He really does listen.

This week I have been reminded, over and over, that God really is listening… that He really does care about the desires of my (our) heart(s) and every little detail of my (our) life (lives).

These reminders have left me in complete awe of the love of our Heavenly Father…

My hope in sharing these recent experiences with you is to encourage you that when you pray you are heard.

You are not simply “talking to yourself” or joining a chorus made up of millions upon millions of people across the earth. You are having a one on one, personal conversation with the One true God, the Creator of the Universe. (*Cue goosebumps.)

It all started last Wednesday… (*Cue rippling flashback effect.)

I realize that I keep coming back to this verse and sharing it with you; but, I will never shy away from remind you that God is always with you when I have the opportunity. (P.S. – How cool is this tree?!)

I was on my way to pick up Miss Norma from dialysis and take her home. I was driving toward the sunset (I. Love. Sunsets.) and I was admiring the outline of the mountains. The clouds were just starting to get a gold trim around their edges and it was just beautiful. I thought back to a sermon by Kevin Swanson I heard while at the Noah Conference and how he said that “God paints each sunset so carefully and then you check it twenty minutes later and it’s completely different!”

Isn’t it amazing when you think of it like that?

Psalm 19: 1 NKJV

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.”

So then I started thinking about the night before and the wonderful thunder storm we got to witness. (I also love thunder and lightning.) I had a brief moment of wishing that I had taken a picture of the lightning… but, I didn’t. So I moved on with my thoughts and my day. I got Miss Norma home safely and then I got home myself just in time to jump in the “Big Blue Bus” and head off with everyone to take Kasey to guitar.

Once he was dropped off we had some time to drive around a bit. This led to Michael parking near the airport so we could watch the airplanes take off and land. (All of the kids, and I am pretty sure I can speak for all of us “older” ones and say we do too, absolutely love this pass time and… it’s free… just saying.) Once we were parked and had a good view of the runway, you will never guess what happened (okay, maybe you will)… it started to thunder and lightning! I was beside myself. I took some video and was able to get a pretty decent picture from that.

Though it didn’t really matter what the picture looked like to me at that point. It was the fact that I had a mere thought, not even a “formal” prayer, cross my mind earlier that day that it would’ve been nice to have gotten a picture and then BOOM! God gave me another opportunity… thank you LORD.

This series of pictures is from our trip a few months ago to Bass Lake. These beautiful, little, yellow flowers make me happy!

Fast forward a couple of days and I was having a bit of a rough night. Mostly self-inflicted, I was tired and I was letting that get to me more than I should have. (But, hey, we live and we learn right?) By the time 4am rolled around and dishes were done, my teeth were brushed and it was time for me to get some one on one time with my Lord and Savior, though it was late I knew I needed to hear whatever He was ready to tell me.

So I said a quick prayer before I opened my Bible and I grabbed an index card from my box and wrote 1 Peter 4: 9 across the top. (Mattie and I recently started doing a verse devotional and this verse has been one I have been working on personally and I wanted to share it with her.) I flip on over to 1 Peter just to make sure I was remembering it correctly; I read it again and then began flipping my way back to the book of Ruth which I was currently reading.

But as I was doing so I was caught off guard in Psalms by a bill (whose value is irrelevant) disguising itself as a bookmark! I read the verses around it and the little prayer I had written there and my soul was comforted. I continued to do the same thing and found one more a little past Ruth in Deuteronomy and again the verses there were so fitting. When I turned back to Ruth, Ruth 3: 11 was highlighted right there in front of me. Though I know it was techinically Boaz talking to Ruth I could hear my Heavenly Father speaking straight to me.

Ruth 3: 11 NKJV

“And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman.”

The next morning the mystery of the “bookmarks” was solved and it turns out they have been there for quite some time… which is actually kind of amazing that: 1. I didn’t notice them before now… and 2. that God’s timing is so perfect that He waited until I needed to hear those words to reveal them to me.

Maybe I would have found the money and read the verses earlier, or later, and it wouldn’t have impacted me as heavily… He is so faithful.

“But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the LORD one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The LORD is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3: 8-9

The last little example I have for you today is that over the last few days, maybe a week or so I have been just casually thinking about how I would like to re-take the photos for my blog. For various reasons. But, Mama is a busy woman (and I kept forgetting) so I never ended up asking.

You know what?

Just yesterday she stopped me in the studio, between trips to put away laundry, and said “How about a photo shoot? It’s time to do one again.”

I. Know!

I just looked at her and blinked. I could hardly believe what she had just said. I told her, of course, all of this that I am telling you now and she just smiled and said, “See? God cares about all of our details.”

Psalm 37: 4 NKJV

“Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”

I am grateful for the picture of lightning I got. I am still using my new “bookmarks” as bookmarks, or more so, reminders. I also very much look forward to the opportunity to spend time with Mama and get some newer photos. But, more than all of this my heart is so full of the fact that God hears me… and if He cares about these teeny, tiny, microscopic details how much more is He going to take care of the “big stuff?”

Why do I worry or burden or allow fear or anxiety toward the future to creep in when I know He’s right here with me? I can’t even begin to imagine what it is He has planned for me… How exciting is that?! I know that He will grant me the desires of my heart, He already knows them, all I have to do is invite Him in…

Are you with me?

I was really happy with how this picture turned out; thank you Jesus!

When was a time where you heard God’s voice loud and clear?

Is there a time that you can think of that something extraordinary happened and you maybe chalked it up to “great timing” or “fate?” Can you see God’s hand in it now?

Is praying easy for you?

Is there anything I can pray for you for?

Until next time; I pray your day, every day, is blessed.

 

 

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