Friday, November 11, 2011
...to hear HIS voice.
Happy Veteran's Day!!!
to my veteran and to all of you who have at some point served our country. We are so thankful for you!
Mama suggested we have lunch at Applebee's because they were having free meals for veterans. We ended up eating kind of late because Cale had therapy until noon and then I had a conference call with his therapy team at 12:15. After eating his steak (and we had to get dessert!) he asked how much his food was when I was paying the bill. I told him his was free and he said, "Really? Seriously? Why?" I told him why and he replied by saying, "Wow. I'm a hero." :) I'm not sure if you remember reading my post last year on Veteran's day, but I had to agree...He's a hero. My hero. Click here to read my post from last year!
We're leaving this afternoon (as soon as I finish this post!) to go to Mike and Rachel's house for the weekend! I'm super excited!!! They've come here to visit us, but we've only gone once to visit them and that was only for a day. Also, please be praying...I'm speaking at their church on Sunday. I'm really excited for this too! I think it's so amazing that I have anything to say about what's happened. Isn't it amazing? I get to share about ALL that the Lord has done in our lives and how He's blessed us...and it all deals with a terrible car accident. I know I've written before, but I have that whole babbling issue and I'd like it to um...not show up! :)
Before I finish I wanted to share something from my quite time the other day. I wrote it out and it's been on my heart since. It's kind of off the Veteran's Day stuff, but I think it's still important...
As I'm sitting here doing my quiet time, I'm thinking about peace. What is it really? I then think of the song, Heart of Worship. The first part of it says,
When the music fades
All is stripped away
And I simply come
Longing just to bring
Something that's of worth
That will bless your heart
That is such a well-known song in the "worship" world, but how many of us really come to that place? It's so powerful. That's a time when the chaos around us swarms but in the midst of it, we're trusting (Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. -Philippians 4:6). The lessons of trust that He gives us are intertwined with difficulties, but the benefits far out way the cost.
When we can truly trust, we experience peace (You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! -Isaiah 26:3) which is a limitless gift that is beyond our circumstances.
A result of experiencing true peace is that we can hear His voice (The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.” -John 10:3-5) and then we follow Him. We don't stray away from Him because we know (You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls. -1 Peter 1:8-9) Him.
Peace seems to be every where lately...in a book I'm reading, my devotional, scripture that I've been reading, songs, movies, and then of course all the Christmas decorations coming out.
Have you ever experienced true peace? Have you ever needed it? Thought about it?
We have a lot harder time hearing His voice and confusing it with the worlds when we're not allowing peace to rule our hearts.
I have more thoughts to share about this topic, but we need to hit the road! :)
Posted by Kathleen at 3:34 PM