Thank you so much for sharing your heart with me the past few days as a result of my devotion on hearing God's voice.
It seems many of us long to have specific direction from God about our plans. I wonder if this isn't increasingly due to the number of choices we have these days. I can stand in front of the deodorant display for 15 minutes! I am often on information overload, and an tired of making decisions.
I think there's also a common fear that we will make a mistake and follow our own sinful inclinations. That's possible. A sweet friend (thanks Sharon S.) gave me a devotion book that I've started reading. It's called "Experiencing God Day by Day" and it's by Henry and Richard Blackaby.
Yesterday the devotion spoke directly to my heart about this. Specifically about a difficult relationship in my life; one I can't walk away from. Nor do I want to. It's my daughter Ruth, who was born in Africa and sadly deals with many challenging issues that often overwhelm me, to the point of despair. So I find myself frequently and desperately seeking God's direction on how to respond and what to do next to help her grow into a godly woman. Sadly, my responses are not always a good role model for her.
The devotion yesterday was based on Psalm 24:3-4a: "Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart."
I was convicted right down to my toes. God challenged me to examine the deepest reaches of my heart and confess sin regarding my thoughts, words and actions. I was undone. Even though God spoke to me gently, it was still tough. Here's the takeaway for me:
If I want to walk in intimacy with the Lord and hear His voice, I need to be sure that I'm not harboring any unconfessed sin.
Even though the promise of walking closer with God is amazing, it's still hard to dig in deep and pull out those thoughts I'd rather pretend weren't there.
So that's what God spoke to me this morning. It's not easy. It's uncomfortable. It's embarrassing at times. But it's a journey. And I'm choosing to focus my eyes ahead and keep on walking.
Now, on to the winner of Lysa's book.
There were so many deserving comments that I decided to generate a random number (http://www.random.org/), and it was 60. So the 60th post is the winner, which is Robyn.
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However, as I double checked the comments to make sure I counted right, I realized that somehow Robyn's comments posted twice. I'm sure that was a bloggy glitch. But, I decided to give a book to the 60th person as well as the 60th post. And that winner is Joyce Ashley.
If both winners will contact me personally (firstname.lastname@example.org), I'll get your addresses and get your books mailed out.
Thanks so much for for joining me on this journey. It's an honor to be your sister and friend.
In His Love,