For when I called, no one answered, when I spoke, no one listened.
I have not stopped moving (physically and literally) for 6 weeks. I have fallen into bed each night so exhausted I could barely move. We went from helping our son move and having his family of 5 with us for Christmas, to watching them pull away in the Uhaul. Our tears weren’t dry before we started packing our own home. I know I have shared this already–a FEW times :)–I promise it’s done. It was just SO BIG to me, so overwhelming. I was shocked and caught of gaurd that 20 years of living took a month to pack. It has taken us 10 days to unpack and get ready for a new life in a new place. The thing is, I am a “nesting” kind of girl. I have a “Prayer Chair” routine with the Lord and even when I travel, although I am always reading the Word and praying, I have a tough time missing my routine. It seemed that when I sat in my prayer chair at my old house, I was nestling into God’s arms and cuddling up to His chin. I haven’t established a prayer chair in my new home yet so imagine my surprise this morning to not have even warmed the seat I chose when I got a “WORD” from God’s rich WORD. Oh my, it hit me in the heart. I almost heard the Lord say, “Pat, Iv’e missed you”. Don’t get me wrong, Honey and I have prayed over our new home and even worked a prayer or two into the mix of moving. I sat on the front porch a few times for a few minutes with my Bible–but REALLY–set apart, quiet, resting in the Word—today was the first. His reminder was swift and bitter-sweet.
Examine the verses before and after and see what God speaks in your heart today.
I don’t know when or how my “prayer chair” routine happened but it was very soon after I surrendered my life to Jesus. I have always loved God’s Word. It is filled with romance, mystery, intrigue, instruction, warning, hope and direction–to name a few. The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit have been very real in my life from the very beginning of my surrendered life. Most times, it doesn’t take too long for God’s Word to come alive in my heart and for me to hear from the Lord. I always read with an expectation of hearing from God through His written Word. Sometimes, I do the random read thing. Sometimes I use a study guide. Sometimes I use a devotional book. When I read these particular Words, I hear God saying He has missed my attention. As I read back a few verses to verse 1 and 2–I hear Him remind me that EVERY HOUSE that is not set upon the foundation of His Word will not stand. I hear Him ask me, “Pat–daughter, where will we be meeting each day? Where will your resting place be?”
Along with my Payer Chair, I have always kept a written journal. Two huge boxes came with us in the move. I have noticed that my journals are lighter than they used to be now that I am blogging and writing more but that’s OK, I still save my most personal words and feelings for God’s eyes only–and of course, whoever cleans up my belongings after I die LOL 🙂 Journaling helps me FOCUS on what I am reading and draws out the personal application for my own life. I don’t worry about spelling (spell check doesn’t work for me anyway as you who join me here know all too well) and I don’t worry about sentence structure or making sense to anyone. I am writing my heart and feelings for God’s eyes alone.
Lord, speak to our hearts today. Cause your anointed to Word to come to life in us today God–right where we are– and speak to us. We are listening. We long to hear your voice, your direction, your hope, your truth, your plans. AMEN!
Thank you so much for your patience with my posting delays and all the wonderful comments about SEEDS. Hopefully I am on track now. I will let you know where my “prayer chair” lands.
I would LOVE to hear about your own prayer chair or whatever routine you have to help you stay in God’s presence on a duly basis.
IN FACT–IF YOU COMMENT THIS WEEK, I will send you a PDF right from my own prayer journal written on 12/30/13 asking God the honest question, “Do I REALLY want hear from you God? Really?”
I love hearing from you so much!
(ps–I am NOT going to spell check because when I do I loose my document for some reason. If you want, your comment can be my SPELL CHECK 🙂