Monday, September 23, 2013

Listening for God's Still Small Voice~

When you have a disease like MS, you necessarily live your life in day tight compartments. Each day you wake up you really don't know what to expect. It can be a good day with little pain or it can be a bad day and literally it's hard to even get up.

Living within those parameters, it becomes hard to make definite plans for just about anything. The simplest plans can seem monumental to say the least and unfortunately, many plans get foiled at the last minute. Many of my friends and family can attest to this syndrome "Sorry, it's just not a good day today." The days of "Sure, I'm down for that adventure today" are pretty much over the longer you have this disease. In the early days, it' not as hard, but as the disease advances, the reality of living with MS begins to set in. Everyone with MS knows exactly what I'm talking about.  And regardless of capabilities to carry them out, we all like to make plans for our life.

But here's the thing: What about what God wants you to do? What about His plans? Does He have a say in your plans? Don't forget, He is the master planner and has been planning your life since the foundation of time. Jeremiah 29:11 says "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Next time you start to make new plans about how you are going to spend your time, stop and think about what He might like. He will surely bless you if you turn away from the world, and turn to Him instead. 1 John 3:21-23 tells us "Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight. And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us."

I've been very busy these past 6 months ministering to other women with MS and chronic illnesses via a private group I set up on Facebook. I post a devotional each day, pray for certain needs, post songs, inspirational messages and generally keep watch on the needs of the group. I feel the Lord has called me to do this, and am happy to be able to serve Him in this small manner each day. This is the small way that I have responded to the Lord's call. We all have gifts and we can all use them if we want to.
1 Peter 4:10 tells us "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms."

Do you listen to His still small voice? What small thing can you do to help grow God's Kingdom here on earth? There are a thousand different unique ways we can all help Jesus during our time here. Spend some alone time with Him and listen for His still small voice. It will be there, but you have to spend time with Him.

This morning, one of the ladies in our prayer group, posted that she is going out of her comfort zone and will be attending a big time Ministry Event nearby her this coming weekend. She knows exactly what she is facing, but she is forging forward, in Jesus name. Undoubtedly she is nervous as can be, but she has made a decision and she's moving forward. She is doing this because she feels God is telling her to help reach out to her teenage niece that is headed down the wrong path. Thankfully she has a dear friend that is willing to help her (undoubtedly her angel.)

I just want to say, Bravo to her! You can do it! You go girl ~~ I know God will order the day for all of you and clear any obstacles that you may face. When you do something like this that you feel the Lord is calling you to do, I believe heaven is smiling down and the Lord himself will pave the way for you.

Having MS and dealing with the fall out for the past 15 years, I realize what a big deal this is for her to do this. I know her niece will most likely not realize the sacrifice she is making, or it may take her years to look back and acknowledge what her sweet Aunt did for her. But she is doing it, not for herself, to help someone else who is suffering and needs the Lord.

Do you feel God's pull to reach out of your comfort zone for Him? Do you need to take the first step and trust the God will provide a way for you to accomplish that thing that He put on your heart? Every little thing works together to grow God's Kingdom. We are His hands and feet on this earth. If not you, then who? If not now, then when?

My verse for today is above in red.

My prayer for today:

Lord Jesus,

Help us not to turn our back when you call us.Help us to step out of our comfort zones, and do what we need to do to serve You and Your Kingdom. We don't know what it may be, but Lord I pray that you will reveal it to each of us. Help us to be your Hands and Feet here on earth while we are here.
Thank you for your servants that are willing to do your work on this earth.

In Jesus Name,
Amen and Amen

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Nicki. I love you woman. I read Jesus called his own mother woman. Thank you for gently guiding us and teaching us daily <3 Never judging always loving<3


I would love to hear your comments on my blog. Please leave them here and God Bless you~