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Tuning In to God’s Voice: 3 Things to Turn Down the Static Buzz

I come to you today with an apology. Because I don’t have it figured out. Not yet, at least.

What is “it” that I don’t have figured out? Well … all of it.

Allow me to explain…

I was asked to write about “tuning in” to God voice. I had every intention of writing and posting for you yesterday.

I had good intentions.

But then Independence Day happened, and fireworks keeping everyone in my family awake happened, and then work called in, and then the toddler fell and got hurt, and then there were burgers to make for the cook-out, and then and then and then…

To be honest, “and then” has been the theme of my life this year. It’s days weeks months like this where I feel like I have whiplash from all the directions I’m facing on this walk through life. A chain of events follows the whiplash, where I ask if I am facing the right directions in the first place? And then I wonder if I’m tuned in to God’s will for me? Am I tuned in to Him at all?

So I wonder if I am the one who should be writing about “tuning in”?

Because I wonder if what I’m hearing is His voice or the static disguised by all these good intentions?

I also wonder if I’m not alone?

At this point, can we even tell the difference in the static of our everyday and Our Everything?

And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14)

So let’s take a minute to do what needs to be done. Would you join me in taking some static inventory and then the steps to turning down the buzz and turning up His voice?


Take Inventory.

I’m personally in Transition Mode right now. We’ll call it a “season.” (That’s correct Christian speak, right? *wink*) I’m in a season where I have a new job, my volunteer responsibilities are shifting, I am traveling for other obligations, there are extended family issues needing to be handled, vacations, deadlines to meet, oh yeah… and then I have my husband and kids. (Minor details, right?) (Oh, and it’s summer and the kids are ALWAYS hungry or bored.)

Sound familiar?

The static of daily life crackles loud. Maybe your static doesn’t involve a new job or travel, like mine.

Maybe your static involves middle of the night infant feedings or night terrors from a 5 year old.
Maybe your static sounds like a sixteen year old reving the engine of a 12 ton Honda Worry Machine on wheels.
Maybe your static is the peace and quiet of an empty nest.

What is the current buzz in our ears right now? What are the things trying desperately to fill the God-sized space in our hearts?

Have you thought of yours? (If not, I can wait right here while you do … if so, continue reading.)

 

So what do we do about this static? Well, I have three things that if done in order, I believe know will lead to hearing less buzz and more of His clear voice.

Since we’re on the topic of typical Christian speak (*wink*), I’ll go with the typical Christian answer for everything …

Pray.

It may be a typical answer, but it’s because it works. No matter the circumstances, just do it.

Sometimes our prayers feel like they fall flat. Pray anyway.
Sometimes our prayers feel self-indulgent. Pray anyway.
Sometimes our prayers feel weak and non-profound. Pray anyway.
Sometimes our prayers feel silly. Pray anyway.
Sometimes our prayers are already in abundance. Pray anyway.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers of the people offered in this place. (2 Chronicles 7:14-15)

God hears our prayers and He will answer them in some way, shape or form. So do it anyway.

The second Christiany-term I want to toss out there is …

Abide.

There are lots of theological strategies out there on how to correctly or effectively “abide in Christ,” but an easy and practical way for us to do so is by reading the bible.

Easy enough, right?

Wrong. The static gets louder when we go to crack open and flip through His tissue-like paper.

Even when we are exhausted and want to sleep in a few more minutes. Read it anyway.
Even when our kids are screaming for breakfast, a snack, lunch, a snack, dinner and dessert. Read it anyway.
Even when we don’t like reading. Read it anyway.
Even when we’d rather listen to worship music. Read it anyway.
Even when we know what it says already. Read it anyway.

The enemy knows his voice is silenced when we read God’s Word. So let’s shut him up and read.

Pay Attention.

After all of that, then it’s time to pay attention. Pay attention to everything. Our thoughts, our feelings, our friends, our words, our circumstances… Ask questions that guide us in a more specific direction.

What is the thing that makes us stronger and fills us with hope?

But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. (1 Corinthians 14:3)

What is the thing that makes our insides churn and our hearts burn?

They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32)

Line the clues up against what scripture says and ask what is God presently speaking to me?

When we do all of this, I think we may just hear His voice, loud and clear.

Pray ~ Abide ~ Pay attention ~ Repeat

*originally posted on Moms at Hope blog*

When Your Quiet Time isn’t so Quiet

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:6)

Yes. This. Everything about the above verse makes me want to type in all the praise hand emojis. Because quiet, alone, unseen, rewards, secret … all these words tug at my busy-mom-of-three emotions.

Then … reality hits.

Mark 1:35-37 is more my reality …

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”

“Everyone is looking for you!”

Is this your life too? I assume I’m not the only one who gets up and goes to a solitary place to pray, only to be followed by little people. *wink*

Even if I wake earlier than usual, odds are one of the children will wake up and interrupt me. They will need breakfast or help going potty or help finding their favorite shirt or something. That’s how it is. This is my reality in this season.

So yes, many of us have very, very little time to ourselves right now.

I’ve included below a few captured “quiet times” of my own so you can see what I’m talking about.

I used to think because of this lack of privacy and silence, my quiet time wasn’t meaningful or productive, so often I’d grow frustrated and even resentful for not getting “ideal” time with God.

But I’ve learned – am learning – that God can and will use my not-so-quiet moments to grow my knowledge and relationship with Him.

No matter how hard I try, some days my “quiet” times are going to be filled with doll babies, nursing real babies and feeding eggos to older babies. All with Peppa Pig blasting through speakers.

But I know God is with me wherever I am, whatever I’m doing and no matter who is around me.

While I still crave and love the literal “quiet” times I get with Jesus, I’m learning to roll with it and recognize not every moment with God has to be perfect and serene, with all the spiritual type of feels. Because REAL LIFE, friends.

So how do you have a productive quiet time in a not-so-quiet scenario?

Here 4 things that help me have meaningful Not-So-Quiet Time.


Keep Him handy.

This is number one for me. Keeping scripture quotes, bibles, devotionals, even prayer prompts handy is great for when I do find a few silent moments throughout the day. If His Word is right there, it’s easy to take advantage of the time that does pop up.

I keep my phone close by me almost all day long (I know, I have a problem), so it’s easy to hop on a Bible app (YouVersion and the First 5 app are great for quick and short reading) or listen to an audio Bible.


Plan ahead.

Okay, so we’re going to devote time to God, but we don’t know how it’s going to turn out, if we’ll be interrupted or sidetracked.

Pick a bible reading plan to follow or a book that studies the Bible. When I wake up, I know which book I’m going to grab (right now I’m finishing up Wendy Blight’s I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God) and get through what I can. If I have to stop in the middle, I have to stop in the middle. I don’t waste time flipping through the Bible, wondering “where should I start?” 


Plan to not follow the plan.

Let’s be real. It isn’t always going to play out how we imagine it. So if you are currently trying to read through a bible study book, and you’ve been unable to sit down that day to read it, you’re going to have to engage a new tactic for the day. Sometimes, I will go back to the First 5 app or something similar, where there is a ready-made and short devotional quickly available that I am not currently following.

Here are another couple strategies I use as a back-up plan (adapted from [re]SOURCE, by my good friend and pastor, Jessica H. Morris).

[re]THINK – Reflect on what you learned or read in your last quiet time. Re-ask some questions to yourself about the subject and ask yourself what stands out most to you about it, that applies to you most personally.

A good strategy here is memorizing scripture, as well. Take a scripture verse and meditate on it all day, write it down in an email to yourself, chant it over and over, write it on sticky notes posted all over your house, or whatever you need to do to keep thinking about God’s Word.

Here, the goal is to re-engage your brain to meditate on scripture or what God is telling you.

[re]PRAY – Pray a prayer familiar to you. Maybe you re-pray what you prayed about yesterday, because it’s still relevant. Or you pray the Lord’s Prayer. Maybe you speak to God through a Psalm of Thanksgiving or Psalm 23, both effective and familiar to many.

The goal is simply to speak to God. Speak to him while you drive, while you shower, while you climb each stair in your home. But to simplify it and keep persistency, pray what you’ve heard or prayed before.

Be persistent in prayer, and keep alert as you pray, giving thanks to God. (Colossians 4:2)


Do it out loud.

Okay, so you’ve woken up early, settled in for some QT with Jesus, and your little one sneaks downstairs.

This is often an “UGH” moment for me. But I have to force myself to remember it doesn’t have to be, nor does it for you.

We can pull them up next to us and read out loud, pray out loud, or explain to them what God is teaching us. Remember in Mark 1:35-27 when Simon exclaimed to Jesus during His quiet time, “everyone is looking for you”?

Well, do you also remember how Jesus responded?

“Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons. (Mark 1:38-39, emphasis mine)

He taught.

Let’s take a page out of Jesus’ book, and when people are looking for us, let’s teach them and pray for and with them. He reminds me our people should be inclusions, not interruptions. Because this is why we are here.


So there you have it. These are some of my tricks for meeting with Jesus during a non-quiet or restful season of life.

I’d love to hear your tips and tricks for connecting with Jesus during your Not-So-Quiet Time. Post them up so we can all learn from each other.

 

Do You Journal the Word? Journaling Bible Review & Giveaway

So a few years ago, Instagram began showing me journaling bibles belonging to friends I follow. They made their bibles beautiful (and me jealous of their handwriting). I take notes and doodle like a champ, so naturally I had to purchase my own ESV version of a journaling bible to try and perfect my non-existent calligraphy skills.

So when I was contacted about reviewing Thomas Nelson’s NKJV Journal the Word Bible, I was all for it! I have enjoyed using it over the past month-ish and wanted to share my thoughts on it with you.

Honestly, I may never go back to a non-journaling bible. I love having the space to write notes, prayers, thoughts on the side. I really love the large print of this particular bible. I have decent vision, but the size of this print really made it easy to read.

My first bible was an NIV (New International Version), then an ESV (English Standard Version), and with this NKJV (New King James Version), I feel I have another great resource for comparison and study. It has given me a more rounded context to study.

The only issue I have with this specific bible is the super thin pages (thinner than my other journaling bible) … depending on how hard you press, the color can be seen from the backside of the page. A regular highlighter bled through as well, so I recommend using the Accu-Gel Bible Highlighter Study Kit (they are my absolute fav highlighters for my bible!) and Pigma Micron pens or colored pencils. These worked much better than your typical highlighter and pen.

Despite that issue, overall I have enjoyed this bible! It’s a good size, has plenty of room for notes and is durable – which is important for when your 3 year old honey badger child decides she wants to “do bible study” too. 😉

Bibles make a FANTASTIC Christmas gift, and what better to give to your journal-loving/creative friend than one made specifically for people who love words and creative outlets??

Sooooo … <drum roll> …

I have a copy to give away (in the NKJV) to one lucky winner.

(Don’t worry, it’s not the one I’ve been using … it’s brand new!)

This giveaway ends a week from today, the 7th of December!!! I’ll be mailing out the bible immediately after the winner is picked, so get going and sharing with your friends!

 

Here’s the deal on how to enter the giveaway! Only 3 simple steps:

1) Comment below and answer why you would like to use or give away a journaling bible.
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GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.

*Full-disclosure: I received a free copy of this bible in exchange for an honest review.*

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This is the Week to Get it Done

This is Holy Week, one of my favorite times of year. (And not just because Easter means all the FRESH TULIPS are in my house right now… though that helps for sure! *wink*)

Holy Week began yesterday. It was Passover; a day we remember Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. It’s probably the most monumental week in history. And it ends on a low – Saturday.

But before Saturday arrives, this week we have plenty of opportunity to make the significance of Holy Week monumental in our everyday. And plenty of opportunity to celebrate the impending holiday. Will you join me? 

Because this… THIS is the week to get it done.

This is the week we can choose to glorify God.

Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted,“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Mark 11:8-9)

This is the week we accept or deny Him.

Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: ‘Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.’ And he broke down and wept.” (Mark 14:72)

This is the week we eat the bread and drink the wine.

“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take it; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,’ he said to them.” (Mark 14:22-24)

This is the week we either sleep or keep watch.

“Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. ‘Simon,’ he said to Peter, ‘are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.’” (Mark 14:37-38)

This is the week we decide to wait on Him.

“On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: ‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.'” (Acts 1:4)

This is the week we choose watch on the sidelines or get involved.

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5)

This is the week we choose to believe.

“Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.'” (John 20:29)

 

After Saturday, Sunday kicks off a new week – a new beginning. And I can’t wait to celebrate!

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”
(John 20:1-2)

I Am Chosen

Most days, I just can’t seem do it right – any of it. The work thing, the friend thing, the wife thing, the parent thing.

Sometimes I wonder if life’s big joke is on me.

Because I am not good enough for what He’s chosen me for, I doubt myself. And therefore His decisions.

It’s easy to fall into this mind-trap the enemy sets.

But what I read about God’s faithfulness gives me hope that the joke isn’t necessarily on me. Because He chose every person in scripture to fulfill His divine plans. Adulterers, liars, murderers, cheats… all of them were chosen to carry out something bigger than they and their problems were.

And so am I … I am chosen.

And so are you.

We are bigger than our problems, our insecurities, our weaknesses. Because Jesus chose us to dwell in.

We are chosen.

As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:4-5.

*Originally posted at Beloved Clothing Co.’s Instagram*

 

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Your First 5 Minutes

Get pumped, people. This is a short blog post. 😉 #yourewelcome

I wanted to jump on here quickly and share a new app I’ve stumbled across.

Okay – “stumbled across” isn’t quite the correct term. That makes it sound like an accident. It wasn’t. My knowledge of this new app was strategic under the powerful forces of Lysa TerKeurst God. (That sentences makes what I’m about to share sound pretty epic, huh? Well, I’ll let you decide if it’s epic or not. Get back to me on that.)

The past week, I started using the new app, First5. Proverbs 31 Ministries developed this app with the idea we should wake up with God’s teaching and give Him the first 5 minutes of our day. Lysa TerKeurst has a big ‘ole story (that’s pretty cool) about what gave her this revelation.

It has some cool features too:

  • alarm setting that when turned off, takes you straight to the day’s teaching.
  • pretty graphics (because who doesn’t love anything pretty?)
  • “More Moments” of additional teaching for later in the day (because LIFE)
  • comments section
  • “My Moment” section to type what you’ve learned
  • and more…

You may have heard of it, but I felt the urge to share too. Because it’s making my mornings slightly better than they used to be. 🙂 (And no, P31 did not pay me to share this with you… though I wouldn’t refuse a large check. <Ahem, P31!> *wink, wink* *nudge, nudge* 😉 )

I’ve attached a link for more info, and a few pictures from this mornings teaching. Let me know if you use it already or are going to download now!

Click HERE to check out the website and video.

THE APP THAT WILL TRANSFORM YOUR TIME WITH GOD

We say we put God first …
So wouldn’t it make sense that we give Him the first 5 minutes of each day?

“We must exchange whispers with God before shouts with the world.” ~Lysa TerKeurst

 

What Does Jesus Have to Do with “Frozen?”

It’s April 2015.

It’s been over a year since the movie’s release, yet I still hear in the other room traces of:

“don’t let them in… don’t let them see… let it goooo… hold it back anymore… let it gooooooo”

That song, y’all. We can’t let it go in my house.
(Yes – that horribly cliche pun was intended there. I apologize for that.)

I know “Frozen” is old news in many households, but in ours? Well, it still reigns king queen.

You know, there came a point when I was sick of that movie and its songs. But I’ve come full circle and no longer cringe at the thought of it.

Speaking of cheesy cliches, maybe the reason we can’t “let it go” is because of Mickey Mouse’s cheese smeared all over this movie. You know, the typical Disney attributes – the beautiful animation, the beloved character’s fall from grace, the love story, the catchy tunes…

I don’t know. Whatever it is, YOU WIN, Disney. I’m throwing up the white flag. You’ve captured us Funstons and a year and a half later, and we’re still held captive.

Or…

Take the central theme of the story, for example:

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Well played, Disney. I applaud you in your achievement of melodically animating the entire theme of the bible for Mainstream America:

And that song, trite as it is – speaks to us.

Because it’s REAL LIFE.

Cornballs and cheese aside, the lyrics stand for something.

Don’t worry – I won’t go into every line of every song (because AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT). But I’ll go ahead and point out some obvious ones (because it’s EASY).

(Feel free to sing along in your head. I will be.)
(Also, I appreciate those of you who are still reading, because given the topic, I’ve reached a high level of annoying.)

The snow glows white on the mountain tonight
Not a footprint to be seen
A kingdom of isolation,
And it looks like I’m the queen.

Isn’t this how it is? Granted, it’s best seen in hindsight, but when we are feeling isolated, we are often suffering from the disease of self. We look inward, and don’t see the people all around us. We become the “queens” (or kings, for the fellas) of our isolated lives. And don’t think the “snow glows white on the mountain tonight” doesn’t slip past me as relating to Jesus somehow. There’s something there that my non-theological degree isn’t deciphering right off the top of my head. (Hey, Bible Study leaders and people who know Jesus better than me… feel free to comment below with your two cents. *thumbs up*)

The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside
Couldn’t keep it in, heaven knows I tried!

Don’t let them in, don’t let them see
Be the good girl you always have to be
Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know
Well, now they know!

Ahhh, there it is… the world’s favorite coping mechanism…

“Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know…”

With social mediums like Facebook, we can even “put on a show” for the world.

For the record, this is my default behavior. And when I retreat like this, it always – ALWAYS – affects those around me. I mean, I don’t freeze an entire kingdom every time, but it does have an effect on my friends and family.

 

“Be the good girl you always have to be…”

Yep – there I am. The performance-based person who always tries to DO good, SAY the right thing, and ACT a certain way to make up for my mistakes. But… (and that’s a BIG ‘but’), it doesn’t always happen.

Elsa, you’re speaking my language here…

 

When Jesus walked on Earth, his Word taught all about this song. See for yourself…

Isolation:

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:20)

“I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.” (1st Corinthians 1:10)

Self-indulgence:

“But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.” (James 3:14-16)

Good works:

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:14-17)

 

And of course, let’s not forget the overriding theme of the entire movie and how it compares to that of the Bible:

Only an act of True Love can thaw a frozen heart:

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

 

So what does Jesus have to do with Disney’s Frozen?

Absolutely everything.

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I Want to be More Like Joseph

So I’m reading through the Book of Matthew right now, along with Courtney over at Good Morning Girls.

(Funny thing about the internet, huh? Based on how I just wrote that sentence, you might think I knew Courtney and Good Morning Girls was an actual, physical place. For the record, we don’t know one another and “that place” is a hyper text document… or in layman’s terms “a webpage.” )

Anyway, back to the topic…

We all know the story of Christmas, right?
(Spoiler alert! A long, long time ago a baby named Jesus was born of a virgin in a manger. Kinda crazy, right?)

You’ll have to excuse the inaccurate timing of this post, being that it is MARCH and not December, but I never really thought too much on this topic before now. I can be a tad on the slow side, at times…
(Roughly 3 months slow, but who’s counting?)

In the first two chapters of Matthew, we find Jesus’s birth story and Joseph and Mary’s international travels from Judaea to Egypt back to Isreal due to Big Bad King Herod killing off babies. #jerk

I was impressed with Joseph’s obedience during this time. There he was, a new husband and dad, asked to do some pretty big and bold things from day one.

For example, he was asked to take a pregnant woman as his wife. I can’t imagine too many men in our current culture taking a woman, pregnant from somebody else, as their wife. So I can imagine it was rather shameful back then.

Oh, yeah – and minor detail… being a new parent is no joke. I imagine that first diaper as a “swing and a miss” curve ball for ‘ole Step-Dad.
(No, really – that first diaper change can be life-altering.)

Once he got into the swing of things with diaper changing, he was then asked to uproot his new family and move them to a different country – twice.

I have to pause there.

Have you ever travelled internationally with an infant or young child?

I have, and it’s not for the faint of heart.

While I’d like to view infant Jesus as a well-adjusted and happy infant/young child (he was supposed to be “perfect,” after all…Right?), he may have screamed his little head off a good portion of those trips. Riding camels (donkeys?) or bouncing strapped to your barefooted walking mama (without a McDonalds or Starbucks drive-thru available, might I add!) can’t be comfortable for a 400 mile trip.* I’m sure the “Are We There Yets” got old pretty quick.

A lot was asked of Joseph.

BUT…

He obeyed anyway.

I’ve color coded some verses from chapters 1 & 2 of the Book of Matthew for your reference.
(Because who doesn’t love a good COLOR CODED blog post?)

It’s clearly seen where he was instructed and where he obeyed.

BLUE – instruction/command/warning
GREEN – obedience

Ch 1: 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

Ch 2: 3 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”

14 And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15 and remained there until the death of Herod.

Ch 2: 19 But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.”

21 And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel.

We see, in just two short chapters, Joseph given messages three times. And three times he immediately obeyed.

I want to be like that.

I want to bat 100% at obedience. That is, without wasting time pondering whether to do it or not. Or pause to ask myself if that Angel was real or a figment of my imagination. (Because I have a pretty stellar imagination.)

I want to be more like Joseph.

But it’s hard. In our day and age, we aren’t receiving visions and dreams with Angels of the Lord speaking to us. (Well, at least I’m not.)

Often, what I think may be an instruction from God, I cast off as my own imagination.

But…

What is cool about our day and age and the new covenant under Christ (you’re welcome for the churchy language), is I believe He gives us freedom to make decisions as long as we stay within those perimeters of love he set for us in the bible. So if I make decisions based on Truth, I know it’s not my imagination.

But wouldn’t it be nice to just get a direct command from Him sometime? Maybe in a dream? A handwritten note? Or even a text?

Yep, a handwritten note or text from God would be nice. 😉

 

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