Are you listening?

All these blessings will come upon you, and overtake you, if you listen to the LORD your God’s voice.

Deuteronomy 28:2

Do you hear it? It’s that voice in your head that some may call intuition. It guides you if you take the time to listen to it. It gives you advice. It tells you you’ve done something wrong. It leads you to call a loved one, knowing when to open up and when to be quiet … If we listen to it. Are you listening? Can you decipher your voice from Gods? 

Sit quietly and feel gods love. Sit quietly and feel the peace of this moment. Release all negative thoughts and emotions. Instead ask who loves me and who do I love. What am I doing that’s good. Give your troubles to God, let him handle them. Give your health issues to God, give your financial burdens to God,  lift up your relationship hurdles to God. Then,  sit in a state of peace, a state of joy, a state of thankfulness for your blessings. When the time is right, you will discover a solution to your troubles, then it will be time to take action in that direction. 

I like to take time each day to do this. To lift up my burdens, focus on my blessings, asking for solutions and answers. Meditation will help us hear and recognize the voice of God, and to see the hand of God moving and touching and directing our life. You will discover that people will come into your life and help you. Beautiful sunsets will appear, you will walk outside and realize that the birds are singing  just for you because no one else is listening.  When you stop and listen, God will show himself in an assortment of ways. 

I would like to share with you again a poem I’ve written:

God’s Voice

God’s voice whispers in my ear:  “Slow down”
but there is so much to do and say,
I hear:  “Sit quietly and pray.”

God’s voice whispers to my heart: “Give more”
but there is no money left to give away.
I hear: “Give first and pray.”

God’s voice whispers to my soul: “Be someone”
but it is not my fault, nothing ever goes my way,
I hear: “Stop blaming others and pray.”

God’s voice whispers in the wind: “Be the light”
but what if others don’t listen, who am i anyway?
I hear: “You are a child of God, pray.”

God’s voice whispers in the night: “Don’t be afraid”
but there are so many obstacles in my way,
I hear: “I am with you, pray.”

Broken Together 

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Jesus lives! We can still see signs all around us, if we look closely that show us that Jesus still lives today in the hearts of those who seek him. But we still struggle.

 

So I’m inclined to ask … If following Jesus does not exempt us from struggles and brokenness… Then why should we follow him? Why pray or go to church? What’s in it for us? The struggles we each face can be challenging and scary. And Following Jesus gives us a pathway to peace. He shows us the way to find Gods loving embrace. He takes away our fears and replaces it with determination and renewed strength. Our problems don’t go away when we follow Jesus, but the way we tackle them changes. Our attitude towards our problems change when we know we are not fighting them alone.

 

On this life journey, it’s the proclaiming our faith and the expressing our doubts, the questioning and the searching for answers, the falling and the getting up, the yanking and the pushing… it’s life pulling us in all directions, it’s the chasing and the crying and the celebrating that we do togetherthat leads us to discover the spirit of God in each of us.  By following Jesus it fills our spirit with the love of God and brings us comfort knowing we are never alone.  God is always with us.

 

Some of you endure the pain of life on a daily basis. 
A lost marriage.
A broken home.
Death and separation
Sickness and pain.
Children facing difficulties and challenges.
Lost jobs.
Lost loves.
Lost joy.

 

No strong person I know got that way from walking away from their doubts and fears.  It’s by tackling problems, by questioning, by searching for answers that we become stronger and more resilient.  

Psalm 34: 18-19 says .. If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath. Disciples so often get into trouble; still, God is there every time.


Brokenness connects us to God.
 Think of the word BROKEN!  When we’re financially strapped, we say we’re broke, when we lose someone or something we love we’re brokenheartedWhen we were dating someone and they make us mad we break up with them.  When we get together for meals we say we are “breaking bread together”, when we’re an emotional mess we have a break down.  But it’s the broken ground that we plant seeds in to produce life,its broken clouds that bring rain, rain that yields flowers and food.


You know, 
it’s striking at how much the weather is a metaphor for our lives. This year especially we have realized  that our never ending winter has finally moved into spring. We knew it would.  That rain brings fruits and trees and rainbows. That storms destroy things that can be rebuilt even better and more resilient than before.  Our lives are spent being broken and being renewed. Being cast aside and being lifted up. Being rained on and feeling lousy about it and then blossoming into a beautiful flower. We face storms, we struggle, we deal with the loss of loved ones. But it’s the harsh winters make spring much more appreciated. It’s in dealing with death,  as we all do at times, that makes us appreciate life even more. Without storms we wouldn’t appreciate calm. Without death we wouldn’t appreciate life. God has a purpose for us ~ to live our life, to face challenges knowing that spring is coming and that whatever is broken or knocked down by the gusts of wind can be rebuilt and renewed – Are you hungry for God’s love? Are you passionate about learning more and removing those fears and doubts? Are you ready to discover the confidence that comes from tackling your problems with Jesus by your side?


We all have doubts and fears. You may be shatt
ered by the loss of a loved one, dealing with health issues, facing a financial crisis, seeking spiritual fulfillment, needful of an emotional pick me up or just feeling sad.  Yet, as followers of Jesus – together we can lift each other up. You don’t have to do it alone. We can be “Broken Together” and that’s okay – because we know that God uses broken things. God can put our broken pieces back together in a different way so that they will have a new meaning and make us feel loved and complete.  

 

Angeltime

I would like to share this poem I wrote for those who need encouragement today.

Angeltime

In the morning angels sing.

Tranquil notes so gently ring.

Awake, I rise from sleepy haze.

Amid a melody of praise.

***

Afternoon the angels play.

Follow me throughout my day.

Frolic and flutter whirling free,

Angels watching over me.

***

In the evening angels fly,

Dancing in the evening sky.

As my earthly day is done,

Angeltime has just begun.

Grandma Grace

Last weekend my mother-in-law Grace, went to be with the lord.  She had been a huge part of my life for over 30 years.  I was so proud of my husband and daughter as the got up together at her funeral and paid tribute to the wonderful woman who touched them so deeply.  My daughter Amanda, wrote a beautiful eulogy that I would like to share with you today.

Today, as we celebrate the life of my Grandma Grace, I would like to reflect and share my thoughts with all of you. I have never felt more loved than I did when I was spending time with my grandparents. I will never forget the constant aroma of cookies and my stomach will never forgive me for how many jars of spaghettio’s I consumed at her house as a child. And I am glad that I had her to step in whenever my dad or uncle would tease me, she would give them a quick slap to the back of the head and tell them to leave me alone.

Being the only grandchild, I was smothered constantly with love and gifts for birthday’s Christmas, and sending cards for every holiday.  Grandma was always asking me how school was and was always persistent on making sure I got the most out of my education. She was my motivation for everything because seeing her happy was one of the most precious sights I’ve had in my 20 years of living. This last semester at college I strove and accomplished by making Dean’s list and I know she was so proud of me.

Her heart was so big and filled with love for not just me but for my grandpa and my whole family. My grandparents’ relationship is one I have always admired because of how evident their love for one another was. Everyone would always tell me how much she loved me and how I was the light of her life; at the time I took it for granted, never thinking twice about her love or her protectiveness over me. But today, I feel fortunate and blessed to have had such a wonderful and caring woman who loved me as much as she did.

I have the most beautiful angel now looking over me and guiding me for the rest of my life. Nothing will ever replace the love I have for her and how happy I am to have had such a close relationship with her. Thank you for being such a large part of my life Grandma, I love you.

The Branch

There’s a story about a king who bought two beautiful white doves to fly above his kingdom. He hired a bird trainer to work with them. One of the birds would soar and fly until the trainer called him back. The other bird would fly low, circle around and land back on the branch. No matter what the trainer did he couldn’t get the second bird to fly very far. The trainer went to the king and told him about his dilemma. The king made a call for assistance and a local farmer stepped up and said he could help. The next day when the king looked up, he saw both birds were flying high above the castle. The king called the farmer and asked, “what did you do?” The farmer replied, “I cut off the branch!”

Sometimes God will march into your life and cut the branch you are sitting comfortably on so you have no choice…
you will either fall to the ground or soar above the clouds.

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Angels Beside Me

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Ribbons of love
Swell in each breath
Angels beside me
Feeling so blessed

Song of the whippoorwill,
singing so sweet
Angels above me
Harmony treat

Perfume of roses
Scents so Devine
Angels around me
Fragrant sunshine

Taste of his glory
Hunger for grace
Angels enfold me
Tender embrace

Wings set a flutter
Beneath Sun swept skies
Smiling and dancing
to God’s Lullaby

Gift of Hope

hopefaithOur lives change – we go through seasons.  Seasons where we want to cry all the time and seasons of joy, seasons of sickness and seasons of health – and it seems that while we are going seasons of hardship we wonder what will get us through, how will we survive the times of trouble and difficulties?  The Christmas story about that little baby born in the manger gives us the answer – Jesus brings us hope for tomorrow knowing that what we are going through is not permanent.  When we are facing challenges / they seem really big– don’t they? Sometimes we feel as though feels like they will never end.

But just as the angels said to the shepherds, don’t be afraid – take the time to pray with confidence and hope for a better future and an easier tomorrow.

You may say, “But look around today—there are so many people who are hurting and so much anguish in the world.  Yes, especially when you look at news reports. But God gives us hope – hope for tomorrow filled with god’s grace.  And the best way to spread this hope – is to grow right where you are planted.  To do what God wants most – show love to your neighbors, family and friends, and not only your fellow believers, but be of service and come to the aid of those whom God has placed in your path.  Help those who desperately need to hear the good news of God’s love.  When we share the Christmas story with others, we restore hope and joy and peace and light and love into the lives of those who live in darkness and have no hope.

God’s gift of Hope:  Hope for a tomorrow with fresh answers to old problems.  Hope in a world filled with patches of darkness that disappears when one person shares the light that God put inside them. Hope in knowing that your situation will change – but your god won’t.  The Christmas gifts we received several years ago have now become obsolete, but God remains current, and his gift of Jesus is always new, never changing. Jesus is the same today to those who accept him and invite him in – as he was to those who trusted him more than two thousand years ago.

God’s Gift is You!  You are the light, you are the love, you are the model for Joy and Peace, You are the hope, and you are god’s gift to the world!