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! ❤
God separated the waters and dry land appeared. Can’t you just see it happening? I imagine that must have been an amazing sight to see. He separated it, He created dry land, and He saw that it was good. Now doesn’t that tell you something right there? God, our Creator, our Father, stopped and looked and saw that what He created was good.
If God stopped to see that what He created was good shouldn’t we take the time to see the amazing things that He creates every single day to share with us to enjoy? Think how much more amazing and awesome it will be when there is no more suffering, no more sin. Then think about the fact that while we are living in a fallen world, God creates beauty all around us to lift us up. Can you see just how much you are truly loved? God bless and have an awesome day! ❤
Father, Open our eyes to see Your love surrounding us in the beauty that You create daily for us to see. May we always honor You and make the time to see and to enjoy what You so graciously share with us. In Jesus name amen.