Stop and listen, His Word is for you....

It never fails. After Halloween, the schedule and the pace gets bit busier, more frantic-at work, at school, at church, at home there is just not enough time in the day to do everything that is on the list of things to accomplish. This year I have more on my plate than in past years, and it is amazing how saying yes to just one or two more things has resulted in more spreading myself thin than I’d originally intended. This past weekend was no exception. I helped with the Project Graduation garage sale setup and event Friday and Saturday. Saturday the usual errands and a few more for the holiday season kept us going until well into the evening. Sunday was an amazing day of worship with our church family, then a fun lunch/movie event for our children’s department, and the snow falling was just the fresh burst I needed to get a little bit of decorating done at home. We all got cozy and enjoyed a board game, then some dinner and a favorite TV program to end the weekend. Oh and I managed to do some yummy baking/cooking this weekend with some lemon bars, cinnamon rolls and crockpot pumpkin butter. The weather outside was a bit frigid, but we had a toasty, cozy time inside with one another when the busy-ness of the weekend ended.

As we worshipped Sunday morning, in the middle of “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)”, verse 3 says,

“And on that day when my strength is failing, the end draws near and my time has come. Still my soul will sing Your praise unending ten thousand years and then forevermore!”

God spoke to me in that very moment of that song, and placed Isaiah 40 in my mind and heart. It was as if I could see it being written in the holy air around me in our auditorium, hearing Him whisper the words that I know so many needed to hear:

“…He gives strength to the weak, He gives power to the powerless…” (Isaiah 40:29 NIV)

“Hope in Me, Believe in Me, Trust in Me…..this is what you do….”

There are moments like this in worship that I have to let go, lift my hands and recognize in my being, in my physical and spiritual posture, that I need Him so desperately! It’s a wonder more often than not I am not completely face to the ground, because I realize how desperately I need my Father God!
Every single day, every moment of our lives on this earth we have opportunity to stop, ask and listen to what the Father is calling us to do. This weekend was that moment for me once again. Isn’t it interesting in our journey with Christ, how the moments we find ourselves stretched to the breaking point financially, He says “Now”. He gave me a word Sunday during the message from Pastor David, and I found myself weeping as I shared with Ryan, this is what He said to me, this is what He has asked us to do: Trust and Obey. This is what you must do, this is your spiritual act of sacrifice.

Trust and Obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to Trust and Obey!

So as we head into the holidays, ask yourself what will you do in your moments of desperation and seeking? Will you stop and listen, ask the Lord to reveal His Word to you and speak to you what He intends for your life right now?
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