February 15, 2019

Quiet Heart

Those of you who have read my book First Breath of Morning or have read Devotions from the Heart the last several years know how I sometimes write about walks on the trail near our neighborhood. 

With spring just around the corner, I cannot wait until it looks like this picture I took early spring 2015! This photo is one of my favorites taken of the dirt path off the paved trail with the late afternoon sun illuminating the trees in their beauty. This scene is one of the places my quiet heart enjoys the most. 

God has put a large place in my heart that is drawn to the calmer things in life. I resisted it at first when it became apparent to me that He was doing a work of quieting my heart to live at a slower pace than most people in this world want to experience. 

The attitude of always wanting to be busy and always needing to be actively doing something and usually having a super long to do list that is sometimes self-imposed is not the way I approach life anymore. 

I have learned that saying no brings freedom. We cannot say yes to everything and still have time for the important things/people in our lives. I have learned to pick and choose, and give myself permission to slow down when I still hear a voice in my head, or the voice of others pulling at me to get caught up again in too much busyness. So, if I don’t post much from this time forward it will simply be that…

The quiet heart has a different journey, hears a different message, walks a different path, all while knowing God called me to this. It is He who quieted my heart.

February 9, 2019

I Have His Attention

Have you ever tried to get someone’s undivided attention and wished you didn’t have to go to so much effort in order for them to stop what they are doing and focus their attention on you? I would guess that most of us have had this experience with family members. On the other hand, we have probably also been the guilty party who did not stop and give someone else the attention they were seeking. 

It feels good to know we have someone’s attention. I thought about this lately in regard to my relationship with the Lord and if it is possible for me to have His undivided attention. 

I will admit that I do feel that I have God’s attention.  As if He is in the room with me, or beside me in my car or when I take a walk. 

That He hears me even though I am just one in millions, yet He knows me.

He hears my conversation, He hears my prayers. My thoughts and prayers and words aren’t just hitting the ceiling. I have His attention.

I love the way we can have an individualized one on one personal relationship with God.

This is a mystery. How His Spirit inside us works this, His Spirit that is placed in each of us at the point of salvation. His Holy Spirit works this mystery and so much more.

This mystery assures me that I have His attention. 

He has wanted ours all along. That is the theme of the Bible, God reaching out to man, reaching out to you and me. It is His desire for us to know He is with us and that we have His undivided attention. 

Psalm 116:1-2 I love the Lord, because He has heard my voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.

Jeremiah 23:23-24 “Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord, “And not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?” says the Lord; “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord.

Acts 17:27-28 So that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’

February 2, 2019

Blue Skies and Cloudy Days

Blue skies and abundant sunshine - that is my kind of day. When the skies are cloudy and gray, I must remind myself…the sun is still shining right where it was yesterday when skies were blue.

On the gray days, the sun is still there on the other side of those gray clouds. God perfectly placed it there a mere ninety three million miles from earth just where it needs to be to sustain life on this planet. The sun has not moved.

So is God, still shining, still working, still doing what He does.

Don’t forget that on your cloudy days, He is still there!

Of course we prefer blue skies and sunshine. Of course we love a more visible evidence of His presence and working in our lives.

Here is the truth, for our faith to stretch and grow we must believe He is still there even though there are days when the clouds may appear to block our view.

This is so important to understand. God is still with us on the days when the skies are not blue. There is not a cloud that can dim the power of the sun, or cloud or storm that can lessen the power of our God. 

What is the cloud or storm in your life? Health issues, financial matters, marital problems, family problems, trust issues, fear? 

We are incapable of moving any clouds one inch for the sun to come shining through again.

But we can move the clouds of fog in our mind that make us feel like He has moved away from us. We must choose to push them away with the truth of God’s Word that He goes with us and never leaves us, whether it is blue skies or a cloudy day. 

“For the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”  ~Deuteronomy 31:6