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My times are in your hands.
Psalm 31:15


What is it that you want the most right now?  When you want something so much it makes your heart ache, it is hard to be patient and trust God with the timing.  It is even harder to surrender it completely into God’s hands. 

More than anything, Jesus’ disciples wanted Him to “restore the kingdom to Israel”  (Acts 1:6).  Israel, at this time, had been conquered by the Romans, and the Jewish people longed for freedom.  During the disciples’ last days together with Jesus, they thought that surely now, after they had waited so long, Jesus would finally do what THEY wanted Him to do.  They thought the timing was perfect for Him to be King. 

Jesus told them, “You do not get to know the time.  Timing is the Father’s business.  What you’ll get is the Holy Spirit.  And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be my witnesses … to the ends of the world” (Acts 1:7-8 The Message). 

Jesus was essentially saying, “You do not need to be worried about when you will receive what you want.  You need to be concerned about what I need you to do.”  It was not that He did not care about the disciples’ desires; He wanted them to change their focus.  Likewise, we are Jesus’ disciples today, and He has plans and goals for each one of us.  He wants us to trust He will fulfill His plans for our lives HIS time.

My friend Dianne asked me, “What are God’s goals for you for 2010?”  I would like to ask you the same question.  Please pray about this and take time to listen for God’s answers. 

“Wait for God’s timing ….”  Oswald Chambers

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watch over you

I will instruct you and teach you
In the way you should go;
I will counsel you and
Watch over you.
.Pslam 32:8
“What if you knew someone who knows the future, who controls the future, and who is also crazy in love with you?  Would you listen to Him?” 
My friend Maria shared this during a Bible study.

Show me Your ways O, Lord,
teach me Your paths;
guide me in Your truth and teach me,
for You are God my Savior,
and my hope is in You all day long.
Psalm 25:4-5

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Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us…?  Luke 24:32

Jesus still wants to talk to us today. 
Question of the day:
Am I listening?
from my journal January 20, 2005
A prayer from Teresa of Avila
Father of Holy Fire,
in all things that I do today,
however simple or great,
let me act out of reverence for You…
out of love and respect for others,
whom You call me to serve…. 
Let my greatest honor be this —
that others may hear me speak,
or watch my actions
and think more highly of You.
Majestic is Your Name, David Hazard and Teresa of Avila 

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The Lord spoke to you out of the fire.
Deuteronomy 4:12
 I will refine them like silver and test them like gold.
They will call on My name and I will answer them.
Zechariah 13:9 
~ God of Grace ~
You speak to me through the fire of pain.
Please help me to hear what You are saying.
I claim Your promise that You will answer when I call on Your name.  The “fires” in my life make my soul thirsty for You.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.
O God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You;  my soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.  Psalm 63:1

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Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.

1 Samuel 3:9
When I was in high school my Dad gave me the book, My Utmost for His Highest At that point in my life it was too deep for me.  I started reading it in college and have read it regularly for 20 years.  It has daily devotionals that always challenge me to grow closer to God.  Lately, I have been praying “I want to hear from you, Lord” so the January 30 devotional was very meaningful to me.
Get into the habit of saying , “Speak LORD,” and life will become a romance.  Every time circumstances press in on you say, “Speak  LORD,” and make time to listen.  Chastening in more than a means of discipline –it is meant to bring me to the point of saying, “Speak, LORD.”….As we listen, our ears become more sensitive, and like Jesus, we will hear God all the time. 

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