Thnx Christine! I knew but had forgotten that passage - PRACTICE intentionally!
Got a Rhema reminding me that God speaks to us in many ways. We are presumptuous to try to direct how He communicates to us - according to our expectations. I’m expecting to hear an actual still, small voice from my heart. Not. So far. I was informed He can speak to us in a million ways even as He leads each of us differently, unique to us. Oh... *sigh* My expectations are my problem!
Now though, I hear birds outside my window singing and chirping to say good morning EVERY day. Now I thank Him, acknowledging His message to me with a joyful ‘Good Morning’ back!
Another example: I was bad about taking care of Him upon awakening; putting Him first by going into prayer - before the house becomes full of distractions - and I’d leave Him high and dry while I gave my attention to a dozen other things. I’d tell myself - each time - ‘just a minute’.
He has begun waking me up for a few weeks between 3-5am every morning regardless of what time I finally got to sleep....the birds don’t start until dawn.
So now I begin my day with praise & worship, then prayers and Jesus’ communion sacrament. Say Good Morning to Jesus, Abba and the birds, blessing them all. Then go make the coffee.
I was functioning, kind of, many times on 4 hrs of sleep or less. I’ve put Him where He belongs - demonstrably first in my life, daily. He now lets me sleep at least 6 hrs. occasionally, and, when I fall asleep in intercessory prayer, I receive the impulse to go take a nap, guiltlessly.
Obedience - the first time thru - truly is the least difficult. He is so kind correcting me, I always feel grateful - and repentant that I forced His hand.
Corrections are customIzed! Love getting my peace back! Thank you for your teaching methods! They really make your point stick in deep. The transformation comes and makes me want the day to start so I can be with You!
What an amazing God we serve! Thnx Graham and Company for opening doors, opportunities for knowing Him better and loving Him more. The more I discover, the more prospecting I want to do. He, of course, knew this is what would happen. Oh Abba! Love you!