I want to have a heart that is tender towards God. He wants me to have a tender heart towards others.
In my life God has used trying and difficult circumstances to make me more compassionate towards people. He’s also used my failures and sin to help me be more understanding and compassionate towards others.
When I’m prideful and think, “Why I would never do that!” you can be sure I’m going to have a major fall in very short order. After that fall, the Lord in His mercy and compassion, forgives me of my sin and helps me to learn from experience, what I failed to pay attention to and learn from when reading the Bible.
I want to have a heart that is tender to the Lord and to incline my ear to hear His voice through the pages of scripture and the Holy Spirit within.
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My husband Chris and I had the pleasure of watching “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry” this evening. We give it a big thumbs up. It’s a wonderful movie for the whole family and it has timeless lessons for everyone.
Do you ever go through those seasons where God seems distant?
David Fisher at Pilgrim Scribblings recently had a post “Powerfully Present” in which I related to his quote: “If God seems absent tonight…He’s not! Maybe hidden but NOT gone!”
I’m going through one of those seasons right now. I continue to read God’s word, pray, attend church and participate in Bible studies. But God seems distant from me.
But there have been moments when God has quietly spoken. Such as when I start my day and I’m tempted to dive right in because there is always so much to do. But I feel God calling me, “Susan, don’t you want to hear what I have to say to you before you start your day?” I feel His call to pick up my Bible and read from the scriptures and read from my devotionals.
In the past, I’ve tried to keep a journal, but it’s always been something I started only to stop within a few days. A couple of weeks ago, I felt God leading me to jot down in a notebook when I’m reading through the Bible verses that stand out to me, or record what’s going on with me that day that I’m struggling with or rejoicing over.
As I’m going through my day I’m on the lookout for Jesus. When I have those encounters I’m writing them down in a small notebook. It may be the Holy Spirit bringing to mind something I’ve studied, or it might be something I hear while listening to a radio program or an encouraging or convicting word that some speaks to me.
During this time when God seems distant, I feel led to ask the Lord is there some area of sin in my life that is displeasing or dishonoring to You? Is there something that I need to repent of? Do I have a wrong attitude or is there an overt action that I need to repent of?
May my heart be tender towards the Lord and may I be sensitive to His Holy Spirit.