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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)

 

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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)

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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

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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.

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Fallen Apples West Fork Oak Creek Canyon Whispers From the Father

Fallen Apples
West Fork Oak Creek Canyon
Whispers From the Father

These apples reminded me of the bible verse “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” (Proverbs 25:11)

And while these aren’t golden apples, and there is no silver in Oak Creek Canyon, I was reminded that words have the power to heal or to harm a person.

Here is what I heard the Father say to me….

My Child~

Words are powerful. They can heal and encourage a person or they can break their spirit. (Proverbs 15:4, Proverbs 12:18) You know that don’t you? I bet right now you can bring to mind those who have cut you through, and those who have encouraged you….all by the words that they spoke.

May I suggest that you always speak kindly to others? The right word spoken at the right time can be a huge blessing to someone. (Proverbs 25:11)

You have no idea what another person might be going through in their life. Even if they are rude, mean, spiteful, hostile or spewing garbage in your face, respond with love and kindness.  A kind and gentle word from you can quiet their spirit. (Proverbs 15:1) And when you bring peace to others you are demonstrating that you are My Child. (Matthew 5:9)

Choose to speak kind and encouraging words to someone today. (Ephesians 4:29) It will make their day, and yours too!

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Wildflowers West Fork Oak Creek Canyon Whispers From the Father

Wildflowers
West Fork Oak Creek Canyon
Whispers From the Father

My Dear Child~

Have you noticed the flowers in the field? They are beautiful, aren’t they?

Just as I provide for the birds and the flowers, I will provide for you.

So don’t worry. Worrying will not add to your life, it will only subtract from it. Worrying brings with it a gray cloud that parks over your life and creates a gloomy shadow.

Live a life that pleases Me and you won’t have anything to worry about. I will take care of you for you are worth far more than the birds and the flowers! (Matthew 6:25-33)

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Moses with the tablets of the Ten Commandments...

Moses with the tablets of the Ten Commandments, painting by Rembrandt (1659) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My Dear Child~

Do you know that I created you to do good works? (Ephesians 2:10)  Yes, I want YOU to do great things with your life!

Do you think you are too old? Moses was 80 when I called him. (Acts 7:17-36)

Do you have trouble speaking in front of people? Moses did, so I gave him a helper. (Exodus 4:10-14)  (These days I would recommend a Toastmaster’s meeting; check it out, they are awesome 🙂 ).

Do you think you are too young?  Joash was seven years old when he became king. (2 Chronicles 24:1)

Are you inexperienced? So was David. I called him to be a king when he was a shepherd boy. (1 Samuel 16:1-13)

Does the task seem too big? David confronted a giant.  (1 Samuel 17:1-50)

Are your resources too small? The disciples had that problem when they were asked to feed thousands of people. (Matthew 14:13-21)

The point is, all you need to do is offer yourself to Me. If you are willing to be used, I can make up for anything that you lack.

I have even been known to use a donkey and a fish to accomplish My work. (Numbers 22:21-34) (Jonah 1:17) So don’t be surprised when I call you.

Perhaps you will be called to love children. Maybe I will ask you to help the sick, the poor, or your next door neighbor. Perhaps you will be the doctor who will solve a great medical mystery. You do have a calling…..a calling that is designed specifically for you. Are you listening?  I have great things for you to do! Let’s get on it!

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Whispers From the Father

Whispers From the Father

My Dear Child~

I ask you, are there idols in your life?  Idols can take many forms: status, money, power, sex, cars, jewelry, houses, vacations, hobbies, technology or a person. It’s fine, My Child, if you want some of these things. But if your desire for them consumes you or pushes Me or others out of your life, then that isn’t good.

Take a moment and assess your life.  If you feel there is something that is taking your time away from that which is most important (loving Me and loving others)  then it’s time to make some changes. I can help you.

You see, I want you to have an abundant life, and I came to give you that. (John 10:10) Only I can satisfy you and fulfill your needs. Things will never satisfy you. (Isaiah 58:11) That is why I want you to think about what you are pursuing and why.

When you turn towards Me and seek Me, you will always find Me. (Deuteronomy 4:29) Because, believe it or not, I am always seeking you.  (Luke 15)

Turn from the idols in your life to Me and keep My commandments (which by the way can be condensed down to Love Me and Love Others). (Matthew 22:34-40)

When you turn to Me, I will shower you with love…..a love that goes on forever. (Deuteronomy 5:10) And that is much better than what any idol can ever give you!

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While on a family vacation this summer, our son Matt was the DJ in our car, playing songs from his iPod for our enjoyment. One song became my favorite:  Live Like That  by the Sidewalk Prophets.  (Click on the words to listen to the song…it is well worth your time!)

This devotion came from that song.

My Child~

How are you living your life?

Do you help others and show love when everyone else walks away? (Luke 10:25-37)

Are you taking time to help the least fortunate of My Children? Those without food, clothes, water, or shelter? The lonely? The unwed mother? The drug addict? Those who are sick? Those in prison?  (Matthew 25:31-40)

Do you take time to sit with Me, feel My love, learn from Me and worship Me? (Luke 10:38-42)

When people see you do they see Me? (John 14:9-11)

Do you long for the world to know My love? (Ephesians 3:17-19)

Do you love Me and others with everything you have? (Mark 12:30-31)

Does everything that you say and do point to Me?  (2 Corinthians 5:20)

Are you living your life to the full with excitement and enthusiasm? (John 10:10)

Are you living like that My Child? I hope so! I want you to!

Others need to know Me and My love and they are looking to you for answers. If you Live Like That, you will be pointing them to Me, which is good, for I am the answer to all their questions.

As you go out into the world, remember that you are My ambassador and I am always with you! (2 Corinthians 5:20Psalm 46:7)

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(click on photo for a better view of the birds)

My Child~

How I want to protect you! Like a mother bird who looks after her babies I want to gather you under my wings so you can feel My love, comfort and protection. I want to shelter you from all harm and danger.  (Matthew 23:37) Let Me be your protection! Let Me be your shelter and your provider!

As you looked in on the babies in their nest you saw how vulnerable they were. You are vulnerable too, My Child. Without Me to guide and protect you, you can find yourself in all kinds of danger.

Did you hear the mother bird chirping loudly as you looked in her nest? She was sounding the alarm that danger was near. She was concerned for her babies. The same is true of our relationship. When I see danger approaching you, or you getting too close to things that could hurt you, I sound the alarm. You may hear Me in the small voice inside of you. You may hear My advice through the words of a friend, the words of a song, a pastor, or through My Word, the Bible. Listen to Me! I am guiding you for your good!

My Child, I care for you just as a mother bird cares for her babies. I love you so very much. Never forget that. And even if you can’t see or feel me, like the baby birds whose mother is out looking for food, you can hear My voice. For I am with you always. (Isaiah 41:10, Deuteronomy 31:6)

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