Happy Birthday, My Beloved Adventurer

Delight yourself in the Lord,
And He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Delight in God’s Word brought prayer. Prayers for a stranger brought a man prepared for me from before the foundation of the world.

You walked into my life, and God gave me the desires of my heart.

Our Father blessed me with a man focused on love, service, and adventure –

my delight and my desire.

Happy birthday, my beloved adventurer!

I love you dearly.

My prayer

Our Father, there is no god like You! You created the one distinct man to complete me. Bless him, I pray, with an ever-increasing love for You, with Your perfect wisdom, and with Your grace, peace, and joy. Thank you, Father, for this man.  Amen!

Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God … A Review

 Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God by Mark Batterson came just at the right time for me. I am studying The Lord’s Prayer and other related prayers in the Bible. Whisper is about power-filled prayer that begins with listening for God’s whisper.

It’s listening as Samuel did and responding to the whisper, “Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.”  1 Samuel 3:10

Batterson challenges the reader to pray those seven words. A  changed life is his promise.

When someone speaks in a whisper, you have to get very close to hear. In fact, you have to put your ear near the person’s mouth. We lean toward a whisper, and that’s what God wants. The goal of hearing the heavenly Father’s voice isn’t just hearing His voice; it’s intimacy with Him.” (pp. 9-10)

Christians have been taught to pray – to have a conversation with God.  Yet, we haven’t been taught that prayer also includes listening to God. In fact, we can pray more effectively, if we respond to God’s whispers.

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What to do when your prayer path seems to have ended

Have you felt like you were walking on a daisy-lined path with the Lord, and then, the path ended? What do you do?

PRAY!

Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, LORD, do I seek.” 
                 . . .
Teach me your way, O LORD,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies. Psalm 27:7-11

Some think that David wrote these words before he was king, when his parents died, or he was being pursued by Saul. Others think that he wrote this when he was old and after his men told him that he should not go into war again. 2 Samuel 21:16-17  

Ancient pleas for favor and guidance, and yet, they are relevant to us today.

David knew how to get back on the right path. He prayed, and he trusted that God would hear him and answer him.

 

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