I have just returned from attending a Women’s Retreat at a local church where one of my favorite people, Debbie Stuart, led the sessions. Not only is she one of my favorite people, but probably my favorite speakers. She is real. She speaks Truth from God’s Word. The topic this weekend was on Listening. In todays world, we don’t have too many opportunities to truly experience quiet. We have sounds all around us. There is even a free app that we can download on our phones that gives us NOISE, as if we don’t have enough around us as it is. We find ourselves turning on either the radio or the TV the minute we wake up or as soon as we walk in the house. We don’t turn either of them off until we climb into bed. In fact, some of us listen to music as we sleep or have the TV on as background noise while we sleep. We complain that we don’t ever hear God speak to us. How could He and when He did, how could we expect to hear Him?
There are 143 Million people that spend at least 15 minutes a day on Face Book; 13 million spend 15 min have a quiet time with God. We wonder why our lives are hectic, confused and troubled. We spend more time in our closets picking out the outfits we are going to wear for the day than with God. Why is this? Is it because we feel that we don’t need Him? Is it because we feel that He doesn’t care about the everyday details or our lives? Or is it simply that we justify our actions by declaring that we just don’t have time.
She gave us some pointers to learn how to listen if we simply just take a few minutes and ask the Lord to pour out His wisdom to us.
Lean In Psa 119:32 “If you will help me, I will run to follow your commands”. We must invite Him into our lives.
Implement A System. Gather your Bible, writing journal & pen and have them together. Sit Still, Read & Write.
Show Up…meet God when you are at your best, whether it be in the morning or in the evening. Give HIm the best of your day.
Teachable Spirit-Do you come to Him with a harden heart or with a humbled heart?
Eliminate Distractions Hosea 4:6 “my people are being destroyed because they do not know me.” We wonder why our lives are a mess and we think God has deserted us. He has promised never to leave us or forsake us. We are the ones who have pushed Him away.
Nnow It..He talks to those who talk to Him. Which voice do we listen to? Who are we trying to please; the world or God?
We wonder where to begin? There is no wrong place to begin. Open your Bible. Your Father would like a Word with you!
“See to it that you do not refuse Him who speaks.” Hebrews 12:25
Could your life use some guidance? Are we willing to turn aside and LISTEN?
“We need to realize that unless we leave some time for God, we can’t live the lives that He created us to live…the lives that bring Him glory and become lights that shine in the darkness.” (Debbie Stuart)
“We have two choices:
1. We can whine and forfeit my usefulness or
2. We can pray and worship and fulfill our destiny.
The only thing worse than waiting on God is wishing you had. In order to know God’s will for our lives, we need to learn to listen and obey. Don’t get ahead of Him.
Though you cannot go back and make a brand new start my friend, you can start right now and make a brand new end.
What are you doing with your time that keeps you from listening?
Talking, searching the web, reading, shopping, gardening, baking, crafting, regretting, blaming, wishing?
Given Him 10 minutes today,
But my life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord. Acts 20: 24.
*(These points and quotations are taken from our worksheet this weekend from Debbie Stuart, Hope For the Heart)