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“I am the voice of one
 
Calling in the desert,
 
Make straight the way
 
For the Lord.”
 
John 1:23
 
 
“Who are you?  What do you say about yourself?”  John the Baptist was frequently asked these questions, (questions nobody has asked me!)   His life was radically different from those around him, and people wanted to know why.
 
John knew his purpose in life was to “show everyone where to look, who to believe in …” (John 1, The Message).  As a result, he was extremely focused.  He was able to give an answer to those who asked who he was, because he knew his life’s work was to show people the “Light of the World” (John 8:12). 
 
I have been thinking about John the Baptist, because I am studying the gospel of John with an amazing group of women.  When we read slowly, mediate on what we are reading, and then discuss it with each other, we see scripture in a fresh way.  I would like to invite you to study the gospel of John and share your thoughts and insights with me or a friend. 
 
Questions of the day:
Who are you?  What do you say about yourself?  (John 1:22)
 
“I’m the voice of 1 calling u in your pain. 
Create space 4 God.”
 
(My texting paraphrase of John 1:23.) 
 
  
Thank you to Kristie for sharing thoughts about John the Baptist’s life.

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He hears

My heart is in anguish within me…
But I call to God,
and the Lord saves me.
Evening, morning and noon
I cry out in distress,
and He hears my voice.
Psalm 55:4,16-17
 
 
~ God of Grace ~
Please help me.
Please heal me.
Sustain and uphold me.
Release me…
For You are powerful.
You care and You love me.
 
I proclaim Your love in the morning.
I proclaim Your faithfulness at night. 
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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Prayer based on:
Psalm 30:10 – help
Psalm 30:2 – heal
Psalm 54:4 – sustain
Psalm 63:8 – uphold
Psalm 25:15 – release
Psalm 29:4 – power
Psalm 86:13 – love
Psalm 92:2 – proclaim
How gracious He will be when you cry for help! 
As soon as He hears, He will answer you.  Isaiah 30: 19
from my journal March 11, 2009

 

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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 voice of the Lord is Powerful.
The voice of the Lord is Majestic.
Psalm 29:4
 
His sheep follow him because they know His voice.
John 10:4
 
I wrote these scriptures in my journal last year. Seeing the word voice in both verses caused me to realize that our Shepherd’s voice is powerful and majestic. Here is a prayer for our voices based on 1 Corinthians 12:3 and Psalm 49:3:
 
~ Lord ~
Whenever we use our voices help us to
speak by the Spirit of God.
May our mouths speak words of wisdom.
In Jesus’ holy name,
Amen.

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