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Step Out of Your Comfort Zone Whispers from the Father

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Whispers from the Father

Do you ever feel like God might be asking you to do something but you think it’s too far out of your comfort zone or ability to do it?

Do you have an idea that you would like to try, but feel it would be impossible to bring it to pass?

I have felt like that. Just this past week in fact. My response was along the lines of “Ohhhh….this is beyond what I know and I’m not good at it and I don’t think I want to put the effort and time into it!”

Moses felt like that too. When God asked Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, he responded:

“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11)
“What if they do not believe me or listen to me?….”  (Exodus 4:1)
“O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” (Exodus 4:10)
“O Lord, please send someone else to do it!” (Exodus 4:13)
 

God didn’t go for any of Moses’ excuses. Not one of them.

And He didn’t take Jonah’s “no” very well either. When Jonah went the opposite direction from what the Lord asked of him, he ended up in the belly of a large fish. (Jonah 1) After the fish vomited Jonah up on dry land, Jonah decided to do what God asked of him. (Jonah 3:1-3) Moses eventually did what God asked of him too. So did I.

I’m not sure why we resist God when He asks us to step out and do something for Him. I suppose we like to be comfortable. But I think life is far more exciting and rewarding if we do what God is nudging us to do. We don’t need to fear, for God promises to give us power in place of our fears (2 Timothy 1:7), to be with us (Exodus 3:12), and to teach us (Exodus 4:12). He is there for us!

Let’s get out of our comfort zone and walk the path we have never walked before. God will be with us and with His help we will accomplish something wonderful for His glory!

Love Is All That Matters

I Love You Whispers From the Father

I Love You
Whispers From the Father

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”   Matthew 22:36-40

Jesus boils it down for us: Love God, love ourselves, and love others.

Do I love God? Yes. I love the creation He made for us to enjoy: the sunrises, sunsets, starry skies, mountains, and oceans. And as I get to know Him through reading the Bible, I see that He is a God that loves us immensely and cares a great deal for people; especially the poor and vulnerable among us. (John 3:16Romans 5:8, Leviticus 19: 9-10, James 1:27) How could I not love a God like that?

Do I love myself? I try to. It is so much easier to love and accept myself when I know that God loves and accepts me. If He accepts and loves me, (problems, mistakes and all) surely I can learn to accept and love myself.

Finally, and this is the biggie for me…..Do I love others? I mean, really love others? Do I take the time to acknowledge and talk to people? Do I smile at them, make eye contact, and try to brighten their day? Or am I too busy going about what I consider to be important?

My challenge is to ask myself after every interaction, “Did I show love to that person? Is their day brighter because of me?”

I want to be able to answer “Yes” to both questions. Because, in the end, love is all that matters. (1 Corinthians 13)

 

Be at Peace with All Men

I Love You Whispers From the Father

I Love You
Whispers From the Father

“If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.” Romans 12:18

I love this verse, because it puts the responsibility for peace on us, but only to the extent that we have control over the problem.

We are not responsible for how someone else thinks or acts (unless, of course they are our child…then we better take some responsibility! 🙂 )

When we get dumped on, accused of wrong doing, maligned, or otherwise find ourselves in an unpleasant, strife filled circumstance with another person we can do something. We are supposed to do something.  We are to seek peace.

If we have done something wrong, we can admit it, apologize for it, and ask for forgiveness. If we don’t understand the situation, we can try to clarify the issue and seek resolution. We can aim to solve the problem peacefully.

But we can only do so much. We can only resolve the problem as far as we are responsible. If we have done what we can and the other person still wants to be argumentative or live in strife, that is out of our control. That is their issue.

When we have done what is possible, when we have done what depends on us to do, when we have tried to live at peace with others, when we have done all that, we can rest in God’s peace, knowing we have done our best. He will take the problem (if one still remains) into His own hands.  And since He is now taking care of it, we must leave it with Him and move forward.  (Philippians 3: 13-14)

We are to be at peace.

“Take Care of My Sheep”

Take Care of My Sheep Whispers From the Father

Take Care of My Sheep
Whispers From the Father

When Jesus and the disciples had finished eating, Jesus spoke to Simon Peter. He asked, “Simon, son of John, do you really love me more than these others do?”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered. “You know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

Again Jesus asked, “Simon, son of John, do you really love me?”

He answered, “Yes, Lord. You know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

Jesus spoke to him a third time. He asked, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”

Peter felt bad because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He answered, “Lord, you know all things. You know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”     John 21:15-17

To feed God’s sheep; to take care of others,  to look after them….that is what God asks us to do.

“But,” we respond, “helping others is inconvenient.”  We would rather not interrupt our schedule. (See Luke 10:25-37   especially verses 30-32)

“Helping others is uncomfortable, ” we add. Walking down a long hallway to talk to an inmate via telephone behind glass windows is out of our comfort zone . Stepping into a kitchen that is not ours to prepare meals for the homeless can be awkward (how DOES this stove work?) It is easier to ignore the person on the side of the road holding a sign than it is to reach out to them. Going to a another country on a mission trip exposes you to different food, different customs, different diseases and different bathroom facilities (if you are lucky enough to have a bathroom at all).

“Do you love Me?” Jesus asks.

“Take care of My sheep.”

I ask myself: “Am I caring for His sheep? In the way He wants me to? Using the gifts He has graced me with?”

As I ponder those questions, and the answers, I am certain I can do better than I am.

Let Me Love You

Sunrise Whispers From the Father

Sunrise
Whispers From the Father


 
The Lord your God is with you.
He is mighty enough to save you.
He will take great delight in you.
The quietness of His love will calm you down.
He will sing with joy because of you.
                                            Zephaniah 3:17

 

 

 

My Child~

Can you take a moment and just let Me love you? I really want you to feel and experience My love.  That means you will need to slow down. You will need to quiet yourself. You will need to get rid of all distractions. And you will need to sit with Me.

Sit long enough to let Me hold you.

Just be quiet and let Me surround you with My love.

Can you feel it? Can you feel My love? Do you know that I take great delight in you? Yes, in you!

I love you My Child and I take great delight in you. I sing because of you!

Now linger with Me for just a little while longer. I want to love you some more. I want to calm you down with My love.

Please stay as long as you like. I’m in no hurry and I really like it when you are with Me.

When you must leave, know that I go with you. Look for Me in the white aspen trees against the deep blue sky, in the smile of a friend, in the love of others, and in the beauty of a sunrise or sunset.

I am always loving you My Child. Always.

And when you want to feel that love even more, come to Me. I am waiting and I am longing to share My love with you.

Search Me O God

He Leads Me Beside Quiet Waters Whispers From The Father

He Leads Me Beside Quiet Waters
Whispers From The Father

Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me and know my anxious thoughts. And see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way. (Psalm 139: 23-24)

The start of a new year seems like a good time for me to take a look inside and examine my heart. Am I doing what is good and right? Am I doing what God would want me to do? Or not? Those questions won’t let me go until I look…..until I think about what is in my heart and what motivates me.

God already knows what is in my heart. (Psalm 139:1-4)  So why does the writer of Psalm 139 want God to search our hearts with us? I think it is because God is gentler than we would be on ourselves….but He won’t allow us to overlook what needs attention. We tend to beat ourselves up over our mistakes; or we overlook what we don’t want to see. God is gentle and humble and wants to ease our burdens, lead us, refresh us, help us live righteous lives, and give us rest. (Matthew 11:28-30)   (Psalm 23:1-3).

I realize I don’t need to struggle with what is in my heart. God already knows my heart and my motives. If there are hurtful ways in me, He will gently bring them to my attention and help me deal with them. He will help me become the best version of myself that I can be while He leads me to restful places and gently restores my soul.

It is to this kind of God that I will surrender my heart and allow Him to examine it with me….for I know He loves me.  (At the Cross–Hillsong)

A New Year Begins

Believe 2 December 2013 002It seems what we all want for the New Year is for things to be better. Better health, better job, better weather, better garden, better behaved kids, better behaved pets, better behaved spouse, better behaved self…..you name it, we want it to be better.

And it seems, that what keeps us going, is the faith, the hope, and the belief that things can get better.

This past Christmas Day was hard for me for various reasons. I was discouraged so I decided to take a walk. On that walk I passed a store that was open. I don’t normally go into stores (I dislike shopping) and it just seemed weird to go into a store on Christmas Day, but there was a friendly, beckoning air to this particular store so I went in.

The store seemed full of love and good cheer. A woman (who turned out to be the store owner) came over to see if I needed any assistance. As we began to talk, she sensed that I needed encouragement. She promptly encouraged me, prayed with me, hugged me and gave me the Believe ornament you see here.

Yes, the New Year will be better. How can we possibly have a bad year (or even a bad day) when God is right there for us? He sees our tears, our pain and our struggles. And when we are hurting He sends someone along to help us. In my case he sent Anita, who will forever be my Christmas Angel.

God is there for you too. He wants to love you and help you. He wants to encourage you, support you and guide you. He wants to be with you for every moment of 2014; and every moment in every year thereafter. Believe it; it’s true. (Isaiah 41:10, Matthew 28:18-20, Isaiah 30:18)

With love and hugs,

Tina

Star of Wonder

2009 Leonid Meteor

2009 Leonid Meteor (Photo credit: Navicore)

While out driving early one morning, I saw a huge meteor streak across the sky right in front of me.  The song about the Wise Men came to my mind, for it was truly a “Star of Wonder” that appeared in front of me.  I learned later that it was the Geminid Meteor Shower that I been fortunate enough to see a part of.  If I had known it was going on, I would have gotten outside earlier!

The following devotion is what I heard God say to me as a result of that spectacular ball of light streaking across the sky.

I wish you all a blessed Christmas season!

My Dear Child~

I want you to know that I am always leading and guiding you. I know what you seek and I am lighting your path so you can find the way.

Remember the Wise Men and their desire to see The King? They studied the prophecies and were willing to make the long trek from their home to Jerusalem and then to Bethlehem. It took effort to study the prophecies and make the arduous journey from their home. You might imagine that their trip was full of unexpected troubles.

Likewise, your journey will take effort too and it may also be fraught with problems. That doesn’t mean I am not with you and guiding you. I am always guiding you, just as I guided the Wise Men with a star to where the Child was. (Matthew 2:1-12)

I never want you to lose heart, My Child. So when times are tough, look up to Me. You will find encouragement, and it just might come in the form of a star.

Photo Credit: Navicore

Come as You Are

O Come Let Us Adore Him Whispers From the Father

O Come Let Us Adore Him
Whispers From the Father

While singing the words “O Come Let Us Adore Him” these bible verses came to mind:

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

I love it that our God invites us to come to Him. Not so we can adore Him. That will come later. He wants us to come to Him so He can love us and restore our broken lives.  (Luke 15:11-32) He wants us just as we are. Messy. Confused. Broken. Overburdened. Harried. Worried. Proud. Selfish. Ashamed. Not having our lives even close to together.

And in spite of all our mistakes, He loves us. When we realize that….when we truly realize that He loved us enough to wrap Himself in human flesh and enter our world….and He now invites us to come to Him so He can love us, restore us, and give us eternal life……when that sinks in to our being, we will adore Him.

Listen carefully. I hear him whispering “Come.” Do you hear it too? Let us go to Him for He is waiting with His arms open wide.

Give Thanks

Whispers From the Father

During this Thanksgiving season, I have reflected on a story in the Bible where Jesus heals ten men of a skin disease. Only one man turns around, goes back to Him and says “Thank You.” Jesus is surprised that only one out of the ten takes the time to express his gratitude. (Luke 17:11-19)

I wonder……do I take time to thank God for what He has done for me? Or am I like the nine men who walk away and never say thank you?  Do I only thank God for one out of ten of my blessings? Do only one out of ten people thank God for what He has done? Is God surprised by our lack of thanksgiving towards Him?

In all honesty, while I think about God a lot, I don’t thank Him nearly enough. I want that to change. I need to habitually thank God for all He does for me.

How about you? Is there something (or if you are like me, many things) you should thank God for? I think He would like to hear from us; and not just during this Thanksgiving season! 😉

May you have a blessed and thankful Thanksgiving!

Psalm 136:1-9

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