Conversations With God

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Have you ever wanted to sit down and have a heart to heart conversation with God?  I know that I have and wondered what would He say?  I mean, really sit down and have a conversation, asking Him the questions that flood my mind, rather than complaining to others or seeking advice from someone else.  I know that His word has many answers, and I have prayed too, but often never heard His voice, I just spoke my concerns.  Then one day, I began to write and this is where I heard from Him first.  Now, I can hear Him better and more often than ever before.  He speaks to us all in different ways, and today I really need to hear His voice.  I feel the Holy Spirit inside of me telling me that it’s time to write and then to listen.  I want to share with you, this conversation with God.  He may not speak to you in the same way, but He does speak to us all in some way.  My prayer is that through this conversation, He speaks to you about questions that are in your heart.  Here are some of my concerns today:

“Why cant life be more of a “vacation” with fun and sun and ac too? 🙂 what’s the deal with so much “responsibility” and bills and work and time away from those that we love? Why are there soooo many struggles and challenges and hate and violence? We watch the news to be informed while it’s corrupting our minds and creating bitterness in our hearts. We go to work, a lot of us to jobs that we hate, just to survive. While others of us try and try to find a job. We either have time to do things or money and no time. I guess sitting at home without functioning ac is getting to me a bit and putting in full time work to find a job is getting frustrating. The bills don’t stop coming in though and life doesn’t wait. It just keeps going. I’m glad that you have answers, God, and can guide me through this stuff because sometimes I just feel stuck. Just saying.”

Now I’m listening and waiting for His Spirit to speak to mine.  Come Holy Spirit and give me clarity and wisdom.

God says:  “I know that you have many questions that are weighing on you, concerns that are stirring inside of your heart and frustrations with your current circumstances as well as the struggles that those close to you and around you are facing.  Thank you for coming to me.  I know what is on your heart and in your mind and I also know what lies ahead.  You know that I love you and that I care about these things that concern you.  You also know that when you focus on the circumstances, they seem so big, yet when you focus on the cross and what’s been done to give you “life” your circumstances seem much smaller.  Sometimes circumstances don’t seem “fair” yet I’m always with you and will provide all that you need.  Have I failed you yet?  At times life seems out of balance and a bit overwhelming and at times like these I can help you make sense of what’s most important and let go of the rest.  Follow where I lead you and you will get to where you are going.  It may be tough at times, but in those tough times you can experience my love for you, even more.  You will be showered with blessings, they start inside of your heart.  Experiencing my peace when the world around you seems so chaotic will give you strength that is unexplainable.  It’s ok to feel hurt by what is going on in the world because many have turned away from me.  But there is something that can be done and it starts with you.  Even in small ways, as you share my love with others, hearts will change.  If these things didn’t concern you, then you wouldn’t do anything, but because they do and you’ve come to me, I’m leading you to make a difference.  No difference is too small.  Each heart that you touch and open to receiving my love can have an eternal effect on another.  Your concerns and frustrations develop a passion inside of your heart.  I have gifted you in a particular way and as you use these gifts to serve others, you will grow and know me better.  I know that sometimes you feel like giving up and turning away from me too, but you know that I am the way to true life.  Your joy is found in me.  Answers to your questions, I have them all.  Ask me anything?  I will help you find your way and I will equip you for the journey.  I am preparing the way for you now.  Do not be afraid of what you see around you and what you can not see.  You will have many reasons, very soon, to thank me for.  Put on your armor, my sweet princess,  and take a stand against the enemy that wants to steal your joy and blind you from seeing my plan.  I will be with you and together we will not only get through, but you will experience life in new ways.  Something is coming and it is good!!!”

I am usually at a loss for words after I hear the voice of God speak to my Spirit in ways like this.  I go back and read His words over and over and over again.  And then later, as I do what He says, I experience answers to my prayers.  It’s a beautiful thing!

 

John 15:10 – Living Words

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I’m sitting on my patio as the cool morning breeze dances across the sky.  Isn’t it neat how one word can make our minds think differently?  How many of us focused on the word “dance” in the last sentence and what kind of thought did this put in our minds?  Can we visualize the breeze dancing through the sky, through the trees, dodging the leaves?  The breeze blows, the breeze dances, it’s doing the same thing yet it sounds so different.  We have put labels on words, however when we open our minds to understanding that the meaning can possibly be so much more than we first see, perceptions change.

The Bible is called the “living word” but why is this?  So many people argue over the meaning of this book, and it can be found in so many translations which can alter the meaning quite a bit.  So, how do we go about reading it and understanding it?  They are just a bunch of words in a book, that people wrote years and years ago, aren’t they?  What I have found is that these words give life to my heart and provide an understanding to life, about God, about others, about ourselves, about any circumstance that we could imagine and then some.  All of the answers to life’s questions are found in this book.  Today we are going to focus on one verse, found in John 15:10 NIV –

“If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in His love.”

Opening prayer:

“Good morning Father,

Open the eyes of our hearts today, to see the meaning that you have in these words for us.  Lead me as I meditate on your word and share with others what you share with me.  I ask that your word penetrate our minds and saturate our hearts preparing us to receive all that you have planned for our lives.  May your words transform us into the ones that you created us to be.  We were made in your image yet this world has covered up our true identities.  Help us find ourselves, by finding you.  In Jesus’ sweet name I pray.

Amen.”

How do we remain in the love of Jesus? First, we must know the love of Jesus. The word “love” is used so much in our world, yet it has lost it’s true meaning. The love of Jesus, is something that we don’t see as much as we could see. It’s here, but it’s like a buried treasure, just waiting to be found. It’s everywhere. We walk around with blindfolds covering the eyes of our hearts and that’s why we don’t see it. It’s more than a feeling, yet we feel it. It gives life to our souls while killing the humanness that sometimes hold us back from seeing, from experiencing this perfect love. We search for it, out there, when all along it’s inside of us. We even turn to religion and try to be a better person and earn our way to Heaven, when we can’t, really. We can try to love others, when inside we kind of judge them anyway, what is this doing to our hearts? How do we keep His command to love? Truly? I ask God to show me the answers to these questions because they are questions that I’ve asked over and over again? I’m learning, kind of. But there’s still so much to unpack here. Again, it’s one verse, one command to remain in His love and He even tells us how, by keeping His commands and He has even done the same, kept His father’s commands and remained in His love. So, why is it so confusing and so difficult? Am I the only one that feels this way? He tells me that what our minds are filled with directs the course of our hearts and what we focus on helps us see. When we search for His love like the buried treasure that it is, once it’s found a relationship begins. As we walk with Him, He begins to romance our hearts. When life gets tough, He holds our hand and walks with us. When life is great, He’s there too to celebrate the joy that we have found. When tears fall, He comforts us and wraps His strong, gentle arms around our entire being and a peace floods our souls. He is our strength, our friend, our Savior, and the one who fills our hearts with EVERYTHING good! When we receive all of this, then we are truly remaining in His love and we can’t help but keep His commands because it becomes our hearts desire. We change from the inside out, not the other way around. So when we live in His love we can begin to view life through His eyes and it becomes a BEAUTIFUL view.

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1 Peter 5:8 – Be Alert but Not Afraid

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This was my verse for yesterday, and even though I haven’t made time to do this every day, I’m still going to complete 21 days in the word, and blogging on each days verse even if it’s not for the day that I should have.  Why am I saying this?  Because I feel like it matters.  I have been getting so distracted by things beyond my control and they have brought me to a place of total confusion and frustration.  Is that a coincidence?  I don’t think so.  Here’s why:

1 Peter 5:8 NIV “Be alert and of sober mind.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”

If I’m sharing what God is saying to me, to us, then the enemy wants to stop that.  If one person here’s the truth and no longer dwells on the lies of the enemy but learns about life giving salvation, then it begins to change the course of our world because it begins to change the course of our hearts and the thoughts that we allow to take up space in our minds.  It is a big deal, what we think about!  It is a big deal, what we mediate on regularly!  It really matters!  The things that we allow to occupy space in our minds plant a seed in our hearts.  Those seeds grow and impact our lives, as well as the lives of those close to us and those placed along our path each day.  So, it makes sense that this is the area in which this devil works the most.  In our minds.  The enemy does everything that he can to bring ruin to your holiness.  He doesn’t really care about your happiness.  In fact, he will whisper tempting lies that promise happiness.  We have all fallen for it.  I believe.  But temporary happiness can sometimes lead to future pain and even deep wounds.  He knows what he’s doing.  However, Jesus came to give us life by bringing joy and peace to our hearts as we are growing closer to our Holy God and following His plan for our lives.  He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world, but Stay Alert!  When Jesus comes into the story, everything changes.  EVERYTHING CHANGES!  We all begin to live, hearts are healed, hope is found, comfort and strength and peace flood our souls, and Heaven comes to earth.  Could this happen?  Yes, and one day it will.

Until then the enemy is guarding the Jesus inside of our hearts from coming out, the same way that the enemy guarded the tomb of Jesus after he died.  It didn’t work then and it’s not going to work now.

Put on your armor of God and fight the good fight

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John 15:17 – Every Rose Has it’s Thorn

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Now, I am a few days behind on my writing, but it’s my favorite day of the week, Sunday.  I have the day off of work and I get to see my church family.  I have a lot going on in my mind and my heart and I have some time on my hands to write now, so maybe I can catch up and really soak in all that God has to say to me.  I really wanna get more focused on Him.  So let’s do that now.

John 15:17 NIV says, “This is my command: Love each other.” … That’s it.  Two small sentences consisting of 6 words that sum up the entire meaning of the bible and God’s plan for our lives.  Have we ever really thought about what this means?  What if we memorized this verse and every time that we became frustrated and angry, disappointed and hurt, we meditated on this verse and ask God, “In what way would you like for me to live out this verse in my life RIGHT NOW?”  How differently would our words be?  Would we handle a situation in the same way?  How would we view life’s circumstances or the actions of another?

Loving each other is selfless, and by doing so we can learn to have faith in God’s guidance by allowing Him to speak and act through us, ESPECIALLY when we don’t feel like it.  When we feel like being alone, so that we can dwell on the horrible things that are happening all around us.  We feel like no one wants to listen or really cares.  If we take this opportunity to express God’s love to another in need, He finds beautiful ways to express His love to us.  Our hearts begin to live again, and smile through the tears that no one sees.

The enemy wants to steel our joy, and sometimes he will do so by trying to convince us that temporary happiness is what we need.  This is a lie.  True joy is what our hearts desire, the joy that is found in living a life in relationship with Jesus.  When we learn this we become a threat to the one who wants our hearts too.

What we often feel is so far from what’s real.  When we love each other, we join and encourage, uplift, walk beside of and inspire another heart to see the truth.  It doesn’t always feel good.  But it is good.  Every time we do what we know is right to do when it feels like a part of us is dying, but that part that is dying shouldn’t be alive at all, we grow.  I could write about these six words from John 15:17 for hours, it could be a novel, a great story, a fairy-tale almost about how we can give life to a dieing world, just by loving them.  Oh wait!  It is a great story, a story of salvation, and how a perfect God came to earth in the form of a man to show us paradise, to bring Heaven to our hearts.  This story is found in the bible.  These words give life to our hearts and wisdom to our minds that lead us down a narrow path filled with roses and thorns.  Enjoy the beautiful journey, and even though the roses have thorns, stop and pick them anyway.  🙂  Just be careful! 🙂

God’s Love Story for Me

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This goes out to all of the single ladies, girls, men, and boys.  Looking for that special someone to enjoy our lives with can be quite a challenge.  I’ve been married before.  I got divorced after 11 years and 3 separations from this one man.  God was never the center of our marriage and it failed horribly, no matter how hard we tried on our own.  Since the divorce, I had one long relationship, which also did not have God in and it failed after 2 1/2 years.  We did not get married, at least.  I’ve since been quite “picky” about what I’m looking for and I’ve now been single for quite a few years.  I have gone out on dates and the first thing that I look for is a man of God, who is faithful, and will point me to Him.  I feel that if someone is in love with Christ, then he will know how to love me.  I also prayed one day and God spoke to me in the form of this little poem that I’d like to share with you:

Your heart is scarred and you’re afraid so until you can fully trust another, keep your trust in me
Fear blocks the gifts that I’m sending your way, The only way to live is to just “let it be”
For now and always, learn to live each day, looking for me and my blessings and you will see
People and circumstances in a different way, by opening your heart and setting healthy boundaries
No steel wall is needed, I’ve also taken the chains away, you no longer live in bondage, I have set you free
Open your heart to my love then give it away, Instead of surrounding your heart with a steel wall, fill your heart with me.

I’ve learned that I need to get to know my true identity by getting to know my God.  The closer that I get to him, the more I see who I really am, as well as who He really is.  I never knew that I could be so content, being single, but it’s because I’m not alone and the one romancing my heart is the one who created it.  I do want someone special to share my life with and I know that in God’s timing this can happen for me.  Until then, I’ll stand tall in my faith and keep my standards up, because I’ve come so far and I’m not going back.  I will move  forward and this time Christ will be the foundation of our relationship.  My new man will love me like Christ loves the church, this is what I’ve prayed for.  And I will be His proverbs 31 woman.  Maybe God has a lot more to do in me, before I’m ready for that role.  But I know that God is in the process of writing my love story and he’s also writing yours,  Trust Him.