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Go to Him. Read His Word.

Scripture: James 4:8

Come near to God and he will come near to you…

Observation:  I must seek God, going to him continuously. And He will meet me.

Application:  Read scripture! It’s the only way to know what is truly from God.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for allowing me to come to you through the Holy Spirit. Thank you, also, Lord, for giving me your word in the Holy Bible. Please guide me in keeping your word in my heart and in my head and on my tongue. Thank you for coming near me and for making it so simple. Please, Lord, do not let me make it difficult and stray from you.

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Scripture: Psalm 46:10

“Be still and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.

Observation: Don’t forget who God is-He is the mighty One and I owe him reverence.

Application: Thank you for the gentle reminder to listen. And to listen because of whom God is, not because I expect to hear something.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for this gentle reminder to be obedient. You have asked me to be still and recognize who you are, the amazing all-powerful loving Creator and God. Thank you for wanting time with me. Thank you for the loving ways you lead me. I will be still. I will be still in reverence, not because I expect to hear from you, but because you are who you are and because you instruct me to do so.

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What an excellent reminder.  I had been letting my listening time slip, justifying that I was reading, writing and praying and that perhaps, that was enough.

This morning I was reminded to take that time and just listen.  And in my listening I asked God a few questions.  Then I remembered that listening time was to clear my mind of me and listen to Him.

It wasn’t long before my mind went to this verse.

 It doesn’t say “Be still because I have a lot to say and I’m going to give you the keys to the universe.” I think what it says is more along the lines of “Be still. I will be exalted. I am all-powerful. Recognize this and do as I ask.”

So I will listen with that in mind. I will also ask questions and engage in conversation as much as He allows. But I also will set aside time to listen just to be reverent and not ask anything in return.

Disclaimer: Now, I as I have mentioned before I am NOT a Bible teacher or scholar, so my interpretations are just that: My interpretations. And what I write is what I hear God saying to me. Ask Him what He wants to say to you. And then listen…. To hear Him and to obey.

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Scripture: Isaiah 33:2

“O Lord, be gracious to us;

we long for you.

Be our strength every morning,

Our salvation in time of distress.

 Observation: He will give me a daily dose of strength every single morning. He’ll renew my strength and give me just what I need…  I just need to ask. And then my strength will be sure because it will come from the Lord. And then I can do His work the way He intends for me to do it. This would be so much better than doing what I, alone, think I should do.

 If I can have the Creator of the universe on my team, don’t you think I should take Him up on his offer of strength every single morning without fail?

 Application: I need to continue calling on Him daily, every single morning without fail. I’ve seen a difference since July 3. I cannot let this practice go.

 Often I get into a good habit for awhile and then something makes it slip. I should not let it slip. I must keep this habit up of rising and meeting and getting my daily dose of true strength.

 No, I haven’t been Wonder Woman since I’ve been back on track. But I’ve been better able to hear his whispering through the day. And He continues to mold me, to shape me and to guide me. Why would I want to give this up? Is there anything more valuable? No, even sleep is not more valuable.

 Prayer: Dear Lord,

Thank you for enabling me to gain true strength from you every morning. Thank you for the time we spend together so I can hear you better and learn how to discern what comes from you and what comes from the world. Please keep me close, keep calling out for me. And when I consider sleeping in or finding another excuse for taking this time away from us, please call me back before I stray and give up this perfect gift. Thank you, Lord.

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Now, with that being said, I feel I must make a special note to all my readers.

First of all, thank you for following along with me in my daily devotions. Knowing you are there is also helping me to keep true to my daily journaling.

Secondly, this weekend I will be away at a scrapbook retreat. I do not know what my internet access will be like, so it’s possible I won’t post my journal entries until Sunday night. But I will take the time and do them each morning. As God reminded me today, He is my strength. Why would I want to deny that strength and guidance? Although scrapbook retreats often mean a major change in schedule, I will stay true to this and listen to him at 6:30 each morning.

 Please read along with me on your own and we’ll share our discoveries when I return.

 Here’s what I’ll be reading:

Saturday, July 19:  2 Kings 17, 2 Chronicles 28, Psalm 46, James 3

Sunday, July 20:  2 Chronicles 29-31, James 4

 I’ll be praying for you.

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