Are you Listening?
Most people spend lots of time praying, meditating and talking with God. Do we ever think about listening? Do we listen to God when he speaks to us? Nobody tells us how to do it. Listening takes practice but talking comes easy. We like the way our voice sounds, even when we pray. If we stop talking and start listening, God will speak to us.
Just think about Samuel and Moses and Noah. Their lives changed dramatically when they listened to God. We should meet God on a regular basis, not only to talk with him but also to listen. "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalms 46:10). Being still is a key to listening. Being quiet is another. Both takes practice.
Our busy lifestyle seems to hurry us along so fast we never have time to be still and be quiet. Many men in biblical times had this same problem, but when they learned to listen, God made amazing changes in their lives. God Speaks We Listen visits some of these men. They can teach us how to listen. God still speaks to us today, if we will only listen.
Do you struggle to have a regular time to meet with God? Finding a time when you’re thinking of nothing but spending time in God’s presence. A time when you talk with God and listen when God speaks to you. We call this our “quiet time”.
For years I had trouble finding time to spend a few quiet moments with God each day.
George Bernard Shaw said “You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?"
That’s the way dreamers are. Dreamers see opportunities, where others see problems. Dreamers are the cause of many impossible things becoming reality. Dreamers are sometimes called visionaries. Sometimes they are called foolish. Are you a dreamer? I have been a dreamer most of my life. We all have a Big Dream that has been with us from a very early age. These big dreams challenged us to try harder and not give up too soon on our dreams.
Do you ever wonder why we have troubles in this life? Are troubles necessary? Are troubles helpful? Many people have asked "why do bad things happen to good people?" God has a purpose behind every problem we have. He uses these problems to develop our character.
We will soon begin our plans for the holidays. Thanksgiving is a few days away. Our plans will include a big meal with friends or a visit family. Someone always prays before the meal. Some prayers will be short, some will be long, but all prayers will thank God for the food…but what else?
In the hot days summer, a cool rain shower would be nice. We unconsciously pray for rain, but when it comes what do we do? Do we stand outside and enjoy it? I like to walk in the gentle rains of summer, but I always remember what Momma said and take an umbrella. When the grandchildren were young, every year we had an Easter egg hunt in our back yard.
Do you ever feel that you don’t fit in? People around you have everything they try turn out great. You want that kind of life, but you’re either a little short or a little late when opportunities arrive. Is your life all scrambled up? Is it like a puzzle with some pieces missing or the pieces you have won’t fit? Do you wonder, where is my place? Where do I fit in?
I like country music. The singers seem to say what I’m thinking. Most are not afraid to say the words Jesus, God and Heaven in their songs. Some are a little rough around the edges, but most are pretty solid citizens. Their songs aresimple and honest; dealing with real life experiences.
Ever have a day you wish you could start over? You woke up late, no coffee, rushing to get dressed for work, out of toothpaste, and of course the car needed gas. Every traffic light was red. You shout, “I need a reboot.”
We all have days like that. You wanted to wake up from the nightmare and start over. We can’t re-live a day that has passed or start over one we don’t like.
“Is anyone interested in helping me conduct a short worship service at a nursing home on Sunday mornings?” That was the question, and for some reason I volunteered. I had never been involved in anything like that, but when the question was asked, my hand went up. I didn’t think about it, the hand just seemed to go up on it’s own. After volunteering, I wondered what have I done. I had no idea what I was expected to do. Fear of the unknown is a powerful force. I was afraid I had really stuck my neck out too far this time and jumped in over my head.
My visit in June to the International Christian Retail Show in Atlanta was amazing. This was my first time attending the ICRS, but I’m sure it will not be my last. The experience was both exciting and humbling. Being a new author, I didn’t know what to expect. I have been to the furniture market in High Point, N.C. many times and attended other trade shows over the years, but this was different; not like any I have attended in the past.