Hearing from God

Hearing from GodSince I was a little girl, I began to hear from God.  Swinging on my swing set, I sang, prayed and listened.  It didn’t seem so out of the ordinary.  I never thought anyone else experienced anything other than the same as me.  In fact, for many years, I always believed that others heard from God like I do.  And some do!  And ALL can.  His voice really isn’t beyond us.  And often, we make it too hard.

Discerning HIS voice from other voices, yes, that part is hard.  It all comes down to–does this align fully with scripture? And it does not come down to–maybe I need the opinion of many others, too, like it’s a popular vote.  Sometimes others will agree and often, they will not.  On the pavement we have learned this very hard lesson….even now there are some, who do not agree with the steps we are taking.  We have been here before, and we understand.  We love them still, even when they don’t agree or get it.

Now I’m not trying to say that godly counsel is not what we need. We need godly counsel. Before we even make steps forward, I would recommend inviting a few trusted advisers into the circle–people who will pray, people who will ask the tough questions and people who love the Lord with all their heart and mind and soul and strength.  THESE are the ones, who get to say wait a minute, hold up the bus.

God is always trying to be heard.  The heavens declare His glory.  And He is near.  Very near.  He sees our struggles.  He sees our potential, as His very own beloved ones, and He sets us up to walk it out.

YET, we struggle with yielding our life to Him.

Once we yield, however, our lives are changed forever. For God is working in our lives.  And He wants us to yield to Him and His purposes.  It is a FOR US decision.

No matter what has happened in your life, nothing–I SAY NOTHING–can separate us from God’s love for us in Christ Jesus.  And in His love, He speaks. You can know…you only need to yield.

So our new journey began like this…

For many years now, I have led crafts at our (old) church’s women’s retreat.  Some years I have had help.  Some years it has been only me.  This past March, I was doing my part solo.  It is a burdensome task, but I LOVE doing it.  This particular year, I felt distinctly that God had something to show me, to say to me.  But first, I had MUCH to do… (putting on my Martha hat)

So I had prepared six “Pinterest” projects, for people from every part of the creative to non-creative spectrum.  Over and over, I hear–I don’t normally do crafts, but LOOK! I did this!  And they did it beautifully! Their smiles light up my heart.

The schedule goes like this…I arrive on Friday afternoon and unload our full Suburban.  People usually help me, which is great, since some of the materials are pretty heavy.  Then I lay everything out in the craft area that I can, but the actual set-up happens at the last minute before loads of people show up on Saturday. I have my mind open, but pretty full of to-do’s. And this year was no different.

This year, I also led a break-out session before the craft time on Saturday, so I was doubly loaded–but God was with me.  He aided me in getting it all done and helped me to attend to people individually, as they came. By craft time’s end, it is still not over.  For there are a dozen people at least, who missed it or need to come back on Saturday night.  So I leave it all out for them until about midnight.  At midnight, I pack it all up and leave it in its place for Sunday at noon, when I will pack it back into the Suburban.

So I go to sleep Saturday night with a relieved feeling of peace and a release that my part is done. (putting on my Mary hat now…)

Sunday morning arrives and I am excited!  It is time for me to just let down my hurried spirit and be still. We had twenty minutes that morning to go and spend with God. So I went to a lonely place.

I will share more later this week!  Tune in!

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October Currents

The past two weeks have been quite full.  We have had two sets of company–both from Canada! different provinces though–and the weeks have been spent preparing for and enjoying each set.  I am SO glad to have had them both, and I am also glad that our house is now in a readied state to host company again!  We have one more couple coming at month’s end–this time from Tennessee!

I truly love this season God has us in.  It is completely a readying season. I recognize His hand in it.

Current Read: I have finished a couple of books by Amanda Cabot in the last week–her Westward Winds books 1 and 2.  I will likely read the third one this week.  Also I am reading Jen Hatmaker’s Interrupted, in preparation for this next season we are entering–my Chris is reading it, too. So we’re discussing it on our next date night.  It will likely mark the new journey we are embarking on right now.

Current Playlist: Fall playlist is all ready!  I will take a screenshot for you.  The kids and Chris are enjoying it, too.

Fall Playlist

vestCurrent Color(s):  Black and purple.  Found this cute vest at Kohl’s and got to wear it last week to a special event.  Also I bought my first pair of converse tennis shoes–they are purple!  YAY!

Current Food:  I tried two main course recipes (crock pot!) from Pinterest this past week and they were both hits!  Now both needed some wonderfulness to put with it, so I will include those recipes, too. And BOTH were hits!

First This:

Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros

With This on Top:

Tzatziki

AND

This:

Slow Cooker Jalapeño Popper Chicken Taquitos

With This on Top:

The BEST Queso Blanco Dip ~ Spicy White Cheese Dip

Current Favorite Favorite: Walking Here and seeing Fall like this…IMG_20131010_095650_980

Current Addiction: Salted Caramel Frozen Yogurt

Current Wish List: We need a new vehicle soon. Our suburban is not long with us.

Current Need:  A week that is completely set apart with the Lord–hoping this week is just that!

Current Triumph:  I got a new computer!  A 2-in-1 pc called an HP Envy X360.  It is touch screen and even uses apps.  Yesterday I was able to get it completely set up for designing.  And I designed this new business card (I removed the address and phone number for the internet).  What do you think?

Business Card without address and phone

Current Annoyance:  I really cannot believe that it is nearly Halloween.  Where are the days going?  They are speeding by!  Time. Slow. Down.

 

Current Blessing(s):  We have found a new church, I think!  It is part of our journey.  And I will tell more about it in the coming weeks.  Also, my family.  God is SO GOOD to put the lonely in family.

 

Current Outfit:  My Buc-ees‘ pajamas

 

Current Excitement: I have NOTHING on the calendar for tomorrow.  Looking forward to spending a lengthy time in Bible study.

 

Current Project(s): Halloween outfits…Sydney wants to be UniKitty from The Lego Movie and Tabor wants to be an excited child in a cube outfit (his idea) made from a lot of boxes.

Current plans for the day:  It’s mostly gone! We went to church, had lunch and I took an afternoon nap Now, the kids are on their way home from youth group. Then we’re eating dinner together.  Afterwards, I’m creating our menu for the week and the grocery list to make it.

 

That’s all for this month, friends!  Share yours in the comments, if you decide to play along.

 

I will be back later this week with the first part of our new journey’s story.
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Chip Off the Old Block

I’m reprinting this from something I wrote back in 2010 on A Martha Heart.  I was re-reading through it today and it struck me as something that needed to be shared again.  And it fits with our current journey.  I’m actually going to begin slowly sharing some details here about it.  I really cannot wait!  Stay tuned!

 

This morning in worship service, our pastor was sharing about Jesus building His church on the Rock after Peter declared that Jesus is the Messiah, the Anointed One, the Christ.  The text was from Matthew 16:13-20. As is usual, I had my pen and notebook in hand–taking notes to keep my mind from wandering.  Also, as I normally do, my mind began to take the text I was hearing and a mosaic of thoughts came to mind.  I am a holistic thinker and my brain is always seeking to tie together the links–sometimes I do a poor job of it and misinterpret. But sometimes, an intricate quilt is built in my brain that I need to get to paper before I forget. My gifting here can also be one of my greatest faults, as is the case for most people.

So today, here is what came to mind. Jesus said these words to Peter, “You are blessed, Simon son of Jonah, because no person taught you that. My Father in heaven showed you who I am. So I tell you, you are Peter. On this rock I will build my church, and the power of death will not be able to defeat it.” Jesus told Simon that he was Peter, which means rock.  My mind instantly went to a teaching I had heard from Beth Moore, where she said that Peter was a chip off the old block–meaning that Peter is a rock cut from the Rock, which is Jesus.

Manuel-Delgado-Tenorio-Enchanted-Rock-300x225This morning I pictured one of my favorite places, Enchanted Rock, and some geology lessons I picked up one semester, while at Texas A&M. Enchanted Rock is located outside of Fredricksburg, Texas and is the largest pink granite monadnock (isolated mountain or hill in the midst of a plain) in the United States. Enchanted Rock is an igneous batholith (formed from slowly cooled magma that comes from the earth’s crust), which rises 425 feet above the surrounding area. It is comprised of granite surrounded by eroded limestone. This pink granite will break at 90 degree angles, due to the minerals which form it.  So climbing is made easier at Enchanted Rock; you have footholds, if you will, as you climb to the very top. There are many other geological details, which you can read further about here and  here, if you are curious. Enchanted Rock has both qualities and make-up that define what it is and why it is there.

So picture Christ, our Rock–the Anointed One, the Son of God…

He is born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died a criminal’s death, and resurrected three days later–our victorious Savior, conquering sin and death for ALL who would believe.

This is our Rock.  He is our Good Shepherd, the Light of the World, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

He is the Author and Perfecter of our faith, the Hope of all the nations, Almighty, the Word made flesh.

He is our Refuge, the Prince of Peace, the Brightness of His Father’s Glory, the Wisdom and Power of God and the One who was to come.

He is the Way, the Truth and the Life–the Door, the True Vine, the Root of Jesse and the Righteous Branch.

He is the Bread of Life, our Portion, the Rose of Sharon, the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star.

He is the Horn of our Salvation, Strength to the Needy, Shelter from the Storm and Strong Tower.

He is the Sure Foundation, the Living Cornerstone and the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

He is the Unspeakable Gift, the Chosen of God, Redeemer, Advocate, and the Faithful and True Witness.

He is the Amen, the Just One, the Holy One of God, Deliverer and the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.

He is Our Shield, our Life, Our Lord, Our Savior, Our Prince, Our Messiah. JESUS.

“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!  Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:-6-11)

That is not even the exhaustive list!  However, these are among the qualities and make-up that define, who Jesus, our Rock is.

Then Jesus tells Peter, you are like me.

You have qualities and make-up that define you.  Because you are mine, you are like me.  You reflect me.  You are a chip off the old block.

My sisters? So are we. If any of you is in Christ, you are a new creation.  The old has gone. The new has come!  Praise His Name!

We, too, are rocks cut from the Rock.

Today I challenge you to read through the list above, thank Jesus for each quality, each aspect of His nature and character.  Receive Him as each characteristic in your own life–apply the Truth of who He is to the truth of who you are.  Then place yourself in His hand and let him plant you (throw you, toss you), where He will.  He has a purpose, dear rocks–and that purpose is to build into you His character. In doing so, your life will glorify God. Make God your goal today. Chase after Him and Him alone. You were created to be a chip off the old block. Be who you are.

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