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Sunday, December 26, 2004

The Still Small Voice Sometimes Needs to Be a Bit Louder

"If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him." (James 1:5)

Flip a coin, rock/paper/scissors, one potato two potato, drawing straws, list making.......all these are the ways we make decisions. Somehow in my rather odd walk with God, I tend to go with one of the above methods before I do what the scripture tells me to do which is to just ask God (see verse above). Somehow there seems to be more comfort for me in making a list of the good results and the bad results of a decision than in asking my heavenly Father (who won't give me a rock if I ask for bread...Matthew 7:9) for His guidance.

There may be decisions coming my way in the next few months and I can already feel the beginnings of God's stirring in my heart. How do I know this? Because I feel the discomfort or quickening of my soul needing to be still and listen to God. My normal nature is one to rush ahead and try to figure out God's deal and then make it fit what I want to do. Do you ever do that? If not....don't try it 'cause it'll just make this a mess until you get straightened out. Do what the scriptures say - Be still, ask God, listen for God, be patient and wait on Him.

Folks, it ain't easy. If you've dealt with find God's path for your life, you know that the answers are not easily found nor are they easily followed. The decisions may require strength, courage and always requires Faith. I can't promise you that you will always know what God has laid out for you. I've certainly missed the mark a few times (usually because of pride, distance from God, or that voice just wasn't loud enough to penetrate my loud world). But, I can certainly promise you that if you pray for God's direction and wait on Him that He Will Lead You! And I can guarantee that when you make the decision that God is leading you toward, that a marvelous wonderful peace will fill you from head to toes and you'll have a contentment like never before. It might be a new job, a new church, a new ministry, a new relationship, making a stronger stand for God in your home or daily life, learning to be more financially mature, whatever. Just trust Him!

As I started off saying, I am beginning to feel some stirrings so I am going to try to follow my own advice (for once), but more importantly try to follow God's advice. For those who may read this, pray for me and what God is planning for me in the coming days and months. I will certainly appreciate it.

Be God's,


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