Can You Hear Him Now?

As I was riding in the car with a 4 year, His little eyes spotted a Toys R Us.

“Toys R Us”, he screams.

I responded with, “I see it. But it’s closed.”

He says, “No, they will open on Sunday.”

I let him know that they aren’t open anymore and won’t open again. He would not accept what I was saying. Here I am, older and wiser trying to explain the cause of Toys R Us closing. He still didn’t want to hear me. How often do we cut God off. Here He is with His infinite power and great wisdom. But we act like we know it all. We insist on getting our point across and block out what God is saying. If we can just get in our heads that God’s ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher too. He knows things that we don’t. Way more! So the next time God try’s to tell you something, listen. He’s speaking now. Are you listening?


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The Beauty of Thanksgiving

As I was reading through Ephesians 5 this morning, this verse jumped out at me:

“Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I had to stop and pause. I reread. I broke it down. And this is what the Lord allowed me to see. While He showed me what I’m about to share with you, He revealed myself to me and what I need to do.

1. Let all obscene behavior, foolish talk, and coarse joking go.

Why? Because these things aren’t the character of God. When we accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior, we put on His character. The old me/you passed away. So we no longer live according to our flesh, but the Spirit.

2. Don’t hang around those who act and talk in such a way.

Why? Because 1 Corinthians 15:33 tells us that bad company corrupts good character. So if we am hanging with someone who practice these things, they will contaminate our character. Our Spirit, if not strong enough, will be contaminated too.

3. Partake in the beauty of Thanksgiving.

Why? Thanksgiving sets an atmosphere of praise. When we are thanking God, we are thinking on everything He has done for us. In return, we offer praises to Him. We are putting a smile on His face by partaking in the beauty of Thanksgiving. Since we are choosing to eliminate the things that don’t please Him (obscenity, foolish talk, and coarse joking) and act out the things that do (thanksgiving), we are living a thriving life and on the road of righteousness. And this road leads to Heaven.


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If Patience Is A virtue, I Need It To Flow.

Patience. That’s something that needs to be given to others as well as yourself. Today, as I was going through my day, I encountered a few things that pulled at my patience. So what did I do? I pulled on God. Why? Because He reminded me how to offer patience. There are moments when I push His EVERY button. I fail to listen. I throw temper tantrums. I ignore Him. But in all of that, He’s STILL patient with me. So as I went through my day, He helped me deal with myself by reminding me of how He deals with me. In the end it was a success. And I offered myself patience that I needed.


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Where’s My KitKat Bar?

Ever need a break during a frustrating, pull your hair out moment? Yeah, me too. Actually, I just had one of those moments. Within the past 2 weeks things have changed in my life. Not for the bad, but the things that are happening due to the change can be frustrating. I’m learning people while learning myself. Sounds overwhelming, huh? Well, it can be if I do this within myself. But when I want to just scream and run away, God reminds me that I can do all things through Him. All I have to do is take His hand and let Him walk me through the somewhat difficult moments. When I do, I can feel the tension ease, and my heart beat slowly decreases. A smile invades my face and I feel stronger. And the plus side? I keep all of my hair. Lol. So when you find yourself needing a break in the midst of frustration, grab ahold Jesus’ hand. And walk with Him.


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He Knows My Name

I’m in one of my moods where I want to talk, but I don’t have anything to say. So who do I call? And when I call will they answer? What will we talk about? These are a few questions that run through my head. I wanted to interact without the interaction. Is that possible? Lol. But I heard a voice as I was trying to figure out my life.

“Me”

It was so soft and gentle. Sure I had spent time with Christ today. But He clearly wanted more of me. And who better to chat with and can handle my current mood than Christ?

I whispered back, ” You want to spend time with me?”

He responds, “I do.”

It was so unexpected yet expected. He knows my heart. He knows my desires. He knows how to deal with me. God knows what makes me smile.

So I say “peace out” to the world to say “hello” to my Savior.


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Prolonged Seasons

My twin and I were talking about life and the topic of seasons came up. You can read all about seasons in Ecclesiastes 3:1-11. We both agreed that it’s important to know what season you are in. And if we have the ability to prolong a season (read about the children of Israel in Exodus 16), don’t we have the ability to shorten the length of a season by truly getting what God has for us in the time He needs us to get it? Now, don’t try and play God and say, “Yes, Jesus I got it. You can move me now.” Because He knows our end from our beginning. He knows the story of our lives. He knows if He can truly release us from one season to allow us to enter into a new one. So what are you holding up by procrastinating, you can release by doing what you’re putting off (ie. Forgiveness, good stewardship, positive attitude, etc). What you are holding up by being disobedient, you can release by being obedient . What you hold up by being out of order, you can release by getting in order. The length of the season you are in can very well be determined by your attitude, willingness, and submission to God. Learn what you need to learn and move on. It’s like being in school. Once you learn and pass a class, they promote you to the next grade. If you fail to complete assignments, fail tests, and don’t put the work in, you have to repeat the class or grade. Put the work into this season you are in and propel yourself to the next season. It’s up to you. May Gods will be done in your life.


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