October 3, 2014

Winner “I Want God”/Benefits Of Wisdom

I wish I could give a copy of I Want God to each of you because it’s just that good and life changing. But I can’t. Lisa did, however, say I could give away two copes!! Yippy! So…. the winners are…..

Tiff Palm

Angie agsandleton@yahoo.com

If you didn’t win, you still can. You can order your copy here. And believe me, you’ll be a winner!

Benefits of Wisdom

This morning was praying for wisdom and I opened my bible to Proverbs. I skiped reading Proverbs chapter 1 becasue I’m very familar with it. My eyes fell to chapter two. And God spoke. I want to share this Proverbs with you because, like me, I believe you may be looking for wisdom, direction, and how to make wise decisions. May God’s Word bless you and guide you.

“Good friend, take to heart what I’m telling you;
collect my counsels and guard them with your life.
Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom;
set your heart on a life of Understanding.
That’s right—if you make Insight your priority,
and won’t take no for an answer,
Searching for it like a prospector panning for gold,
like an adventurer on a treasure hunt,
Believe me, before you know it Fear-of-God will be yours;
you’ll have come upon the Knowledge of God.
6-8 And here’s why: God gives out Wisdom free,
is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding.
He’s a rich mine of Common Sense for those who live well,
a personal bodyguard to the candid and sincere.
He keeps his eye on all who live honestly,
and pays special attention to his loyally committed ones.
9-15 So now you can pick out what’s true and fair,
find all the good trails!
Lady Wisdom will be your close friend,
and Brother Knowledge your pleasant companion.
Good Sense will scout ahead for danger,
Insight will keep an eye out for you.
They’ll keep you from making wrong turns,
or following the bad directions”

Have a great weekend!

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October 1, 2014

When Your Life Says You Want Something More Than God

DSC_6252I’m so excited to have my dear girlfriend, Lisa Whittle, as a guest today. She has written a book entitled, I Want God. And let me tell you. It has impacted my life and relationship with God. It’s a must read and I don’t say that often. It will start a fire in your soul!

Guess what? I’m giving away a copy! Write, I Want God, in the comment section and enter to win!

Now, here’s Lisa…

Let’s be honest. We, the good church people, have this thing down.

We worship on Sundays. We speak Christianese. We take cupcakes to the neighbors and jump into the latest Bible Study group over coffee.

If our spiritual practices told the whole story, we’d be a Christian best seller.

But they don’t.

And God knows.

He knows when our heart is fully into Him. He knows when we mean those songs we sing about taking us into His great unknown and give me more faith and other beautiful words that are both awesome and scary.

The truth is, most of us do want God. We just want other things, too.

“When we say words like anything for You, God, but we mean anything but this, God, His heart is grieved. He denies this conditional allegiance of holding on to both when He designed us to be capable of going all in.” ~Lisa Whittle, I Want God

Your life says you want something more than God:

…when He tells you He wants to use you, but you choose to stay comfortable, instead.

…when you are only willing to do things that make sense to you or are in your control.

…when you chase the approval of other people, constantly investing time and energy into fighting for them to love you.

…when you are most interested in what God can do for you, rather than simply cultivating a relationship with Him.

But here’s the good news. If you want God, you can have Him. You just have to want Him more than anything else.

And then, your life will speak for itself. 

*Excerpt from I Want God, Chapter 6: Most

Before I start writing this book, I start shopping.

It’s summer, that glorious time when my kids’ legs are tanned from outside play, grill smells live in my nostrils, and I dive deep into Mommy waters while the writer sleeps by the pool. I like to shop, and

when the writer is asleep I seem to shop more.

But really, it’s about something else: Sometimes I don’t want to hear from God, and shopping helps with that.

I think, and I know, that this moment is not about the shopping (because it rarely is). I recognize it as the human impulse of storing up, controlling my world before He starts requiring something of me.

When you know God in that intimate way, there is an understanding that when He calls, it will be loud. And it will be specific. And it may require other things to go away. And it’s terrifying. So I shop.

But even as I sit in the parking lot of this antique mall with all my precious finds perched around me, I know it is a myth, the storing up. For a brief moment, the shopper subsides and the writer awakens. I take out my phone and go to my notes and the fingers start running and running fast.

It’s all a myth. Chasing this kind of more only brings the foggy high and runs up the bills, and in the end it is the same choice as it was yesterday: out of life, what do I want the most? (That is the question. That is always the question.)

But in the meantime, the shopping has gotten almost weird and manic—like I am ravenous for change. I feel the change coming, the unraveling that happens when I start writing a new book and mostly, I want Him to change me but the house is screaming so loud for me to pay it attention instead that I am nearly going deaf. In its every square foot I see imperfection and I want to make it beautiful, and it already is.

I shop because it helps me forget I may never do the everything for God both of us want. And the reality of that feels painful.

But no matter how much I shop, I will never be able to muffle Him.

Because He haunts me. Yes, haunts. Not in the creepy, scary movie way where it’s about some broken-down clapboard house with squeaky floors and curtains of cobwebs and that guy who died who now lives under the house and occasionally emerges wearing a mask. He haunts me in the unrequited love kind of way whereby you love someone so much it aches and their scent doesn’t go away no matter how much you try to scrub it off yourself.

So in the end, after the shopping, I will come back to the same. I’ll just have less money.

What I’m really wanting is not to tear my house apart and put it back together more beautifully, but what I want God to do to me: deconstruct me, clean me up, make me better, streamlined, more beautiful. And at the same time I’m scared He will.

This is the rub of my life.

The words are now done and the writer goes back to sleep. I have dialogued with no one in particular, but I have somehow worked it all out.

1. God is what I want most.
2. Other things will scream for my attention.

3. I will have to choose between them.

It is the same for you.

To order the book: click here!

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September 30, 2014

Winner Annouced/ Winning The Battle

And the winner of #TheBestYes is…… Mary T!! Congratulations, Mary! Please contact me with your mailing address.

Winning The Battle

I’ll never forget him—a thin, gray haired old man with shaky hands hunched over his grocery cart. Traffic was held up on either side as the old man tried turning his cart around in the middle of the isle. The poor man would shuffle his feet forward, turn the cart an inch maybe two, and then shuffle his feet backwards. Then, repeat the process. Some folks were beginning to complain as they backed down the isle. I wanted to turn around too but compassion for him filled my heart. It was divine compassion that comes from our new nature—the nature we receive when we come to Christ.

In that moment, there was no doubt what the Holy Spirit was prompting me to do. I was to help the fellow out. I stepped forward and inquired,

“Sir, may I turn your cart around for you?”

He agreed with a nod of his head. I could tell he was confused. After I got him turned around and pointed in the opposite direction, I expected a “thank-you” and the two of us would part company. Instead, he stood there and looked at me with his baby blues like a puppy does when it wants to go home with you.

At that moment, my dueling natures began to battle.

You don’t have time to help him further. My old, selfish nature persuaded. You have things to do. Just when I was about to agree with my old nature, the Holy Spirit whispered back, “Do unto others… Remember, you’ll be old one day.”

This was a situation where I could put off  my old nature that is hostile toward God (and died with Christ) or I could allow my new nature—Christ in me—to respond. If I let my old nature rule, the Spirit of God is unable to exert His power. On the other hand, when a woman yields to the Holy Spirit, He empowers her to put aside her own needs for the needs of another. Obeying the prompting of the Spirit allows your new nature to win over the old. The bible calls this “putting off the old and putting on the new.”

It was a tough battle, but I chose to submit to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and spent that afternoon helping an old man fill his grocery list. As we shopped, he told me about his life. Recently he had lost his wife. “She use to do all of our shopping.” He explained. Now I knew why he was so helpless. This was a new experience for him.

“I know Peg’s gone but I can’t stop talking to her like she’s still here.” He shared as we made our way to the checkout. This morning I said to her, “Peg, it’s grocery day. I’m gonna need some help.” Then, he patted my hand and added, “She didn’t let me down.”

(Okay, someone pass the tissues.)

There’s something wonderfully satisfying when you walk in the power of your new nature that your old nature can never quite fulfill.

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires” (Eph 4:22).

“And to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Eph 4:24).

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September 26, 2014

It’s A Balancing Act–”My Best Yes!”

Most days you can find me at home working in my office. When I want privacy, I close my door. This let family members know not to disturb me unless someone is bleeding.

One day, the door to my office was barely closed. Through the crack in my door, I noticed a shadow passing back and forth. At first, I ignored it and continued to work typing away on my laptop. Suddenly, I felt something strange as if someone was watching me. Looking up, I saw two eyeballs staring back at me from behind the crack in the door. I called out, “Hello?”

Instantly, the door swung open and my daughter walked in. Time passes quickly when I’m at work. I had no idea it was late afternoon and the kids were home.

“Are you still working?” My daughter inquired?

“I’m just finishing up.” I replied while closing up shop.

I could tell she wanted to talk. Sometimes I can get so into work that I forget my daughter is waiting to tell me about her day or about some boy she just met.

Balancing life, ministry, and family is challenging. Sometimes I feel as if I live in a three-ring circus. My desire is to do it all well. That doesn’t always happen. In fact, it’s almost impossible to 100% of myself to family, ministry and everyday life’s coming and goings. Some area of my life is going to take a hit, and I never want it to be my family. They should never feel that my work is more important than they are.

I’m not talking about my relationship with God, but the busy work that comes along with raising a family and working.

That’s tough because there are demands. People count on me in each arena of life. Sometimes I feel guilty when I can’t return that call or email because my child has a football game or some other after school activity.

The thing is we only have our children for a short, and I mean short, period of time. Once they’re gone, you can’t get that time back. To be honest my heart is to be with my children more than anything. And I believe that’s a God-given desire. Still, I can feel guilty putting my family or personal life over ministry.

Earlier this year, feelings of guilt almost caused me to say “yes” when I needed to say “no.” It’s my son’s senior year. He plays football and I LOVE football. Watching my son play fills me with great joy. In the past years, I’ve missed a few games because of fall speaking events. Knowing that this year would be his last year to play high school football, I struggled with accepting engagements or not.

Events were coming in and I knew these were opportunities to share Jesus. But, I didn’t want to miss a single game. My heart was torn.

After much prayer and counsel from godly friends, I chose not to accept any fall events so that I could be present for my son’s last football season. As soon, as I made that decision, I knew saying “no” to ministry for a season turned out to be my “best yes.” As important as my work is, my children are the most important ministry God has given me. They are, my first ministry. It took saying “no” to something good—important even—to realize I was right where I needed to be.

It was awkward saying “no” to those events, but doing so allowed me to say, “yes” to my son. And I don’t even feel guilty.

If you’re looking for your #bestyes, there is still time to join our online bible study. The Best Yes, By Lysa Terkeurst has just begun, but it’s not too late to join.

Today, I’m giving away a copy of The Best Yes!

Enter to win by leaving “I love God’s Word” in the comment section below. Good luck!!

Also, in October I’ve asked several folks to guest post about their newest projects. Along with the post, I’ll be giving away free stuff! Be sure and stop by!

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September 17, 2014

May we be Dangerous Women of God

Have you ever combed your home looking for an object of some sort only to find an old letter from a dear friend, a photo that captured an important event in your life, or some other treasure? Whenever I’m writing a new book, I go looking through my computer files for stories. While I was searching yesterday, I came across this- Lord, make me a dangerous women for you. I’m not sure where it came from or who wrote it. I do know why I saved it. It’s inspirational. It touches something deep inside and causes you and me to realize our passion is to be a world changer. That requires being a dangerous woman of God.

Lord, make me a Dangerous Woman for You!

  • May I be a women who acknowledges the power to change, grow, and be radically alive for God

Lord, make me a Dangerous Woman for You!

  • May I pray deeply and teach others wisely

Lord, make me a Dangerous Woman for You!

  • May I be a healer of wounds and righter of wrongs

Lord, make me a Dangerous Woman for You!

  • May I weep with those who weep and speak for those who cannot speak

Lord, make me Dangerous Woman for You!

  • May I cherish children, embrace the elderly, and empower the poor

Lord, make me a Dangerous Woman for You!

  • May I a be strong and gentle leader

Lord, make me a Dangerous Woman for You!

  • May I sing songs of joy and laugh out loud in the face of fear

Lord, make me a Dangerous Woman for You!

  • May I join my tribe as a woman and thank God for my sisters

Lord, make me a Dangerous Woman for You!

  • May I never hesitate to let passion push me, conviction compel me, and righteous anger energize me

Lord, make me a Dangerous Woman for You!

  • May I strike fear into all that is unjust and evil in the world

Lord, make me a Dangerous Woman for You!

  • May I shine like stars in a darkened generation

Lord, make me a Dangerous Woman for You!

  • May I do good in the name of Jesus and by the power of God, and in that name and by that power, may I change the world

Lord, make me a Dangerous Woman for You!

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August 18, 2014

Winners of “The Best Yes”


My “best yes” last week was saying “no” to the things pressing in my life and saying “yes,” to more time with God in prayer.

Lately, I’ve been rushing through my fellowship with God. It’s been more like a quick cup of Jo with an endearing friend, than a breakfast feast with a miraculous God. To be honest, He often gets squeezed when my plate becomes full of “must do’s.” Before long, my soul becomes dry and thirsty for Living Water. And it takes time to refill the desiccated crevices of my heart. You just can’t live on a few sips of Jesus a day.

Therefore, I chose to say “no” to my to do list, and “yes” to my need for God. Grabbing my bible, I settled into my over stuffed chocolate brown chair and stared at the blue sky outside of my window. It was sort of my way of knocking on heaven’s door to say, “I’m here for a good long visit.”

At first, I felt uneasy just sitting there with God waiting on His presence to draw near, His power to fill my soul, and His words to guide me. But I stuck it out. I did so even although my mind tried to wonder. A pile of wrinkled clothes that needed folding—now ironed—called to me from the laundry room. Emails and phone calls awaited my attention. And there was my book! The clock was ticking and the deadline pressing. Why am I sitting here? I thought. Anxiety was rising within.

Then, I whispered a phrase that’s become a part of my everyday life now. “Unrush me, Lord.” Taking a deep breath, I turned my tangled thoughts toward God. As I began acknowledging His majesty, the greatness of His Name, His holiness, His mighty acts, and His immeasurable love towards me, the warmth of His presence began to fall and wrap me like a warm blanket.

It was worth the wait. My time wasn’t lost or unfruitful. Adoration is what led me into fellowship with God, and there, I was renewed, strengthened, and assured of His faithfulness, power, and presence. The day suddenly didn’t seem so urgent. I knew that whatever got done was enough and I could be at peace with that.

Pushing away my heavy schedule to do what matters most—sit before God was my “best yes.”












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August 14, 2014

I’m A Little STRESSED!

imagesThe traffic was horrific. I could hardly wait to get home. The drive before me was long—eight hours to be exact. The week before I had been in Charlotte for our annual She Speaks conference. Then, I flew home long enough to pick up my daughter and drive to Indiana for an interview. All went well, but I told my daughter “when I get home, I’m not doing a thing.” I meant it too. That’s when my cell rang.

“Hey, what are you doing?” The caller asked. It was my friend, Mr. Shannon who runs the football club at my son’s high school. I’ve known him for years. He married one of my besties.

“I’m stuck in traffic.” I complained.

“I’m calling to make sure you’re going to be at the school tomorrow. You signed up to sell season passes.” He added.

I almost passed out right there on some bridge located in the middle of Indiana. How could I have forgotten? I thought to myself. It couldn’t be because I’m writing a book, just spent a week at a large conference, and took a road trip for a 15-minute spot on the Harvest Show. Not to mention I hadn’t slept in my own bed in the past nine days. How could it slip my mind? It did so because I said, “yes” to one more thing when I should have said, “no.” My schedule was already overcrowded, but like Lysa says in her book… I have a “disease to please.”

Everything inside of me said, just tell him. Explain that you simply can’t do one more thing. Even though you signed up, it was a mistake. You already have too much on your plate and what you really need is some good rest.

It sounded good in my head but what came out of my mouth was, “Sure. What time do I need to be there?” My daughter looked at me in disbelief and then shook her head. We practiced saying the word, “no” over the next couple of hours in the car.

The next day, I showed up at the high school to pick up my box of tickets, t-shirts, and money for change. As Shannon explained the instructions, I listened carefully. I even repeated them back before heading to my station. We have two elementary schools in our area that feed into the same high school—Madison Creek and Beech Elementary. I was to sell tickets at Madison Creek Elementary.

When I showed up, someone else was already working at the booth. He also had a box full of t-shirts and tickets.

“Did Shannon send you here with a box too?” questioned the worker.

“Yep. I don’t know why,” I answered. “I just do what I’m told.”

We had been selling our items for about an hour when Mr. Shannon called my cell.


“Where are you?” asked Shannon.

“I’m at Madison Creek.” I responded with a matter of fact tone in my voice. The guy working beside me leaned over and whispered, “No, you’re not. You’re at Beech Elementary.”

Oops. (That would explain why we both were working the same spot.)

Panic set in.

Still on the cell with Mr. Shannon, he also infomed me of my whereabouts. “You can’t be  at Madison Creek because that’s where I am and you’re not!” I wanted to fade into the brick wall behind me. After many apologies on my part, I left completely embarrassed!

How can a person be in one location but believe she is in another? Apparently, I can. And it’s not the first time I ended up where I didn’t belong. I’ll spare you the details and me the red face.

TheBestYes_mediumOn the up side, I’m reading Lysa’s book, The Best Yes. For me it’s timely, and I believe it will be for many others. We live in such a busy, fast-paced world we don’t know if we’re coming or going. Our schedules are so full we leave no room for a divine assignment. I wonder if we would even hear it?

I’m learning that sometimes saying, “no” IS my best “yes.” That’s not all. When the rush of life pressures me, I close my eyes, take a deep breath, and pray, “Lord, unrush me.” Then I give myself permission to take a break and be still before God. That when something magical happens. The warmth of His Presence and the gift of His peace washes over me in those still, quiet moments. Eventually, I believe these moments can merge together creating a life unrushed.


If you can identify, then you need this book. It’s changing me and I like it. And because I’m so thrilled over Lysa’s message, I’m giving away 3 copies of The Best Yes. Leave a comment about why you need The Best Yes and you automatically enter to win! Good luck!

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August 8, 2014

Falling Up: Lessons Learned On The Way Down

I’m so excited to tell you about my friend, Connie Carey’s new book, Falling Up- Lessons Learned On The Way Down! It just released TODAY!!! I had the privilege of hearing Connie’s story at She Speaks when she was in my Speaker group. I was touched and encouraged then and even more so when I read her book. It’s for anyone who is struggling with loss and grief. Connie not only shares her story, but practical ways you and I can heal or help others to heal. I highly recommend it.


Here’s Connie!

Have you ever felt like you were falling?

Without a parachute?

Have you ever felt you were on a joy ride when life’s events took a sudden unexpected turn? Maybe you feel like you’ve been shoved out of a plane and are now falling through the air, out of control and headed for a terrible crash.

Maybe you’ve had one heartbreak after another and feel like you can’t take one more. Everything in you screams, “This was NOT supposed to happen to me!”

When we feel like we’re falling, other thoughts may flood our minds as well. These thoughts might include: “MY God would never let (you fill in the blank) happen.” “I feel like I’m going under, but God will never give me more than I can handle, right?” “I just don’t deserve this.”

Those same thoughts have knocked on the door of my heart and mind. And while I don’t know everything you’re feeling, I do have an idea of some of the things you may be experiencing.

Having gone through divorce, the loss of my dad to suicide and a few other personal tragedies, I know firsthand that when you go through loss so deep it changes your world, the pain seems to define you for a while. When those thoughts came knocking, I needed truth – not myths or hunches – to help me deal with my circumstances.

My new book, “Falling UP: Lessons Learned on the Way Down”, addresses those times in life we didn’t sign up for.

You can get your copy on Amazon! click here




Why I Wrote It

I wrote this book for the person in a season of sorrow, whether through failing health, loss of a loved one, financial disaster or relationship problems. But this book is not just for the hurting. It’s also for anyone who loves someone who is hurting and wants to know what to say to help comfort them.

“Falling UP” is even for the person whose life is rosy at the moment. Why? Because it’s wisely been said we are either coming out of a storm, in the middle of a storm, or about to go into a storm. And I want you to be ready the next time a storm comes your way.

And it will come.

I’ve learned that when heartbreak hits, with God by your side, it is possible to do more than just fall. You can “fall up.” You can make it to the other side of grief stronger in your broken places.

I wrote this book for people like us; real people with real questions who need real hope when life doesn’t make sense.

As you can probably tell, I believe in this book and I believe it will encourage you and your friends.

Thanks, Connie, for guest posting today and telling us about your book! Get your copy today and tell your friends!


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August 7, 2014

When God Serenades You


Growing up I had to watch whatever my sister wanted to watch on television because she was the oldest. She liked the black and white classics that featured Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Frank Sinatra to name a few.

Over time, I began to enjoy them too. 

I really liked the part of the movie when Dean Martin would serenade the woman he loved at her bedroom window. I thought that was so romantic! In fact, I would get a funny feeling in my stomach. Somehow, I knew deep inside that I, too, would be serenaded by some lovesick man. I didn’t know when, but I was certain it was going to happen.

Well, guess what?

It never happened.

At first, I was bummed. Then, one day shortly after I had experienced tragedy in my life, and was feeling completely unloved, I came across this verse.

“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing” 

(Zephaniah 3:17(NIV).

Right away, I knew God had led me to this truth. How else does a person stumble into the book of Zephaniah if not led there by God? At the time, I didn’t know the book of Zephaniah existed. But it did exist, and the words on the page read like a personal note written just for me. Micca, I will rejoice over you with singing!

That’s when it dawned on me. God delights in me so much that it causes Him to break out in song! Suddenly, it no longer mattered that no one else has ever serenaded me. God, Himself, serenades me. He sings to me. He sings over me and He sings about me! It’s His joy to do so. Better yet, He delights in serenading you, too.

I pray that you will allow this verse to sink deep into your heart today so you’ll have it when you need it. Trust me. There will be a day when you will need it. You see, we tend to believe that because we are children of God that nothing bad will ever happen to us. When the bad does happen, we believe the lie every time.

I knew it, God! I knew You really didn’t love me.

Friend, that is a lie from the pit of hell. Nothing is further from the truth. God, indeed, loves you because He can’t do anything less. You and I cause God’s supernatural heart to skip a beat at the mere thought of us.

Therefore, the next time you’re feeling unloved because of some adversity in your life stop and say, “NO! That’s a lie. God loves me so much that He can’t help but sing about it!”

Let God’s love song wash over you and fill your heart. Repeat as much as needed.

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July 22, 2014

Here I Am. Speak, Lord

As I prepare for She Speaks, Proverbs 31 Ministries annual speaker and writer conference, I’ve drawn nearer to God and sought His voice and direction. I want to hear from God so that I have somthing of value to offer the attendees. I want to hear from God because it builds our relationship allowing me to serve Him better. As I prayed, the story of Moses and the burning bush kept coming to mind. I’d like to share it with you.

Something on the far side of the mountain was burning. Right away it caught the attention of Moses. Could it be someone’s campfire? Perhaps he wondered. No. Moses had never seen anything like it. Finally, his curiosity got the best of him and Moses went to investigate this site.

“I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, [and discover] why the bush is not burned up” – Exodus 3:3.

God has purpose in the events of our lives. Nothing happens by accident. The bush burned to get Moses’ attention. It burned so that Moses would draw near.

Sometimes things happen in our lives that seem mysterious and confusing. But God knows what He’s doing. He uses such things to draw us near to Him. Because God knows how we will respond, He uses different methods of gaining our attention. It could be something you read that unlocks a deeper meaning or gives insight to something bad that happened. Whatever your circumstance, God is drawing you to Himself.

When he arrived, Moses found a burning bush yet the fire did not consume it. Then, he heard the voice of the LORD.

“When the LORD saw that [Moses] turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, ‘Moses, Moses!’ And he said, ‘Here I am’” – Exodus 3:4.

Moses had been in the desert for 40 years. It was nothing like his comforts he was used to in Egypt. Yet in the desert, God used each day to prepare him for service. It took time before Moses was ready to hear from God. Had God lit the bush sooner, Moses may not have seen it. But now was the right time. Moses drew near and said to God, “Here I am.”

Regardless to how God speaks to you and me, we should respond with, “Here I am. Speak to me, Lord. Teach me what you will.”

So often we miss these opportunities with God. Perhaps we interrupt the situation as something other than God trying to get our attention. I’m learning whether I find myself in a good situation or bad, I should stop to consider what God is saying to me and teaching me in that circumstance. I can do that because I know and trust that God wants the best for me. He wants an intimate relationship with me where I long to hear His voice and walk in His ways.

When Moses drew near to the bush, he took a step into an intimate relationship with God. From that day forward, he spoke with God like a good friend. Moses trusted Him and followed His guidance by faith. Moses was ready for God to use him. Are you?

Are you ready to draw near to God and say, “Here I am. Speak, Lord?” If so, you’re about to take your relationship with God to a new level where you will see God do in and through you what you could have never imagined on your own.

Why not draw near to God now? Open your bible and read until God speaks to your heart. Listen and watch your purpose unfold before you in God’s perfect timing.

(I would cherish your prayers for me this week as I speak and serve at She Speaks.) Thanks, friends!

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