Monday, February 27, 2012

Listen and Obey

Hey there my friends !! I hope that your Monday is off to a great start, if not just take a deep breath and keep pushing on :) ! It will get better only if you choose to move past the problem with a good attitude! 

We hope that you got something out of the relationships series, I know that I was able to take away a lot of truth from those posts.
On another note, the girls and I (Jess) have decided not to do a set theme for awhile.  We are just going to post about what the Lord is teaching us whether it be big or small. We are just like you and face struggles, temptations, and are fighting the good fight every day; so therefore, we want to share what the Lord is doing in our lives and what He is showing us through our own personal experiences that we encounter from day to day. 

Listen and Obey

We all go through different seasons of life, but God never changes
he remains faithful and true! 
However, we all have a tendency to wander from God when we fixate our eyes on what we want without asking God if what we want is what he wants for us. Of course, you and I can say that we believe in you God because we do love and trust God, but there are many times that our desires overpower our faith. Does this sound familiar,let me just try to get this one thing, person, and or situation to workout my own way in my own timing. During this time you probably twist prayers and scripture to make them fit your own desires. I have done it, and let me just say that I eventually just fell and it hurt. Really bad. :(

Just today I was walking to church and the Lord showed me exactly how he wants us to listen and obey Him. A mother and her two sons were walking up to a gate, and she told them that they could run up ahead but to stop once they reached the gate. I was thinking to myself that those kids are not going to stop at the gate, they are going to dart on out into the parking lot. However, the two boys stopped at the gate. They were full of energy and I could see the anticipation in their eyes as they waited on their Mom to get up to the gate. They all three walked through the gate door together, but the youngest of the two boys looked at his Mom and said I am going this way with full intentions of doing it. He was SO ready to dart off, but his Mom simply said no we are going this way Son, as she pointed towards the building. The son followed without question. 

So why do I tell you this story ? To show that the Mom had some super parenting skills that we all need to figure out. Props to that Mom, but no the reason I tell this story is because God very often gives us the opportunity to run ahead; however, He expects us to wait on Him for further direction. As we run up ahead we might think that we have things in our own hands because things are going so well, but in actuality God has his eyes on you the entire time. God is always in control. 

When you reach the gate and you have to make a choice if you should go through or not, then you need to decide if God is walking through with you. You have to realize that God may have a different direction for you and may not want you to walk thorough the gate. You always have to seek advise from Him. 

If God walks you though the gate into a new opportunity, then you better follow his direction because you are in new territory. Do not run in the direction that your own selfish desires are telling you to go in, because it will not get you far at all. Just think if that little boy had ran off in opposite direction he probably would not have gotten far before he realized that there was nothing but empty space that he was running off into. More than likely he probably would have tripped and fell because of his desire to run away from his Mom's direction. Eventually, his Mom would have caught him and more than likely would have scolded him for his disobedience. The little guy would have felt guilty for not making a wise choice; however, he would have ended up in church because the Mom knew best from the beginning. So God is always going to get you where he wants you, but you decide how you get there. Are you going to make it hard on yourself or simply sallow your pride and follow and obey the first time He tells you what to do ? It's tough, I GET IT ! However, the little guy chose to obey and he walked into church and more than likely learned and had a wonderful time in the presence of our awesome GOD! 

If you are in a season that feels good and you are running along fine, then I encourage you to look up at God and give him thanks for letting you run free in complete freedom and happiness. Keep in mind that no Earthly thing or person can give you full contentment, only God's love can satisfy you completely. ["...They will fade away like a little flower in the field. The hot sun rises and the grass withers; the little flower droops and falls, and its beauty fades away. In the same way, the rich will fade away with all of their achievements. James 1:10-11 NLT]

If you are approaching a new stage of life and the gate is open then you need to wait on God to walk through with you. ["If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking." James 1:5 NLT]

If you are in the middle of a new or old season of life and you have been turning your back on God, then you need to stop and listen to what the Lord is wanting you to do. ["Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord." James 1:6-7 NLT]

There is grace for all the times that we run, and the great thing is that God is faithful and never changes. Keep in mind that God's love never runs out or gives up on us. Keep hope and refocus on God if you have not been close to him lately. 

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love GOd and are called according to his purpose for them." Romans 8:28 :) 

With love,


  1. Loved this post! Hope you have a blessed week!

  2. I'm not sure if you know the poem 'footprints in the sand'...but this post really reminded me of that and I loved that :) especially since i AM about to enter a new stage, it's so important that God will lead me through it-I just need to remember him.

    Thanks for that :)