How we hear. When I first read this verse as part of my devotional only the first part was given: therefore take heed how you hear. I was struck with one thought: How did I miss the part about how I hear? It is easy to miss something when distractions are around you. In order for me to hear properly what the Lord is speaking to me, I need to get in my prayer room. (space, closet, wherever you can be alone with you and the Lord and no distractions.) I must admit this is one area that I struggle with. Why? Because honestly I let the distractions early in my Christian walk interfere and didn’t developed the proper discipline to truly understand what it meant to spend time alone with the Lord. But I’m working on making it a daily routine and not a struggle. 😊
To truly hear from the Lord we need to find a quiet place ~ a place where we can shut out the distractions of the world and be still. No distractions. Just being still, quiet, and listening to His voice. As we hear Him speak to us, He will tell us things meant just for us. Things that only we can do and as we obey Him; He will entrust us with more. There may be times when we don’t hear Him speak and that’s okay. We just have to remember that He may not always speak and not to become discouraged. The second part of the verse may be a reminder of what can happen if we don’t make time to get in our quiet place and listen to the Lord.
Lord, it is so easy to make excuses and let the distractions of the world interfere with our quiet time with You. May we have ears to hear Your still small voice as we make the time to meet You in our quiet place. Create in us a burning desire to want to spend more time with You. In Your holy and precious name, amen.
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.Numbers 6:24-26
Perfect peace. In the chaos we live in it can be hard to find peace much less perfect peace. But there is One who will give us that as we focus on Him. We can trust that He will take the reins of chaos and give us the peace that we seek. And that – keeping our mind on Him – can be a challenge in and of itself with all of the distractions in our way.
There is a place where you can go to shut out the noise of world and get on your knees seeking the Lord. A secret place where it is just you and the Lord. A place where He will speak to you if you are quiet and listen for His voice. As you spend time here you will learn His voice. When you leave your secret place and enter back into the chaos His perfect peace will reign making it easier to maneuver life’s bumps.
Father, thank You for Your grace and mercy. For the wisdom that You impart to us. For guiding our footsteps and making our paths straight. As we seek You in our quiet room, give us ears to hear. May You be the center and focus of our thoughts all the days of our lives. I praise You and thank You in Jesus name amen.
Jesus chose you. And it started with:
As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.John 15:9
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.John 15:13,14
Jesus paid the ultimate price for us by laying down His life for us. Let that sink in for a moment as you consider His next words: You are my friends if you do whatever I command you. Friends. Jesus pays for our sins, and then as only He can do, He turns around and calls us His friend. A friend who is more powerful than anything or anyone we will face. A forever friend who will never leave us because He chose us. He asks one thing, that we obey Him. It all began with love. His love for you as He chose you to be His.
God bless! ❤
Really? Joy in our trials? Who wants to be joyful when faced with situations that seem impossible to handle? Yet James tells us that is what we should do. Be joyful in our trials. Sometimes those trials seem so daunting that there is no way to find joy. But we don’t have to look for something in that situation to be joyful about it. We just have to choose to be joyful.
Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. James 1:3
Have you ever prayed for patience and heard people say: Be careful what you pray for? Usually you will experience trials of some sort. And yet in order to receive the patience we ask for; we have to have some sort of trial. When everything is going right and we have no worries it is hard to learn patience. But when faith is tested our reward is patience. The next time you are faced with something that seems overwhelming remember this promise:
But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:4
God bless! ❤
When you are tired, praise Him. When you are weak, praise Him. When you feel hopeless, praise Him. It is easy to praise the Lord, to give thanks to the Father when things are going well. When life hits a bump, or we feel tired and weak, sometimes we forget to turn to the Father, to praise Him for a new day or seeing us through that tough spot in our lives when all seems hopeless.
Was there a time in your life when it seemed as though everything was upside down and you weren’t so sure it would be right again? Or maybe you are going through something right now and it feels as though you’ll never see the light at the end of the tunnel. The Lord is your strength, sing a song of praise to the Father especially when you don’t feel like it. As you praise Him in the middle of the storm, He will lift you up. He will walk with you through it and give you the strength to endure. But here is the thing… sometimes you may not feel it until after the storm has passed and you are on the other side of it.
When life seems overwhelming and you think you can’t handle anymore, turn it over to the Father and sing a song of praise. Praise Him and honor Him and watch as He takes you through it to the other side. God bless! ❤
Abba, Your mercy and grace are new every morning. May we seek You out every day praising and honoring You. Help us to remember when trials come where our strength comes from and to turn toward You. Thank You for loving us and strengthening us to face today. Amen.