Congratulations to the winners of Sometimes He Whispers Sometimes He Roars!
- Chargaile who commented on September 12, 2012 at 9:04 am
- Monica who commented on September 12, 2012 at 10:43 pm
- Wendy Franke who commented on September 14, 2012 at 10:44 am
Marilynn Chadwick will email each of you and get your contact information so she can send you your prize, congratulations! Now on to today’s amazing post by my dear friend Noelle Dey.
Noelle is one of my dear friends with an amazing heart for Christ and it is my JOY to have her as our guest today!
Noelle Dey is a Certified Professional Life Coach, a Certified Group Fitness Instructor and the author of “Transformation by Truth: 30 days to a healthy heart, mind and body.” She pulls from her life history, including surviving heart failure at the age of 28, to share her compelling story of transformation as she coaches others through their own transformations. Noelle lives in Southern California with her husband Ryan, their daughter Sierra and their Corgi-Chihuahua mix, Digger.
Does it take an act from heaven for you to have a special quiet time? I don’t have barriers in my daily devotionals… but I love nothing more than an extended quiet time at the beach on a Saturday morning.
I wake up extra early.
I tiptoe around the house, praying no one wakes up.
That includes the dog.
I use my cell phone to light my path instead of turning on the lights.
I splurge on a Starbucks coffee knowing my homemade brew would surely romance my husband out of bed.
It takes a good five minutes to open and close the front door to make sure it won’t creek.
But once I pull out of our driveway, I’m in the clear!
That was the sequence of events a couple weeks ago. Harps played. Angels were singing. I had my Bible, my coffee and I headed toward my favorite bench which is on a small cliff overlooking Laguna Beach.
Oh Lord, You are so good! Thank You for this incredible beauty. Thank You for loving me so dearly and for creating this perfect Father-daughter date!
Out of nowhere Mr. Metal Detector invaded my view. He walked up the beach and then back (and then up and back… and up and back…) ruining my view of the crashing waves. He had big headphones and a belt with a round pocket to hold whatever he found. He waved his metal detector from side to side… and he never stopped. The entire time I was out there… he never stopped!
After an hour, I got back in my van, annoyed that God allowed that wacko (oops… did I just say that? I mean that sweet man…) to ruin our special date.
On the drive home, I felt like God was whispering in my ear. Noelle, that’s how I want you to seek Me! Are you looking for Me and the wisdom I give like that man at the beach? He’s seeking riches! He’s looking for clues with his eyes. He’s listening with his headphones. His metal detector is his tool to uncover treasure. And he’s not merely thinking about things, he’s actively moving in his pursuit… and he never stops!
Wow. So my special Father-daughter date was meaningful. Beautiful. And it left me with an exciting challenge. Would you like to join me in this challenge? God’s word says:
Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold. For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it. (Proverbs 8:10-11 NLT)
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13 NIV84)
How can we use our eyes, our headphones (ears), and our metal detector (tools) to seek God throughout our days?
For me, my eyes see His magnificence in the sunrise, His love for details in wildflowers on the side of the road. I see His humor in my Corgi-Chihuahua’s underbite.
When I use my God-seeking headphones, I hear His voice when I am still and He impresses thoughts on my mind. I hear Him in praise music, sermons, my daughter’s laugh, and in my husband’s voice.
And you? How are you following Mr. Metal Detector’s lead? How are you using your eyes? Your headphones? Your metal detector? Share your ideas! Inquiring minds want to know! Leave a comment below and be entered to win one of three copies of Transformation by Truth.
You reward us when we sincerely seek You. If we lack wisdom, we should ask and You’ll give it to us… generously… and without finding fault! Help each of us to fall deeper in love with Jesus. When we do this, the natural byproduct is a deep thirst for You and Your wisdom. Thank You for giving each of us godly eyes, headphones and metal detectors to help us in this journey. Thank You for this amazing community of God-seekers and for Heather’s leadership. Bless each person here today with new ideas for growing closer to You.
In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen!
In my newly released book Transformation by Truth: 30 days to a healthy heart, mind and body we seek God’s transforming power to become spiritual powerhouses…to overcome negative thoughts… and to create our healthiest bodies. God has plans to prosper you and nothing is impossible with Him! Let’s journey together with eager expectations… just like Mr. Metal Detector did as he sought treasure on the beach.