Posts Tagged ‘listen’

Story of the day: (Stop, Look, and Listen to God)

First of all, I want to apologize for not getting Quote out consistently in the last few weeks and also wanted to let you know that Quote of the day won’t be running at full speed ahead for the next few months.  It is with great excitement that we wanted to let you know that Jeff and I will be getting ready to launch our new church website where Quote of the day will fall under. And because of this, Quote of the day will be undergoing some reconstruction, as we begin to line things up with our Sister Church in Dayton, OH.

I wanted to share with all of you the things that God has given us the green light for. On Thursday, we were given the blessing from God to begin having church in our home. We listened to God and followed through with what He asked of us. It was an amazing time of movement, prayer and worship in the Lord. God has also shared with us that Living Water Worship Center-Southwest will be here in New Mexico, not in San Antonio as I was originally praying for. I think that was more of an emotional endeavor that I wanted and thought I could talk God into doing (funny right?) But God clearly has had other plans. He has provided so many doors to be opened, and is clearly sending and putting people where He wants them to be. God also sent people our way with seed money to put into the church, the same day that God shared with us that the time for the church was going to be here and now. They told us that God had put it in their heart to give to us and to be obedient in doing so because of what God was going to be doing here in New Mexico, a clear confirmation to us that this was His will.

As we begin this next step in the ministry, we wanted to ask for prayer from you all and to thank you so much for being patient and understanding. We are so excited to see what God is about to do!

Quote of the day: Les Brown

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars”

Bible verse of the day: Hebrews 3:14 (NIV)

“We have come to share Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.”

Prayer:

Thank You God that You never change. Father, we are so blessed and excited to see what all You are about to do. Father, may we not take our eyes off of You, because in doing so, we will lose focus. Thank You for placing me under Your wing and guiding me where You want me to go. Father, I will go and do whatever You ask of me, praying that all that I do is Your Will for my life. Thank You for showing me that You never change, regardless of what goes on around me. I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Jeff and Christy

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Quote of the day:  Keep the Vision Alive!

In the book A Saviour for All Seasons, William Barker relates the story of a bishop from the East Coast who many years ago paid  a visit to a small, midwestern religious college.  He stayed at the home of the college president, who also served as professor of physics and chemistry.  After dinner, the bishop declared that the millennuim couldn’t be far off, because just about everything about nature had been discovered and all inventions conceived.

The young college president politely disagreed and said he felt there would be many more discoveries.  When the angered bishop challenged the president to name just one such invention, the president replied he was certain that within fifty years men would be able to fly.

“Nonsense!” sputtered the outraged bishop.  “Only angels are intended to fly.

The bishop’s name was Wright, and he had two boys at home who would prove to have greater vision than their father.  Their names:  Orville and Wilbur.

Quote of the day:  Craig Larson

“With a clear vision of what we can become in Christ, no ocean of difficulty is too great.  Without it, we rarely move beyond our current boundaries.”

Bible verse of the day:  Ephesians 1:17 (NKJV)

“that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

You speak to us differently, sharing bits and pieces of a picture that isn’t always clear to me.  I have faith and trust in You to put it all together, according to Your purpose and plan.  I pray to not move ahead of what You have planned, but that I listen to Your soft words in a loud world.  May I take the time to really listen and not hear what I want to hear, but what You are sharing with me.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen

Quote of the day:  The “Little Voice” inside

Did you hear that?  I know I did.  Should I ignore it or listen to it?  In Focus on the Family, Rolf Zettersten writes:

A good friend in North Carolina bought a new car with a voice-warning system…At first Edwin was amused to hear the soft female voice remind him that his seat belt wasn’t fastened….Edwin affectionately called this voice the “little woman.”

He soon discovered his little woman was programmed to warn him about his gasoline.  “Your fuel level is low,” she said one time in her sweet voice.  Edwin nodded his head and thanked her.  He figured he still had enough to go another fifty miles, so he kept on driving.  But a few minutes later, her voice interrupted again with the same warning.  And so it went over and over.  Although he knew it was the same recording, Edwin thought her voice sounded harsher each time.

Finally, he stopped his car and crawled under the dashboard.  After a quick search, he found the appropriate wires and gave them a good yank.  So much for the little woman.

He was still smiling to himself a few miles later when his car began sputtering and coughing.  He ran out of gas!  Somewhere inside the dashboard, Edwin was sure he could hear the little woman laughing.

People like Edwin learn before long that the little voice inside, although ignored or even disconnected, often tells them exactly what they need to know.

Quote of the day:  Grimes

“To hear God’s voice, turn down the world’s volume.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 Kings 19:12

“After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire.  And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

It is so important to turn down the volume of the world so that I can hear Your Still Small Voice talking to me each and every day.  It is so easy to become distracted by everything going on that I can easily become disconnected and not hear what You have to say.  I pray that when those distractions come my way, that I can put them aside and reconnect with You.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Communication

    Communication is so very important.  Max De Pree from the book Leadership is an Art, defines communication as a “prerequisite for teaching and learning.  It is the way that people can bridge the gaps formed from a growing company, stay in touch, build trust, ask for help, monitor performance, and to share their vision.”  Communication is a tool that God has placed among us and if used properly can be a “handy and well-used tool.”

    De Pree uses this little story about his grandson that I think is a great example of communication.  “His grandson once locked himself in the bathroom.  Despite his mother’s best efforts to get the door open, she failed.  She called in the police, who also failed to open the door. (All the while, his grandson kept reaching under the door to touch his mother’s hand.  Talk about good communication!)  Finally his mother called the fire department.  By the time the fire trucks arrived, there was quite a scene on the front lawn.  The fireman promptly broke down the door with their axes, tools they certainly know how to use.  You see, a fireman has two tools, an axe and a hose.  If you call him, you are going to get one.”

    Sometimes what we are trying to get across to others may not be coming across as clear as we would like.  Maybe we mean one thing and are saying something completely different.  The way we communicate or talk to one another is important.  It is important not only to the listener, but to the speaker as well.  How well do you communicate with others.  I have a task for you today to try on someone and see if it works.  I used this when I was teaching and my students loved it.  Take a sheet of paper and write down some simple instructions on how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a shake, or something else that we might think was pretty simple.  Once you have completed writing the steps, have someone else follow the instructions word for word.  And although they might have made a sandwich before, make sure that the directions are followed step by step.  Have them do exactly what is written on the paper and see if they can complete the task of making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a shake, or another simple task.  It is pretty fun and amusing to watch. See if you clearly communicated what you are trying to say.  Have a blessed day.

Quote of the day:  Henry Thoreau

“It takes two to speak the truth.  One to speak and another to listen.”

Bible verse of the day:  Hebrews 10:23

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You that You are a great Communicator.  God, communication is a great tool to have and when used can “bridge gaps, help others stay in touch, ask for help, and to share a vision.”  Lord, I pray to be a good communicator to others.  I also pray to be a great listener as well.  I pray that You give me the right tools to express my thoughts and to do it in a way that is clear and doesn’t bring about confusion.  Teach me how to speak the words that You have blessed me with and share them with others that I may share Your Gospel with them in hopes that they may come to know such an Amazing Father Whom I serve.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen