Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sarah Young (1)

For the first time in a long time, I've begun reading a daily devotional book. I'll tell you about the author, Sarah Young, and you'll understand why.

Sarah writes that in 1993 her relationship with God changed dramatically...

I had been writing in prayer journals for years, but that was one-way communication: I did all the talking. I knew that God communicated with me through the bible, but I yearned for more. Increasingly, I wanted to hear what God had to say to me personally on a given day.

I decided to listen to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever I believed He was saying. I felt awkward the first time I tried this, but I received a message. It was short, biblical, and appropriate. It addressed topics that were current in my life: trust, fear, and closeness to God. I responded by writing in my prayer journal.

Many of us in the Luke Ten Community have been on a similar journey. Longing to hear what God might say to us personally on a given day. Feeling awkward when we first begin. But, being aware of "spontaneous thoughts" and writing them down. Finding that they are often both biblical and appropriate.

Take a minute and, in the comments below, share what this journey has been like for you.

More from Sarah tomorrow.



  1. There was a time when only the pentacostals would admit to saying, "God told me". Of course, they were right. He does talk to us ... all the time.

    When there is a church service that allows the practise of speaking a word of prophecy, it is simply allowing some to repeat what they hear the Lord saying. This is an institutionalized version of "listening to Jesus" and sharing what we hear with others.

    It is always so good. The Lord is always speaking. May we have ears to hear. Carolyn

  2. Over the past week I have experienced 2 situations worth recounting. I had built a additional raised bed this spring for my vegetable garden. I did not plan on using it this year but was going to just let it sit for next spring. Finding I had a reserve of seedlings, and not wanting them to go to waste, I randomly stuck them in the new bed. Weeds/grass quickly grew up and took over. I had decided to just let it go until next year. Last week, I walked by and saw that some of the random vegetable plants had fruit on them (barely visable thru the weeds). I decided to pull the waste high weeds to reveal whatever was underneath. From a elevated position, I attempted to pull the weeds only to discover I just tore the tops off. I had to get down on my hands and knees and pull them out by the roots. As I labored, I was totaly surprised by that Inner Voice that said "This is exactly what I did when I came to earth....left My elevated position to deal with the roots!" The statement was not really profound or even unknown, but yet I was amazed at His willingness to initiate the conversation.

  3. Great story, Mickey! I love how the Lord so often communicates to us using the "stuff of life" like weeds and dirt.