Is fear or faith your motivator?

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As I reach into my savings account and pull out this months bills to be paid out on month 5 of my unemployment I think to myself “hmm I didn’t really plan to still be HERE right now.” But I am.  And somehow I’m ok with it.  At least I was before I let the world seep in and make me question my motivator.

Does fear or faith motivate you?

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As a human most likely your answer is probably both, even if it’s just faith in yourself or someone else or a process.

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If you are faith based, then ideally faith weighs in more, but let’s be honest we still allow fear to run things a lot, and probably don’t necessarily think that is a bad thing anyway because after-all at least “fight or flight” mode allows you “get the job done”, right?! Well true, maybe. But I feel like the goal shouldn’t just be just to get it done and move forward. Life is more than a series of check-marks to cross off for most of us.

For those new to my blog, I left my occupation, one of flexibility and a good solid salary because I felt there was something more that I was meant for and that occupation wasn’t my purpose in life and I wanted to take time to allow for a breather for God to redirect my path and allow me to steer down the path of His choice and I felt the only way for me to allow myself to “be still and listen” was to take myself out of my comfort zone and into a place of rest and discomfort in unemployment so that I had the time and openness to allow for redirection and purpose.

All that said and done, I sit here months later as onlookers probably see my continued unemployment as complacency or undirectedness (which I kind of is– by choice) or more commonly that I’m being unrealistic in what I am waiting for and had a great job I should have never left especially when still not being clear about what I want to or should do going forward.

Have you ever been in this place in life with a situation? You made a solid decision and believed in it wholeheartedly but then as time went on and your timing didn’t match Gods timing and everyone was buzzing in your ear causing confusion, you start to second guess what God originally told you or if you even heard him clearly at all.

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So here I am. Questioning my decision to have made this leap of faith.

Still unemployed. Still undirected and unclear. Still no clear view of what direction God had in mind for me.

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Plenty of job options but mostly just getting back into what I left. Everyone around telling me just to go back to what I know, go back to sales, take that job that’s just ok–but not what I expected–just because it’s “better than nothing.” To essentially stop waiting for the perfect job; that shiny present of a well paying job that fulfills me and glorifies The Lord while I’m doing it.

And frankly, at this point everyone is starting to sound like they are right.

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But then I have to go back to why I started.

I started out of faith.

  • Faith that I was discontent in my occupation for a reason.
  • Faith that God had something different for me.
  • Faith that He would use me.
  • Faith that He would provide.
  • And faith in His timing.

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And now I am not thinking or acting in faith but out of fear.

  • Fear that my discontentment was normal, and just something people live with.
  • Fear that God maybe wouldn’t use me in the way I imagined. (which lets be honest is a very real and ok thing)
  • Fear that maybe He didn’t have something different for me.
  • Fear that He wouldn’t provide.
  • And fear that His timing wouldn’t match up to my needs.

faithbiggerthanfear_largeFight or flight.  Do I listen to the fear around me and allow it to seep in or do I trust in the character of my God who has proven time and time again that He is faithful and He is good.

It’s those times when we don’t hear or feel God,  or His timing or ways don’t match up to our vision, that is when we have to trust what we do know and that is that God is Good and His ways better.

And as always, when fearful or doubtful, go to the source of truth to put those fears to rest.  The bible says,

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  • We are chosen and special to God.
  • God will answer us and show us great things.
  • Gods plans are to give us hope and a future.

And so I gain my strong footing again, waking up and choosing faith in this journey.

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(Stay tuned to next weeks blog for the current update on month 6- last week as God made His big reveal which I can’t wait to share as I’m now playing blog catch up)

3 things everyone should know about Peru, and few tips for those traveling to Machu Picchu.

1. Meds will not save you.  boy in the bubble, boy in a bubble, cant get sick, sick prevention, safety tipsAt some point you will feel/be sick– so unless you plan on being the “boy in the bubble”, accept that fact in life. In the states, you can’t always prevent illness so why would it be different anywhere else. Your preventative medicines are helpful, as are common sense good health practices, but you’re gonna get “funny tummy” at some point (discussed further in Tip 9). Before you travel to Peru you will be recommended a Hep A shot, tetanus, flu, and typhoid fever. This will leave your arms sore for days but is a small price to pay, speaking of pay— normal insurance covered all my shots except the typhoid fever shot.

You are also recommended malaria pills, antibiotics, sleep aid, and the coveted altitude pills. Make sure to get the Malerone Malaria pills as they have less to no side effects. Antibiotics are to help with any ahem–unwanted and uncontrolled bowel movements–aka “funny tummy” which as mentioned, will occur at some point no matter how “careful” you are. Sleep aid wasn’t needed in my case as the time in Peru is only an hour difference.  And altitude meds might lessen symptoms, but I took them religiously and still suffered from symptoms– as altitude sickness has no rhyme or reason as to whom is susceptible to it. Young or old, fit or fat —no one beyond getting sick.

 

2. Toilet paper is a luxury.  Ever been stranded in a stall at the movie theatre or restaurant sans TP and prayed someone In the stall next to you was there and could reach under and rescue you with some under the stall TP action?!  It doesn’t happen often in the states, but in those moments we realize how much we love some TP. Toilet paper in Cusco Peru is rare, so you must bring your own with you or forever drip dry.   And when you do have some toilet paper—do not think about flushing it. Put it in the trash bin next to the toilet as their sewer system can not handle the paper. (I failed on this many times, only after flushing catching myself going Ohhhh shheeet) Per number 1— even you guys are gonna need toilet paper at some point during your stay — if you smell what I’m stepping in. Lol. Quickly you will realize that toilet paper and toilet seats are a luxury.

peru, cusco , toilets, toilet paper, no toilet paper, failIn Cusco,if you have the luxury of a public bathroom consisting of four walls of and roof, you will usually find the toilet paper rolls outside the bathroom and/or outside the stalls. More often than not those will be empty and you will be sh*t out of luck literally if you didn’t bring any. On top of that, we found 8 out of 10 toilets have no seat to sit on. That makes the bathroom experience particularity interesting folks. Lastly, any excursion that you embark on will likely be in area where your bathroom is any outdoor area you that you feel comfortable relieving yourself. We found out quickly our tour guide always had a great recommendation for where we should go hide to pee. We even quicker realized they tell everyone about those same spots because when we would get to our secret spot there was always tissues and ahem….turds. Ehhhhh. Minefield to maneuver over but when you gotta go you gotta go I guess.

 

3 – You live in a country of opportunity so take the risk. Make a leap of faith every once in a while and if you don’t succeed it’s ok. Try again. Or try something else. Your options are limitless only to your own fear. That’s right even you who is in the “pits of life” —living off a friends couch;laid off work; barely making ends meet; working so much you only work,sleep, and eat. Cusco is such a great reminder of how blessed we are and how much we take for granted. Let me paint you a picture. As we go by town after town of dusty buildings I see shacks and small cubes as homes; stray dogs all over; young kids walking by the streets alone for long stretches; little three wheel carts for taxis; clothes hanging to dry on lines outside of each home; elderly ladies hunched over permanently from years of carrying loads of corn and quinoa on their back; pay phones as likely many here can’t afford cell phones and certainly not the treasured iPhone we would all surely die without.  We found out that many of these smaller towns don’t even have running water.

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They are farmers and live off their crops and animals. Life here is simple at best and a lot of hard work. We drove by towns with kids playing soccer and sitting outside drinking Inca Cola and chatting, waving at the tour buses constantly running through their town.    That is their life. Full time. And I doubt if their kid grows up and doesn’t want to grow corn or take care of the family llamas s/he has too many other options. How blessed are we?! Even when we go through hard seasons where we work too much or make not enough or lose a job. We have the ability to change our livelihood. To redirect our path and our limitations are only as big as our fears. Cusco was a great reminder of the endless possibilities and opportunities we have. Here’s few extra tidbits of advice for those interested in visiting Cusco and the Machu Picchu area.

4- Waynu Picchu is amazing and priceless to hike with views for days

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but if you want to add a little extra physical challenge go the extra to Temple of the moon.  It says its an additional 3-4 hr hike but we did the whole thing including the initial Wayna Picchu in roughly 2:30, as fairly in shape 30somethings. temple of the moon, machu picchu, peru , cusco, underground caves, cave, temples, incas, inca ruins
And PS—the natives have larger lungs than you (our tour guide told us this little fact) so while they may seem slightly less physically fit and a foot shorter, do not try to race them up the mountain, you may win but you will spend the next 5 minutes gasping for oxygen while they take a nap waiting for you to recover

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5- Reading or sleeping in the hour plus rides to/from anything in Cusco is impossible. Between the speed bumps in towns, slowing down for dogs in the street, and curving around mountains it’s a quick recipe for even the most solid of stomachs to be forced to look out the front window instead of catch up on sleep or a book.

6- If the altitude makes you sick ask for Oxygen. Most nice hotels in Cusco have an oxygen tank ready and at no charge it can be delivered to your room for a quick 10 minutes in the event of altitude sickness. Here are some of the amazing hotels we stayed in while .

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7- Be prepared to spend a lot of money on water. You can’t even use the water to brush your teeth in Peru so a daily cost will be in waters to accompany you in your journey and fill your camelback or canteen (you can not bring bottled water into Machu Picchu

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locals in the traditional garb–or you will need to pay them or run. Not in a scary way, but dang….. they are persistent. So cute they are in their bright colors and petting the baby llama with its cute hat

“Miss miss you want to pet. You want to pet her?”

I hear it still. So cute they were so I took a pic and instantly they are asking for money. Ok that’s fine, they got me. I’ll pay for a cute pic no biggie. But maaaan. They all think they are the first to stop you. I’m like “No,no gratias”, now that I have my picture I’m good but if you even make eye contact they won’t leave you alone and I literally had to run to the next area because they would not leave me alone. But they are cuuuuute.

9- Peruvian food is amazing. .And the ceviche is worth the risk of getting what our tour guide calls “funny tummy“, known to us as travelers diarrhea. It’s risky to eat anything washed in their water and not cooked—aka salads and ceviche. Two things I love. Ruh Ruh. When the food looks like this I say, Suck it up take some Imodium and eat your heart out.

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 guinea pig dish, peru , And of course, when in Rome……..while in Peru you must try another specialty of theirs, Guinea Pig.Served as shown here for show, they took it back and served it more practically in another 15 minutes. Like they say, it tastes like chicken—-except this one with more bones and less meat. 5 stars for experience, 3 on taste, 1 on tummy full to work ratio.

 

 

10- Lastly Pay the extra money for a travel agency. tour guide, peru, machu picchu , peruvian tour guideThe peace of mind that came with knowing our rides/taxis were safe and fair is great. Also it helps the language barrier to have a guide with to translate if no one is fluent in Spanish. They pre-paid all the drivers and got us pre paid admissions to the mountain and some archeological tours etc which would have taken us tons of extra time etc to research and figure out. The hotels covered breakfast and lunches (yummy and filling) were included in our daily excursions as included in package so there isn’t a daily hassle to find or bring food on our own. They gave us a sheet with tons of the country’s info and important notes plus recommendations on where to find dinner locally and what not to do etc. while it was a bit tiring to have full days planned out with little down time, it maximized what we could see and experience in our limited time in Cuzco and I highly recommend it for this city. We used CAT TRAVEL and were pretty happy with our experience through them.

David Crowder Band: A return

Loving this song for this season! Nice track hidden in CD 2 Track 10
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“A Return”

My heart runs far from where you intended
Come after me, please
My heart runs far from where you intended
Come after me, please

The son has come home, we’re rejoicing
The son has come home, rejoice my soul
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Such a pleasure to have them be a part of my home church here in Atlanta!! #blessed

It’s ok not to always know what your next step is.

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Never forget!! You may make plans but The Lord allows you to make those steps. There are many stages of understanding we walk through as a Christian. For me the first was just basic believing in Jesus. Next came trying to be a better person –to make Him proud, like I would my earthly father. Then came studying His word, so that I could know what “making Him proud” even looked like. Next up was giving up parts of my life to His Will. 

Because, as we all come to find out in our faith walk, sometimes the things we want are not the same as the things God wants for us. Sometimes we find out the easy way and sometimes the hard way. But sometimes, all we get is a feeling.

 Christians, we call that the holy spirit in us, that still small voice, that when we listen and allow guides us towards Gods will. Non-believers, you might call that intuition, karma, street-smarts, the universe, or just sheer luck.

But no matter your beliefs, it takes huge faith to step out of your comfort zone and into the unknown. This step from perceived safety;a secure job; a secure relationship; the state you live in; the people you know—whatever you are transitioning from—takes a huge leap of faith in whatever you believe in to carry you to the next phase in your life.

For me that leap of faith is trusting in God’s plan, and not my own. I’m praying to willingly allow Him to lead my path and allow myself to step out of my own way.

As a positive flesh person, defined as one who finds strength within themselves and is typically an “I can” person,  I am most always comfortably three steps ahead of myself with two back up plans and much certainty in my decisions, but in this season I realize how much God has left unknown to me ON PURPOSE so that I can not do what I do best —PLAN.

It’s a place I don’t sit well; feeling like I’m not making effort, hearing others say,  “What are you going to do?” –and my only answer being “I dunno sit back and pray and wait for God to show me.” –is scary and relieving all at the same time.

Why is it so hard to do nothing? Because it goes against everything I was taught. Right?!

I was taught:

  • work hard to get what you want
  • planning is a means to success
  • things don’t turn out as planned so have a backup
  • always be self-sufficient
  • God will take care of you, but you have to use what he gave you as well.
  • you get what you deserve (i think this was picked up on my own accord e.g. disobey/punishment)

Ohhhhh the woes of legalism and balancing the Christian faith….we could debate on these concepts for years, and you absolutely can comment on these. I’m going to leave them alone, as they aren’t my purpose for writing today.

What i do know is that God is showing me that while it is a blessing to be able to be self-sufficient and structured and a do-er, at times these patterns of such internal strength get in the way of HIS PURPOSE for my life. My will for my own path, is so driven and strong that if i don’t stop planning and doing the things I’ve always found comfort in—-there is a good chance I might completely miss HIS PLAN for my life. 

So if you are like me, always planning and doing, two steps ahead, loving certainty and the pride and responsibility it brings. I want you to know what God is showing me, It’s ok, in fact– necessary–sometimes to allow God to be the leader. So stop planning, step out in faith, and say,

God thank you for making me such a leader and capable of living this life you have given me. You made me bold and fearless, in your image, and although it goes against my nature, I know your plans are greater than mine, and I’m going to stop planning my life and allow you to show me what your plans are.  Help me be ok with stepping aside and resting. Help me hear you clearly so that i know your plans when you show them. Help my pride take a back seat as others don’t understand what i’m (not) doing. Help provide for me as I wait for you to show me your will. Help me have faith and patience. And mostly, be changing my heart, if your plan is not something I would readily choose for myself.

Amen

 

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The Art of Distraction

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Where did the morning go?! I woke at 8:30am and it’s now close to 10am and I’ve accomplished little to nothing.

Does time ever get away from you? It does me….all the time. Take this morning for example. My second Tuesday of “funemploment” I’m basking in my morning “quiet time”, that time us Christians claim as sacred one-on-one time to devote to our relationship with the big guy upstairs only problem is:

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“Oh lemme just check Instagram real quick…..oh cool I wanna reply to that Facebook message first……ok just one email”, and before I knew it 90-minutes just flew by and I had yet to give God any minutes.

I believe in the society of today this is one of the biggest obstacles to our quiet time and one of the devils most useful sneaky tools. I fall prey to this trick so often if not daily I’m sad to admit. 😦

THE ART OF DISTRACTION.

Sometimes its a great thing….

And sometimes, not so much.

It is one of the devils most seemingly innocent but deadly tricks. I consider myself a somewhat disciplined Christian, most days able to easily say no to the obvious things that the devil tempts with like invitations to late nights and heavy drinking, exciting events that fall during my women’s bible study, and men asking me out who clearly don’t put God first being just a few examples that come to mind —-but the devil is clever and adjusts his game plan as we strengthen our faith.

2 Corinthians 11:14 says, No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 

Reminding us that not all things that look good are good, and also, as shown here– reminding us that Satan can use things that don’t seem sinful by nature, for evil. Instead of causing us to do evil, all he has to do is draw us to things that draw us away from time with God and he has accomplished a great feat.

Now, it’s not others so much that he uses to pull me away from my time with The Lord, it’s myself. Its the art of distraction as I wrestle with a seemingly innocent idea of quickly checking social media first thing in the am rather than jump into my bible study.

Afterall, how much more enticing is finding out what happen while you were sleeping than digging Into that book,” I hear the devil whisper in my ear. “Just a quick look won’t hurt, then you can get to your study, Jessica.” —but the reality is the devil knows how hard it is to reign in my mind once the day hits and once I start redirecting my focus.

 

So this morning, I failed.

I got sucked into distractions and when I finally prompted myself to study, out of sheer guilt (also not from God— as if it wasn’t bad enough to steal all that time, now the devil guilts me for falling prey to his alluring distraction), I had to laugh as I opened my book to to this page:

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Isn’t it true though? Anytime we make changes (in my case quitting my job so I can focus on what God is directing me to do) the devil redirects his focus as well. So now that I have created time, he’s creating new ways of keeping me occupied and away from

My goal : Time with God

and the Ultimate Goal: Winning hearts for the Lord.

Why does a short time with the Lord matter to the devil? Because the devil knows how powerful time spent getting to know our father and prayer is. He knows if he can just thwart that the day will will be completely different.

“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12-13 (NIV)

Believers, you know its true. Everyone of you can think to a day when you were disciplined and took time to pray and do a little devotional or bible reading or whatever your quiet time looks like and no doubt you walked into that day with more confidence and direction and willingness to succeed than when you woke up. And on the other hand, we all have those days where we rush out of bed (or get distracted from our quiet time) and jump into our day and just can’t seem to catch up or feel successful that day. The whole dynamic of the day changes due to that one small act.

And the devil knows it!

So tomorrow I will start again. I will wake with intent and leave my phone where it lies, by my bed, and dive into the most important part of my day remembering how vital it is to my day, my health, and my ability to love on and serve others.

Get behind me Satan!!

The importance of not knowing.

Once again this morning I’m reminded why only seeing a few feet ahead in this journey we call life—is the way God planned it.

As I listened to a sermon from Passion City Church and I hear Louie Giglio speak to, The Word Series, Part 16; Breath on the Page —once again God speaks reasoning and confirmation to me about the importance of stepping out into the unknown.

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The importance of being uncomfortable where you are sometimes and not knowing what tomorrow will bring.

The bible is oftentimes described as a road map Louie says; a manual for your life. But he also brings to our attention that it is a roadmap to life but not to your life. It’s to be used as a reference in life as a Christian, but it’s not specific for your life. Only when it’s applied and prayed over and you listen to God does the bible become specific to your life.

Just like a car manual that shows how a car works and when services are needed how to find parts and what to fix, but like the bible, our Christian manual, a car manual isn’t specific to your car. Your specific area conditions, your driving, others driving; all those things change the needs of your car and shape the things needing fixing and make your car needs less predictable.

If your manual for your car said, at 10,000 miles you will have an accident and it will cost you 3k out of pocket to fix because the other driver didn’t have insurance —-you would sell that car before that happened right?!

Of course, who wouldn’t. But that’s not what the manual is for, it’s not that specific to your own car —it’s for the type of car you have not your unique situations.

Gods word is similar. It’s meant to give you insight about who you are and how to live life—but it is not a complete roadmap that shows you all the stops and attractions you will stop at.

Psalms 119:105 says,psalms scripture on marinaHis word will — Light your next step. And your next step. And your next. Not your whole life at once. God will be a lamp into your feet and a light into your path. Because, if we saw our whole roadmap we would start driving on our own, and perhaps pick and choose where we want to stop and things we want to avoid. I know I would. “Oh great, painful breakup—No thank you Jesus—I’ll skip that and go this way instead.” And by doing so we lose the opportunity to gain valuable growth and insight learned through that stop in the roadmap that God so carefully knows, that stop that might provide the humility gained in order to be the person we WANT to be, but couldn’t be if we had to chose the difficult path taken to gain the “fruit” we desire.

So if God only lights our next step—-How do I at least see that step?

Listen to God in your life. 

You say, well that’s the problem—He’s not exactly sending angels to speak to me or burning bushes so I get answers.

Guess what?! We are so much luckier than that!! When Christ died he said as noted in John 14:16-18; 26-27 (NIV) And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will bec in you. 18I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me.26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

So we don’t have to depend on a sign from God through a prophet or a bush every once in a decade if we are lucky—but we have His spirit in us to help us each and every moment of our lives!!! I used to be so jealous the old testimony folks got more tangible and direct answers—-but then I laughed at how silly that is—and how jealous Moses and Jonah and Micah etc would be to be us —to have the living spirit of The Lord within us–walking with us daily—to guide us—if we listen.

“Ok great that sounds good, but again I can’t hear anything,” you say.

Man, trust me I have been there, and if this is you—you are in a great place because it means that you want more—you desire to hear God—and God desires for you to hear Him and is working in you to draw you closer so that you can hear Him!!

So, let’s work on listening to God together!! Are you up for it??

HOW?

  1. Get to know God. Knowing God to the degree that you can hear God means knowing His word. How to know God? Read His word. God cannot speak anything that is not true to His nature, His written word, so if you know Gods nature through reading the bible –you will know what is from God being spoken into your life. Luke 21:33 says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (NIV). God’s truth is consistent. He is not going to tell you one thing in the Bible and then tell you something different in an impression.
  2. Rest in his word. To me—this is the hardest part. I’m a do-er. It feels lazy and unnatural to rest. To do nothing. It goes against everything I know and with the task list in my head it is a quick way to more stress—is that how you feel too?? Psalms 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God,”.
  3. Listen. That’s why it’s so important to take time to actively rest. To hear God we have to know how he speaks, by knowing His word. And to hear Him speak, we have to quiet our minds and listen. Most people just pray, and talk to God but forget prayer is first and foremost a conversation with God—-a conversation by nature is a two-way communication—but so often we speak and then go about our busy day.

Well how do you expect To hear God if you didn’t take time to listen to Him? 

Ahhhhhhhh (did a lightbulb go off? I hope so, because as simple as that concept is, I know it never really struck me till i read it in this book which i highly recommend you read if you struggle with hearing God—this book changed my life!)

Another great read about figuring out your purpose is one of my favorites by Rick Warren,  A Purpose Driven Life–who also has an amazing post on this topic here.

Study His word, take time to pray, and then listen. Rest in silence. And wait for God to speak. Pray your mind is still and doesn’t wander but when it does refocus and direct it back to listening to God.

So I sit in “the wilderness”, and make sure to take time to read my life manual, and sit still in the quiet so that when God speaks, I will hear Him loudly and clearly and not prolong my trip in the desert because I missed my exit.

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