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Listen while you read: "Be Present At Our Table Lord"1 (Lyrics)
Psalm 37:4 – Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (RSV)
Psalm 20:4 – May he grant you your heart's desire, and fulfil all your plans! (RSV)
It always amazes me how, out of nowhere, God softly tells us to do something, and then, I am amazed at the results that He sends. For example, I have always wanted to have painting classes here in Pico.
The other day, I debated whether to go for a tea before walking down to the pharmacy, or to have one afterwards. It was like a little voice saying, "After all that walking, a tea would be better then," while another little voice was saying, "Go now." The first voice seemed to imply that it wasn't important, but the other voice was inviting and insistent. I discerned that the second voice was God's, and I went for the tea immediately.
As I was enjoying the tea, a couple of ladies wandered in, and they were speaking English. When they got to the counter, I said something about how nice it was to hear English. The older lady and I chatted while her daughter did the ordering. She asked if they could join me, and I gladly said yes. The daughter brought the coffee and tea, and we started to reveal things about each other.
The mom said, "We were next door doing papers, and when we left, I really had an urge for a coffee. I never drink coffee." They were preparing legal papers to sell their home, and the daughter was going to move into their other house come January.
The young lady is an art teacher, and she is going to be living in Pico not very far from me. I could take lessons! I smiled and said, "Well, I guess I know why I was to go for a tea and you had an urge for a coffee. It's all God's doing!" She agreed.
I am so thankful that God told me to go for a tea when He did. If I had listened to the other voice, I would not have met these wonderful ladies. By being obedient, I got to experience something amazing. God arranged to give me the desire of my heart.
This is why I feel that it is so important always to be aware of the fact that God talks to us anywhere about anything. God remembered my desire and He arranged for it to be fulfilled. Do you have your ears on alert?
Prayer: Father God, we are so blessed to have a Father who knows what we need and the ability to give it to us. Thank You for always being with us. Help us to be aware of You and not to be so consumed with what we are doing that we miss out on an important message from You. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
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Thanks for the good word, Brenda.
Brenda, thank you for the reminder to listen.
Yes! Thank you. It has happened to me also!
Boy, do I need that message! Thank you.
Thanks,, Brenda for sharing this devotional with us. It’s amazing how God acts to show us His love. Blessings.
Good to hear from you again, Brenda!
Enjoy your art lessons! And your winter somewhere warm.
Amen Brenda. It is so amazing that we have a God who speaks personally to us if we will only have ears to hear.
Enjoy your painting lessons!
Your devotional demonstrates how important it is for us to be good listeners to the Lord’s voice and direction in our lives. Thank you for writing about this.
Thank you for your message regarding discerning the will of God. We can pray, “Dear God please keep us walking close to you so we will hear and discern.”
Keep writing, Brenda.
That “Still Small Voice” is so wonderful isn’t it!?
It is exciting to hear how God inspired you to stop for tea when you did, and even more exciting to see the paintings He is going to inspire you to share with others. Very good thank you! Amen.
Hi Brenda, So true. Thanks for sharing,