“Listen to my cry for help my King and my God, for to you I pray.” -Psalm 5:2
When I talk to God and lay out all my requests, concerns or worries, I have no doubt that He is listening. In those moments of prayer I know I have God’s undivided attention but that wasn’t always the case. When I was young in my faith I would often stop in the middle praying, look around wondering, Is God was really listening or am I just talking to myself?
I began reading the Bible, studying it and quickly discovered that not only does God listen me but He longs to speak to me as well.
Talking to God is much easier than actually listening, but He desires that we hear Him the same way we desire that He hears us, if not more but listening takes practice.
To really listen to anyone, let alone God means we have to put aside our mind’s own agenda and just be still for a bit. Choosing to be still on the inside gives God the opportunity to speak to our hearts. And from there, just listen.
I’m So Excited!….I came home after work, opened my mailbox and received my author copies from The Lookout Magazine that published the article where I interviewed my son. “Ready or Not Here He Comes”
Reading New Book “Changes That Heal” By Dr. Henry Cloud
Sharing what speaks to me..
We will encounter problems if you do not realize that a Christian goes through different stages of growth. We must mature at one stage before we can go on to the next. To progress to the next stage, we must have time along with grace and truth.
Crazy Love By Francis Chan
There is so much in this book that causes me to examine my walk with God.
In Chapter 4 the author was defining “Lukewarm Christians.” I actually started saying to myself, I’m glad I’m not a Lukewarm Christian and then I read a line that made my jaw drop, literally.
“Lukewarm People are continually concerned with playing it safe; they are slaves to the god of control.”
That line had me all over it! I have never thought of my desire for control as playing it safe or worse yet, being a slave to the god of control… YIKES!
This has opened my eyes to some lukewarm areas that I have and that I need God to walk me through.
You lord are my lamp; the lord turns my darkness into light.
With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall.
– 2 Samuel 22:29-30
The winter months filled with rain clouds, dark skies and dropping temperatures often cause me to feel depressed. I am at my best when the skies are blue, birds sing and the sunshine creates warmth. Still, winter is a necessary season.
Leaning on God in a greater way during winter seasons help me to advance beyond my depressed “feelings” and lifts my spirit towards His truth.
With Your help, I advance…
Favorite line in Chapter 3 of Crazy Love by Frances Chan
If someone asked you what the greatest good on this earth is, what would you say? An epic surf session? Financial security? Health? Meaningful, trusting friendships? Intimacy with your spouse? Knowing that you belong?
The greatest good on this earth is God. Period. God’s one goal for us is Himself.
Favorite line in Chapter 1 of Crazy Love by Francis Chan
“What if I said, “Stop praying?” What if I told you to stop talking at God for awhile, but instead take a long, hard look at Him before you speak another word?”
*The author asked readers to take a moment to watch the “Awe Factor” video at www.crazylovebook.com
I did and it caused a stillness in my soul as I considered all that God has created from our vast universe to little ole me. Amazing!