Gentle Whispers

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then the voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” – 1 King 19:11-13

I’ve mentioned a few weeks ago that I was in a “dry season”, that I know God is with me but I cannot feel His overwhelming presence. This morning I asked whom God would have me pray for and after I prayed I let her know I did so. Her response “Oh my gosh Crystal, how did you know I needed it?” I told her I asked and he told me. Then she said something that really stood out to me, “you discern Him so well”. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this, but this morning I allowed this to be the Word I had been seeking.

As I continued driving home I said God how is it I can hear you for everyone else but I struggle when to hear you for me? I then asked her and another woman to pray for me to be able to hear Him for myself…and shortly after, as I sit on my porch, I felt a cool breeze and a gentle whisper, “I’m so proud of you for being a good encourager”.

Tears fill my eyes as I write that because I KNOW that He spoke to me, I didn’t have an overwhelming rush through my body, the sky didn’t open up, the earth didn’t shake. It was a gentle whisper, in my mind, in my voice, that told me “I am proud of you for being a good encourager.” God is proud of me. My ultimate Father is proud of me. Truly I am overwhelmed with joy because although I don’t feel I have done anything for Him to be proud of, He still is.

Ladies, I urge you to quiet your minds and allow Gods whispers to speak to you. Serve other ladies with the gifts that you have. If you’re unaware of what gifts you posses, ask God to show you. He gives wisdom to those who ask…so ASK! And you shall receive. These are not just catchy phrases ladies, these are TRUTHS…guides for you and me to seek Him. To know Him. For Him to Love on you. And He so desperately wants to simply LOVE you…in a personal, deep, intimate way.

The world wants you to believe that you must DO something to deserve His love. His Word says simply believe and it is ALL yours. The ‘doing’ part is what happens when your heart has been healed and you WANT to do because you realize so much was GIVEN to you. So yes, they do go hand in hand…but let me assure you that God knows when you simply need to be loved on. He wants us to take time alone, He wants us to be kind to ourselves. He wants us to be still long enough so His whispers are heard and not drowned out by the world.

He Loves you so much. Won’t you let Him whisper to you today!

~sometimes I just gotta write~

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She did what she could.

Mark 14:1-11 Jesus Anointed at Bethany

Verse 8a in the above passage says “She did what she could.”

She did what she could.

This was one of the key messages for one of the women at Women of Faith this weekend. And it really hit home with me because the truth of the matter is I am not doing what I could in a lot of areas of my life. But the only area that truly matters is in my walk with God. Am I doing all that I could when I pray? No. Am I doing all that I could when I am reading the Word? No. Am I doing all that I can to teach others what God has taught or is teaching me? No.

Last night I thought about this statement and I asked God where I could do more for Him, and I sensed He was saying writing. I don’t write like I used to. This morning as I sat and talked with one of my dearest friends she subtly, in a not so subtle way said I should try and write in this writing contest. Then I checked my Facebook  and another friend (who also went to WOF) had this exact statement on her status. So, here I am writing about writing.

But this is more than just about me and my desire to write. Are you doing what you could do? Not everything, but what you can do for God? He doesn’t call us to solve world hunger, but he does call us to give to the hungry. He doesn’t call us to end bullying, but He does call us to Love our enemies. He doesn’t call us to change the world, but He does call us to teach the Gospel which changed us. Are you doing any of this? Am I doing any of this?

I know I love writing, and I love writing about what God is doing in my life…so I want to do what I can which is just that. Write about what God is doing in my life, and pray that the Holy Spirit leads those who He needs to hear the message that He has given me. That is doing what I can. I am a stay at home mother, and this is where I belong, so going out and leading classes at my local church would be against where God has placed me….but that doesn’t mean that I can’t teach those who choose to see my blog, and I can do this all from the comfort of my front porch.

Will you join me today and seek out things that you can do for God and let go of all the things you can’t. Start with your passion….how can you turn that into a testimony for Christ?

~sometimes I just gotta write~ (it’s what I could do)

Just because I can’t ‘feel’ Gods presence doesn’t mean I am unable to ‘see’ His hands.

I am in a dry season. When I say this I mean the Living Water, or The Holy Spirit, isn’t flowing through me as I would like Him to. But bc of the previous times in my life where I have sat on mountain tops and allowed Him to flow graciously through me unto my family and friends I am able to TRUST that He is still here, reaching for me. Acting within my life. I have recently noticed an abundance of woman devotionals that have been speaking of being in a “pit” or their chosen scriptures have been speaking of crying out to God to rescue them. This is how I can ‘see’ Him, although I cannot ‘feel’ Him. Ladies, we must FIRST believe ‘in’ God, then we MUST ‘believe’ God. There IS a difference, and its this difference that will save you when the world seems to be falling apart around you. The ONLY way you can believe Him is to KNOW Him, not just know of Him. And you can only KNOW Him by spending time with Him, reading His Word. There is no other way to know.someone without spending time with them. So if you want to be able to stand when the world around you is shaking, then do what needs to be done to make sure you have TIME getting to know the Only One who LOVES you more than His own life.

~sometimes I just gotta write~