Here is our next FUN book! This has been recommended by Jennifer Hayward! Thanks buddy! From here on out I will post a new book each month that you guys suggest! You may only read one of these of a year, but the cool thing is we will all have a library of goodies to refer to at anytime! Just open your hearts and let God lead you. I realize we all have crazy schedules and adding one more thing can be overwhelming. Let this be fuel for your walks and add it as you need it!!!!
July 26, 2012 Listening to God in the Little Things Sharon Jaynes Today’s Truth “He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one
being taught. The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears, and I have not been
rebellious; I have not drawn back” (Isaiah 50:4-5 NIV). Friend to Friend
One of my favorite devotion books My Utmost for His Highest by
Oswald Chambers. On October tenth, he wrote, “All God’s revelations
are sealed until they are opened to us by obedience. You will never get
them open them through philosophy or thinking. But once you obey, a
flash of light comes immediately. ...Obey God in the thing He shows you,
and instantly the next thing is opened up…God will never reveal more
truth about himself until you have obeyed what you already know.”
We must never fall into the trap of thinking that God will always give
us “big” things to do. Jesus…took a towel and …began to wash the
disciples’ feet…” (John 13:3-5). Through his act of servant leadership,
he demonstrated the obedience we should have on a daily basis in the
mundane activities of everyday life. Yes, he raised the dead, but he
also washed the feet.
One evening Steve and I were on our way to dinner. Just before we
arrived, I saw three teenage girls walking into another restaurant in
the same area where we were going to eat. One of the girls had been in a
small group I had led for two years. I felt God nudging me to go into
the restaurant and pay for their dinners.
“Steve, there’s Christine,” I said. “I believe God wants me to pay for those girls’ dinners.”
Steve, being a man who listens to God, whipped the car around and headed toward the door.
“Hi girls,” I said as I walked up to them in line.
“Hi Mrs. Jaynes. What are you doing here?”
“May I take your order?” the cashier interrupted.
“Go ahead girls,” I urged. “You go first.”
Each girl ordered and then the cashier turned to me. “And you ma’am.
“Oh, I’m not having anything. I just came in to pay for these girls’ dinners.”
The threesome were very surprised and very appreciative. I ran back out
to our car, feeling a warm sense of listening and obeying.
The next day, Christine called. “Mrs. Jaynes,” she said “thank you so
much for paying for our dinners last night. My friends were so touched.
No one has ever done anything like that for any of us before. See, last
night, they wanted to go out to dinner, but I told them I couldn’t
afford it. So they were going to pay for mine. Then you came in and
Obeying God only cost me $19.95, but the lesson to Christine, and her
two friends was invaluable. Jesus said, “Give and it will be given to
you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over,
will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be
measured to you” (Luke 6:38).
Obeying God begins with heeding the simply nudges. Don’t be afraid!
Many people are afraid to obey those nudges because they aren’t
absolutely sure it is God’s voice. I’ve decided that if the inner
prompting lines up with Scripture and is consistent with God’s character
and ways, then I’d rather err on the side of obedience that the side of
“We all have those times when there are no flashes of light and no
apparent thrill to life, where we experience nothing but the daily
routine with its common everyday tasks….Don’t always expect God to give
you His thrilling moments, but learn to live in those common times of
the drudgery of life by the power of God….I must realize that my
obedience even in the smallest detail of life has all the omnipotent
power of the grace of God behind it” (O. Chambers June 15). “If I obey
Jesus Christ in the seemingly random circumstances of life, they become
pinholes through which I see the face of God” (O. Chambers November 2).
My prayer is that I will be able to say like the prophet Isaiah, “He
wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being
taught. The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears, and I have not been
rebellious; I have not drawn back” (Isaiah 50:4-5). Let’s Pray
Dear Lord, I’m listening. Speak to me. Nudge me. I will not be rebellious. I will not draw back.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen. Now It’s Your Turn
Today, I encourage you to pay attention to any way that God might be nudging you to be His hands and feet.
Then join me on my blog page,
look for this devotion’s entry, and tell me what happened. I can hardly
wait. Don’t feel uncomfortable telling me. Don’t feel like you’re
tooting your own horn. I just want to toot my party horn in celebration
of your obedience! More from the Girlfriends
One of my greatest passions is to become a woman who listens to God. If
you would like to sharpen your God-listening skills, check out my book,
Becoming a Woman who Listens to God.It is not a matter of whether or not God speaks. It is a matter of whether or not we will listen.
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