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
“I will get better. I will get better.” was the whisper that rang through my ears, landed in my heart, and caused me to act.
There’s and old television show – The Bionic Woman. Some of you may remember the show. She was a woman that had the ability to have extraordinary powers. A little like a superhero. One of her abilities was her bionic hearing. She could hear others conversations from far distances. That ability gave her an insight as to what was happening, what was going to happen, but more importantly it revealed their heart.
“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” Lk. 6:45 NLT
This past week I felt a little like The Bionic Woman. I had the ability to listen to others conversations, without them knowing I was listening. No, I was not doing anything illegal. On my job I have the ability to listen to others talk to customers on the phone for training and coaching purposes. Don’t worry, all the employees know their calls can, and will, be listened to at any given time.
On one of the calls the person I was listening to did not mute their phone when the call ended. When that happens we can hear any conversations, or comments, that may take place. If the customer does not hang up immediately, so can they. If you work in that type of atmosphere – be mindful.
The words that penetrated my ears caused an immediate reaction – “I will get better. I will get better.” For a moment I stood where I was stunned. Why? For that one moment God had allowed me to hear the sincere, heartfelt, desire of another.
“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them, People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Sam. 16:7 NLT
You may ask – how can I say it was heartfelt? Think about it. This person did not know I was listening. Their back was turned against the walkways. And, it was a whisper, to them self. This person was encouraging them self. For a moment I felt like I was invading their privacy. But then, another whisper, this one to my heart. It came with questions for me.
- Did you hear the humbleness and sincerity?
- Did it prompt you to take action?
- Did you intercede, and prompt another, to help this person?
My answer to all three were a resounding – yes.
At that moment it became a lesson for me. You see when God reveals himself to us, it very well may be for us to help another. But, the real lesson is with us. We learn more about who God is, His power, and faithfulness.
“But I will call on God, and the LORD will rescue me. Morning, noon, and night I cry out in my distress, and the LORD hears my voice.” Ps. 55:16-17 NLT
When times are challenging, tough, and uncertain, doubts can creep in and take over. We can begin to think God does not hear me. He is not doing anything. Why? Because things are not happening in our timeframe. I must admit this happens more times to me than I care to tell you. When it does I have to remind myself God is bigger than any problem I have, and holds the power to change it, or use it to change me. What about you? Does that ever happen to you?
When we go to God with our heartfelt desires he hears us. We have an advocate that intercedes for us.
“Christ Jesus 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. 8:34b NLT
What God pointed out to me this week was:
When we come to Him with a heartfelt, sincere, desire whether it be for a request, to do His will, or know Him more. He will:
Our job after that is to:
- Actively Listen
I am so grateful for the opportunity God allowed me. Those four words that have grounded themselves into the inner recess of my ears, I’m sure will ring throughout my life to serve as reminder –
“Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand.” Ps. 37:24 NLT
Jesus hears us, and intercedes for us, moving God to act for us.
“Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.” 1 Th. 5:23-24 NLT
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2016
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“Don’t turn your back on Him.” 1 Sam. 12:20b
One evening I was sitting with a group of friends and noticed in conversation – no one asked how my writing was going? I realize this is not my paying job, but perhaps one day it will be? It is a passion I have, and a way to express myself. Hopefully, in a way that also helps and encourages others that God is for them, loves them, and desires a relationship with them. Like Jude, “I found it necessary to write and exhort you to contend for the faith.” (Jude 1:3 HCSB). I didn’t really notice it until someone asked me about law school. This person did not know what had happened. As I told her she asked what I was doing. I replied with my current part-time job, and my blog. That sparked the question as to “what do I write about?” But, when I answered the conversation ended abruptly as I began to tell of my most recent peek as to what God revealed. Words were quickly spoken over mine that I stopped, and noticed no one cared about it. Immediately I felt the Spirit tell me, this is just a glimmer of how I feel when I try to talk to someone, at times even you.
Talk about humbling, and eye opening. I waited to see if someone would ask about what I had begun talking about, but no. To me what I was saying was important, but to others it was not. The Spirit whispered – My words are always important, yet there are times when you don’t listen to me. Or come back to re-visit with Me. What people wanted to talk about was my part-time job – why? I have no idea. It is just the place God has placed me for now. I enjoy it, am grateful for it, and so far there has not been a dull moment. But, at the recent Gentle Whisper into my soul saying, “do not ignore me when I am speaking to you.” I know there is much more in store for me.
With God, there are no dull moments! With God, there is always a new revelation! With God, there is passion, purpose, and perseverance! With God, there is a relentless conversation that is waiting to be started. The key is – don’t cut Him off. And, if you have to leave to go to work, school, attend a function, or an appointment go back to where you left off as soon as you can. He’s waiting to reveal some Good News!
The lesson here was a clear one, when I ask God a question, when I seek Him, and He begins to answer – don’t cut Him off. I’ll miss the message: “This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight.” (Ro. 1:17a NLT).
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“The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race.” Ps. 33:13NLT
Today I had a tiny glimmer into how it must be with God when we have conversations with others. Perhaps? You see my parents are deaf, and their means of communicating at home on a phone is through a device called a video phone. It’s like Skype, or face time, but I cannot see them unless I own a video phone. I do not so I speak to an interpreter, and the interpreter is viewed by my parents on a small TV screen in their living room, and they sign back and forth. The interpreter then speaks to me; thus our conversation is born.
It never fails in my conversations with my mom my dad will jump in-front of the monitor and talk to the interpreter. Yes, my mom and I will be in the middle of a conversation and in he jumps. The interpreter then tells me “your dad is here.” This is letting me know another party joined in the conversation. Inevitability it never fails, at some point the interpreter will say either “hold on your mom is talking but I cannot see her,” or “hold on because I need to clarify something because your dad is talking to your mom.” Either one tells me that my dad is taking control of the conversation, and I know what’s coming – something of a personal matter. Something the normal person wouldn’t want shared. And then, here it comes. Always makes me shake my head, chuckle, and say – no filter. Today was interesting because comments were made, off topic of course, about my mother’s weight and exercise habits. My mom blows it off, and at that moment I wonder what the interpreter must think? I immediately disregard not engaging the comments, except to say to the interpreter “welcome to our family conversations.” They always chuckle softly, as I’m sure they have heard worse. I sit on the other end and think – is there nothing sacred in our family? But, do we want it to be?
When you place your faith in Christ as your Savior you become part of God’s family. How do I know this? He tells us, “To all who believed Him and accepted him, He gave the right to become children of God” (Jn. 1:12NLT), and again in Galatians “For you are all children of God through faith in Jesus Christ” (Gal. 3:26 NLT). Being part of God’s family, as one of his children, nothing will be sacred. Nothing will be off limits, or hidden. The writer of Hebrews makes this clear “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes” (Heb. 4:13a NLT). Today’s conversation was just one example, I have many more but will keep those to myself. You can just imagine though. When you converse through a third party to your family they will hear anything from: illnesses, affairs, break-ups, set-ups, births, engagements, vacations, holidays, and everything in-between. They hear the tears, fears, joy, and excitement on calls. They handle being the conduit on the hard calls, and rejoice when they communicate good news! At times the details of other family members as each share concerns. And, I must chuckle when the comment is made “don’t tell anyone.” Ha! We just told an outside third party. I’m sure they are bound by privacy rules; it’s just the thought. This must be why the men in my family, don’t like talking via an interpreter. Men seem to be more private, my dad being the exception, than women.
I realize not everyone uses an interpreter to communicate with another, but when we talk do we realize that someone is listening? Someone is consuming every word out of our mouths? If you have little ones then you are aware of your words being repeated. Even if you don’t want them to. You may even be more cautious about your words when they are around. Sometimes we get so comfortable, and used, to communicating a certain way we forget who may be listening. Do we realize God hears and sees everything we do? The Psalmist told us God sees the whole human race (Ps. 33:13). Friends that includes you and me. I love Psalm 139 because David paints a vivid picture about God being ever present with us. David reveals that God knows all about us: when we stand and sit, travel and rest, and what I will say (Ps. 139: 1- 6). Nothing is hidden from the highest heights to the lowest lows, God is there listening and watching. This should give us some assurance, and insight – nothing is withheld from God’s knowledge.
So as I wrapped up my conversation with my mom I thought, is that the look God gets into our lives and conversations? Like the interpreter who can see into my parent’s home, only the view the camera for the video phone allows, and hears the conversation – details and all, God can see and hear it too. Except for one thing – He sees well beyond the camera lens. Perhaps this would be something to keep in mind as we go about our days conversing; to realize that although we may physically see no one, there is someone there watching, and listening. To mimic the words of David “I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!” (Ps. 139:7 NLT). NOTHING is hidden.
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