Life

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.

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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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Today

Be strong

Live free

and

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.

and LIVE BIG

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 …

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Life goes on, even when..

What would your even when be?

I could fill that in with many words

Suicide

Murder

Anxiety

Fear

Agoraphobia

Painful Relationships

Dysfunction

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.

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” 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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KEEP MOVING FORWARD

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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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Beauty Surrounds Me

Beauty Surrounds Me

In the small

In the quiet

In the large

In the loud

Sweet

Loving

Cherished

God ordained mysteries

God ordained
meetings

Love and loss

Tragic and Triumphant

God’s beauty surrounds me in all and everything.

 I must take the time to stop and enjoy this life I have been given by the Creator.

Don’t waste this life.

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P. J. Di Benedetto