I've been reading this book called Secrets of the Secret Place in the mornings. I'd encourage everyone to go through this book. The chapters are about only 3 pages long. It's designed that way so that you can use it sort of like a devotional I guess. Well, at least that's how I've been using it. It's totally challenging me and God is speaking so many things to me through it
(P.S. I just have the paperback book, but there is a study guide and DVDs that are also available)
This morning he talks about the "Secret of Journaling". Not just journaling things such as "Sally came over today and we had tea and it was a lot of fun..." But journaling the things that God has spoken to us or is teaching us. He points us to this verse:
"Consider carefully what you hear," he continued. "With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more." Mark 4:24
Consider carefully what you hear, because how you respond/receive it will matter. The more you respond, the more God responds to you. The more God can trust us with what He gives us and speaks to us, the more he will speak.
This sparked something in my heart this morning. What are the last things God told me to? Did I do them? How quickly?
I can tell you that there is one thing pending that I haven't done that I felt God tell me to do last week. I doubted myself and doubted that God would ask me to do such a thing, but this morning God was so faithful to bring me back into His presence and encourage me that I do hear from Him and that it was Him speaking to me and asking me to do this certain thing.
So today, I'm going to do it. And trust that He will take care of the rest. Obedience.
Blogging is a funny thing for me. You can always tell when I've been super busy because blogging is the very last thing I put on my to-do list. Of course, I can always make time for it if I really wanted to. But for some reason I neglect it. When actually it's something I really enjoy. There's been a million things I could've shared with you over these past few weeks because so much has happened. Like . . . .
Ellen Balducci having her sweet little baby, Etta Catherine
Planned a vacation to SAN DIEGO! super excited! going May 24-30
I went to Nashville for my cousins CD release party- buy his album here - and to see friends
(the trip was so great, but also changed the course of history for Nash b/c of the flood)
I had the women from our church over Saturday night for a cookout - so fun!
God has done some awesome things through community and church
I'm reminded once again that God is so faithful to me. That I'm spoiled like crazy. That I've been given much and just want to give it all back to Him. I desire His Presence more than ever in my life. I am searching for it with all of my heart and am sure that He will continue to teach me and show His love more and more. This month I'm just praying for more - more of His Presence, more dreams, more miracles, more direction with our ministry, more for my family, more for my community, more lives being radically changed by God, more purpose for the city of Dallas... MORE!
What are you praying/believing for in the month of May? Would love to hear....