Learn My Ways

My child, I came to bring you life – more abundant life –
not a mere existence, but life –
Life flowing easily, not despairingly!
Life, not burdened down with heavy loads.
I want to give you energy, laughter, light and love.
Come and learn My ways!

  “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
John 10:10b (KJV)

 It seems to take a lifetime to learn the Lord’s way. I am so glad Jesus came in bodily form and understands us . It is in the stillness I begin to understand more of His ways.

 

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Our Relationship is Important

Although you are often surprised and
and even stunned about many life events,
it is not new knowledge to Me.
I have known you before you came into this world.
I will meet you on the other side
when you breathe your last breath.
None of the world’s happenings are crucial.
Only your relationship with Me truly matters.
I will bring peace to you.
Bring all your questions and concerns to Me.

Sometimes when we read of the violence in the world with terrorists, countries going bankrupt, it is good when the Lord reminds us that He is in control and will bring us peace.

John 14:27 (KJV) “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you…Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

 

 

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Following Him

To follow in My footsteps is often a difficult and lonely
journey in the world where you live.
It was the same two thousand years ago.
I was often misunderstood, yet was the Savior of sinners.
I came only to establish My kingdom in the hearts
and lives of people.
However, even My faithful followers could only envision
earthly symbols of power and might.
Be faithful to the truths you have been given
and one day we will meet face to face.
It will be a glorious day!

Since I have decided to only publish the “listening” part of my devotional at the first of each month, I trust these few words will bless your heart as much as they strengthen me.

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Thank Me

My child, it is useless to question your past decisions.
You need to turn your thoughts to the present.
“This is the day I have made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it,”
should be your motto for today.
You are healthy and strong and your mind is alert.
You are one of the fortunate ones on this planet.
I want you to consider all the benefits in your life at this moment.
Learn to give Me thanks.
You have so much!
You have meaningful work to do and the necessary
abilities to complete it.
You are very blessed.
Thank Me for your health and strength and do My will today.

 Psalms 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms 103:1 “Bless the Lord, oh my soul and forget not all his benefits”.

It is often easy for me to look back with regret at many of the decisions I have made and think over possibilities that have been lost because of my choices, but I believe God wants us to focus on the present moment as that is all we have been allotted. We can ask ourselves, “What is it that I can do now?” to give us direction for this day. For the next month or so, I will endeavor to live more simply and will put the blog on hold. I want the time to discern God’s direction and that means creating space for reflection and prayer.

Thanksgiving brought back to me the simple truth we are all part of His family and that is such a blessing. It has been my privilege to share my devotional times with you during the past three years. Thank you so much for reading them and sharing some of the ways they have enriched your journey.

I called my blog “Listening to Hear.” The writings were a collection from the past thirty years, of time spent talking and listening to my Savior. I trust they may have inspired you to listen to that “still, small voice” which offers us love, acceptance and guidance. I have enjoyed the friendships formed through publishing the blog and once God’s direction has been affirmed to me, I will let you, my friends, know. God is good.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

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Give Me This Day

My child, again you are fretting over little things.
It is difficult when you try to please everyone.
In an ideal world, without the distractions
you would only want to please Me.
Your heart would not be divided as it is now.
Some of my saints were able to achieve the
single minded life of only pleasing Me.
Give Me this day.
Do everything as if I truly was your Lord and Master.
Let all your actions reflect Me.
Do not forget I was a carpenter for many years.
That was the task My Father had designed.
There is nothing particularly glamorous in being a carpenter
or a housewife.
However, our lives, lived in obedience to God will bring Him glory.

 “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions.” 1 John 1:15,16 (NLT)

 As I picked up this “listening” from my journal writings, it seemed very appropriate. When my husband and I return to our small condo after our summer vacation, we both seem overwhelmed by the tasks we deem important. These tasks also often prevent me from spending time with my heavenly Father.

I purposed this one day to not fret about the little things and try to be more conscious of my Father’s leading and guiding. The result of the experiment was I had peace throughout a four hour stress test (normally I would be agitated because this was a waste of time). Everyone was kind and very thoughtful, one nurse even gave me her woolen gloves to keep my fingers warm in the very cold room. God’s quiet peace was in my heart and it was a very good day (without anything wrong with me). The rest of Thursday was wonderful and Saturday, my husband and I purposed to make it restful, was also peaceful.

I would like to say I can be obedient every day and, I do pray to have more of God’s direction in my days.

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Giving

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This picture was taken in Maratea, Italy showing Christ with His arms outstretched bringing salvation, healing, comfort and guidance to the world.

Do not clutch at earthly possessions.
Allow your hands to be free to receive blessings from on High –
blessings to be passed on to others.
You cannot keep your possessions.
Do not withhold your acts of kindness, but spread them to the world.
I have blessed you!
Now bless those around you
and those in less fortunate countries.

 “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together…Luke 6:38 (KJV)

 Recently, I wanted an earthly possession which I thought I really needed though my husband didn’t think so. In our American way of life, we are subjected to many messages about the material things in life. It creates a false sense of need. Consequently, many of us spend money on luxuries while others go without necessities. When I was preparing the blog today, I came across this “listening” which I felt God was telling me to use.

I try to follow God’s leading and recognize He often uses other people to reinforce His will for our lives. I cannot promise you that following His Word and His Ways are easy, but Jesus promises us His burden is light. I have seen enough of life to know His burden is lighter than the heavy load of debt, or discontent, or sin. He really has given to us abundantly. Again, as I have many times in the past, I will lay my desires down, hold lightly to this world’s ways, and obey my Heavenly Father.

If you are struggling with something, please respond to this post with your questions and comments.

 

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Worship the One True God

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Hospitality in Crete

After Israel we visited the beautiful island of Crete. The landscape was absolutely stunning with the blue Mediterranean Sea, white-topped snowy mountains and villages built up the mountain sides.

Some of our literature indicated Christianity had been established on the island by Titus. Actually the scripture reads: “This letter is from Paul…to Titus, my true son in the faith we share…I left you on the island of Crete so you could complete our work there and appoint elders in each town as I instructed you.” Titus 1:1-5 (NLT)

 Some people get discouraged very easily,
Partly because their modern technologies respond instantly.
In contrast, my work is similar to a tree growing slowly with roots
spreading deeply into the ground gathering moisture and nutrients.
Moreover, the tree will last many years.
Some of the works of my faithful servants last and refresh many generations.

Titus must have done a wonderful job as there are many evangelical churches on the island. We were staying close to the city of Rethymnon. Our custom on Saturday night is to look up a church on the internet we could attend on Sunday and there were many choices. We were interested in one that had the Greek service translated into English. When we arrived at the church we were directed to sit with other people who needed the translation. We used headphones to listen to the sermon in English and used music books printed in both Greek and English to sing familiar hymns and choruses. The service was very enjoyable!

Afterwards, all the English-speaking people welcomed us and to our surprise asked if we would like to join them for the noon meal. There were 10 or 12 of us who went to a quaint family restaurant by the seaside. We were thankful for their love and hospitality, their kindness, and their guidance when we ordered the unfamiliar Greek cuisine! They practiced true Christianity by welcoming the strangers in their midst.

I want to apologize because I was unable to add the picture of our group to this post. I have much to learn.

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The Jezreel Valley and Armageddon

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This picture was taken when we visited the historical site of Megiddo. The Jezreel Valley today is very peaceful and fertile. It is often referred to as the “breadbasket ” of Israel since it is very flat. It is watered by the Kishon River from the west and the Harod River to the east. Since much of Israel is quite mountainous, this land is very important to Israel. According to the Bible, the valley was the scene of an Israelite victory which was led by Gideon against the Midianites. However, this site is also referred to as Armageddon in the book of Revelation, where the last great war will take place. “And the demonic spirits gathered all the rulers and their armies to a place with the Hebrew name Armageddon.” (Revelation 16:16 NLT)

 Many people believe we are living in the last days and that battle will happen in the future. The rapture of Christians will occur first. Perhaps God is withholding judgment for more people to accept Christ as their Savior. The dividing lines are clearer than ever in our own country. Christians are being singled out for their belief in the Bible and their consistent walk with the Lord. We pray God will send another Great Awakening. Some of you may recall in the seventies and eighties, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit ­­­­­in mainline and Catholic churches where as many as 2 million people received Christ and the Holy Spirit which changed their lives.

We had the privilege of discipling through Bible study, several individuals from various denominations after they had accepted Jesus as their Savior. Many of these people became instrumental in winning others to Christ. God simply asks us to be faithful with what he has given us.

My message is to have a changed heart.
A changed heart will reach across barriers.
You will share what you have with others.
It may be little, but little is much in My hands.
I give you strength, energy and wisdom,
Love others with My compassion,
All I ask of My followers is to be willing to be used for My kingdom.

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Mary’s Decision and Nazareth

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We visited Nazareth and the Basilica of the Annunciation. Behind the gate, there is a small ancient cave dwelling or grotto, identified by many Catholics as the home of Mary. Here, they believe, the angel Gabriel appeared to her and announced that “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.”…Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her. (Luke 1:31,38 NLT)

 I wonder if Mary questioned her decision when Joseph her fiancée was appalled at her pregnancy? The angel did not come to the religious leaders of the day. God chose a poor family and a teenage girl engaged to be married. Obviously, Mary’s heart was tender towards God and consented to being the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. Although she probably tried to tell Joseph, he didn’t grasp the truth until God sent an angel to speak to him. Is it not wonderful when God does speak to our hearts as husband and wife? Joseph, as well as Mary, had to step out in faith, believing God’s word and were married. We have the perspective of time as we read the familiar story, yet it was not an easy journey. Jesus even said He was not accepted in Nazareth because people would not believe, obey and trust His words of love and redemption. Today the Holy Spirit asks us to obey His word.

I want you to obey Me.
I want you to walk in my way.
Listen to my still small voice directing you.
Put aside your pleasure.
Pray much for your country and church.
Your faithful prayers are what counts.

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