static

Driving down the road…radio tuned into your favorite station…
Then, suddenly, the radio is picking up bits and pieces of two songs, intermingled with some static!! Ever been there?
The dial (or digital readout) reads correctly with the station you want, but the song isn’t coming in clear.
Frustrating!!  You just want to hear the song!!

hmmm…ever been there with God?
Walking on the path of this life…heart tuned into Him….
Then, suddenly, you are picking up bits and pieces of truth and lies!!  Your heart is saying one thing, and your head is saying another….ahhh!!!!
You long to hear from God, to recognize His voice…yet, as you journey, static invades every part of your being.

Are you there now?  Do you just want to hear from God?  Are there choices that you need to make but don’t have clear direction?  Is God calling you to something else, but the ‘something else’ has illuded you?

Take heart!  God is speaking…God is moving…God is pursuing you.
I don’t have an answer to your specific need, but I do know that God is always on the move, always seeking, always guiding us.  It is so frustrating when all we hear is static, or so we think.

Take a deep breath…breathe in God, breathe out the crud.
Be intentional about spending time with Him…getting to know Him again.  Reconnect.
Admitting this doesn’t mean that you are no longer love Jesus, it just means that you have allowed other things to creep in and steal what you once had with your Savior.  Get away with Him!

Be honest with God.  He is big enough to handle it!

“Please answer me: Don’t give up.  Wait for the Eternal One in expectation, and be strong.  Again, wait…”  – Psalm 27:24 (the Voice)

And while we are waiting, we must wait with hope, with confident expectation that He will do what He he says He will do.
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire,  you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD your God…” – Isaiah 43:1-2 (NLT)

Are you ready to hear Him?
“Go, stand on the mountain at attention before God. God will pass by.”

    A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper. – 1 Kings 19:11-12 (MSG)

Tune God in…get rid of the static.  He is waiting to talk with you…

grace.

 

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already amazing

This challenge was issued from “Heart to Heart with Holley”.
Take a moment and write a post on your blog, your Facebook or even a 140 character love note to a woman that you admire. Tell the world why she’s so amazing. More importantly, tell her. This may be the very encouragement that she needs to continue to be the #AlreadyAmazing woman she is.

And so, that is what I am doing today.

Kristine Tennant….truly, you are already A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

generous.  delightful.  honest.  forgiving.

From the first realization that we are SO different (black coffee and a sweet, creamy mocha something), our lives have intertwined.  In spite, or should I say because of the differences, we have become the best of friends.

loving.  committed.  passionate.  true.  genuine.  authentic.

Time has become irrelevant and oh so pertinent.  You have been in my pit(s) and still you remain faithful to me.  You bring me back to the feet of Jesus, always.

my friend.

To know that God has brought our life-paths together so that we are now joining with each other on this journey, will always amaze me.

Knowing that you are a constant in my life, reassures me.

Believing in your love for me, challenges me.

Seeing you live out your love for God, inspires me.

You, Kristine, are already amazing!
I constantly witness your love for God, and for Jason, and for your family – and the ‘amazing’ things that God accomplishes through you!
I really do want to be like you when I grow up! 🙂

It is my absolute privilege to call you my friend, and to take this time to honor you as being ‘already amazing’!
I love you!

betsy

My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love.

This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality.
It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even there is something to it.

For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.

And friends, one that’s taken care of and we’re no longer accusing or condemning ourselves, we’re bold and free before God!

We’re able to stretch our hands out and receive what we asked for because we’re doing what he said, doing what pleases him.
Again, this is God’s command: to believe in his personally named Son, Jesus Christ.

He told us to love each other, in line with the original command.
As we keep his commands, we live deeply and surely in him, and he lives in us.

And this is how we experience his deep and abiding presence in us: by the Spirit he gave us.

 

1 John 3:18-24, The Message

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