you know when people say
"I heard God tell me to tell you this?"
"I feel God is calling me to this.."
There are plenty of people that have never said that
they probably think I'm crazy or that God only speaks to me
or a few people
not the case at all
He speaks to all of us
To me He's not a loud Morgan Freeman
He doesn't leave me obvious voicemails
"Hey Linds, It's God, need to talk call me back it's urgent!"
no no it's not like that
it takes effort sometimes to hear him
most of the time
i have to turn off music
turn it all off to hear
when I'm at home praying
or just sititng in silence
He comes in the form of a new idea
usually a crazy idea
or he'll come in the form of lyrics
i just have to write down
and then somehow he'll give me a tune
to sing those new words too
God sounds like the most ridiculous idea i've ever had
the idea of moving away from my family and friends
because He said go to Nashville
or the idea of going into a "random" high school
to find those "random"students
and making their life a part of yours
showing them who Jesus is
while you're still learning too
He sounds like a love story too good to be true
He sounds like my biggest fear made small
He sounds perfect
He sounds far more gracious than we can ever understand
then I let the world in
i let doubt creep in
and make me second guess if I ever heard Him at all
but He speaks
and when I get confused
I can ask again and He'll speak again
All the YL leaders are reading a book for Advent season
and I'm in the chapter of "yes"
it talks about Hearing God and saying "yes" to Him
and there is one part I starred 3 times
i'm one of those.
hightlight star my books up
it was this
"Knowing the will of God is not enough; doing
it is what matters. Here our desire to avenge ourselves, to explain
ourselves, to be understood, to maintain personal comfort and security,
to have our lives make sense to others or be validated by them is
subordinated to the deeper desire to say yes to God and joining God in
what He is doing. This kind of obedience might mean that, for a time at
least, we are willing to look like a fool to everyone else because God's
wisdom is the foolishness of this world."
He sounds foolish to the world
But He sounds clear to those that listen
He might be a peaceful whisper sometimes
or a loud loud noise
but He's talking
And He speaks to all of us
He's speaking right now
so open your ears
it may not sound like what you think it would sound like
but He wants you to hear
i know i've lived out of home for awhile. but i've never bought a Christmas tree.
i dont know why
i guess in college you don't buy them because you go home
and i've always lived in a house with a roommate
who had a fake one
well this year
and i debated and debated
thinking "i'm going home in a week, is it worth it?"
insert my roommate amanda
"ummm you're miss Christmas, you'll regret it and bug me about it forever if you don't!"
we go to kroger
that's right kroger
they had big trees
and then this one
it's about 2 ft tall
and i fell in love instantly
it just needs a home
so we adopted it
and named it squirt
we get him home.
and he just wants to sleep.
haha did i mention he's lopsided
we've got a stage 4 leaner on our hands
"come on squirt, you can do it, stand up!"
finally get him to balance
by putting on about 4 ornaments because that's all he'll hold
and prop him up on a wooden box
to make him appear a bit taller ;)
amanda tapes on the star
i don't have a star
so we improvised
and here he is
in all his glory
he has a tutu around his base as a skirt
ha a gift one of my coworkers made me
i LITERALLY jumped up and down after we finished.
squirt is quite the handsome tree i must say
all the neighbors will be jealous
i love with my whole heart. i am blessed to know my jesus, my family and my friends. i'm excited to love people i haven't met yet. i count my blessings everyday. i believe that the glass can always be seen as half full. i try to practice grace. i'm only human.