When You Hear His Voice

There are times when I don’t know where I am going or what I am doing. Times when I feel I don’t have a thing to offer. Times when I feel like I cannot take another step. This can happen when I am not taking care of my body; not eating right, not getting any exercise, not enough sleep or too much sleep. I know what to do to change these things and with some discipline get things back to where they need to be. It’s not easy but I can do it all by myself.

However, there is another reason for my loss of focus and my weariness. When I make “me” the center of my world. When “me” becomes the only one I listen to. When “me” is most important and nudges Jesus to second place “me” gets lost in simple everyday life. I know what I need to do to get back on track and with discipline, I can do it. It’s not easy and I cannot to it all by myself.  I need direction, refreshment, and restoration. I don’t need to go far to find it.

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The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.
Isa 58:11

When I rely only on myself there is confusion and disquiet within me, when this happens on the inside anger and melancholy show on the outside. Not pretty and definitely not reflecting the image of Jesus to others.

I need to be reminded who is in control.
But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.
Ro 8:6b

I need to be reminded of the promise that Jesus does speak to us.
That is why the Holy Spirit says, “Today when you hear his voice,
Heb 3:7a
All we have to do is listen.

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

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First Prayers

I knew from the time I was a little girl that there is a God and I knew about Jesus. The way I thought about them then was that God was the boss and Jesus was the nice guy I could talk to. Yes, I could talk to Jesus but He didn’t talk to me. He just took care of things without giving me the details and that was fine with me.

As a teenager, I pretty much ignored them both.  Oh,  occasionally there was the rushed prayer request that I doubted would be answered the way I wanted and that made me angry. My prayers were all about me and I felt like I was just talking to myself.

Life went on and I knew something was missing. One morning while sitting in my living room depressed and lonely I prayed. A real prayer. It was sort of “Hey, God, it’s me and I am miserable and I don’t know what to do. All I do know is that what I am doing isn’t working so I am going to try your way, but I don’t what that way is or what to do. So, please help me.” There was no bolt of lightening or angel’s singing or a voice like in the movies with music in the background. The day just went on like any other day.

The thing is that was probably the first real prayer I ever uttered. It felt different…I felt different. I wasn’t instantaneously changed I was still sinking in my sin, but it seemed likedoor-1590024_640 maybe I wasn’t going to drown. Maybe I was going to get out of the muck and start walking. Walk where I didn’t know but it felt good to have some solid ground under my feet. I also didn’t know how long the walk would be or how rocky and sometimes slippery the path would be which is a good thing. My spiritual muscles were weak!

That morning in my living room was the beginning of my talking with Jesus and I haven’t stopped for forty years. We have a good and gracious God who hears the prayers of all who are afraid, lonely and lost. He not only hears, He talks in whatever language or vernacular needed to communicate with the one praying.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
Ro 8:26

What was the first “real” prayer you remember praying?

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

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Romans 8:15 nlt

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We do not need to fear our Master as a slave fears his.
We have been adopted and given His Spirit.
As His children, we can call Him, Papa.

Are you afraid of our Father or are you
at peace with Him and call Him, Papa?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia (2)

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Romans 10:3 nlt

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Paul was speaking of the Jews when he wrote this, 
but it could very well apply to us.
We can be as stubborn as the Israelites
and insist on doing things our way.
To be right with God and have life with Him
we must leave our list of how to’s behind
and follow His directions.
There is no other way.

Are there things you cling to that God is telling you to let go of?
Will you let go of them even if not understanding why you must?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia

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Romans 9:15 nlt

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God doesn’t ask for our thoughts or opinions on who He chooses to bless.
He doesn’t have to explain or give us reasons for what He does,
He is Sovereign and Omnipotent.
We can find comfort and joy in knowing that salvation
is not by the whims and fancies of man.

Do you think you will be surprised by
who you see in Heaven and who you don’t?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia

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