Hearing From God: Day 26 – Let’s Pray

In my time spent, all I was able to hear is, “Pray!” There are so many people in this world and in our lives that are hurting. So let’s take some time to see people through God’s eyes. We may not know the hurt that they are experiencing, but we can recognize it. As God puts someone on our heart, let’s intercede for them wholeheartedly.

God, we thank you for today and all that You have done. Allow me to start by asking for forgiveness for all that we have done wrong. As we cry out to You show us how to restore. We pray for healing, Lord, of the hurt. We also pray for the healing of those who have hurt. We recognize that we sit on both sides. As we deal with the inflicted pain, allow us to still act in a manner that reflects You. In asking for forgiveness we must be willing to forgive others. In forgiving, let us also do what it takes to restore just as Jesus did for Peter. We pray for healing and comfort. We pray that as we go through our situations, that we always model You. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Love you, be blessed!
AWS
10.31.14

Hearing From God: Day 25 – Psalm 107 Redemption

I was in a class yesterday and the teacher mentioned a verse in Psalm 107. This prompted me to read the entire chapter. In doing so, my spirit leaped for joy. As it should, verses one and two set the tone perfectly.

Psalm 107:1-2
1 Give thanks to the Lord , for he is good; his love endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,

Verse two is what really did it for me. “Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,”. But allow me to continue to build this.

Four times in this passage, it is written, “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress.” I wish I could put the entire chapter on here and break it down section by section, but due to time restraints I can’t. However, I will speak in a little greater detail on one section.

Psalm 107:17 says this: Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities.

Oft times, we operate in our own ways, which puts us on the pathway to death. Because our spirit and flesh are in constant battle with one another, we can be aware of and disappointed by our wrongs. We can even have a strong desire to correct our wrongs and still struggle. But here is the beauty. This is what made me excited by reading this passage. We are not required to get ourselves together! At least, not alone. We merely need to cry out sincerely to God, and He will rescue us from our distress. However, there is no game to be played with this. God is more than willing to bring us out. We, however, need to put conscious effort into staying out.

We can’t take His deliverance for granted by being a repeat offender. We will naturally stumble, perhaps even fall again in life, but if we truly decided to walk in His ways, much of our stumbling will be avoided.

Love you, be blessed!

AWS
10.30.14

Hearing From God: Day 24 – Beyond The Mask

Beyond the mask
Past the picture perfect
Lies the truth
Of a vessel so broken
Of God
I was called to be a man
Yet on the daily
I fail to walk in His plan
In front of so many people
Yourselves included, I stand
Declaring God’s Word
Proclaiming of the I Am that I Am
But in reality
I
Am
Broken
I
Am
Hurting
The truth of the matter is
I
Am
Not
What you see
Or even what you should see
I am supposed to be
A replica of Christ
But unlike the moon
I don’t reflect the Son’s Light
Mirror, mirror on the wall
Can any besides you
See my flaws
Saying all the things
Known to be right
With an undertone
Hidden from your sight
Perceived to be Spiritual
Though if you look close enough
No evidence is visual
And it’s killing my mental
That I continue to
Succumb to my physical
Living life through rituals
Nowhere near
The purity of relational


Beyond the mask
Past the picture perfect
Lies the truth
Of a vessel so broken
People marvel at my exterior
Assuming
There is a matching interior
But in reality
I actually
Feel inferior
The reflection
Of perfection
Is not what I see in the mirror
Nose too long
Mouth too wide
Made in His image
Certainly not I

Beyond the mask
Past the picture perfect
Lies the truth
Of a vessel so broken
Broken
Bro—ken. Clay
Yet you, LORD, are my Father.
I am the clay, you are the potter;
I am all the work of Your hand.
You took my brokenness
Into Your care
Rubbing it
As if it were never there
Making me whole
So that from Your radiance
I can glow
Allowing me to remove
The mask
Letting go
Of what bound my past
Now, much like David
I can rejoice like mad
I am beautiful
I’ve been released
To become the vessel
You’ve created me to be

Love you, Be Blessed!
10.29.14

Hearing From God: Day 23 – Distractions

Matthew 14:28-30 NIV

Matt 14:28-30
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”    “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

In Matthew 14, we see an account of Jesus doing something beyond amazing. He is walking on water, defying all natural laws. When the disciples saw this they were immediately afraid. However, Jesus’ quelled their spirits by saying it is I, do not fear (paraphrased).  Upon hearing this, Peter in verse 28 makes a request:
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

Now this is what excited me. Peter knew that at the command of Jesus, nothing is impossible. Secondly, Peter wasn’t going to move without Jesus’ guidance. We could all take a lesson from that. However, that’s not how the story ends.

Jesus, in all of His awesomeness spoke one Word, “Come”. Such simplicity. At that Word, Peter got out of the boat and started walking on water just like Jesus.  No one knows the distance between Jesus and the boat, nor do we know the distance between Him and Peter,  but I can imagine that it was a great distance.

Verse 30 says, “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!””

In order for Peter to feel as if he’s sinking, and to cry out in this manner, he had to have been well beyond an arms reach of the boat. We’ve heard it preached many times that Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and began to focus on outside circumstances. Which according to verse 30, it’s true.
However, (at least for me) what we’ve never heard is that as Peter was walking towards Jesus, Jesus was also walking towards Peter closing the gap. After Peter cried out verse 31 says this:
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

At the moment of sinking, Jesus was there, close enough to simply reach for him. Still, the story doesn’t end there!

Matthew 14:32 NIV
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.

Jesus and Peter still had to get back to the boat. Therefore, they had to do the impossible together before outside circumstances could calm down.

My point. Many of us have made requests of God. He in all of His awesomeness replies, “Come, go, do”.  In the midst of our obedience and faith Jesus is doing the same with us, closing the gap to the finish line. Do not allow outside circumstances to distract us from our ending goal.

Love you, be blessed!

AWS
10.28.14

Hearing From God: Day 18 – Jesus Wept

John 11:35 says, “Jesus wept.” In this chapter you’ll read about a man by the name of Lazarus. Now, this particular individual is mentioned in the Bible in John chapters 11 and 12. But the question remains, what makes this particular individual so significant to Jesus, but not significant enough to be mentioned elsewhere?

Again, there is not much written about this particular individual, so a deeper understanding must be sought. In seeking, one would come up with the conclusion that Lazarus was a TRUE friend to Jesus. Lazarus wasn’t seeking a position.  One would gather that he was a person that Jesus trusted. One would also assume that they spent quality time with one another. I can only imagine the conversations. They were boys.

So when Jesus received the news about Lazarus, I am certain that His heart became heavy. Now, I could go deeper in story but, that is not the purpose of my writing today.

The purpose of my writing is to ask the question, would Jesus, or could Jesus weep over you?  See, Lazarus had a relationship without a position or title. He was just TRUE. Could the same be said about us?  Would Jesus be able to come in our presence and truly recline?  Could He just be Himself, and not expected to give or do anything extra? Could He just be?

I believe this is what makes Lazarus so significant. He didn’t need to be seen or acknowledged in public. He was a person who was always trying to get. He was merely a person who could be relational with his FRIEND, Jesus.

How are we in comparison?  Could Jesus weep over you/me?

Love you, be blessed!

AWS
10.23.14

Hearing From God: Day 17 – My Praise

Today I celebrate my 35th birthday. I don’t feel that old, but I am. At 35, I am nowhere near where I want or even thought I’d be. Still, I’m completely grateful for where I’m at and where I haven’t been.

At 35, I have a beautiful wife, two amazing kids, stable employment, and a God whose presence is beyond AMAZING! He’s kept me from all negative statistics.

I’ve never been to jail. I was not a teenage parent. I’ve never sold drugs or be a part of the street life. I have however, done wrong. I’m far from perfect. Still, despite my imperfections, He loves me perfectly.

I am looking forward to the future, it is promising.

A lady that I know, by the name of Gussie M. Carter, used to sing a song that says this: “Every day is a day of thanksgiving”.

Today I give thanks to all that have played a role in my life. #Gratitude

Love you, be blessed!

AWS
10.22.14

Hearing From God: Day 16 Repetition

http://bible.com/111/jos.1.8.niv Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
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I have to admit, this journey has not been easy. One of the primary issues that I have struggled with is the time that my blog is posted. In doing something like this consistency is crucial. So while I have posted something every day with the exception of day 13, it has been at different times throughout the day.

My goal is to have the time that I spend with God to be a blessing to me and others. My goal is to start my day with God, to be an inspiration and example.

While writing is not new to me, blogging is. Just as anything that a person desires to perfect, discipline is a very important factor. It would be easy for me, or anyone for that matter to say, “You have to wait on God’s to speak.”  This is a very true statement, however, is there more to this?

Oft times, we spend a quick moment in the morning with God then we expect Him to speak volumes to us instantly. Truth be told, that is not how it works. Our rushed five to fifteen minutes in the morning is not all that God requires of us. The Bible say:

Joshua 1:8 NIV
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Psalm 1:1-3 NIV
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,   but whose delight is in the law of the Lord , and who meditates on his law day and night.   That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.

I am very critical of myself. When I don’t meet a goal, it’s very hard for me to handle. Still, my desired goal in this journey is very much reachable. By simply give God the time that He deserves, both day and night, I will be able to hear from Him and have something to share with you.

Let’s discipline ourselves. Let’s be deliberate and consistent with the time we spend with God. Let His Word be the water to our soul and soil, so that we can produce fruit.

Love you, be blessed!

AWS
10.21.14