Whatever it takes, Lord.

God is always speaking to us, whether we listen to Him or not.  He speaks in a still small voice within, through His word, through His people, and sometimes audibly.  He speaks so loudly at times, but we can miss it if we’re not paying attention.  One of my favorite life mottoes is, “It’s not coincidence; it’s God.” I say it often to others and to myself.  When things start repeating, when you are told something multiple times by different people, when you hear a Bible verse several times throughout the week, pay attention because God may be trying to tell you something.  Usually, we miss it because we are distracted and not in tune with Him, but He is kind enough to repeat it.

A verse that’s been on repeat this week.

The one thing I ask of the Lord—
the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord’s perfections
and meditating in His Temple.

-Psalm 27:4

Lately, I have been pursuing the voice of God more.  Asking Him to completely empty me out so I can humbly surrender to Him to better hear Him and know what to do.  Telling Him “Whatever it takes, Lord, to better know You and Your will for my life. Empty me out. He’s been so faithful to answer.  We must train ourselves in humility.  We must train ourselves in surrender.  We must train our ears to hear.  We must learn to discipline our thoughts taking each one captive. We must stay in constant communication with Him. We must allow Him to change us from the inside out.  But we don’t do any of that in our own strength; we do it in His.

When He reveals areas in our life that need some work, it’s in a loving way telling us to give it to Him and see what He can do with it.  The way we train is by consistently giving it all to Him. We don’t hold it and try to get better on our own.  We give it to Him and allow Him to do what only He can.  And when we give our control to Him to allow change to take place, He always does a transformation.  Always.  And it’s so beautiful!

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog post because it’s been one incredible lesson after another. I haven’t taken time to sit still and write.  A friend of mine sent me this article today that sums up some of the things the Lord has been sharing with me so I wanted to share it with you.  It was a wonderful reminder to me about the power of faith over anything life throws at you, including distractions.  Everything can be used to glorify God if given to God.  For years, I tried to battle distraction, doubt, discouragement, life, health, business, relationships, all of it on my own.  This year, I have been turning each area over to Him in  prayer. Constant prayer.  Repeated prayer. Trying not to sit with it too long on my own, but immediately giving whatever “it” is to Him.  When I release it to Him, I receive from Him.  Some days, it’s a battle of every minute giving it to Him, but the more I do, the more I know Him, His love for me, and the more I hear from Him.

The prayer at the end of the article (quoted below) is just like the one I’ve been praying.  God speaks when we pay attention and I am resolved to give Him all of mine.

“Whatever it takes, Lord, increase my resolve to pursue only what you call me to do, and deliver me from the fragmenting effect of fruitless distraction.”

Desiring God: Lord, Deliver Me From Distraction

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