Saturday, September 26, 2015

Stop talking


Devos from mom
September 26, 2015
I'm inexperienced in being told to stop talking. From the time I was little I've heard it in one way or another.
Shut up!
It’s time to go honey.
Shhhh!
You interrupted me! 
Ok...I gotta let you go..... "hint hint"
And my favorite... well I could talk all day BUT
Like I said, "I been told to stop talking in many different ways. For someone to just say, "Stop Talking" was a new one for me. 
My baby sister and I have lived far away from each other for many years. To start with I’m 15 years older than her and I left home when she was only 3. I soon moved across the country while she was still young.
 After she grew up she lived on the East Coast while I lived on the West. Then I moved overseas and we never seemed to be home at the same time. A couple years ago with a newly empty nest my husband and I took a trip to Boston to visit her and her family.
We were there a whole week and all we did was talk. When we were in the car we talked. When we were shopping we talked. When she was at work we were right there with her and we talked.
One day we went to the mall and decided to get our nails done. Today as I write this I can’t even remember if anyone else came in or out while we were there because we were talking the whole time. I even forgot where we were or whether or not the content of our conversation should have been public knowledge or not. I guess I figured as fast as we talk most people don’t understand us anyway.
All of the sudden a broken English voice grew louder breaking its way into our conversation with a profound, “STOP TALKING”. Stop talking and you, “pointing at my sister” you come with me. We stopped, looked around the room, and quickly were drawn back to reality. We looked at the nail technician and the three of us started laughing. She said, “You talk later, she needs to come with me”. As my sister walked across the room we just kept on talking, but this time we had our eyes open to the world around us.
Until the nail tech had broken into our conversation we had forgotten where we were or that any one was around.  We were in another world.

How hard is it for God to get your attention? Are you so engaged in other things you miss his presents? STOP TALKING he’s calling you.
1 Kings 19:10 And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
1.      I have worked very hard for you and evil has destroyed everything good and is now ready to kill me. Elijah felt all alone in his word. Are you so busy doing everything you can to stay alive you forget to listen to him?


1 Kings 19:11 11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
2.   We are so caught up in the noise of our own self-help sometimes. Is God with his still small gentle whisper asking us to STOP TALKING?



1 Kings 19:14 14 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
3.   There we go again pouring it all out, At least were talking to him now. He is listening. Tell him your fears and concerns.



1 Kings 19:15 15 The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. 18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”
4.     As a parent, wife, friend, co-worker or a daughter I feel I have to be in control of everything. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized God has called me to appoint others to go out to fight as well. It’s not my place to be alone doing it all. It is my responsibility to stop talk, open my eyes and see what he has prepared around me. Make to list of people:
a.     Meditate on the people around me that are working. Those who are around you fighting the good fight.
b.     Who are you mentoring around you? Those who are ready to be called to battle.


When we all work together we have power in numbers and we can lay hands on those who are working to direct their efforts., These people may be the very ones called to more than we could ever do These people will do more for God and the furthering the Gospel than we ever imagined.


1 Kings 19:19-21 19 So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. 20 Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,” he said, “and then I will come with you.”
“Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?”
21 So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.

5.     Maybe you have been called. The cloak dropped on your shoulders. Get up stopping talking about what needs to be done and take action. As you read through this what things big or small have come to mind? Stop talking and Go!

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Answer this important question:

What's your worldview?

Devotionals from Mom
By Tomya Peters


When I think of a worldview I have to first answer how big my world is in the first place?

Thirty years ago I was asked this question. I had just moved 1,100 miles away from my home where I had lived all my life.

I thought my world was pretty big and my view pretty broad.

I wanted my view to be what God wanted.

Matthew 28:18-20 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All power in heaven and on earth is given to me. 19 So go and make followers of all people in the world. Baptize them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach them to obey everything that I have told you. You can be sure that I will be with you always. I will continue with you until the end of the world.”

The last words Jesus said before he left this world were this:

Acts 1:8 But the Holy Spirit will come to you. Then you will receive power. You will be my witnesses” in Jerusalem, in all of Judea, in Samaria, and in every part of the world.

My worldview is the same as it has always been and just as simple. Live a life filled with the Holy Spirit and witness the life Christ lived bringing souls to the foot of the cross for healing, forgiveness and love.

The thing that changes every day is the size of that world.

My world is bigger than I can comprehend, it is growing daily the more I tune my sights to see with God’s eyes. My view is simple, but I fail to rise to my responsibility on a daily basses. My world view.... is easier said than done.


My world view is God’s love lived out. My worldview is YOU!

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Noise

Noise

I can't seem to get away from it some days. From the time I get up till I go to bed I hear noise. Some days I feel balanced, confident with everything under control, so I don't hardly notice the noise. And on some of those quiet-less days I make it through with patience not letting it show. BUT OH BOY! There are days, I want to choke someone. Are y’ll with me on this? Well, some days I notice I get a little irritable maybe even cranky. I crave silence in my life. I need quiet stillness deep in my soul to thrive. Why does everyone keep talking to me? Why don’t they want to listen to the birds, the wind or the clock ticking in the next room? Do they just like hearing their own voice?

I have found I need…. no! I crave time to just listen to nothing. Don’t misunderstand who is speaking to you right now. I was told as a child I had “Verbal Diarrhea”, when filling out a camp application under “any ailments” they might need to know, by my mother. I’ve also been told by my family as were leaving the house of friends standing at the door, “Say good night Tomya”. All fun aside I know I like to talk…. a lot!, but if I were to never have silence in my life I would go crazy.

I think we talk too much.

Psalm 46:9-11 New International Version (NIV)
He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields[a] with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

So I’m gonna shut up!

Just for this week challenge yourself to 10mins every day to be still. Just be still and know that He is God! Will he bring peace for you as he brought to the sons of Korah who wrote this Psalm? He was a descendant of Esau, and we know the conflict he and his brother struggled with. (Genesis 25-35) Be still and trust God to guide, lead and persuade through your silence.

Shhhhh! 

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