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GOD MOVES

Have you ever seen how God Moves in your life?  I have recently and I have to share again!

It has been a very long time since I wrote anything for my blog. As much as I miss writing, I just have not felt led to write anything. In the back of my mind and heart there is a burning desire to get back to writing regularly. I think … maybe at least one a week. I remember when I was writing every day. God would actually give me topics either every day or I worked off of a list that I had made from Him speaking to my heart over many days. It was an exciting time. However, I was not working in a job that required so much of my brain and energy. It was a very good “growing” time for me. The more I wrote, the more I learned and in turn grew closer to God and wanted to write more and more.large

It actually all began when I was reading one of the daily devotionals that I get every morning and then I began commenting on it and began to share it with one and then three, then eight and more ladies. When it was all said and done, I had 75 ladies on my email list that I would forward the emails (daily devos) that I had added a paragraph or so worth of comments about it. I usually commented on how the devotional touched or spoke to my heart and soul. I had a few ladies that would reply back to my email with very uplifting and encouraging comments. It kept me going for quite a while. I even solicited for others to join my little group if they would like. I approached three Sunday School ladies from church and asked them. I got 3 different answers from them. It was quite funny. One said she already did enough devotionals and just couldn’t join another. I told her that it was not a problem at all and I totally understood… and I did. The next one said “Yes, that sounds good, but you have to know… I don’t check my email very often.” Again, I answered … that it was not a problem at all and I totally understood… and I did. The third one said “Yes, I would love to be on your emailing list.” So 2 out of 3 isn’t bad, huh?

I was quite happy doing just what I was doing… forwarding the emails after I commented on them, to my growing list of ladies. Then one Sunday, one of my Sunday School teachers asked me something that I had not thought of. She asked me if I had ever thought about going out on myGOD IS YOUR REFUGE own and writing a devotional instead of using another devotional to launch off of. I told her no, I hadn’t thought of that at all. I was quite happy doing what I was doing. However, I felt that “tug” on my heart that had become pretty familiar. I knew this conversation was NOT just “coincidence”. You see… I don’t believe in coincidences. I believe God crosses the paths of people on purpose. For a specific purpose and that purpose is usually something that will give you the opportunity to grow in your spiritual walk and bring glory to Him. I believe God Moves like that.

So, I prayed about it, talked to my family about it, talked to my pastor about it and I came to the conclusion that yes, it was time. Each person I visited with about it gave me good ideas and advice. I began to research and find out about blogging. I was off 3-4 days in a row and on April 14, 2014 God and I sat down at my computer and began to build my blogsite. I actually felt His guiding me in the entire process.  I checked into hosting fees from GoDaddy and they were something I thought I could afford. Then when I checked to see if the domain name was available, I was shocked to find out that it was. I should have known that it was waiting just for me. I believe God Moves like that.

The reason I wanted GoDaddy to host it, or someone to host it, is because by doing that I could have an “owned” domain name instead of using just the free WordPress site. My email is leah@abidinginthevine.net instead of leah@wordpress.abidinginthevine.net or something like that. I wanted it to reflect only the name of the site.GOD MOVES FOR THOSE WHO WAIT

How I chose the name … well, I have thought about this scripture for a long time and years ago, I had the privilege to be in a recording studio and I recorded 3 tracks. It was an experience of a lifetime. The brochures I created, at that time, to market myself to places to sing were reflective of this scripture:

John 15:5 – I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. NKJV

So I was finally going to be able to use my idea on a website/blogsite. I was pretty excited!

By the way, I will add that it was about 6 months down the road, after I got my blogsite up and running, the 1st lady from my Sunday School that I had asked about joining my email list for devotionals … she approached me one Sunday morning in Sunday School and asked me for my blogsite address. She’s been hooked ever since… lol.  So, finally, three out of three. I was pretty excited and I believe God Moves like that! I now have several ladies that read my blog from my Sunday School class. That is so cool to me!

I love how God Moves. It always amazes me to see all the pieces fall into place when I allow God to work, that is when I step back and allow Him to work in my life instead of me trying to “fix” things. I don’t know why it amazes me… I know that is how God Moves.  The older I get, the more I learn this and actually try not to “fix” it myself.  I wish I could just finally learn it. However, every time I have had to learn this lesson over and over, I grow. I grow in God and His Spirit and I like that! A lot! I believe that is how God Moves in my life.

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I started writing this post on Wednesday of last week (March 2, 2016) and there have been so many things that have happened to add to this post. One very BIG one is such an obvious example of how God Moves I just have to share it!TRUST

Along with a list of great things I have begun, I started driving for Uber a few weeks ago. I try to stay close to home and that means usually around Grapevine, Texas and the D/FW Airport. Sometimes the calls get me a little out from there but usually I do not drive into Dallas because I pick up a rider usually right close to where I drop off a rider. Well, this particular night (Friday, March 5th) I had a call to go to the Gaylord Texan Resort which is in Grapevine. I picked up a very nice, young couple and they wanted to go to the Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas. They were interested in Chip Foose who is a guy that does a lot of “Overhaulin’” of vehicles in dire straits. He was supposed to be making a show there the next day, I think. I feel certain most or at least some of you have heard of him. Anyway, I digress…

I dropped them off and went off line so I would not get another call because I had to make a pit stop of my own. As I was coming out of McDonald’s with an order of fries (I just can’t resist them!) I got another call from Uber for a rider just a few miles away from where I was, down Forest Ave. I thought I was off line and not able to receive calls, but oh well… So, I accepted the call and headed that direction. When I arrived at the destination that the GPS told me, there was NO RIDER and no Comet Cleaners, where he said he was. I texted the rider and asked him about his location. He said he was almost to Hiway 75… Central Expressway! Oh My Goodness!!! I was just at Marsh Lane! The GPS was way off! He was about 8 miles further… so, I finally found him and took him a ways down Central Expressway to his humble abode. Then before I got out of the driveway, I got another call for another rider. Man! Another call and I am on the EAST SIDE OF DALLAS AT THIS POINT! CENTRALThe time is 6:00 pm and I have never liked being on the East side or West side or any side of Dallas at 6:00 pm! If there are any readers out there that know what I mean, raise your hands!

While I am driving down Central Expressway with all the “TRAFFIC” I began to settle back and talk to God. I realized – finally – that this had to be a God thing! If I found myself that far from home, in that location, at that time of the night, there had to be a reason! THERE WAS! Read on.

The next rider was a very pretty and sweet young lady. She seemed a little distressed as she looked up at me with her big, kind eyes and said “Thank you.” as I closed the door after she got settled. As soon as we were on our way… to Downtown Dallas… she got on the phone and called what apparently was a very good girlfriend of hers. The first thing out of her mouth was … “Well, we just got out of marriage counseling.” Then she said “No, it was horrible!” Well, I won’t go into the entire conversation, but I will tell you that this young lady was distressed and God placed her right in my path. As she unveiled many things in that conversation that I was a little uncomfortable hearing… she spared no words or feelings. She laid it all out there as if I was not there or at least like there was one of those Plexiglas windows between her and me. But there was not and she didn’t really seem to care. She was just bent on telling her girlfriend the sordid details and … well, anyway. She was in need of a good prayer time and understanding and someone that could relate to her dilemma. As we pulled into the very upscale, downtown apartment building garage, she hung up the phone and very boldly, I spoke up. I told her how I could relate to her overheard story. I asked her if I could pray with her, because listening to her conversation, I picked up that she was a Christian and did pray and believe how I believed, at least somewhat. She almost cried! She said “Really!? YES, of course!” We began talking and I told her a little of my story and she asked if we could pray. I said yes, we held hands and prayed. She was not nervous or uncomfortable. This was a 30-year-old young lady that had only been married a short time and found herself married to someone she didn’t really know like she thought she did. They both needed help with various things but she was distressed and needed to hear from God. I had to get going and so did she. She was headed out of town to her girlfriend’s house and it was getting later and later. So we got out of my vehicle and as I am helping her out of the back, she said … “I prayed for God to send me an Angel and He sent me you!” I PRAYED FOR AN ANGELWe hugged and said our good byes. She got my card with my contact info. I may never hear from her again, but I know she heard from God that night! I just love it when I recognize how God Moves because sometimes, I am afraid I miss those priceless moments in time that should get my attention and make me Praise His Holy Name!

God Moves in your life, too! You have to just listen for that still, small voice and hear Him speaking to your heart. Sometimes, His voice comes through another person too. If you be still and just listen and know that He is God, He will speak to your heart. Let God Move in your life and allow Him to use you or allow someone else to be used by Him to bless you.

Well, I tell you one thing! I was thanking Him for that Close THANK YOU LORDEncounter of the Third Kind (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit)! (Excuse the little play on words there… if anyone has ever seen or heard of the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” you will understand that. If not, just keep reading and … never mind.) I praised Him and thanked Him for allowing me to experience that unforgettable night and His love for that young lady. I was pretty much in awe the entire trip home.

Well, this has been quite a long post after such a long time of not writing. I just had to share this with you all! I hope to be back on a regular writing basis now. I love sharing how God Moves in my life with you. I do hope it blesses you in some way. God Moves in your life too! Do you recognize Him? Do you thank Him for using you or being blessed by someone that He uses?  Write me and let me know how God has used you or how you have been blessed by someone He has used.

God loves you so much! After all, He calls you His beloved!

The Song/Video – God Moves
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Here is the music to this beautiful song!

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HOW TO GET THE JOB YOU DESERVE

I know what you are thinking… “What is that kind of title doing on a devotional blog site?” Well, if you read on about “How To Get The Job You Deserve” you will find out.

If you have read my last couple of blog posts  … maybe just my last one… you will know that I am unemployed, yet again. I won’t go into that here, I just wanted to make a point so you would understand why I was reading an article on  Linkedin entitled “How To GLinked inet The Job You Deserve”. So, anyway, when I read the first sentence of this article I began to wonder what she actually meant. Here are the first two paragraphs of the article, then I will explain.

“When you hate your job but you can’t seem to escape it or you struggle on the job search trail for months, your life can start to feel very Biblical. You can start to think that the whole world is against you, and that you can’t catch a break. We have all felt that way at some point. 

“Why the heck can’t I get a good job?”  you wonder. You feel you could write a book about horrible job-search experiences or mistreatment at work, or both. It is very understandable that anybody in a miserable job or job-search situation would start to think it’s hopeless.”
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Now, I don’t know about you, but when she used the term “Biblical” I began to wonder what she meant. The first part of that sentence talked about “…hating your job but can’t seem to escape it…” and then your “…strugglDepression.4183646_stde on a job search trail for months…” My question is … How is that Biblical? Maybe she is referring to feeling all alone in the desert but then, no, Moses was not alone in the desert for 40 years. God was with them the whole way. At least Moses knew this – unlike most of the Israelites most of the time – and that is another post.  Also, where in the Bible does it say that the whole world is against you.. oh, yeah, that’s right… if you are a Christian, sometimes it seems that way, I guess. I still don’t get the connection between being in a job you hate and/or on a very long job search and feeling “very Biblical.” Maybe you see it but I do not.

I do know this… that I have been on long job searches before and been in a job I didn’t like very much but I never once thought “I am feeling very Biblical today.” As a Christian, though, I have thought more than once “Why is God leaving me in this situation for this long?” Or, “Why did God allow that situation to happen?” I eventually came to realize that I may be in “that situation” for someone else and not for my benefit. I saw that played out at the call center more than once. If that is what God is doing then, I will trust His plan and if that is not what God is doing, then I will trust His plan. As you have read my posts before, I believe God’s Word is true! One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Jeremiah 29:11.il_570xN.459972302_9528

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

God has a perfect plan for me and for you… actually anyone, that allows God to lead them. It doesn’t involve being frantic because you get laid off, yet again. Yes, I worry and yes, I wonder. But I do trust God that He will never leave me or forsake me. He promised that in His Word

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”1583bcbcec1b12f9ac3df37b0e7433b0

I hear some of you out there saying… “Yeah, but that was back then – way back in the Old Testament. That doesn’t apply to now.”

Well, Ok, what about this one… (but I do believe the entire Bible applies to now – no matter when “now” is!)

Matthew 28:18-20

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore[c] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.[d]

Jesus, Himself, spoke these words to the disciples after He had risen from the grave. He is with us ALWAYS.

OK, on to the next part of the article that … let’s just say that I disagree with. The article went on to say how “you” can change things. If you are tired and fed up and you just want to give up, then you have reached the “right” point. She eludes to that if you reach this point you are right where you need to be to “change”. Just change your way of thinking or doing things and things probably will turn around for you (paraphrased, of course). She, I believe, is on the right track, but as Christians, we have to do more than that, I believe. Yes, I believe we have to come to a point of self-awareness in that we have to be aware of who we really are and what skills we really have or don’t have and accept the fact that some folks just don’t and will never “get you” and I think that you HAVE to believe in yourself, 200%! However, thgod_is_talking_to_you_are_you_listening_postcard-p239783566993367544qibm_400ere is much more to this picture, in my opinion. You first have to realize “Whose” you are! You have to trust God along with yourself. You have to trust that still small voice that you think is just your imagination. You may never have “heard” God speak to you but that doesn’t mean He hasn’t. You may have to tune your ears and heart differently. I did. It worked for me and I don’t think I am something extra special… well, my mom and dad do… but that is a different post… lol.

So, back to listening to God or listening for God. God will direct your path as He said He will. But you cannot go kicking and screaming along the path and expect God to continue. He is NOT going to MAKE you do anything! That is why most – if not all – of the Christian walk is just on Faith! You have to trust and have faith that He will lead you and lead you with your best interest in mind. Just like the scripture says… “… plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Now why would God lead you wrong. He WOULD NOT! He loves you so much! He wants you to trust Him and believe He has you on His mind always. So, no matter what article you read about how “you” can change things… if God changes things it will be for your best interest in mind. You may make a wrong decision if you make it on your own, but if you allow God to guide you, you can count on it! It will never be for your harm!Listen-to-God-in-the-silence

Now to give Ms. Liz Ryan the benefit of a doubt, she did end her article with a phrase that made the first sentence make more sense. She said this…

“Bradley walked through the desert and learned something important about himself.”

That explains the phrase about feeling Biblical, I suppose and I may or may not agree with how she wrote her article, but that is what is so wonderful about living here in the Wonderful USA! That is another post as well. However, her statement helped me get another post under my belt, and it feels good to write a post again. With everything that has been going on in my life lately, I have missed writing with all of my heart. God has given me snippets every now and then, but nothing solid like this one. So, …

I say all of this and want you to understand that, yes, I still wonder and have a little worry. I am human, after all. God knows that too. He still loves me and still waits for me to call out to Him. He even calls out to me sometimes and when He does, I, most of the time, listen intently to His guidance (I try anyway). I challenge you today to listen for that still, small voice as well and talk to God when you hear it.  Ask Him if it is His voice that you hear. He will reassure you if it is Him. He loves you so much and is waiting to hear you call out to Him. After all, He calls you His beloved.

1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

The Video – I Know The Plans (Audrey’s Song) – Damaris Carbaugh

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GODPHONES – revisited

This post is a re-do.  I wrote this the first of April 2014 and I sent it out to my “email group” before I had my blog.  I am posting it here on my blog  so it can be hopefully enjoyed by others.  So those of you that have already read it, please forgive me for duplicating.  Thank You!

Do you own headphones or ear buds?  If you have a Smart phone you probably use a blue tooth device with it, right?  They are wonderful.  You can talk on the phone and still use your hands.  I like that, because you know, as women, we can multi-task and get so much more done.  My mom and dad have a set of headsets.  They use them to watch the TV and they are the good kind that covers the entire ear.  When they have them on, they don’t hear anything except what is being said on the TV.  It sure makes our home a much quieter one – lol!  Their headsets have all the fancy settings on them so it can sound like surround sound or more bass or more tenor… kind of like the settings on a nice stereo.  They are wireless and work off of a wireless bass.  You can walk around the house with them on and never be disturbed by any noise except the TV.  If I have anything to say to mom or dad, I go and stand in front of them until they remove their headset so they can hear me.  Just like I do even when they aren’t wearing their headsets because they don’t hear very well… I go to where they are and get their attention and then talk.  Otherwise they would not be able to hear me at all!

I use a small headset at work and the ear pieces don’t really cover up the entire ear … I guess they would if you have very small ears, but my headset just rests on my ear.  They do pretty good as far as allowing you to hear the customer that is calling, but they don’t really block out all the background noise, and where I work, there is a lot of background noise sometimes.   I wear glasses and sometimes, because the headset rests on my ear, my ear begins to hurt a little.  I remove my headset from one ear and put it just in front of my ear, kind of on my temple of my head.  My ear feels better but that lets in more noise.  images (5)So I can’t leave my headset off of that one ear for long if I don’t want to be distracted by the background noise.  So… I have found that I can use ear plugs and still use my headset and actually be able to hear the customer quite well.  This works really good on those very busy days when there are a lot of us on the floor – all talking at the same time.

You know there is a comparison coming, right?  Well, of course there is.  To me it is like listening to God.  If you want to really hear Him clearly and without a lot of background noise you have to put your God Headphones (Godphones) on and clue in to His voice.  The link associated with the previous statement… “clue in to His voice”… will take you to a some sermon notes from Charles Stanley that explains his view on listening for God.  There is also a link here… that has 76 scriptures that talk about “Listening to God.”  This is so vitally important in a Christian’s life to tune in to God and listen!  LISTENTwo of my favorite scriptures (in that list referenced) are … John 10: 27-28 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” And Psalm 25: 4-5 “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”

Sometimes following God is not always easy.  It can be a bit trying at times and when (not if) you get tired sometimes and want to take your “Godphones” off just a little, the outside noise of the world floods you with all sorts of distractions! Jesus Himself told His disciples this life would not be easy in John 16:33. These distractions can be very subtle or blast you out of your seat and everything in between.  The distractions of the world will overtake you if you keep your Godphones off very long.  Some distractions could be simply … you are too tired to get up and go to church, or I can’t read that scripture because it brings back too many memories that may not be pleasant, or that movie that you really want to see again… but it really isn’t one that is encouraging or uplifting, it is downright vulgar and debasing.  Another way the world distracts is so subtle and it is misconstrued as “sharing” when in fact it is truly gossiping.  You heard something about someone and you just can’t wait to tell someone else about Sally Jo and her problems she is having with her husband, or kids or… you know what I mean.  FOCUS And, one of the most damaging ways is to listen to the smooth, soft, complimenting words of that “friend” (that is the man or woman at work or at the grocery store or anywhere you see them regularly), that truly should be saying “those” words and phrases to “his” or “her”  spouse or girlfriend or boyfriend… and not you.  And you should be wanting to hear them from your spouse or significant other and not another man or woman – any man or woman.

The other part of that scripture about having trouble in this life is my favorite… Jesus says “…But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  Praise GodI HAVE OVERCOME that Jesus has Overcome The World!  I love Darlene Zschech’s song … Victor’s Crown.  I have attached it before and it is an awesome song and video.  Here is the link to the video to her singing it live with her awesome band!

There are so many ways that the world (Satan and his lies) can distract us.  In 2 Corinthians 4:4, we are told that the lord of this world (Satan) is a deceiver!  If we don’t keep those Godphones on and connected to God we can so easily get distracted and pulled away and before you know it you are right in the middle of a problem that you wish you had never stepped in to.  I speak from past experience.  I know how easy it is!  I know the pain of waking up in the morning and wondering “why in the world did I do that?”  Or as soon as the words leave my lips, I think… “why did I say that?”  It is human nature… and yet, I believe that we have a soul that is shaped by God and if it doesn’t have God in that shape it causes us problems.  It’s like putting a square peg in a round hole.  It just doesn’t fit and is frustrating to keep trying to make it fit.  So, we must keep those Godphones on and listen for His voice and His direction and His will. He loves you so much and He wants to talk to you.  He is waiting to hear from you because you are His beloved.  It takes some practice to listen for His voice.  You might just have to be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10) and you are not.  .

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