Thought for the day: Advice. Who do you go to for advice? Why? We all have that person, or people, we seek advice from when we are at a crossroads. The real question is: do you follow their advice? It has worked both ways for me. There are a handful of people who I go to. And by handful, I mean less than five. God is included in that count. Sometimes I listen and follow, other times…. Perhaps I didn’t like what they said (including God), so, I did my own thing anyway. You? I’m pretty sure, our stories of doing our own thing all turned out similar. Difficult, and stressful. Can you relate? Why, do we do that? Two words: pride, easy. Our pride that we know best gets in the way, and we want an easy, comfortable, life. Yet, we get the opposite. You? There was a man that at every trun in his life sought advice from God. Moses. He led the Israelites out of Egypt. No simple task. Throughout the Book of Exodus we can read over and over, he cried put to God. May we take his example and when we cry out to God for advice, DO what He says. “Then Moses cried out to the LORD,… So Moses did this…” Ex. 17:5-6 #spreadthewordacrosstheglobe #advicelistenanddo
One week of posting, it feels good. I didn’t have time last night due to final preparations for Hurricane Irma. So this Day 7 is on Day 8, but for yesterday.
In times like this you realize who your friends are. Who cares about you, and is concerned. I’ve had friends reach out to me and offer their homes, both in Florida and those that live out of state. God has given me good friends, and I am very thankful for all of you! To my friends out of state that offered, I won’t be there for Irma; however, I have you on my list as a vacation destination for later!
I will be watching the storm closely today as she is projected to make her arrival into Tampa in the wee morning hours of Monday, 9/11. By tonight I will have made the decision to stay hunkered down in my house, or go to a nearby friends home.
“..if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” Ro. 12:8b NLT
With the impends storm headed this way I’m thankful God had planted in me a week ago to focus on the positives in my life. A week ago the storm was headed for the East Coast of Miami, and Tampa would get wind and rain by the time she made it up the state. However, God already knew the path of Irma. He knew the panic that would set in within people. Yet, as I sit and type this I am so thankful He placed in my heart peace, and positivity, even in the midst of possible destruction.
No one knows the outcome. If you listen to the news, its Armageddon. I’ve been in contact with my family, and friends, in Southwest Florida checking on status. Getting real time updates.
Those that I know, we have done all we can do in preparations. We prepare for the worst, and pray for the best. It is in God’s hands. I’m thankful to know He is with all of us, watching and protecting.
Friends, look for God in the details. Not in the big things – life becomes an adventure when you see Him in the details.
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Gal. 5:22-23 NLT
Gentle Whisper Ministries 2017
There’s so much going on in the news with Hurricane Irma that it’s easy to lose focus on things. People are evacuating, and preparing. Those of us that are riding it out are making final preparations.
In all of this, I am still thankful that God gives me the ability each day to get up, and go to work. He provides each day, and today was no different. There was food on my table, and clothes on my back. Part of me feels like I should be worried about the impending storm. Yet, I remind myself of His word:
“So don’t worry about these things, saying,’What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows your needs.” Mt. 6: 31-32 NLT
Tonight I had one last item to pick up in order to prepare. A bag of charcoal. Incase we lose power we can still cook food. Typically charcoal is easy to find, and no reason to ever think they’d be sold out. Not at the current moment. There are items that are now scarce, no where to be found: water, any non-perishable food, gas, propane takes for grills, lighter fluid, and charcoal. I stopped at a popular hardware store to see about charcoal, and the shelves were empty. When I left I stopped at the grocery store across the street. As I walked in I prayed that God would allow me to find one. To my left – two bags. To top it off, the kind that did not need lighter fluid! Immediately I whispered, “thank you Jesus!” Paid. Then on my way home.
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Th. 5:18 NLT
Thank you Jesus, even for the charcoal.
Gentle Whisper Ministries 2017
Each day up until Thanksgiving I have decided to write about two things each day that I am thankful for. Why wait until November, or the week of Thanksgiving to start realizing what to be thankful for?
I have three reasons for doing this:
- It helps to keep my focus on God’s presence in my life
- Keeps me focused on the positive things in my life
- Gets me back into writing on the blog
My day started out with a no call, no show, from a potential contractor. Some morning plans were put on hold as we waited for his 11am arrival. The time for him to arrive came, and went. After an hour we proceeded with our plans. It wasn’t until 2:30pm my phone rang. It was the contractor. He forgot. At that moment I thanked God for keeping me from any future stress had I chosen to hire that contractor.
“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God.” Heb. 4:13a NLT
Later in the afternoon, my grandchildren and I had a few minutes to spare before they headed back home. We decided to do some window shopping. Fall season is here and we spent some time looking at Halloween and fall decorations. As we pulled into the parking lot a front row spot opened up. I pulled right in and said, “thank you Jesus.” My granddaughter said, “do you thank Jesus for parking spots?”
I am thankful that parking spot allowed me to share with her why we should tell Jesus “thank you.” He is in control over everything.
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” Ps. 107:1 NLT
There’s so much negative in the world today. If we focus on those things we lose sight of the good that is occurring all around us. God is not only in the big things, but also in the details of our lives – even parking spots.
What are you thankful for?
Lately all the messages I’ve heard, and things I’ve read talk about praying and giving thanks. This morning those last four words jumped to the center stage of my mind, and danced around – praying and giving thanks. The word “and” was the lead dancer. That’s not difficult to do when life is good, is it?
As I thought about those four words I wondered if God gave any conditions, or exclusions, such as: if you are sad you don’t have to give thanks; if things are difficult, you don’t have to give thanks; or if you are facing a big unknown situation in your life, you don’t have to give thanks. With those questions in mind I scoured the scriptures to check.
Whenever we have a question we should always go to God’s word first. With three translations in front of me I sat out on my journey through the pages. My eyes focused in like magnifying glasses, and my fingers walking through the pages as if searching for any trace of bread crumbs to lead me to my destination – the exclusion!
In my journey God showed me His answer. Over and over with each scripture verse I came upon it was the same.
The thought that provoked the journey began with the teaching, and example, of Jesus when he fed the 5000 (Jn. 6: 1-13). Before Jesus fed the multitude with only two fish and five loaves of bread, it says:
“Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.” Jn. 6:11
It is noted in my study bible along with several commentaries there were estimated to be more than 5000 people, because in verse 10 it says “there were 5000 men” (Jn. 6:10b italicizes mine). According to the Holman Christian Standard Study Bible, “The men numbered about 5000, plus women and children (Mt. 14:21), totaling perhaps as many as 15,000 people” (Jn. 6:10 footnote p. 1816).
It wasn’t Jesus that was facing sadness, difficulty, or an unknown in that situation. It was His disciples that were with them. Perhaps it is you also. Perhaps you are facing sadness, a difficulty in your life, or you are in a situation where the outcome is unknown. When we stand face to face with any of those circumstances it can be a bit daunting, and intimidating.
The disciples looked at the sea of people surrounding them, their location, resources, and the unknown answer to the question of:
“How will we feed them?” Jn. 6: 1-13
If you are like me when faced with the unknown I want to know the answer to the outcome before anything else. And like me, you may find it hard to pray and give thanks. Sometimes my journey through the scriptures is quick, other times it is longer. I figure the journeys that take longer are because God is trying to cement something in my mind, and heart, that needs reinforcing. That needs to be implanted into the recesses.
This morning my journey took some time, it was not a quick run to the 7-11 store of verses. I had to search, read, cross reference, and search some more. At times it is because I am looking for the answer I want. Can you relate? Yet God, being patient, waits as I go from book to book, and verse to verse.
During my journey I had a phone conversation that did not end well. It left me in tears, as I thought God my heart is breaking, and I am supposed to pray and give you thanks – for this? As I choked back the tears, not wanting the other party to know, we ended the call. You may be able to relate. As I hung up the phone the three verses that lay in-front of me dancing on the page were:
“Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Th. 5:16-18
Pray and give thanks. My journey continued and stopped at three other places.
The verses on this morning’s journey:
“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Phil. 4:6
“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind, and a thankful heart.” Col. 4:2
“Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; and pray all the harder.” Ro. 12:12
God’s message came full circle. Sometimes God allows us to experience the question along with the answer in order to teach us. Other times it is so we can share it and teach another. If that is you, and you find yourself soaked in saddens, darkened by difficulty, or unsure by the unknown dig deep into untapped strength stop to pray, and give thanks.
As the words danced across the page, tears streamed, my heart prayed for the other person’s happiness, and I gave thanks.
Today – find something to be thankful for – pray and give thanks!
©Gentle Whisper Ministries re-post from 2/10/15. Edited 2/10/17
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My writing is late today for several reasons, but the main one is I couldn’t pull any thoughts together. Then tonight while watching Tim Allen in Santa Clause 3, it occurred to me – do we treat God like Santa?
I ask because in the beginning there is a scene with Tim Allen -as Santa, and he says “What does Santa do? He delivers!” What does Santa deliver? Gifts, toys, and our wants – down to our last whimsical wish. This is the season for Christmas movies, and I love all of them! They are upbeat, always end good, and everyone ends up happy. They are a great escape for a couple of hours because real life doesn’t always work that way.
As we get older do we still ask Santa for things, and deep down hope he delivers? Last night’s movie was Elf with Will Farrell, I laugh every time I see it. Towards the end, Michael Hobbs, played by Daniel Tay grabs Santa’s big book. In it all the names are written and what each person asked for, Michael Hobbs is trying to improve the Christmas Spirit when he takes it to a reporter and proceeds to tell her what she asked Santa for, after sharing what several children had asked for. She asked for an engagement ring, and for her boyfriend to stop dragging his feet. Deep down there’s still a kid in all of us, or we wouldn’t take our requests to Santa. There’s the inner child that loves to hear the Ho-Ho-Ho, and get the candy cane from the white glove! We put on our best clothes to go see the man in the red suit, and prepare months in advance what we will ask for. We can recite our items in seconds, and may even take time to write it down. Just in case Santa forgets.
Parents, and grandparents, listen intently to each child’s request in an effort to obtain the item requested of Santa. We don’t want to make Santa look bad, after all we don’t always get what we ask for from God. Because of that do we attempt to make Santa real? Could it be because we can touch, feel, and see Santa we gravitate towards the belief? His kindness and infectious laugh that makes his belly jiggle like a bowl full of jelly, the help he gets with the elves, and Rudolph’s red nose! Have we made Santa bigger than God?
About 10 feet away stands a three foot Santa, next to the nativity scene. Santa is taller, and figuratively bigger, but the power to behold is the comparison to the three inch baby in the manger.
“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isa. 9:6 NLT
My Santa has packages in his bag, and hanging from his arm. The baby lies in a blue blanket holding nothing.
“She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger.” Lk. 2:7 NLT
I love Christmas, Santa, snowmen, sleighs, and songs but they don’t compare to the reality of Jesus in my life. The gifts Santa brings are tangible, and eventually will break, get donated, thrown away, retuned, or put up never to be seen again. The gift baby Jesus has is intangible. It is the gift of eternal life.
“The Savior – yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” Lk. 2:11 NLT
His gift cannot be taken away, discarded, put up, or given to another. His gift is for you, me, and all who believe. In Jesus, not Santa.
“If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. The LORD helps and delivers them; He will deliver them from the wicked and will save them because they take refuge in Him” (Ro. 10:9 & Ps. 37:40 HCSB)
HE is: The True Deliverer! Who do you seek gifts from?
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2016 re-post from 2014
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Today is October 30. The day known as All Hallows’ Eve. The day before the world renowned Halloween, or All Hallows’ Day. Something else I just learned Halloween is also, All Saints’ Day, as noted by BBC – Religions, and the Catholic Church.org.
I am not Catholic; however, having grown up in the church in a different denomination, Halloween was never referred to as All Saints’ Day. Even today the church I attend does not promote Halloween. Many churches promote Fall Festivals, and the now popular Trunk-or-Treats.
I will admit, and most likely will receive a frown from my pastor and bible study teacher, I like Halloween. I like the fun of hay rides, bonfires, pumpkins, carvings, costumes, S’mores, ok and a scary hay ride is fun too. Scary, but fun. I like the Disney Halloween movies, and some of the Classics. It is part of the season. Where I live now we don’t have pumpkin patches, or orchards, and the leaves really don’t change. However, the weather in October brings a crispness to the air by removing the high level of humidity that is the typical blanket of air. Fall and winter where I live bring with it fantastic hair days!
Last night my boyfriend and I went on a scary hay ride, and after we left he made a comment, “You know what’s really scary? Life and all that comes with it.” Yes, it can be.
That comment triggered a few scenes in my mind’s eye. Some of the scenes that began to come alive were:
- A person close to me was just let go from her job. The reason – she didn’t learn fast enough.
- A good friends husband has a progressive stage of ALS – enough said.
- Another person I know with 2 small children is struggling to make ends meet and just had her power cut off.
- Another person lost all her savings and at a stage where retirement should be closer. She finds herself in a rebuilding stage.
I’m sure you could add to this list. Those in those shoes I’m pretty sure if Frankenstein, A Werewolf, the Scream character, Freddy Kruger, Michael Myers, or Jason, showed up at their door it would be nothing. The things they face – are much scarier.
Wasn’t he right? Life is scary.
Yet what I find scarier is this scene:
“I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books.” Rev. 20:12 NLT
We hear over and over – live for today. Just do it. But, on this All Hallows’ Eve – the thing that remains the scariest is on the Day of Judgement – we will all be judged according to what we have done.
I can hear the church people standing in contention saying – Jesus has forgotten, and forgiven our sins. Yes, I agree. However, God is clear that all will be judged according to their deeds. Does not matter who you are – From the Apostle Paul to the homeless man on the streets. You, and I too – judged. SCARY.
After proclaiming and confessing that Jesus is Lord.
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, is it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.” Ro. 10:9-10 NLT
I believe a lot of people come to Jesus thinking he is the ticket to winning the lottery. He is in the sense of:
- Securing your eternal life in heaven
“For everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” Ro. 10:11 NLT
- Interceding for you
“Christ died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.” Ro. 8:34 NLT
- Giving us an advocate for the wisdom we need
“When the Father sends the Advocate as my representative – that is, the Holy Spirit – he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.” Jn. 14:26 NLT
But He is not, in the sense of having a life living in the rose garden. He tells us to be prepared, things will get tough.
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way…” Ja. 1:2a NLT
“…There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a while.” 1 Pe. 1:6 NLT
So friends, I agree – Life is SCARY. And the Haunted Hay Ride we may be on takes us through:
- Loss of loved ones
And many more, but one thing remains constant –
“The LORD is for me; so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” Ps. 118:6 NLT
And that, my friends, is NOT SCARY.
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2016
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Recently I saw the movie Florence Foster Jenkins. Even though the setting was early 1900’s the reviews had all been good, so why not see it. In the beginning I was a bit hesitant about it, but thankfully I had my popcorn to keep me busy as the movie progressed. I’m one of those people that have to have my popcorn. I could go to dinner before the movie, be completely full, but once I get in and the aroma hits my nose – I have to have it! Are you like that? Or you could be like one of my friends who has to have milk duds at the movies. I don’t know what it is about milk duds and popcorn at a movie, I’d like to think they help with concentration.
If you’ve seen it then you can picture the scenes in your head, if not I’ll try to paint the picture. She was a woman who was well to do, and had founded a music club in New York City. Her 2nd husband was the narrator of the performances. She held such a love of music that it spilled over into her own home, and eventually onto Carnagie Hall.
What’s the big deal you may think. Ok, fair. But she could not hold a tune, much less put several together. She had a well known vocal teacher conduct lessons. He would encourage her despite the shrills and shreks that viberated from her vocal chords. She had also hired an young pianist to play while she sang. Everyone was to encourage her. They told her she was spectacular! They told her she sang beautifully!
Is that wrong? If a person has no talent, but filled with courage and passion, should we encourage them to continue? Let’s sit on that for a minute.
As if being tapped on the shoulder I turned my attention to the Apostle Paul, and as if I were in the midst of the crowd at Philipi as his letter was read:
“Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News. 28 Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself. 29 For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. 30 We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.” Phil 1:27-30 NLT
I thought of Florence Foster Jenkins. She pressed on, fought the good fight to keep music alive. She was not intimidated, but instead pressed on to rent out Carnagie Hall! And, to top it off – gave 1000 tickets away. I must admit, like the others in the movie, I was shocked too. All of the encouragement she had received pushed her to do, what others only thought – the impossible.
“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crused. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.” 2 Cor. 4:8 NLT
What is it in your life that you need courage for? What are you facing that seems by all standards – impossible?
Florence lived with syphyllis and with each day she had no idea if it would be her last, yet that did not stop her. With grace and passion she lived her dreams. She grabbed the moments and each word of encouragement and pressed on. With her as an example – aren’t we to do the same thing for Christ?
Christ does not call us to live by:
- Fear – “They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for them.” Ps. 112:7 NLT
- Regret – ”For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.” 2 Cor. 7:10 NLT
- Anxiety – “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Pe. 5:7 NIV
- Worry – “People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” Mt. 6:32b-33MSG
We each have a ministry to fulfill while we are on this planet. I don’t know what God has called you to do? For Florence Foster Jenkins He called her to sing her heart out, enjoy the moment, and live life to enrich others with music. For me He has called me to teach. For now it is to teach in Corporate America. To use the gift of gab to encourage, coach, motivate, and guide others to know how to do their jobs. Along the way I can share the love of Christ thru my actions, and words. A smile here, kind word there. There’ll be no singing from me. No one would encourage that, trust me.
What about you? What’s your song?
I’ve had people say to me:
- “I just don’t know what I want to do with my life.”
- “I’m not sure what God wants me to be?”
- “How will I know?”
Friend, if that’s you, I can’t answer those questions. But what I can tell you is, the lesson I learned before seeing Florence Foster Jenkins. If the doors open by faith, as long as it is not immoral or illegal, walk through it. I thought I was to go to law school and become an attorney. But, after one year God said “not this my child.” The door closed. Had I not followed I would have never met great people whom today I call friends. Learned that I had more in me to give than I thought, and learned out prioritize as to what is important. For one year I sang my heart out.
To know what God has for you, you have to:
- Be IN His Word. Read it. Study it. – Daily.
- Pray – communicate with Him – Daily.
- Watch for those doors to crack open – Daily.
“I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” Jer. 29:11 MSG
With that get on your stage of Carnegie Hall. Perform like you are the only one in the room. As far as the question of encouraging someone with no talent is right or wrong, well, I will let God be the judge of that. For now you and I are just to follow Him, and perform!
And as the letter to those in Philippi was read we are encouraged by Paul to trust in Christ until the end. Our sustaining power.
“Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself. For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.” Phil. 1:28-30 NLT
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2016
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I’ve heard many times from sermons, and from the Word of God itself – Everyone has a spiritual gift from God. And, it is up to us if we uses them or not. I guess that’s where our free will comes into play.
“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” 1 Pe. 4:10 NLT
Did you notice the word variety? That would mean there are more than one gift God could have given us. Maybe some of you have more than one, and perhaps we only have one. One that is the most dominate. Have you ever wondered what the gifts are? Most of us would equate that with wealth, and the accumulation of a lot of *things.* But, that is not what God means when he says “spiritual gifts.” The gifts could be anyone of, or a combination of:
“In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophecy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” Ro. 12:6-8 NLT
As for me, my gift is kindness. Another word for that is compassion. Although I knew what my gift was – I tried not to use it. Why? Because what I typically found was, it got me in some sort of trouble. No matter what someone didn’t like what I did, or had to say. Being kind got me nowhere. At least in my own eyes that is what I saw. Yet, I quickly learned God was not going to go along with me ignoring the gift He gave me.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isa. 55:9 AMP
Over the years my children would invite their friends to stay the night. Over time I noticed a reoccurring theme – their friends would just start talking and I always knew what to say to them. God would organize the words from my mouth. It was exactly what needed to be said to that person and just the right time in their life. Each scenario was different. Each time I’d think – wow! God is so good! I’d like to say everyone took the advice that came from me, but they did not. Some were able to be helped.
In the recent past my son had a friend stay the night. This friend was living with his foster parents. Over time I got to know him pretty well. He would stay at our house every other weekend. He would share what happened to him, how he felt, and what was on his mind and heart. Sometime later his foster parent contacted me to see if I was interest in becoming a foster parent myself. What?! My reaction was simple – No.
All the reasons as to why not went through my mind as to why not, and each one made perfect sense to me. But friends, the more I would not listen to God the harder it got each time I would see him. Oh there goes God again with his ways, and thoughts. He was going to get his way. Have you ever had that? Something is presented and it. Just. Won’t. Go away. That is the Spirit trying to get your attention.
“I will instruct you (says the Lord) and guide you along the best pathway for your life; I will advise you and watch your progress.” Ps. 32:8 TLB
So, like an obedient child, I contacted the case worker and things just took off! Imagine that! I also had peace about it. Of course that was no surprise, because when God directs our steps He has already went ahead and prepared the way.
Things moved quickly! On a Thursday we filled out the paper work, then went down to get finger printed. I told the case worker and within one hour our prints and back ground came back. Everyone was surprised on how fast everything came back. Except for me and my husband. We knew. We knew Who had already gone ahead and worked things out. By Tuesday the following week the young man was in our home to live.
I know for a fact that this is God’s plan for us to be parents to this young man. This young man God has a plan for, and we are so thankful He has allowed us to play a role in his life. God is good.
Whenever you question, or get a pressing feeling over and over, that is God. Listen, and do what he is leading you to do. He will never steer you wrong. Nor will He go against His word. If what you sense is going against what God says, then it is NOT of God.
Pray to God and things happen. He will move mountains for you. God has entrusted me with the gift of compassion, and now I embrace it to help others.
“Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways! For who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice? And who has given him so much that he needs to pay it back? For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.” Ro. 11:33 NLT
What is your gift? Are you using it for God’s glory?
By, Melissa Mills, June 2016
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2016
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Have you ever had someone tell you, just pray? Those two words can sound so simple, yet leave us speechless.
We have an example in the Book of Nehemiah. In chapter nine Nehemiah reveals to us the prayer that the people said. They had just faced great difficulties, and had just finished rebuilding the wall around their city, Jerusalem.
Their prayer is one that recognizes Who God is. His power, love truth, faithfulness, and mercy. It is reflective and expresses their knowledge of the present state they are in.
Let’s take their example and personalize it. Reminding ourselves of Who God is. His love, mercy, and even when we are not faithful to Him, His faithfulness to us.
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2016