Happy New Year 2017!

Happy New Year!
And a fantastic New Year in Christ it will be!

Back in October, after our pastor preached an amazing message on hearing from God, I challenged our church family to write down when they heard from God! In the days after that they were probably saying, “What ever happened to those papers? Why did she have us do that?” At the time, Pastor Blake asked me the same question, “Now what are you going to do with them?” And…I had no clue…until yesterday!

Let’s start at the top. When you ask if our church folks hear from God, the resounding answer is YES!! Hallelujah!! What did I do with the almost 30 responses they wrote? After placing them on the altar and praising God for speaking to us, I carried them home like little gold nuggets, read them with tears in my eyes and then put them all in a list. Would you like to know what God’s been saying to all of us? There were two main areas where He spoke in our lives. First, was to give us guidance in our life commitments, our need for worship, to center on and share love! Over one third of our lives were guided by God!! Amazing. Second, another third of us heard the name of someone to visit, to encourage, to invite, to comfort and to pray for! Folks, God knows each of us by name and calls others to help us when we are in need. His faithfulness is right in black and white on those little slips of paper. Praises that our family answers His call! Many others were thankful…for joy, for peace, for family. They knew they were to trust, to serve, not to fear, to tolerate, to be strong in the face of illness.

I don’t know about you, but I was blown away by these results. You know why? I can say that I belong to a church family where so many hear from God and answer His call. As we enter into this new year of 2017, I want to challenge ALL of us to make our lives devoted to hearing from God, in every area of our lives. Priscilla Shirer shares Five Ms to knowing the voice of God:
• Look for the Message of the Spirit
• Live in the Mode of Prayer
• Search out the Model in Scripture
• Submit to the Ministry of an Eli (wise, mature, believer)
• Expect the Mercy of Confirmation (God makes sure you know it’s Him)
(Priscilla Shirer. Discerning the Voice of God.)

In closing, it is my honor to share a few of the actual words of my brothers and sisters in Christ that really touched my heart and gave me some ideas about where our church will be heading this new year!

“It was good to be in the House of the Lord today.” Let worship be a priority!
“I Love to tell the Story.” Get out there and share Jesus with everyone we know!
“I feel the Holy Spirit filling this sanctuary! Amen.”
WOW! It just doesn’t get any better than THAT!!

These folks are truly amazing and I love them all!
Happy New Year! Listen for His Voice! Barbara

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