1. Sandy, reading about how God is speaking to you is reminding me to be a better listener. Thank-you.

    For the record, we have also been well-provided for during this unpleasant economic time, and we have had this sense of waiting for the other shoe to drop as well! Instead, we will not fear and will decide in our hearts how much to give and where to give it – with great joy.

    Peace be with you, my friend.

  2. I LOVE how God uses the Spirit to direct us to His Word…but first and foremost…you were seeking Him AND you were "listening." Those two things are so critical when hearing from God. I too am amazed at how the Spirit will lead me to specific Scripture regrading the VERY thing I"m struggling with and then confirm that He has REALLY spoken by sending that same message at me from other resources! I simply fall to my knees in awe. Love this journey with you sister! What an amazing God we have!

  3. Good morning Sandy!

    God has been so gracious — isn't that what I have been asking for? To understand His grace?

    Yesterday, everywhere I turned, His grace abounded; whether at home, with my son, encouragement from friends, act of kindness when I needed them without even asking for them. In some ways, it wasn't just "hearing" God speak to me, it was "seeing" God do for me.

    As I finished the day, after digesting and redigesting the Scriptures we had been offered up for the day with the addition of some thoughts lingering from Sunday's service and from a previous teaching series, pouring myself into my time in journaling, recognizing and thanking God for His faithfulness and provisions, blessings and grace and listing them all out…

    He brought me back to the idea of the prodigal returning home. The prodigal had rehearsed his speech to the Father, and even began to give it when he saw his dad, BUT the Father didn't let him finish. The Father acted not based on the rehearsed speech of the son or anything that the son might have "felt". The Father responded based on how the Father saw the son — not how the son saw himself.
    And the Father saw the son as His son and covered him in the Father's coat. They celebrated not because the son deserved a party or reward but because the Father rejoiced that His son was home.

    So the next step is to understand who God says I am…not based on how I "feel" that day but on who God says I am.

    This is consequently an answer to prayer — that I didn't know what I was praying for, really — when I asked the Lord to give me the confidence to stand and walk in my identity in Christ Jesus.

    PS — And God has used you to be a huge blessing to me! Your faithfunlness to Him has allowed Him to use you to speak to me, minister to me and just make me laugh and sometimes cry…in a good way!

  4. Wow Sandy, that last sentence really hit me, "I felt an overwhelming responsibility (in a very good way) to lead wisely, humbly and prayerfully." I'm not struggling with the feelings of fear, I'm struggling with the feelings of anger, frustration, and irritabilty and it's not that time of the month. LOL! I have absolutely no reason to be feeling this way. My prayer today is that I can focus on those scriptures and your last sentence. I not only want to lead my children wisely, humbly, and prayerfully but I want to follow my husband in those same ways! YIKES!
    Paula G.

  5. Thanks, sister! You are challenging me in a good way and holding me accountable on many levels. Sure do love you!

    And, this. This is quite a community of ladies who love God and desire to hear His voice… Great things these next 30 days, I tell ya, great things are coming!! xoxo

  6. Tears. Tears, I tell you. You all are KILLING ME with your hearts and your willingness to share what God is saying to you.

    I just have to stand back and watch what He's going to do.

    I love each of you.

  7. I was inspired today by Glenda's post at http://gg-notesonthejourney.blogspot.com/2010/07/jj-if-for-journaling-part-two.html and dug out my journal I started about 5 years ago. It has been neglected for a year here or there and that is why it is yet to be filled. Here is how God spoke to me as I read through it:
    "He (Satan) knows prayerless lives are powerless lives, while prayerful lives are powerful lives." -Beth Moore
    And in an entry months later…
    Psalm 5:1-3 "O Lord, hear me as I pray, pay attention to my groaning. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I will never pray to anyone but you. Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and WAIT EXPECTANTLY." (emphasis mine)
    Waiting expectantly = FAITH My Faith needed a boost today and I certainly didn't expect to find that boost (HEAR HIS VOICE) in my old journal!

  8. Oh my goodness Sandy…God is speaking to me through your post!

    I just left a comment on Day 3 sharing how God is calling me to 'fear not' and look at all the verses here!!!! Oh how I long to really let go of all my fear and trust in Him completely.

    The other thing that made me catch my breath here…was just yesterday I posted a writing on my blog about the journey God has had me on…one of surrendering perfection and legalism. I have been consumed with doing right and being right, afraid of missing God's perfect will and completely terrified of failing Him. Thank you for sharing your heart here. Oh Father, help me abandon religion and ritual for relationship.

    God is using you my friend,

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