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God Hears Your Voice; He Knows Your Needs

Before the timeline and worries of the day set in, lay your request, your burdens, your pain before His throne and wait. Wait expectantly for the God of the universe, the One who holds earth on it’s axis to answer. Earnestly seeking, actively listening, and confidently waiting.

He hears your voice.

He knows your needs.

He longs to answer.

In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my request before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3

Psalm 5:3 In the morning you hear my voice

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Do you struggle to find time with Jesus?

Me too! We all have seasons of business.  Seasons leaving little time to brush our teeth, let alone spend time with Him.  With this week’s freebie, my desire is every glance will remind you to find a quiet place alone with Him and get the much needed rest only He can provide.

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Whatever you do, get away with Him a little each day!
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“Where could she be?”, my husband asked engulfed in the fear of any parent with a missing child. I could see the panic in his eyes, and I KNOW he could hear the shakiness of my voice. The three of us had walked out of the auditorium into the crowded hallway together. We paused a brief second to look at something on a table, turned to leave and she was gone. Nowhere in sight!

For the next 15 minutes, what started as a calm search soon led to panic as we turned the school upside down. As the crowd slowly disbanded, thoughts of “what if” clouded our minds. Had she walked out with a friend, or worse?

Seconds later, a blur enters my peripheral vision. Our splotchy-faced little girl embraced us with tear stained eyes as she recounted what happened. When we paused for a brief second, she stepped away from our side and skipped on ahead. By the time she turned back, the crowd had filled the distance between us. Only commotion flooded her eyes. In desperation, she fled back to her teacher still inside the auditorium. While we were frantically searching for her, her little heart was filled with fear. Fear we had forgotten her.

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And this, my friend, is what distance creates: room for error. Although fear is not what created the initial distance between our daughter and us, it didn’t take long for the Enemy to plant seeds of fear and doubt.

Distance from Christ creates room for error.

You see, when commotion sets in, if we aren’t tethered to His side, fear overpowers what we know to be true. Our eyes wander. The crowd fills our view of Him; we fall prey to fleeing and following Him from a distance. Fear creates distance; distance creates fear; the cycle begins.

No one knows this better than Peter. The night Jesus was betrayed, fear stepped into the garden, and all his disciples fled, including Peter.

Then everyone deserted him and fled. When they seized him, they took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together. Peter followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest.” Mark 14:50; 53-54

The same man who just a few verses earlier “insisted emphatically” he would never disown Jesus and cut off the guard’s ear fled and was now following at a distance. Peter took his eyes off Jesus, and fear opened him up to following others away. So how do we close that gap? While I wish there were a straightforward way for all, there’s not. But these are steps I have taken in my walk when I have stepped away from His side and skipped on ahead.devotional, following Jesus at a distance, free printable, Christian living, Scripture, leaving fear behind

  1. Determine the fear or obstacle keeping you from earnestly following Him.

The fear that kept Peter following at a distance eventually led him to deny Christ. When we allow distance, we too deny Him lordship over areas of our life. Before we can bridge the gap, we have to determine the fear or barricade. Is it fear of what He will ask you to do? Leave behind? Perhaps, you’re unsure. Spend time prayerfully asking the Father; earnestly seeking His thoughts. Use the following verses (or your own chosen verses) to pray back to Him. His desire is for His children to draw near and His Word is sovereign, trustworthy.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5

For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6

Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom. Psalm 51:6

Fear creates distance; distance creates fear; the cycle begins.

  1. Once you know the hurdle, repent.

When Peter realized what he had done in denying Christ, he ran out and, according to Matthew and Luke, he “wept bitterly.” Something wonderful happens when a genuinely repentant heart seeks purification from a mighty God. Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord (Acts 3:19). So repent: confess, ask forgiveness, cry over, and turn from.

  1. Commit to spending time with Him daily.

Easier said than done, right? Sometimes life can “get in the way” but time spent with Him is never wasted; He will honor your time with Him. Try getting up 15 minutes earlier, take a short break at work, listen to the Bible app on a walk or your way to work, and/or keep a prayer journal. Get creative. When we follow Him closely, His spirit falls fresh on us, and His presence penetrates our entire being.

To help you with this process, I have created a printout for you. Simply sign up to receive it (and more freebies), print it, complete it, and carry it with you. Until next time, blessings!!

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I don’t know what you’re facing today, what stress is knocking on your door, or the thoughts keeping you up at night, but He does.  He sees the tears no one else does.  Hears your anxious heart racing.  And loves you more than you could ever know.  Let that reality wash over you, over your fears, over your doubts, over your anxiety.  His ability is limitless, incapable of being measured.  You can’t out ask Him and you certainly can’t out imagine Him.  You cannot measure what He can do in you, for you, and through you.

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us… Ephesians 3:20

Let us change our perspective of our problems, fears and doubts.  From the waves to the Wave Whisperer!

He is able to do immeasurably more, God


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My Story, His Glory

She gathered her things and headed out the door. “Surely, no one will be there at this time,” she reassured herself. She had heard the snickering and seen the piercing glances and just couldn’t handle it on this day. The dust gathering on her feet couldn’t compare to the dirt her heart had collected through the years. Peeling her eyes from the ground and looking up, she sees a figure sitting in the distance. Heart beating faster, she approaches her destination, head down, eyes focused on the ground beneath her. “Will you give me a drink?”, the man asked. He was physically tired, she was spiritually parched.girl with ballerina bun sitting on swing with light streaming in

I love this story because in many ways it is my story. While most Jews did everything they could to avoid the region of Samaria, Jesus walked right through it, AND STOPPED. Not only did He stop, He approached a Samaritan woman living in sin. A Samaritan, considered by Jews as impure. A woman, considered less than valuable, living an impure life. Why? Because His love for her, for us, runs deeper than any cultural difference, social standing, and certainly our sinful nature. He initiated it with her and He initiates it with us.

I relate so well to her response, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” Oh, how many times I’ve thought that same thing. You, Jesus are God and I am a sinful person. I have lived a terribly sinful life and still fall down and “scratch my knees” sometimes. How can you ask me for …? How can you use me for …? If they knew what I’ve done… The truth is, He does know what I’ve done and wants to use this broken vessel anyway. A vessel many would have tossed away as trash, He valued as a treasure. His desire is to lovingly mend the cracks, fill us up with Him, and use us to pour out life onto others.

“But, sir, this well is deep.” she reminded Him. Boy, have my wells run deep. These empty wells I’ve chased have left me unsatisfied, always wanting more. Although I’ve been saved for years, I have always struggled with acceptance. Fear of rejection has run so deep, keeping me from pursuing His greater calling. Deep wells of rejection and pursuit of acceptance were the driving force for so much of my life. I don’t know if you’re chasing empty wells, you feel like you’ve fallen in a well, or your well has run dry, but what I do know is the One who can restore you. He is the spring of living water. The quench to your thirst. A well requires you to work for it but a spring, comes with no work. No effort on your part.

“Are you greater than our father Jacob?” she asked. I laughed when I read this. Seriously! I didn’t laugh because her question was dumb or think, don’t you know?! No, I laughed because I have struggled with this question for years. Are you greater than my history? My past? My pain? Are you great enough, big enough to take my history, my story, redeem it and use it for your glory? The answer…yes! How can He not use it, is the better question. A story filled with dysfunctional childhood, young runaway, drugs, drinking, 14-year old marriage, high-school dropout, 16-year old mama, abandoned 7.5 months pregnant, divorced before the legal age of marriage, abusive relationships, more drugs, more partying, close overdose, relationship after relationship, deep thoughts of suicide, and even deeper thoughts of a worthless life. Yes, that was me. Most can’t believe it now but that’s only because of the power of Christ’s love. He approached me. He initiated His love for me, a sinful, impure “Samaritan” women. He asked me for a drink from my deep, empty well and replaced it with a life-giving Spring.

So now, leaving my life behind, I run to tell others, “Come and see the man who knows everything I’ve ever done” and loves me anyway.

Come and see the man who knows everything you’ve ever done and loves you anyway. Come and see the man who saw your unformed body and declared, “It is good.” Come and see the man who sees your crying and holds each tear in his hand. Come and see the man who feels your loneliness and says “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” Come and see the man who knows your brokenness and declares “I am near to the crushed and bind up their wounds”. Come and see the man who hears your anxious heart and whispers “Be still and know that I am God.” Come and see the man who took your chains and nailed them to the cross to set you, the captive, free.

Come and see this Man, the Messiah, the Lover of your soul, Deliverer of your freedom. Come…

Bible reading from John 4:1-42

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