Beginning Again, 2014

Did you make New Year’s Resolutions?  I didn’t.

Instead, I found myself reflecting. What happened in 2013? How had I changed? What is God asking of me? How is God asking me?

There have been times I wasn’t sure how I would know God’s ‘voice’ when God spoke, so I was happy to run across these reminders in a new Leafwood Publishers release by                Jo Ann Fore,“When a Woman Finds Her Voice”

God speaks through his Word (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119) If we believe the Bible as God’s own words with man as the mere messenger, then when we read it, we hear God speak in very real and practical ways.

God speaks through others (Ephesians 4:12; 1 Corinthians 12:27) We have to pay attention to the conversations around us.

God speaks through prayer (Jeremiah 33:3; Matthew 21:22) When we sit quietly with the Lord, there is often a gentle prompting in our thoughts that leads and directs us into his ways.

God speaks through circumstances (Romans 8:28) If we examine a little more closely those life events that appear mere coincidences, we may be surprised to discover God’s intervention.

God speaks through the Words of his Son (Hebrews 1:1-2; John 1:14-18) Jesus is a direct expression of God’s heart – when Jesus speaks, we can hear God.

God speaks through sneak previews (Romans 1:20; Psalm 19:1-4) There’s something about the glory of God radiating throughout creation that tests the temperature of our hearts, that says, “I am here,” if you’re willing to see me.

 

2014 will be a year to continue in the practice of looking and listening…waiting for the Lord to speak into life. Jo Ann Fore’s book title goes on to say, “overcoming life’s hurts & using your story to make a difference.”

I’m willing.

 

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