Hearing the Whispers of God

Good Christmas week to all of you! I can hardly believe Christmas is in just two days! I know it has a very different feel this year and we’ll likely have to adjust our traditions accordingly. Let’s start off with a prayer first before we chat…

   Father in Heaven, I pray for each person who reads this and ask a special Christmas blessing for each of us. Let Your message be heard Lord and let us come away changed. In Jesus name, Amen.

       So here we are right on top of Christmas and all the busyness it can bring. Shopping, decorating, baking, wrapping, card writing…

       I have been busy doing these things too. All but the card writing. I didn’t do physical cards this year. But now that I think about it; this was probably the year it was needed most. Sigh…

       Well my shopping is done as well as my wrapping. Gifts are under the tree and the ingredients for green bean casserole are awaiting me. The hustle and bustle of city side walks and busy side walks as well as decking the halls and jingling those bells, we can get overwhelmed with it all and forget the one person we should be remembering most.

       I woke up very early yesterday morning and decided to stay awake. I had some last-minute little gifts to buy that day and getting things ready for Christmas. My son moved out this year but he will be spending the night Christmas eve at home. This warms my heart to have him home on Christmas morning. I know it won’t be that way for much longer. Sigh again…

       To get an early start on my day, I grabbed my phone to respond to any notifications on social media that came in through the night. I like to try and stay connected with those who connect with me. But as I checked Facebook and then Instagram, it happened.

“Why are you more interested in what others have to say than what I have to say?”

       This was the oh so gentle but wounded whisper of God to my heart. Sigh a third time…

       I desire to encourage others in the Lord so much that it can actually get in the way of my personal time with the Lord. But how can I minister or witness to others if I don’t have a strong personal relationship to draw from?

       I am reminded of the words Jesus spoke to Peter in John 21 verses 15 – 17…

“When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter ‘Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?’ he said to Him ‘yes Lord You know that I love You’, He said to him ‘feed my lambs.’ He said to him a second time ‘Simon, son of John, do you love Me?’ he said to Him ‘yes Lord, you know that I love You.’ He said to him, ‘tend My sheep’ He said to him a third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love Me?’ Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time ‘do you love Me?’ and he said to Him ‘Lord, you know everything, you know that I love You.’ Jesus said to him ‘feed My sheep.’ (ESV)

       “After they finished breakfast” is how these verses begin. Jesus fed Peter before getting into the ministry aspect of the conversation. Peter couldn’t “feed” others before getting fed by Jesus first!

       Jesus most definitely wants us to “feed His sheep” but He wants us to get fed first so we have something to feed the sheep with.

       We can’t very well feed our family a Christmas dinner of roast turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, cranberry sauce, or whatever your family favorites are, without first going to the grocery store to obtain these things to feed them with.

       So, table family, as we prepare to feed others physically this holiday, may we make the time to feed ourselves. May we have spiritual breakfast with Jesus before feeding others. Let’s get to that spiritual grocery store before trying to feed anyone a feast.

May each one of you be blessed this Christmas, however it may look this year. A very Merry Christmas from my table to yours!     

2 thoughts on “Hearing the Whispers of God

  1. Merry Christmas to you Sweet Friend! Thank you for this awesome analogy-so timely! Been praying for you and your husband. Hope his surgery and recovery went well.

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    1. Hi Tonya! I’m so sorry I hadn’t responded to your last comment about praying for my husband. The time simply got away from me and… well… I’m just sorry I didn’t thank you for your prayers. He is doing well in the recovery process. He is home and settling in for a long winters nap as it were, lol. Merry Christmas to you and your family my sweet friend and I’m so glad to hear from you. Blessings and joy to you in this up coming new year! xoxo

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