Have you ever heard God speaking to you? I have....many times, but I'm not always eager to comply. Today was one of those days. it's been a busy week and I'm pretty tuckered. We had been out doing errands all morning and I just wanted to rest this afternoon, yet God wanted me to do something....simply out of love.
Kip and I were eating lunch when I suddenly said, "OK Lord--I'll do it!" Fortunately Kip knows how God speaks directly to hearts and he didn't think I was loopy!! After blurting it out, I giggled and said, "God is nudging me to do this--tuckered or not." He smiled and nodded. Like the Lord, he doesn't need to verbally say any words to me, but I hear him loud and clear!
I was so glad I obeyed God's nudging. I know beyond any doubt that He was speaking to my heart, reminding me how much difference kindness and love can make to someone who has had a pretty tough life. How much "Genuine interest" in another can lift them up. He continually teaches me how important it is to make time for others.
It was important to put my own wants and needs aside for simply 15 minutes--and not only did I feel better about talking to that person, I was blessed by conversation with another person who happened to be there at that very moment.
God did not design us to be so busy, that we're too busy to connect with others in a genuine way. I find the phone much more difficult to chat on because I get so tuckered, yet the phone and writing letters [yes, actual handwritten letters!] are the only source of communication some folks have. If I don't connect with them that way, we don't connect at all. that is a travesty which breaks down relationships and it shouldn't happen just because I'm "too busy" or "too tired" to make time to connect hearts.
Once again, God did something beautiful for 3 people today.......what if I hadn't listened to him and shut Him out????
"My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart....Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart." Proverbs 3: 1, 3 NLT
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