Saturday, July 16, 2016

Listen to His voice...

Good morning all-

So I just made my first cup of coffee, unfortunately with no caffeine but it still tastes like a warm summer breeze and is my very first joy every morning.  Do you know that feeling?  A feeling of comfort, of normalcy.  For me that's thinking about God and drinking my first cup of coffee. And every morning I get that same joy in my heart.

Like so many, I have things in my life that bring me joy.  Simple things, things that remind me that I'm alive and God is here.  The quiet of the morning, the doves cooing on my roof, the song of birds at the bird feeder and the rising of the sun.  All these things remind  me that God is good and that He is ever present.

So today as I opened my devotional, I saw a Scripture I don't recall.  It's in Deuteronomy and that's what got me thinking about this post.  It says and I paraphrase, listen to His voice.  That got me to thinking about how hard it is to listen to His voice when my mind is spinning on thoughts of what I have to do, who I have to do it for and well you know, everything our little super highways can think about.  It doesn't take a woman long to spin her mind into 100 different directions with no output, am I right?

In my mind, there isn't always a place for Him.  Wow!  I said that out loud and unfortunately it's true.  The organization of my thoughts are based on priorities, not on peace.  That's what's been so refreshing over the last few months because as my little mind decides to speed on the superhighway, all of the sudden a feeling comes over me and says stop slowly, look both ways and listen.  In order for me to do that I have to stop and say God I'm ready to listen.

Listening is what I do naturally but listening in my mind is a whole other thing. Up until a few months ago my mind was racing, trying to fix things with no solution and if not for God and listening, I'm not sure I would have found peace.  But I did.  I trusted more, had greater faith and worked up an endurance where I tested every thought, captured it and gave it to Christ.  My reward was to find Him in a deeper way.  I can't say I've heard Him audibly but through Scripture and through prayer, I found peace, wisdom and direction.  Listening for Him and His word is the  most important thing we should do every day.

Recently, I blogged about praying for our young men.  That came from reading Scripture and realizing that God can help our young men.  He can give them courage, wisdom and direction.  He can protect them from evil thoughts of destruction.  He can build them up to have great reliance on Him and not on the world and He can make them men that guide their families.  God has all the answers if we just listen.

So as I close today, I'm once again asking my readers to pray for young men in every part of the world.  Pray for them to have dreams, visions and holy guidance.  Pray for them to see the face of Christ and not turn away.  Give them a direction full of Christ.  Listen to the spirit and pray for whatever He puts on your heart.  It's our duty as Godly women to hear, pray and believe.  This is our time.  The Holy Spirit is guiding us to guide them toward Him.  Just like when Jesus died and the women went to the tomb.  Who went to the men to direct them that Jesus had risen?  The women.  Please take some time today to listen to the Holy Spirit, to pray for our men and most importantly to spend time with Christ.  Every minute we do, we find Him and He is pleased.  Just like our parents, God wants us to come to Him for comfort, for advice and for direction.

Deuteronomy 5:27 New International Version

Go near and listen to all that the LORD our God says. Then tell us whatever the LORD our God tells you. We will listen and obey."

Deuteronomy 30:20New International Version (NIV)

20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Lord Jesus You are Mighty, Powerful, Caring and full of Grace!!!! We want You to come into our hearts, stir them with a mighty spoon and pour out your love and mercy.  We want to be women that pray for our men, who will stand by them through the tough times and who will believe that You will steer their course.  We want to be faithful servants who love and respect a God who speaks to us through our hearts.  We want to slow down, stop and hear the whisper of Your voice.  We want men and women from every country to know Your name and to know the grace You have for us.  We are Your children and more than anything we want to hear from You.  We are Your servants waiting for our Savior to send His peace on earth, wisdom to our  men and our children.  We believe in Your mighty ways.  As we pray this prayer I am praying that the Holy Spirit will come on the unsaved, the confused, the lost and the lonely.  I am praying that Christ will be seen from the US to the far reaches of the earth.  I am praying for Godly wisdom and for those that bow down to other religions to see the holy hands of Christ that are full of forgiveness and hope.  Give Your people hope that You are present in a world that is so lost.  We thank You for Your love and kindness but most of all, we thank  you for your sacrifice.  In Jesus Name I pray and the chorus of angels sings Praise to our King!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

God is good...

Good morning my sisters-

Have you ever thought to yourself, why is God punishing me?  It is so easy for us to ask that question.  We are all like little children waiting for Him to strike us dead because of our sin.  But in fact, any correction we get shows we are loved.  How do I know?  Because I spent a year and a half trying to find myself and through the whole trial, He was right beside me.  The trial had to happen.  I had to depend on Him for everything but I can't say that I didn't cry out in frustration and ask "Why?"

But as I matured in Him, I began to thank Him for the unknown.  I began to thank Him  moment by moment, and in turn,  He lead me and loved me.  I can't say every moment was full of faith, hope and joy but I can tell you that I am a different person today than I was then.  I capture every thought more easily, I rely on Him more deeply and I thank Him for every morning and every evening.
How did I get there?  I prayed, I read and I trusted that God would get me through somehow. And today, I have the ability to forgive more deeply. Not just others but myself.  I don't believe that my talent, my wisdom or my faith brought me to this place because I know it was my Father leading me down the path of righteousness, not for me but for Him.

Life is going to let us down.  Things won't always go our way.  We will get frustrated, we will sin and we will let someone else down.  We will not make the right decisions and we might fall into gossip.  We won't always be able to not judge someone and we are not perfect.  However, Christ gives us something that people that don't have Him are lacking, He gives us grace.  Grace is given without us having to do one thing to get it.  We can't earn our Father's love because it's given.  We are blessed not because we are the most beautiful or talented, we are blessed because we are His.

Remember God is good always and we are blessed because we are His! If you are seeking peace then you must run to Jesus.  You can seek grace in the face of humans or you can stop, drop, and meet Jesus.  You can't run or hide from your problems, you must face them like David did with confidence that Jesus is the only way to Heaven and that although we don't have Heaven on earth, we have a Father that truly loves us.  He is fighting for us on levels we don't even understand and although it sometimes looks like evil is winning, it won't.  God is good. He was faithful to Abraham, Isaac, Paul and  many more. They did not die in vain.  They died living a life that glorified Him.  At the end of the day, we have two choices, to love Him with all our heart or to die never seeing Him.  It's your choice.  You can keep blaming God and saying that He's not present, the world is falling apart or you can say, "God if you are truly real, show yourself."  I guarantee He will!

In my devotions over the last couple of days, the Lord has given me some great Scripture so I will leave you with Psalm 20:7 NIV today.  Think about it and ask yourself, "What do I count on, who do I trust and can I afford not to know Christ?"

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

He is our ABBA Father.  There is no one like Him.  He is trustworthy and has remained so for centuries.  The world is evil there is no doubt but there is a God waiting for you to say, "Here I am, take me into your arms and forgive me."  It's time.  You didn't hit this site by chance, you came here with God's full intention of winning your heart.

May the Lord of my life rain down on all those doubters who are looking for answers and never finding them because what they're looking for is Him.  In Jesus name I pray.