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“My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27 (MSG) 

Don’t you just love when you are sitting in church listening to the preacher and then suddenly you feel like God says  “hey, this point is for you.” Every time that happens it always comes in loud and clear and that is exactly how last Sunday was within the first five minutes! Have you ever been praying for something and your waiting for some big gesture to happen to confirm that its God speaking to you? Well Sunday this particular point was brought to my attention… over sensationalizing God’s presence. While God can do big gestures to speak to us He doesn’t only work this way, sometimes it is something so simple yet just as real and meaningful but speaking to us just the same.

Since this has been brought to my attention I have tried very hard to be intentional about being aware of those smaller moments where God is speaking to me. He is with me everyday, I can feel His presence in my life and I just have to take a moment to see all the little things He says/does throughout the day and those moments are just as important and significant as the times when He does something “big!”

Photo Credit: Travis Isaac

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV) 

Yesterday at church God really spoke to me. It’s amazing how there might be several different points in a sermon but God makes sure that the one you need to hear is clear to you. I wrote last week about being still, letting God work and for me to stop giving him my suggestions. Well that was more than made clear yesterday at church. Our pastor was talking about as Christians we have access to God’s power all we need to do is ask Him, believe and to stop saying/feeling like things are impossible. Wow did that feel like I was being talked directly to! We are trying so hard to get out of debt, get our finances exactly where we believe God wants them and every time something starts to unfold that we think is what we need to have this happen it all falls a part. I have actually found myself praying saying to God how I feel like it is impossible (and of course I give my suggestions that He doesn’t need).

Last night my husband Chase and I had such a great talk. I shared my heart with him and he did the same and we had both found ourselves struggling with the same feelings. I honestly don’t know why we allow ourselves to feel this way because as God’s children we know that our lives are in His hands and He sees what we can not. This morning my friend sent me a text with a passage she had read that made her think of me and it was exactly what I needed to hear. It talked about how the circumstances you are in are for a reason, we are on His chosen path and that we can’t give up, we just have to remain faithful and attentive to Him and listen for His direction. It was another wow moment all over again. I love those moments when God lies on a friend’s heart a message for you that you really need to hear! It is always at the perfect time.

So today I am making a point to believe, trust and know that the circumstances of today are a part of God’s path for me and that they will come together for a better reason than I could imagine because as long as I stay faithful He will guide my every step!

Photo Credit: Michael Mulvey

What Passion Can Do

November 29, 2011 — Leave a comment

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:11 (NIV) 

Growing up in my youth group I remember learning this verse and hearing sermons about it. Our youth leaders would always remind us that just because we were teenagers did not mean that we couldn’t make a lasting impact, and so this verse was given to us often. Now, when I look at my son and think about his future, this verse comes to mind. I have prayed since the day I found out I was pregnant that he would be a world changer. I pray that he will follow God’s plan for his life and make a difference in the lives of others. What better verse to go with that prayer than this one? I remember just from when I was young being so passionate and wanting to see change but fearing what others would say or think. If only I would have put this verse to use more often maybe I wouldn’t have been so afraid. I knew the verse, but I don’t think that I truly tried to grasp it and live by it, because lets face it… I was young, and young people can’t make a difference, or that is how it feels. I want all my children to know that they do not have to be a grow adult to make a difference and to see change happen. If they are passionate about what they want to see changed then they can do more good than an adult who has no passion! Our children are the future, they must believe in themselves and believe that they can make a difference.

Photo Credit: Linh Do

“The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you!” Psalm 32:8 (NLT)

Direction. Sometimes it is hard to find. Especially when it feels like God is telling you to do something but you are unsure about what exactly it is. Not to mention all the times we doubt ourselves, our abilities and even doubt whether it is truly God speaking to us or just ourselves coming up with stuff. The ladies event at church last week touched on this topic and then the sermon this weekend did as well. It definitely felt like I was being talked directly to. I know I am not the only one who knows what that feels like! Lately I have felt like God is speaking to me, calling me to do something, yet I don’t exactly know what He wants me to do. I know that He me wants to do something with my passion for green and eco-friendly living. I just have no idea what that looks like. It can be so incredibly frustrating when you know there is something God is calling you to do but the vision is not clear. I know that it requires faith and persistence on my end to continually seek Him until He reveals it to me. It’s just hard sometimes. The verse above was sent to me from a friend the other day, and I really needed it. I love when God gives our friends a message for us that we need at just the right moment! For whatever reason I don’t have that clear vision just yet, however He does. He already knows that path and plan, I just need to have faith in that and seek Him daily. He will guide me!