Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Everyday Moments

What is God teaching you in your life right now? I'd love to know! It's amazing to me that God can be real to so many people all at one time! What is he talking to you about?

For me, God is teaching me to sit quietly and learn to hear his voice among the everyday moments. When I'm listening to a song I love, doing my makeup, traveling somewhere in the car with a singing toddler, or even in a scary medical moment, God is there, and he's whispering to me. Whether I'm talking about what to make for dinner, thinking about the to-do list, in the midst of a disagreement, or cleaning the house, it's still up to me to listen to God in the middle of it all. I am learning to hear more clearly the voice of my Lord, even in the busy moments. "I will take care of you," he whispers. He's always talking to me, but it's only in the moments that I'm listening that his voice reaches my ears. He's never pushy, but always present. Never in a hurry, but always gracious. I want to be more like that.

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:12-13

Monday, October 28, 2013


Last night, Jonathan and I had an hour to sit down and talk at a coffee shop. While we were there, a man came in. He didn't look homeless, but did have the appearance of someone who was roughed up by the world a bit. His face was shaved, and he appeared to be fairly clean and dressed in somewhat clean and non-ripped clothes. He walked up to Jonathan and explained that he was trying to get to Penn and 10th, and said his name was Robert. He heard that there was a Nazarene church there that could help him. He had come all the way from Michigan and was trying to get to Arizona. He needed money for a cab ride to 10th and Penn to get some food and possibly some clothes. This intrigued me quite a bit, because normally people who are homeless may or may not have the audacity to walk into a nice coffee shop to ask for money, but this man was different somehow. It was something in his eyes.

Jonathan offered to give him a ride to 10th and Penn and he truly looked at us in shock. "Really? Most people these days don't trust someone that looks like myself to ride in a car with them. I'm a God-fearing man and I promise I'll treat you good. I thank you." He hopped in the front seat while Jonathan drove. As I sat in the back, I listened to this man explain where he had come from. He was going to Arizona to find his sister. He had served in the army for 7 years, and the government claimed that they had paid him too much every month, so they started taking money back from his paycheck every month in negative amounts. Well, it didn't take long from him to basically become homeless. He had nothing but one sleeping bag and a small bag of things.

As we drove, Robert asked us about God. "What do you believe in? Who is your God? Jehovah, Mary, Jesus? I'd love to know who you serve. Do you believe in heaven?" We explained our faith to him, and then he slowly began to open up about his own. He told us that he believed Jesus would care for his every need, and that he had a relationship with him. Robert said that God led him every day and watched over his every step to provide for anything he needed. He turned to Jonathan and said, "You know, I didn't know how to get to where I needed to go tonight, but God's spirit led me to you. I knew that you would help me. I didn't care what the people in the coffee shop thought of me. I just had to ask you, because that is where the Lord led me."

How would it be to live in faith like this? So much faith, that you have no money, no ride, and God still provides for your every need. As we got close to our destination I asked, "Robert? What would you say the biggest need in your life is?" I was truly curious what he would say."I need a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. I want to be closer to him every day. I really need that." That's what we all need really isn't it? More of Jesus.

We got out, shook hands, and I told him I would pray for him. As he looked at me for one long last stare, I'm telling you, it was as if I was looking into Jesus' eyes.

Friday, October 25, 2013

One of my favorite Psalms

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in the darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished. If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won't even hurt your foot on a stone. You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet! The Lord says, "I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation."

Psalm 91

Saturday, October 5, 2013

1 Peter 4:19

I've written 3 different blog posts this morning, only to delete them all and write this instead...

So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.

1 Peter 4:19 NLT
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