Only God Could Make a Point Like This

Oh. My.

If you listened to the show yesterday, you know the topic was Hearing God as I interviewed Judy Gordon Morrow about her new devotional book, “The Listening Heart: Hearing God in Prayer.” (In case you didn’t the podcast is below)

After an absolutely amazing show, where, really, I could have listened to my guest talk for HOURS, I headed off to choir practice for our first service of the new year.

I was absolutely stunned to hear our CBC (Community Bible Church) worship pastor Ray Jones share the plan for the service…that the altar time mid-worship was going to be a bit different, that he was going to ask the congregation to make the most important New Year’s resolution you could possibly make…to 1) Listen to God and to 2) Obey whatever He tells us to do.

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We then proceeded to practice the songs we were going to sing for the Saturday night and Sunday morning services…1) Awake My Soul (my song for 2014 because I SO want Christ to be formed in me!) 2) Speak to Me, and 3) I Surrender.

Leading the congregation into worship with these songs last night and this morning was almost surreal…so much the cry of my heart and so much what I knew needed to be the focus of the New Year on Always Faithful Radio.

And then, to top it off,  right before the 11AM service this morning, Marlene Salcher gave me my own copy of her new book (I was her publishing coach), “God Speaks to Me? Tuning In To The Living God”… (www.marlenesalcher.com)

Uhhhhhh, ya think God is speaking??

Oh yes…only God could make a point like this and then add the resolution, these songs, and Marlene’s book as an exclamation point!

Once again…He proves that He is ALWAYS FAITHFUL!!

Recap / Podcast of 1/4/14 The Listening Heart: Hearing God in Prayer with Judy Gordon Morrow

Such an encouraging interview to start out the year with! Here’s the podcast from today’s show with Judy Gordon Morrow in case you missed it!

We talked about her devastating losses that drove her to her knees and brought out the spiral notebook where she penned many, many messages from God’s heart to hers, heard the backstory on how God gave her a holy dissatisfaction with her relationship with Him drawing her into a daily time with him that set the tone for each day, and heard about the miracles Jesus did in her son’s life. So much rich encouragement to slow down, be still, and listen to God’s voice…and believe He really DOES want to be involved in the details of our life!

And what a great message to enforce the bench time I encourage you to take each day with the pictures of benches and scriptures that are posted each day on my Facebook page for Always Faithful Radio.

God is so good to reinforce the lessons He is wanting us to learn…and that surely includes ME! Praising Him for a rich time of being challenged to wait on Him and trust Him in every area of my life. Hope you are too!

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Saturday, 1/4 – Start 2014 with A Call to Hear God’s Voice

How well do you feel like you can hear God’s voice?

Do you struggle to discern between His voice and your own?

Scripture says, “My sheep hear my voice” (John 10:27)… What do you think about that?

These are some questions I hope you’ll ponder with me as we start the New Year together. My first guest of 2014 is long time author/editor friend Judy Gordon Morrow. We first met when she was an editor for Multnomah Publishers and have served on faculty at writers’ conferences over the years.

She has an incredible story of God meeting her in the middle of life’s devastation…and a rich and meaningful devotional to comfort you with the same deep comfort Jesus sent her way.

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More. Life is full to overflowing, but we crave an illusive more. Via social networking, airwaves, and TV, our culture tells us to strive for more stuff, more activities, more adventure—you name it. Yet we are often left unfulfilled and wanting. Empty, even. With so many demands for our attention, it is difficult to quiet our minds long enough to hear the still, small voice of our loving Father, and to listen to the One who desires to bring us so much more than the noise of everyday life.

Judy Gordon Morrow discovered the more when her world was turned upside down and she knelt before God to seek Him and ask for His help. More than a decade ago, in tear-stained notebooks, she began to pen God’s responses to her desperate prayers. Now, in The Listening Heart, Judy invites you to spend a year hearing from the God Who Speaks—the God who wants to speak to you. Each daily devotion echoes the Father’s love and care for you, offering hope, comfort, encouragement and more—a rich closeness with God that will satisfy the longings of your heart.

Judy Gordon Morrow is a lifelong lover of words and has published poetry, articles, song lyrics, and devotionals. Her first book dealt with pregnancy loss, followed by nine gift books. In her prior “word-lover jobs,” she served as a school librarian, newspaper copyeditor, and nonfiction editor at Multnomah Publishers. She speaks at events for women and writers, sharing her passion for the Word and words.

Join us this Saturday, 1/4 at 11AM CST on AM 630 KSLR or streaming live on www.kslr.com. We’ll be giving away 3 copies of The Listening Heart and we’ll even open up the phone lines and Facebook page to discuss the challenges of hearing God’s voice. Afterwards, I’ll head over to El Jarro’s to continue the conversation off the air…hope to see you there!