A Thought You Know You Didn’t Think: Three Choices You Get to Make If You Want to Hear Jesus Speaking–For Real!!!

 

252366_443736612355559_2105727986_nI felt like I was going through the motions of life, but without the joy.  “Lord, where is my joy today” I kind of whined.  I was walking along a river and my surroundings were beautiful but I just wasn’t feeling it.  I knew Jesus was there but I was yearning for something more this day and wasn’t sure what.   I felt cantankerous and out of sorts.  I just kept walking.  All at once Jesus was on the scene.  Activity was going on all around me, but it was as if I was encapsulated in the sweetest air that was almost palpable.  I stopped, took a deep breath and looked up.  There above my head on a bare tree branch was a lone sparrow.  He was hopping around and just stopped when I looked at him and looked right back at me.  At that moment I remembered Jesus words in the Sermon on the Mount:

“Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?  But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.” (Matt 6&10)

Honestly, at that moment I had this profound sense that Jesus knew what kind of day I was having and He was letting me know through this little sparrow just how important I was to Him.  Interesting too that I was having a woman kind of day where I felt totally unattractive, and then He shows me this unattractive little brown bird.  And at that moment I saw the sparrow through His eyes and I actually felt love and was delighted with the little guy.   Jesus cared that I was having an out of touch kind of day and He was walking with me through it by sharing this little bird with me.

We have three choices each day, the way I see it, to experience Jesus in this way; in our every day get up-wash face-eat breakfast-do laundry-clean house kind of day.

♥ Choice #1:     When you rise in the morning, at that moment, make a conscious, determined decision that He is present no matter how you “feel”.   Don’t assume that because you are feeling a negative emotion that He isn’t right there.  He didn’t say I will be with you only on good days, He said I will be with you always.

♥ Choice #2:     Start talking.  Yes, acknowledge His presence and start talking to Him.   This takes effort.  We are so in tune to having a visible person in our presence when we are talking that it is hard to just start talking to Jesus about just anything.  You see, I believe that God created us for His pleasure and companionship.  Didn’t He walk and talk with Adam and Eve before the fall.  When sin entered in it cut them off from enjoying God’s daily tangible presence in their lives.  So tragic.  But then Jesus came to restore the fellowship with God that we were created for.  He paid the price for our sins long ago so that we now have direct access to God through His Son who is perfect in every way, and He says, when you have seen Me, you have seen the Father.   We can walk and talk with Him now just like Adam and Eve did.   I know this to be true because I do it.  So, as an act of your will, start talking.  Tell Him how you feel that day.  Tell Him your concerns, joys, and about the things you need to surrender to Him and are struggling with.  Don’t forget to be thankful and tell Him of your love for Him.

♥ Choice #3:  Exercise your faith.  Believe He is there because He is.  (In Him we live, and move, and have our very being).   Remember faith is something you can’t see or feel but simply must believe because He says it is so.  So, keep talking and believing and this will move you into the realm of the His spirit.

You will be rewarded with a tangible presence of Jesus Himself.  This kind of walk doesn’t come over night.  It takes time to develop.  But why on earth, if we know this kind of relationship with Him is possible don’t we want to take the time to press into it.  And keep pressing into it until we begin to hear His voice.   Yes, He will talk back.  You will become more and more able to know it is really Him speaking.  You will be conversing with God!!!   He will not let you down.

Most people I know who struggle with this have a hard time believing it is His voice they hear.  He is always talking, we just don’t believe it is Him.  Have wildly abandoned faith, friends.  Be willing to get outside the box of your doubt and unbelief and just write down what He says that you think you are making up.  That is His voice.   It comes as a thought you know you didn’t think.

I invite you to comment on this blog and share with me your encounters with Jesus that transcends earthly understanding.   We are all unique and HE works in so many different ways.  Would love to hear your stories!!

For those of you who don’t already know, my book is now published on Amazon.  You can just click on the link at the top of the page and it will take you right to it.   If you read it and it speaks to you please post a review so others can be reached.    ♥♥

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15 thoughts on “A Thought You Know You Didn’t Think: Three Choices You Get to Make If You Want to Hear Jesus Speaking–For Real!!!

  1. Hi Dixie,
    This is the subject I was thinking about in my devotions this morning! I am reading a book by Gari Meacham, “Spirit Hunger,” and it has inspired me to “practice His presence,” no matter how I (or it) feels. Your story of the bird reminds me of many times that I have seen a beautiful bluebird or a yellow mountain meadowlark and I think, “thanks, Lord!” because he knows I delight in spotting these wonderful, amazing creatures.

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      • Yes…in our backyard bird feeders we rarely get anything other than sparrows, chickadees, and house finches (also brown). I love them all. I only see blue birds outside of town. He made them all. Your point about the sparrow is poignant.

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  2. “While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains Repeat the sounding joy” Your words made me re-think Romans 1:8: For ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature and attributes, that is, His eternal power and divinity, have been made intelligible and clearly discernible in and through the things that have been made (His handiworks)”–even the ‘Sparrow’ in an overhead tree. “So men are without excuse” I am surely not going to let the fields, rocks, hills, and plains out sing me this Christmas season– JOY TO THE WORLD, the Lord has come!

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  3. Love this! Yes, He is always with us and He desires a relationship (which involves speaking back and forth) and yes, we need to *exercise* our faith. We need to build up our faith with practice just like a bodybuilder needs to slowly add more weight over time to get stronger.

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  4. Our God is so good! We need to encourage each other in our faith, because some days are harder than others to keep our hearts open to Him. When we stop and take a look, there are ALWAYS so many blessings, “kisses from God,” I like to call them, everywhere we look. Today, God is speaking to me through the story of the woman about to be stoned for adultery. His grace is so amazing.

    Thank you for sharing your journey and being an encouragement to others, Dixie!

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    • What strikes me the most about that story, Misa, and the woman at the well, is that Jesus never condemned or judged those women…but sought to convey to them that if they really ‘knew’ Him they wouldn’t need to fill their neediness with all those men. He wanted to be everything to them, because He loved them!! Thanks for reading and commenting, Misa!!!

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  5. Hi Dixie, I agree with Misa exercising faith isn’t always easy to do especially when God keeps on movng the threshold! Over the last week I have been in near agony and torment and I have had to dig deep and begin to ‘exercise’ my faith, I can tell you that I didn’t like it one bit and would have prepared to do no exercise at all – very wimpy of me I know 😦 But I guess to move up that mountain or even to tell it to move into the sea it requires God to bring out the spiritual strength that you never knew you had. What I appreciate the most right now are the stories and victories of others who I have watched on their own journey, it makes me realise that God is right there holding us close and directing our footsteps. When things get really tough for me and I just don’t understand it all I just say “God, I trust in Your love” I don’t have to get it, I just have to trust in His love for me.

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  6. Hi Florence!! Faith is never easy due to the fact we have to move into the arena of what we cannot feel or see and just believe and trust. But the rewards are so great!! I will pray for Him to reveal Himself to you during this trial in a way you have never known Him before!! Thanks for sharing part of your journey with me!!! Blessings!!

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