hope. But if you want to understand my experience a little better, take some time to think about Psalm 46:10. “Be still and know that I am God.” In fact, take a lot of time to think about it.

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Mark Azzara
Mark Azzara
Mark Azzara spent 45 years in print journalism, most of them with the Waterbury Republican in Connecticut, where he was a features writer with a special focus on religion at the time of his retirement. He also worked for newspapers in New Haven and Danbury, Conn. At the latter paper, while sports editor, he won a national first-place writing award on college baseball. Azzara also has served as the only admissions recruiter for a small Catholic college in Connecticut and wrote a self-published book on spirituality, "And So Are You." He is active in his church and facilitates two Christian study groups for men. Azzara grew up in southern California, graduating from Cal State Los Angeles. He holds a master's degree from the University of Connecticut.


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