listening…

I just got back from a two day camping (cottage) trip with some of our high school students, youth leaders,  youth director and our senior Pastor.

We swam, eat food, boated, water skied, tubed, jet skied, and so on.
More importantly we went waiting expectantly to hear from God.

We spent some time Tuesday morning doing personal devotions.
We read the Psalms while waiting for God to answer a specific question for our lives.

I entered this time with two questions:
1. When should our family move closer to our new church?
2. What is my next goal for counseling?

I feel like he spoke to me regarding each of these questions.

Regarding my counseling he directed my attention to Psalm 118. Specifically verses 5-6:

Psalm 118:5-6 (ESV)
“Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

I felt it was reminding me that as I continue to reach out to God with my weakness and struggles He will answers my cries for help. He will continue to set me free from the lies Satan has convinced me to believe.
I love that it says “the Lord is on my side”. It’s such a powerful safety net to know that God is right there with me.
Holding me up, carrying me when needed, holding my hand and walking me down the road I am on, guiding me towards his perfect son.
I also love the part that says “What can man do to me”. If I have honestly place my faith in Christ and make him Lord of my life that who can hurt me. I only have one person to please in this world and that’s God. I will let man down and man will let me down but God will never let me down.

God was pretty clear what he wanted from in regards to moving my family, again.

Psalm 37:7New Century Version (NCV)
Wait and trust the Lord. Don’t be upset when others get rich or when someone else’s plans succeed.

The first two words were like salt to a wound.
WAIT TRUST
I literally LOL’d.
I thought to myself, doesn’t he know I am not good at those two things?
Ah yes He does
and that is why is is reminding me that He is in control and His timing is perfect.
My Jesus Calling devotion stated, “Don’t worry about what is around the next bend.”
My husband’s devotion that morning had the word wait in it about 12 times.

I get it Lord. wait, trust, you are in control.

Wednesday evening I was reading my Jesus Calling Devotional and …
yup that’s right, God wanted to make sure I was listening…
again he had me focus on Psalm 37:7, this time with the reminder to sit quietly.

Which if you know me at all this is hard. Silence and I are not good friends.

Colossians 4:2 (ESV)
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

Prayer and gratitude are what will keep me in constant communion with God as I listen for the next step.

What about you, What has God been telling you lately?

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