A gentle whisper from the LORD...

"Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper." 1 Kings 19:11-12

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

God Bends Down

God Whispers: "I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen."
Psalm 116:1-2

Sometimes children can speak so quietly that you have to bend down on their level to hear their meek voices. Not only can you hear them but it communicates to them that you hear them, that they are important to you and that you think they are important. I love this verse from Psalm 116 because it gives a beautiful description of how God bends down to hear us. The God who created heaven and earth and the God who is so magnificent that we fear Him wants to bend down on our level to hear us.

"Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth." Psalm 73:25

And in return, we begin to yearn for Him. When we begin to comprehend even a little how much he cares for us, our hearts passionately seek Him and we want nothing other than His love. It's beautiful, isn't it?!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I Am Desperate

I once heard it say that a mountain is big from a distance. But as you stand at the base of the mountain, it is enormous! That is how God is. From a distance, he's pretty neat. But as you grow closer to Him, He is glorious, magnificent and all-powerful. When you are close to God, you begin to realize just how small you are.

I've often wondered if I am becoming a worse and worse person as I grow older or, as I grow closer to God, am I realizing just how sinful I am! I am a sinner and in desperate need of God's grace and strength. Somedays, I'm overwhelmed by the sin that haunts me. Sin seems like a stubborn cancer that invades my life. As I read through God's Word this morning, I saw how David was desperately pleading with God to rescue him from his enemy. God whispered to my heart that my enemy is my sin. I encourage you to read through God's Word and allow Him to reveal His glory and faithfulness to you and remind you how small and sinful you are. I am deeply thankful He still loves me, even when I am chased by my enemy and knocked down to the ground. God is so faithful!!

"Hear my prayer, O Lord;
listen to my plea!
Answer me because you are faithful and righteous.
Don't put your servant on trial,
for no one is innocent before you.
My enemy has chased me.
He has knocked me to the ground
and forces me to live in darkness like
those in the grave.
I am losing all hope;
I am paralyzed with fear.
I remember the days of old.
I ponder all your great works
and think about what you have done.
I lift my hands to you in prayer.
I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.
Come quickly, Lord, and answer me,
for my depression deepens.
Don't turn away from me
or I will die.
Let me hear of your unfailing love
each morning,
for I am trusting you.
Show me where to walk,
for I give myself to you.
Rescue me from my enemies, Lord;
I run to you to hide me.
Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God.
May your gracious Spirit lead me forward
on a firm footing.
For the glory of your name, O Lord,
preserve my life.
Because of your faithfulness, bring me
out of this distress.
In your unfailing love, silence all
my enemies
and destroy all my foes,
for I am your servant."
Psalm 143

Friday, June 25, 2010

Not At Home

God whispers: "Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord." 2 Corinthians 5:6 NIV

OK! Let's have some fun! Remember this song?! It sure brings back memories of Sunday night church as a little girl in Kentucky. Come and enjoy the past time...

Today was one of those crazy filled days where you go nonstop at 100 mph! Just before the kid's nap time was over, I sat down for a couple minutes to catch my breath. In a moment of rare stillness, I looked around our new home and thought, "How did I get here?" We just moved 2000 miles away from home. Our deepest conversations recently always end with, "It was nice to meet you," and the GPS is our newest best friend. Nothing is familiar. There's no one here I can call my friend and go meet for coffee. Our house is the most familiar place but it still isn't like the home we left in Louisville. And the trip to the grocery store takes at least 30 minutes longer because it's not my usual store! (I use to be a super shopper at the grocery store!)

However, I'm thankful for all the unfamiliarity. God has whispered in my heart the truth about this world...it is not our final home. And as long as we are on this earth, we are away from God. So I'm ok with not feeling at home because I know my final home is with God! I'm just passing through!

I encourage you to enjoy the ride while it last but keep your eye on eternity with our God!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Lord Is Searching For You

God whispers: "The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him." 2 Chronicles 16:9 NLT

I love it when the Lord reminds me of this verse. My favorite phrase is "the Lord searches". He is actively searching for the faithful. He doesn't pick and choose. And He strengthens those who are actively committed to Him. This is a give and take situation. The Lord searches for us when we stay committed to Him.

And we can't miss the word "fully". God wants all of us. We can't split our commitment with Him and this world. Only when we are fully His will we receive His strength!

Think about it! The majestic and holy God who created this world and conquered death is searching for you so He can strengthen you. Who wouldn't want His strength in their life!!

Throughout your day, commit to Him fully and completely. And listen intently for His voice. He has much He wants to teach you. Watch for His strength and be amazed! He's searching just for you!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Dandelion

The dandelion is a weed that grows all over the world. This simple and most hated weed is a miracle. Just look at the color. No one can walk past a yard and miss them. The yellow is vibrant and easily noticeable. During the day, the flower petals are open; at night, they close. And all it takes to plant new flowers is a gentle wind to blow the seeds a far distance. And then they multiply.

Many see the flower as a bother. But in realty, they can be quite helpful. They protect grasses and grains from army worms. It also has a deep root that reaches down to break up earth and release nutrients to more shallow-rooted crops. But even still, they are chased after by homeowners and lawn-keepers.

God had a purpose when he created this flower. It is a quiet miracle, a whisper. But we have been taught to miss it. We have become so busy and so caught up in following the neighborhood rules that we have blocked out the whisper. So next time you see a dandelion, go ahead, blow it off and make more! And thank God for his intricate creation. Take the time to be quiet long enough to hear his whisper. A whisper by nature is small and quiet and you must intentionally listen to hear it.

This is a blog to share with you how I hear God's whisper. And I encourage you to share how you hear God whisper in your daily activities. Keep your ears open and be alert...it's all around us, all the time!