Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Thankful for God's Gentle Voice

It seems like every morning, when I turn to the Word and to my devotionals, I hear God speak right to my situation. This doesn't always happen and I've gone through long stretches of hearing God's silence, but right now it's been amazing to hear God's gentle voice speak to my daily needs.

For example, when I was trying to balance busyness with ministry and my quiet moments spent just with the Lord, I read (in Oswald Chambers' Utmost for His Highest):

"Discipleship means personal, passionate devotion to a Person, our Lord Jesus Christ. There is a difference between devotion to a Person and devotion to principles or to a cause."

When I was feeling anxious or a little stressed about getting the details together, I opened my devotional to read:

Psalm 37: 8
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.

On July 9th, I wondered why the verse was Joshua 24:19 "You cannot serve the Lord." That sounded odd to me. I WAS serving the Lord, what in the world did Chambers mean?

"'Ye cannot serve the Lord God'; but you can put yourself in the place where God's almighty power will come through you."

Ooooh. Since I'm going to be teaching about Jesus' miraculous power, I needed some of it myself! (Doesn't it just give you a chill down your spine when God speaks like that?)

When I was feeling a little insecure, I began my prayer time with the 31 Days of Praise by Ruth Meyers and the topic for the day was:

"I praise you for the honor of being made in Your image, personally formed by you for Your glory, and gifted spiritually just as it has pleased You....All that I am and all that I have comes from You."

Then, the next day was about my weaknesses:

"That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:10

Thankful for my weakness and His strength this week!


Amy Wyatt said...

I am so thankful for those same things too. I seem to be going through a quiet time right now... thanks for the reminder He still is there waiting to speak... I might just need to slow down long enough to hear Him. I love it when He speaks right to you and your situation. Wendy Pope said at She Speaks that God has his own love language for each of us.

Kristi said...

Thank you for sharing your list. God is timely and He is so trustworthy. Blessings to you!

Laurie Ann said...

Awesome post. Thank you so much for sharing such great wisdom and encouragement with us.

Renee said...

Beautiful list as always, Heather. Your such an encouragement.

The Olson's: said...

I am continually awed by the way God specifically and personally speaks to each of us. I have been experiencing this again this past week; it's taken me a few posts to share it all!

Thanks for sharing about the ways God is working in your heart.
~ Leanne

Susan said...

Oh I love when God has a word just for me!!

Isn't it wonderful to have a love-letter waiting for us to open daily?

I really enjoyed these awesome nuggets of truth, thanks for sharing them with us today♥

Beth K. Vogt said...

An insightful post for TT. "...gifted spiritually as it pleased Him..."
What a good reminder.

Angie said...

I love it when He does that! Truly blows me away ~ this was such an encouarging post! My sister Aimee read to me her devotion for today...and it had a passage about "us" being crushed...and her comment was "Eeeewwww. I don't think I want to be crushed".
Oswald Chambers writings always trigger some "deep thinking" for me.
Bless you Heather!

Paula said...

Thank you for a wonderful blog post. My morning devotionals never fail to bring me some new insight into my walk with God, even if it is just a glimmer instead of a blinding light. I believe that He only gives me what I need, and also that it is His way, on some days, of urging me to think things through a bit more than on others. Thanks again, Paula :-)

sharon said...

wow. I am almost speechless. Your post speaks right to my spirit. Thank you so much for sharing. . . I'll definitely be back for more

Denise said...

Thanks for blessing me my friend.

Amy L Brooke said...

Beautifully put. I immediately thought of God speaking to Elijah in a whisper even though that wasn't a verse you used.

I hope you are doing well.

Cheryl said...

Great scriptures! I needed to hear that today! Thanks for sharing! Happy TT!!

Peculiar said...

"Thankful for my weakness and His strength" that really stands out to me. I really enjoyed reading your list.

Kim said...

Wonderful post! Especially the part about serving the Lord! So true!!
Kim in Alabama

Lynn said...


Beautiful post and 2 Cornithians 12:10 has held so much meaning and power in my life too.

Wonderful thoughts. Hugs, my friend.