Mar 14, 2013

Thursday SHINE.....

Today's Reading: Numbers 9:15-10:36

Happy Thursday, sweet SHINE girls! As I was reading Numbers today, something hit me. Like a ton of bricks.

Don't you just love when that happens?

Girls, Moses was in tune with God. He had to be. Moses listened for God's  voice at all times.

God often led Moses, then led him in a different way. God didn't just say: "Alright, Mose, it's all yours! Just head North to the Promise land!"


Moses had to hear daily from God. He had to listen. He had to talk to Him. Moses could not let the complaints, suggestions, etc from his camp lead him. He had to depend on God for his leading. God chose Moses for this task. Moses was responsible for leading the people.

Only by listening for God's direction, would he be able to lead the people on the right path.

Have you ever felt responsible over something? You knew that God had called you to do something, and you had to depend on God to get you through every step of it?

You knew that nobody else could direct the path for you? Only the Lord?

Oh, friends. This is when our relationship with Him gets the sweetest. We must choose to listen for Him.

I wrote a post yesterday on my personal blog. As I was reading this morning in Numbers, I kept thinking back to it. It aligns perfectly with today's reading of hearing His voice and being prepared to halt or go at any moment with Him.

He's not a God of whim. However, He wants to discipline us and train us to be so sensitive to His Voice, that we stop on a dime when He tells us to. Or we run like the wind when He tells us to.

I hope you He speaks to you today, sweet friend. Listen for His Voice.

Here's my post from yesterday:

Hearing vs. Listening

I've done a lot of praying here at the beach. I am needing some major discernment over some things coming up through our SHINE ministry. Like major.

I know that God is not the author of confusion, because His word says so. At times, I feel confused, but then, I know that He just wants me to trust Him. Completely.

I am learning that He calls us and can re-direct us at any point. It's not the re-direction that is the main thing, it's the hearing Him call you on a different path. You know?

It takes a whole lot of sensitivity to His voice in order to not miss the gentle call of His voice.

Life can get noisy. And I just don't mean in the physical sense.

 It can get noisy when I have too much on my plate, spend too much time on the internet, worry over a conversation that didn't go well and play it over and over and over in my head, feelings of guilt for a reaction I may have had to one of my children {this one can really trip me up}, wondering what others may be thinking of me, wondering what Lem thinks of me.

Yeah, my mind can get pretty noisy.

All that noise playing in my head keeps me from hearing Him at times. If I am entertaining all those things in my blonde little brain, there is no room to hear the Only Voice that matters. His.

It would be much easier if He could just pull me aside and look me in the eyes and speak what He wants me to do. However, I think that negates the personal relationship I have with Him. Right? He wants to know that I am hearing Him, because I am choosing to listen for Him.

I don't want my kids being forced to hear me, I want them to listen for my voice. Anticipate it.

When I talk to my kids, I want them to listen to me. Not just hear my voice echoing.

Everyone with ears can hear. But, can they listen? It takes discipline to listen. It does.

I think that's what He wants from us.

It's a daily thing. To try to stay in tune with Him. He's always, always there waiting to talk, to lead, to direct me. But, am I waiting for Him to? Am I clearing the cluttered path for Him to come in to my heart and truly listen for Him?

learning to listen,



  1. Anonymous3/14/2013

    I struggle with every one of those things you mentioned! My husband always tells me, "Sarah, just take the rat off the wheel." A clear mind is a beautiful thing! Clearly and fully submitted to Him, and under His authority. I'm right here with you, striving for that perfect peace that comes from Him. Beautiful post Jill! :) You inspire me to be better in so many ways. Forever thankful for you and your beautiful heart!!! I think you're awesome! And I know He does! :)

  2. I love this, Jill! Wow are you growing!!! Coming from this "elder" and I say that with a wink ;)...don't know if you can see it...but one eye is!

    I love that He speak through thunder and the rushing waters or ocean waves...with a roar!! Or, speaks in that still small voice that if you don't get very still and quiet you'll miss Him .

    I call what you said above...stopping on a dime. Like Paul, when he was headed one way...and he heard the Macedonian call! I love to sing "Send the Light" with that verse in it.

    Often I'm doing one of the many things that I must do...and I have to shut all else out to do that one thing I've committed to do in the LORD. Then, another time, I'm about my busyness at home...and He actually lures me to sit write or meditate on Him. Thinking takes time! Not thinking takes no time...Haha!!

    Recently, I was leaving here ...headed to pick up somebody...anyone who knows me knows that is part of my everyday practice in retirement...and I just said the words, "There I go, LORD, being dust again." I heard laughter!!! I mean God was laughing!!! And, I began to laugh like a roaring hyena!!!

    Isn't He just wonderful!!!!!!!! Wooooooo Hooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

  3. thank y'all. i love you, both. :-)


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