A Still Small Voice
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to suddenly loss your physical hearing: to go from one minute hearing to the next not hearing at all?
Almost a week ago I suddenly lost all my hearing in my right ear. I have suffered from an illness called Meniere’s Disease for at least 16 years now. In the course of the illness I have suffered fluctuating hearing loss, vertigo, dizziness, and balance issues, along with sensitivity to sounds and bright lights. Yet with all the issues I had faced I was not by any means prepared for the loss of my hearing.
We take so much for granted in this life, waking up in the morning, looking at our surroundings, seeing the people in our lives, hearing the sound of the morning birds, our loved ones voices, simple ever day sounds we take so easily for granted. Yet each one of these things and so much more is a blessing from the Lord, a source of joy and peace to our minds, hearts, and spirits.
When tragedy strikes us we can choose to be angry with the situation we have been dealt or we can choose to learn to listen to the soft still voice of our Savior, Jesus Christ just as Elijah did when He was faced with fear and trials. The day my hearing left me I believe the Lord carried me outside onto my back deck. I was in my office working from home and the intense feeling kept coming over me to go outside. So I finally got up from my chair and walked out onto my deck. Just as I walked through the door an eagle flew straight above me with that shrill call they make. I looked up into the blue sky and saw the beautiful bird as it sailed straight over my head. I remember saying to the Lord what a beautiful sight as I thanked the Lord for allowing me to live in a place where I could see an experience such beauty. I remember looking around me and telling the Lord that I needed His peace in my heart because I had been worrying over some things I did not have the power to change. Within three minutes of my coming back into my office I had lost my hearing. I believe the Lord carried me outside to see and hear that beautiful eagle to encourage me that He would have me covered as I went through the trial I was about to face.
Some part of me wants to ask, “Why Lord?” but so much more I want the Lord to just whisper His sweet peace to me in His quiet still voice. I know without a doubt I am never alone for He walks with me, he hears the voice of my heart and understands me in ways I cannot even understand myself. There is no one I can be closer to than the Lord because He is with me every second of everyday. He knows every thought and fear, even the things I am not conscience of myself. When sadness comes to overtake me He strengths me and dries my tears. When I face ear injections and the side effects of the oral Prednisone He is there giving me strength. When my hope wants to fail me He is there holding me up and saying to my heart, “Don’t give up, we will overcome this together!” I cannot even imagine what my daily existence would be like without the Lord in my life. Without a doubt it would be empty, void of any peace or abiding hope. Yet in Him I can find all of those precious things that I need to carry me through each day.
I do not know what any one of you might be facing in your lives at this time but I want to encourage you to lean on the Lord. He is a source of strength we cannot find anywhere else on this earth. I would be lying if I said it is always easy but one truth I can tell you I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Lord loves each of us with a love our mortal minds cannot comprehend and with Him we can face anything this life can throw at us. So let us open our heart to Him today and hear His still small voice as He whispers His sweet peace into our hearts.
1 Kings 19:11-13 (KJV)
And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
Isaiah 59:1 (KJV)
Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
Psalms 91:1-4 (KJV)
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Matthew 7:12 (KJV)
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
I was sitting thinking about this verse this morning and I asked myself how often are we really thinking about this when we are talking to others or treating someone a certain way. We all want to be loved, honored, and respected. We want our family, friends and co-workers to be loyal to us but do we treat them that way? Would we want to be treated and talked to the way we treat others or be spoken to the way we speak to others? Would we want our friends and family spoken about the way we speak of other people’s family? It’s so easy to justify ourselves when we talk down to someone or speak bad about someone, or treat someone with disrespect but truth be told we all have issues that need work. Often we wonder what is wrong with our relationships when truth be told our relationships are only as good as the amount of work we are willing to put into that relationship. If we talk down to and are disrespectful to those we want to treat us with love and respect chances are we will not receive the love, respect and devotion we want from them. As we walk into a new year let us start to think about our words and our actions towards others. Let us be willing to put forth the effort that is needed to keep our relationships healthy. Hurts go deep and do not heal overnight so be willing to be patient and consistent in having a Jesus like attitude toward others in word and actions. Jesus knew what He was talking about, love and respect comes from being willing to love and respect others not just today but everyday of our lives.
God Bless and Happy New Year! Jeanette
As I sat here tonight reading all the prayer requests it seems I can almost see the faces of the people and feel the spirit off of each one writing their prayer requests. My heart is full and my eyes overflow with tears as I read the requests and the responses from our Christian family. I would not know most of you if I met you on the street yet I feel I know your hearts and the love you have for your families and friends but most of all the love you have for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter what country we are in. Some are all the way around the world from me yet they are here in my heart. It doesn’t matter the color of our skin or the language we speak because we all speak with the same love and care for each other and for those lost and hurting in the world. I try to pray for each of you each day, I may not call you by name because there are so many prayer requests but I ask the Lord to answer every need spoken and unspoken. As much as I (we) care our Father cares far more and He see and knows all things. I know in my heart He is there working all things to your good.
I want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to all of you who are praying for each other and reaching out to comfort each other. You will never know how much those prayers mean to so many people.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. ( Hold to your faith our Father Yahweh-Jehovah loves you and is there in whatever your situation is and He only wants the very best for you.)
I Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous. (Thank you all for the compassion, love and encouragement you give to each other.)
Hebrews 4:16 – Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
James 5:16 – Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (Your prayers are helping to work miracles in the lives of others)
John 15:7 – If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (Thank you so much for lifting each other up in prayer! Your prayers and Word spoken will not return void. Is 55:11)
God Bless each of you my precious family in Christ!
I have been sitting this afternoon thinking about all the Lord has blessed me with this year. I know there have been sicknesses and other problems throughout the year, yet the one thing I know for sure that no matter what issues I have faced the Lord has always been there with me and I know He will always be with me no matter what I face in life. Often times we dwell far too much on the bad things that are happening to us instead of setting our mind upon the blessings that Lord rains down upon us daily. I know I am guilty of this far to many times.
Life is too short to let our days be taken up with the negative in life. So at this season of Thanksgiving let’s remind ourselves to always see the good and to always know from whom the blessings we enjoy come. I want to say, “Thank you Heaven Father, Lord of my life, for all you have blessed me with this past year and for all I know you will bless me with in the future.”
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Psalms 95:2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
God bless each of you my dear friends. May the Lord bless you and keep you in His loving care.
Good Morning my family in Christ.
As many of you know I have recently been faced with some health issues. Those health issues have caused me to have to stop doing the things I love the most in life. I have always loved to teach and to sing for the Lord but with my health issues caused by the Menieres’ disease I have been forced to stop teaching Sunday School at least for awhile and it is becoming more and more difficult to be among the music without becoming extremely sick. Due to the changes I have been faced with I have become more and more depressed at times and faced with a feeling of just wanting to give up. I know you are probably thinking where is your faith? God does not want you giving up and you are right. God does not want us to give up. It is our faith in the Lord that keeps us pushing on through the hard times in life.
In the mist of all the emotional feelings I have been dealing with lately, the doubts, anger, extreme sadness, the wondering what my life from here on is to be like if God chooses not to heal me from this horrible disease, I have come to realize God has a plan for my life. I may not understand why these things are happening to me but I have to trust that God is in control and He still has a plan for my life. The Lord has brought Paul to my mind many times recently, as we know from the Word Paul was faced with some type of affliction. (II Corinthians 12:7-10) Paul said, “I will glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Paul had to come to the point where he said, “I am content in whatever state I am in and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-13) I also want to have that same faith. I am praying everyday for the Lord to guide me in whatever direction He has for me. I may not be able to do the things I am use to do but I know with the Lord’s guidance I can find the path He now has for me.
I am sharing these feeling with you because I know there are so many others out there facing issues that test their faith. It is not always easy to talk about the things that trouble us deeply and I know for myself I hate to admit my weaknesses. Maybe by talking about some of the troubles and weaknesses I face I can help someone else in their journey and help myself when I am feeling weak.
I want to encourage any of you who are facing challenges in life, whether they are health issues, personal issues, financial issues, please know God is in control if we will just put our trust in Him He will guide us in the right direction. We may not understand and we may ask why in our weakest moments. Just know God hears, He feels our pain, He knows our sorrows. Because He loves us our pain and sorrow is also His pain and sorrow. In Him we can always put our trust for He is always working things out to our good.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Psalms 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Heavenly Father, We come to You thanking You for our many blessings You have so freely given us. We thank You for Your grace and love, but most of all for Your Son, Jesus Christ, whom You sent to this earth to be a sacrifice and a Savior to us all. Lord, we come to You in our weakness asking You to strengthen us and to guide us on whatever path You have put us on. Help us Lord to find our path and purpose in life and help us to always trust You in whatever state we are in. Help us to find comfort in our hearts in knowing we are never alone, that You are always with us, loving us and guiding us. Remember all those who are sick and hurting today Lord. Comfort them as only You can. We love you Lord and we give You the praise, the honor and glory that is only Yours. We ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen and Amen!
God Bless each of you. Love in Christ! Jeanette
The Lord has so much compassion for those who are lost and troubled. He has compassion on those who are physically sick but He also has compassion for those who are spiritually sick. We as humans, even though we are Christians, at times think we are so much better than those we see around us in the world. Yet the Lord in all His grace and mercy said He did not come to save the righteous (self-righteous) but to bring those lost unto the Father. Let us pray that the Lord put that same merciful heart within us so we can lead others to Christ who is the healer of all things.
Father, We come humbly before You asking You to heal our hearts of all self righteousness and instill within us a heart of love and compassion for those who are without you. Father, let Your love go forth through each of us so those lost and hurting around us can know You through our love and compassion for them. Thank You for Your mercy to us. Be with us and guide all the days of our lives. In Jesus Precious Name. Amen
Teach me Lord!
Secret sin shall be revealed. No matter how much or how many times we try to hide the sins we do in darkness (secret) God will at some point bring them to light and they will be know. We can think something we are doing is not a sin but if we are hiding it from others then we know in our heart it is sin. The bible says no sin shall enter into the kingdom of God. Luke 8:17: “For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither anything hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.” We cannot blame others for our sins, our sin is our sin no one else is to blame. We make the choice to sin and we are the ones who will give an answer for it. Revelation 21:27, “And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” When we have a weakness (a sin) we find ourselves giving into we need to become accountable first to God by admitting our sin, repenting and asking Him to clean up our heart. Luke 8: 14-15, “And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. (Sin destroys our fruit) But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.:” God will only bless those who have a good honest heart that are keeping His Word.
Once we admit our sin and ask the Lord to help us we then need to find a Christian person we can trust who we can become accountable to who will pray with us and help us overcome our weakness, only then will we find the strength to overcome those secret sins.
Hello, my name is Jeanette, I live in a small country community on a farm that belonged to my great grandmother. I am a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. I love my family with all my heart but more than that I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is not just my Savior, He is my best friend, the one I know I can go to with any problem no matter what time of the day or night. My greatest desire is to show others just how special His love is and to share with them the peace and joy He brings to my days. I want other to realize they to can find that same peace and joy in His love for them. His love is a special love. It is freely given to all. He loves each of us the same no matter what our past has been. We all are Accepted By Grace through Our Heavenly Father’s unfailing Love and Mercy for us.
I love sharing the Word of God with others. I love art and I love to share the beauty of God’s creation through my artwork. I often write of the many happy memories I have of growing up in the country with two wonderful Christian parents. I hope you are inspired and blessed by my posts. Please share them as often as you want as all is here to glorify our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Please feel free to post prayer request and let me know by posting comments if you enjoy this site.
Thank You and May God Bless You Always!! Jeanette