Speak Lord, for your servant is listening…

Time alone with God

In the quiet of each morning, as I’ve been seeking the Lord, reading devotionals, reading the Word, I am so encouraged to know that He is always there, He is always listening, and His plans for me are good…always good.

Friend, are you following hard after God today?  Are you spending time with Him and reading His word?  His truth will saturate your life, encourage you, envelope you with His strength and power to face every situation that comes your way.

1 Samuel 3:9b says, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” (NIV)

John 10:27 says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (ESV)

As we follow Jesus, we obey His words and carry on our lives in order to please and honor Him.  Doing this will keep us close to Him and enable us to hear His voice clearly.

John 8:47a says, “Whoever belongs to God hears what God says.” (NIV)

Maybe you, like me, are waiting for some important answers from God.  We can stand on His promise that He hears our prayers, He knows our hearts, and He knows our needs, and He will answer in His perfect timing.

Let us not grow weary in waiting on Him.  Let us not forge ahead with our own ideas to try to solve our problems.  But let us praise Him, thank Him, trust Him, knowing full well that He will bring good things our way in His perfect time.

Is it hard to wait?  Sometimes it sure seems to be.  But waiting for God’s best is ALWAYS worth the wait.

 

Jesus, the Radiance of God’s Glory

I love the book of Hebrews, and I love the word of God! Because the Word is a living, breathing book of truth, I can read it one day and get one truth, and then another day the Holy Spirit will reveal a new truth that I didn’t see before. So astounding! Today was a perfect example.

Reading in Hebrews 1:3, I was so encouraged by what it says: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and *the exact representation of his being*, sustaining all things by his powerful word.”

Wow, wow, wow!!  Jesus, the Radiance of God’s Glory!!  Praise His name!

God’s Provisions are Endless

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Adoption

Reading in Ephesians this morning about our adoption into the family of God through faith in Jesus Christ, I was struck by the word.  Then I thought about all the wonderful families who adopt children who need a loving home.  What a special love!

When I think about the love a man and woman has for the child they have adopted, the way they look at that child as their very own, the same as a biological child, I am reminded that God looks at us that way too!

Because of Jesus Christ, we are made righteous, justified, sanctified, and redeemed–out of the darkness of sin and into the fullness of the light of truth!

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My Journey through Galatians

For my morning devotions, I am using Proverbs 31 Ministries First 5 app on my smartphone, along with the Christ Alone Experience Guide.

I began this study because it is going to take me through the New Testament books of Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon.  The Apostle Paul had much to say to these churches and fellow Christians, and we can learn much from his teaching too.

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Peace Be Still

I love this picture of my husband standing in the water at Still Pond, located off the Sassafras River and the Chesapeake Bay.  We had taken an excursion and anchored overnight at this beautiful spot and enjoyed being able to stand in the water.

It’s a very interesting place with a lovely breeze by day and stillness by night!  Much stillness, and pretty stuffy sleeping below in the cabin on a hot summer night, unless you have a generator and run your AC!

After our trip, we had posted this picture on Facebook to see what caption our friends might give it, and we got a variety of ideas.  Our favorite, however, was Peace Be Still!

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What’s It Like Being a Single Mom?

What’s it like to be a single mom?  It’s hard.  Its grueling.  But it’s rewarding.

God is there for you. 

I was a single mom for 15 years, raising three children ages 8, 6 and 5, when their dad went home to be with the Lord.  Oh, it was challenging for sure!!

When I first was told that he was gone I just thought, Lord, what am I going to do without him; how are we going to survive?  I told my children, “Daddy went to be with Jesus today.”  And we cried.

But we remembered him; we remembered all the wonderful things about him.  And I tried to keep him alive in their hearts by bringing him up in conversation, by abiding by rules that he had set for them – like always wearing shoes when they rode their bikes. 

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Name Your Ebenezer

What is an Ebenezer you might say?  In Samuel’s day Ebenezer meant, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”  After their victory at Mizpah, Samuel erected a stone of remembrance and named it Ebenezer to serve as a constant reminder to the Israelites of God’s faithfulness.

Friends, let’s make sure we have our own Ebenezer to remind us of the times we saw God’s faithfulness in our lives.  Maybe it was a time of protection, maybe a time of provision, maybe a time of comfort and strength.

Whatever it is to you, erect your own Ebenezer that will always remind you in your dark and difficult times that God is there, He is for you, and He is with you.  God is your help!

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. ~ Hebrews 4:6

God Has Reopened The Door

Four years ago the Lord told me to put my real estate licenses down.  As much as I didn’t really want to do this and probably fought Him for awhile, I did this and thought I would never list and sell residential real estate again.

BUT GOD!!!!

He has graciously reopened the door for me to reinstate my license in Delaware, the state where I currently reside, and I am more than excited to get going again.  I wanted to share my website with you and to say TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!  GREAT THINGS HE HATH DONE!

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