I was reminded of this quote by Dionysius last Wednesday evening during our development group meeting at church when our pastor talked about how to listen when the Holy Spirit is speaking to us.
If you have Jesus living in your heart, then He is most certainly speaking to you, attempting to lead you in the way you should go.
Pastor told us that sometimes we can’t hear the Holy Spirit speaking from deep within us because we are talking so much we drown Him out. Sometimes we just need to be silent.
I’d much rather hear Him than me. With one word He can solve a problem I had been working on for weeks. After telling Him about my issue (like He doesn’t know), I need to listen, not continue to whine.
Dionysius and my pastor are right.
This memoir reveals the cruelty of mental illness, the resilience of a child, and the amazing grace of a loving God. A true story that couples the pain of tragedy with the healing power of genuine forgiveness, it pulls you in and doesn’t let go until everyone is safe. You will laugh, cry, and possibly feel anger, but walk away refreshed in spirit and confident that our faithful God can help us overcome anything.
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When I said, “My foot is slipping,” Your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought me joy. (Psalms 94:18-19)
As I read this scripture on my Bible app this morning, I was reminded of the “great anxiety” that used to be my daily life. I had so many fears and worries. In fact, I worried about everything.
God’s consolation indeed brought me joy; a joy that makes me excited to get up in the morning. I look forward to each day, wondering what wonderful activity, news, or conversation I will get to experience.
If that seems a little too positive, don’t worry, I still have bills to pay, tasks to accomplish, etc., as before. I just do them with a different attitude: joy.
I sure do love Him. He is the center of my universe.
My first book, Iridescent Grace, is a memoir that reveals the cruelty of mental illness, the resilience of a child, and the amazing grace of a loving God. A true story that couples the pain of tragedy with the healing power of true forgiveness, it pulls you in and doesn’t let go until everyone is safe. You will laugh, cry, and possibly feel anger, but walk away refreshed in spirit and confident that our faithful God can help us overcome anything.
During one of the most desperate times of his life, Moses sought God’s presence. God met with him and shared who He is: compassionate, gracious, longsuffering, full of loving kindness, trustworthy, forgiving, and just. (Exodus 34:5-7) In Carly’s deepest pain, God’s presence released, regained, restored, and replenished her because of who He is. Invite Him into your struggles and let Him turn your pain into pearls.