Listen and Wait

Listening requires being quiet
Waiting requires patience
Neither is easy but both are necessary for God to speak
and for us to hear.
Waiting is difficult but what do we miss when we don’t wait for the clear direction of the Lord?
What do we jump into that isn’t the correct path, just because we are impatient?

I know I have done things in the past that after I began, I knew that God wanted me to do something else but I jumped ahead.

Listen and Wait

What are you waiting for today?

Let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
Hebrews 12:1

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The choice is ours, whether we listen to God and His prompting, or if we jump ahead of the plan God has for you.

Wait patiently for the Lord to speak because He will speak.

But we have to wait for Him to speak and the Words need to connect with our hearts.

Our hearts connect to God through prayer, praise, solitude, love and the Word of the Bible.

Nothing can speak to us louder than the Lord if we are in-tune.

We must stop the noise and listen

and wait.

Which road are you on?

Are you living in the past

or are you living in the present?

As Christians we are given paths to choose in many different situations. We have to face decisions on many different aspects of life from the employment opportunities we have, to whom to marry all the way to where to live and how many children to have.

But we have other decisions to make as well.

Personally, a big choice we need to face head on is whether we are going to go down the road of dwelling on the past or are we going to face today, head on and live in the present?

It is easy to go back and live in the past, but what does that accomplish?

Often it only brings pain and heartache, but it can offer us hope and healing as well, yet we are not to sit down in the ashes of the past…

and stay and stay..

Why would we want to give up our present for pieces of the past?  Click to Tweet

The Lord wants our lives to be full of promise and certainly full of love, hope and healing.
Sometimes we have to sit for a bit..

But then it is time to face the present, all the while learning the lessons from the past.

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Be strong

Live free


Face the past

But now we must move..

What dream do you have for your life?

Take time to write your goals down

Stretch your mind and write.. write.. write

nothing is too crazy or off limits.

God can perform above anything we can ask or imagine.

God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Ephesians 3:26 MSG

I believe we can learn from the past, but oh my, what the present holds for us as well as the future…

Wow. The possibilities

God has huge plans for us as His children, but often we get in our own way. We want to stay stuck and connected to the past, all the while the present is passing us by.

I lived this way for many years while I struggled with fear, anxiety and agoraphobia.

Yet, God had a bigger plan for me than I had for myself.

Freedom was mine after more than 20 years of living with fear.

In August 2012..

The present became mine while the past faded away.

Doors were opened and I began to walk through them, all the while listening to the still, small voice of the LORD.

He has led me and held my hand each and every step.

Often it has been a day to day process, but other times the freedom has been easily found. The enemy continued to try to pull me back into the past but I knew the

Present and Future

are mine.

I want to offer you hope.

Nothing is lost with the LORD. Yes, you may need to look at the past to learn some lessons and find healing, but please do not stay there. Don’t sit in the ashes.

Step out today and LIVE.


Take a long, hard look. See how great he is – infinite, greater than anything you could ever imagine or figure out! Job 36:26 MSG

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Life, even when …


Life goes on, even when..

What would your even when be?

I could fill that in with many words






Painful Relationships


But, even when I don’t understand, God does. I may not ever know the reasons why certain circumstances or aspects of life have happened the way they have, but even when I don’t, there is still a plan and purpose.

I may never understand why my grandmother was murdered by my grandfather in 1996. I may never understand why I suffered so many, many years with anxiety, fear and agoraphobia. I may never understand the painful relationships. But God does.

Yet, I have to choose to believe that God will not waste any pain or heartache or joy  in the big scheme of His plan for me or my life.        I wish I could understand this side of heaven, but I still trust in HIM and HIS plan. I do not claim that this is always easy at times but still I believe it is the best way.

Psalm 115

Certainly, in this fallen world, we all face heartaches and struggles, but I can attest that I have often felt beyond God’s reach. I have felt forgotten and alone. Even in the church, I have felt this way. Pushed aside. Lonely and fearful. Afraid to leave my home, yet often afraid of being in my home. A life of an agoraphobic is tragic and painful.


” If you can’t be thankful for what you receive, be thankful for what you escape.” Click to Tweet

Sometimes the only answer is:

Lord you are Sovereign. That may be all you can offer now as well. That is enough while you wait for the next step in your journey. He hasn’t forgotten you.

Or me.

” He who limps still walks.” Stainslaw Lec

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Janis Cox



Keep Moving Forward

Don’t focus on what was.

Look forward to what can be

and then do all you can to make it a reality.

Life is what you make of it,

and the challenges that come your way

are just opportunities to right what was wrong.

Don’t get discouraged, and don’t give up.

You have it all inside yourself,

and you can overcome anything

if you put your mind to it.

Paula Michele Adams

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Imagine Freedom

Imagine freedom from fear or anxiety.

What does it look like in your mind?

Have you ever experienced that before?

Freedom is possible with God. Personally, I know the struggle you may be facing today. You feel like the freedom you so desperately want is just out of reach or God only has that for someone else.

We tend to believe the lies of the enemy instead of looking at the wonderful aspects of our lives that God has given us on a daily basis.

I understand.

I did the same thing for so long. I doubted His love for me, even though I could look around and see all the beautiful aspects of my life.

Yet, the one aim of my life seemed so out of reach.

Freedom from fear, anxiety and agoraphobia was nowhere to be found; or so it seemed.

Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. Click to Tweet

Nothing is impossible with God, even when we doubt or feel unworthy.

Luke 1:37 For with God nothing is impossible.


God has a plan, even when we don’t understand. After all of my struggles, I have a story to tell. Our stories help others know that they are not alone.

Share your story here today. What has God healed your from or helped you overcome?

Nothing is lost.

Let me pray for you:

Lord, nothing is lost in your sight. You know the beginning and the end of our lives. We have pain but that can be used for your glory if we follow your leading. I pray that anyone that is struggling today, that they can find a sense of peace by listening for your voice. You speak and we listen. Help us to quiet ourselves. Help us to seek your face and to see the wonder in even the small freedoms we have.

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Tools for Writing

Sharing today with Ruth L Snyder

Writing requires so many different tools, but the first tool is a quiet heart and a listening ear.

Are you surprised that I said that was the most important?

We get so caught up in the busyness of life we forget to stop and LISTEN to the still, small voice of the LORD.

When we quiet ourselves, then the LORD’S voice is more readily heard.

I also know that I must have a small journal that I take with me everywhere. In this journal/notebook, I keep scriptures that I have read that speak to me about a certain blog topic that I could possibly write but I also keep ideas, quotes and anything to remind me of what I want to write.

Ideas come at all times of the day, so we need to be prepared to listen and write it down.

I also believe that a small bulletin board/reminder board is helpful as well. I use mine for pictures but also reminders of blog hops such as this, so I won’t forget to write the necessary post. I also use the bulletin board to post scriptures that I am memorizing.

The office space we use for writing also needs to be organized and quiet. I have my office connected to my craft room so everything is easily found. I also have a small CD/Radio that I use when I am writing. I do not like to have the television on or loud noises going on, so usually I go into the room and focus on the music, which allows me to connect to the LORD.

I also like to keep a thesaurus on hand as well as a dictionary. I am a lover of quotes as well, so I purchased a book of quotes. I love this book and it offers quotes on many topics.

I hope you will take time to write but first and foremost, I pray you will connect to the Lord. He is first and foremost in my heart. I cannot have words worthy of writing or reading if I am not connected to HIM.

Blog Hops are a way to connect to other readers as well as bloggers. Be sure and go to Ruth’s site for other great links.

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Ruth L. Snyder

Restless for More

My heart is restless for more

More freedom

More dreams

More hope

More love


What are you restless for?

I love this quote

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Our hearts will always be restless until we rest in HIM.

Our lives are in unrest because we live in a fallen world, full of pain, heartache and tragedy, yet God has more.

When we rest in Him and His love, our restless heart and soul will be a peace.

The world can abound in unrest, but our lives will be at peace.

Over the last year and half, I have found myself more at peace and less restless than I have in many years.

Yet, that doesn’t stop the natural tendency to want to have more of this life God has given us to live.

And I plan to live big..

Full of love, freedom, hope and dreams.



If the son sets you free, you are truly free. John 8:32

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More of HIM so I am less RESTLESS.

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Sandra Heskaking

To Walk in Love


To Walk in Love

Father, in Jesus’ name, I thank You that the love of God has been poured forth in my heart and life through the Holy Spirit. I love Your Word and without it, I would be lost. The love You have for me, Lord has perfected and completed me and I am thankful that I can say ” Perfect love casts out all fear. “

Today, Lord I am committing to walk in love that only can come from you. I endure long and I will be patient and kind. I will not be envious and allow the worldly jealousy to take over my mind and heart. I will not be boastful nor will I behave in a manner that would be considered rude or unbecoming. You have total control over me and the words I speak from this point forward. Keep my heart and mind in check, but more importantly, keep my words in line with You and Your Word.

I will not take account of any evil done to me and I will not pay attention to the suffering I will endure. You will repay evil and restore all that has been lost in my life due to the evil others have done. You will restore over and over to me. I will continue to persevere in my life and the freedom you have given me after years of living with anxiety and fear. The past will have no power over me or my family any longer. We are set free from the past and the shame others have tried to lay at our feet and upon our heads, hearts and minds.

We are overcome with the power of the blood and the words of our mouths.

Father, I will bless and pray for those who persecute me- and who are cruel in their attitude toward me. I bless them and do not curse them. You are in charge of the outcome of them and their lives. My love will abound more and more through You and the Holy Spirit working in my life.

Everywhere I will go I commit to plant seeds of love. I thank You, Father, for preparing the hearts of those that I will encounter that they will be prepared to receive my love. Prepare their hearts. Guide me to those in need of love today.





Lord, today and everyday, guide me and help me to stay on track to love others as You have called me to do.