Listening to God is a faith practice we benefit from persevering in. In seasons where God appears to be silent we might worry that we’ve lost our ability to hear from Him. We are being asked to stretch our faith and to trust in God’s heart for us, even when we cannot always hear His voice or see His hand at work.
During times of prayerful listening we sense God speaking to us by means of inner impressions, which we learn to identify as His voice above our own thoughts. I hope and pray this prayer whisper will bless you today…
‘Listening and sharing’
“Quieten yourself to listen to Me. I am continually speaking. There is so much noise in the world and continual traffic of thoughts in your head. These things drown out My still, small voice. Be attentive. Stay in My Presence long enough for Me to speak to you. As the clamour of thoughts arise, simply let them ebb and flow as you return your attention to Me.
I will not shout. The cross is a megaphone to rouse a deaf world. There I spoke powerfully so that all could hear My message of redemptive love. Each encounter with the risen Christ is both a silence and a shouting as you come in reverence and awe and are overcome with thankfulness and praise.
The message is to be shared. Wake My children up. Let them know I love them. My desire is that none should perish. As you train yourself to listen to Me, you will be equipped to love others. Soak in My Presence; rest in My Peace. Then go out and share these things with those who need to hear them. The Lord God is with you. He is mighty to save.”
**Anna has a personal message for you all, arising from listening to God’s call on her life..**
Anna: “Recently, I sensed God asking me to release the blog Beloved Prodigal I opened in September last year with the prayers and support of dear friends. And as I laid it in God’s hands and passed the baton on to the Team that the LORD has gathered around me in the past months, I have also sensed the LORD gifting me back this online home – Joy of the Spirit Within – to write from the depths of my heart.
Beloved Prodigal was a sacred step of obedience and one that has greatly grown my heart through confession and repentance, and gifted me beautiful friendships. But God has always placed a much deeper desire in me to share my journey through mental illness.
I am currently experiencing a relapse of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and unlike last time, I am no longer so awfully ashamed of my journey, but rather, I feel blessed to be given the opportunity to share the depths of His great love with you all through the healing process. And this is what my heart, vision and dream is for Joy of the Spirit Within..”
A word from Bettie:
I was so blessed when I saw the Scripture verse for today on my Daily Bible App. How could God have known just what we all needed? Transition and change can feel like a rocky place for those of us who are children of routine and schedules. But our Lord knows exactly what we need, doesn’t He? I believe that He is moving us all along HIS path of what is best for each one of us.
And when one of us suffers, we each should come alongside and cheer the hurting one on to find strength and help in Jesus. That is exactly what Anna has done for each member of this team, over the months that we have been together. And so, we are giving to her our deepest love and prayers in that same thought. Jesus is working for the best in each one of us. And just what was that Scripture for today?
“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” Philippians 1:6
Our God is so full of grace towards us, his children. May you all feel that same grace extended towards you today, as you love those ones God has given to you.
Let us pray…
We lift our beloved sister Anna to you, with deep gratitude for the way you laid the Beloved Prodigal vision on her heart and encouraged her in setting up this community. We thank and praise you for her diligence, hard work and faithfulness.
Bless her greatly as she answers a new calling, passes the baton on to others and settles back into her previous blogging home. May you continue to equip her to have a yielded heart of love and compassion for others, and grant her the ability to be able to live more fully and freely in every way, singing out the joy of your Spirit within her in the sharing of her ongoing story.
Teach us to seek clarity for the way ahead, particularly in how we can best serve your people and purposes here. Reveal the vision and focus you have for this space and help shape the team who will take on the work ahead by your grace. Give us your heart for the hurting, lost and broken.
**Just click here to read the full post about Anna’s need to make this choice. Thank you.** 🙂