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Commotion

  • It happened in these days, that he went out to the mountain to pray, and he continued all night in prayer to God. When it was day, he called his disciples, and from them he chose twelve, whom he also named apostles Luke 6:12 WEB

    After a busy morning of phone calls, texts, and a lot of emails, the inside of my head felt like I was standing in the middle of a busy intersection, and it was noisy in there. I really needed to hear from the Lord and to get fresh inspiration to write, but I could only hear noise. I finally withdrew to my prayer room leaving my phone behind and after some quiet time and prayer with the Lord, I could hear once again. Yes, I am an introvert, but I believe that everyone could use some quiet time with God and the Bible. It sets the tone of the rest of my day.

    Jesus often withdrew to be alone with God. Though people followed Him everywhere and pressed in to hear Him, though many people depended on Him and doing God's work was important, Jesus still made spending time with the Father alone a priority in His life. Jesus was the Son of God, yet He still did this in order to stay in tune with the Father. He lived His life as our example.

    On the morning that He chose His twelve apostles, Jesus had spent all night in prayer (Luke 6:12). There are many references where Jesus withdrew from the crowds, at times taking His apostles with Him and teaching them alone. Sometimes they would get into a boat and leave for a deserted place (Matthew 14:13) where the crowd could not follow them.

    We should not allow the hustle and bustle of today's life make us spiritually deaf. God is not demanding or rude, and He will not normally force His way into your life. He often speaks to us but it may be a small nagging feeling or something subtle, and if your head is in chaos, you will often miss Him. In quietness and trust we will find strength (Isaiah 30:15).

    Find somewhere quiet and peaceful where you can be alone with the Lord, if even for a few minutes. Get still, maybe read your Bible. Pray and listen a moment. That small whisper can change your life, and may save it. Don't let the commotion of life rob you of the greatest part of it.

    Prayer: Speak to me Lord, for I am listening. Teach me and I will learn. Lead me and I will follow. I want to live everything that You have for me here Lord. Break these chains off of me today and set me free to serve You in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: For those interested in capturing or viewing photos of God's creation, here is this week's theme message from Creation Photographers: Welcome June and summer delights! Thank you all for participating in our group fun. What fond memories of days gone by you shared!!! Genesis 8:22 'As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.' "Reflections of Summer" will be our fun theme this week and is open for interpretation as always. You are also encouraged to post anything else that inspires you as well. My photo this week is of a heart reflection in one of our favorite spots to relax in nature. We will be spending much of our summer days around water and nature May you always walk in God's Love and Light! Here is the link to participate in this group: Creation Photographers group


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Love my morning time with the Lord! Thank you...... ❤️
June 5, 2018
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph

Amen!

June 5, 2018
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

June 5, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

June 5, 2018
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen

June 5, 2018
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!  My quiet time with you Lord is oh so precious to me!  Thank you for those precious moments!

June 5, 2018
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Father, I thank you for just being there!

June 5, 2018
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen. I am thankful for my quiet time with you Lord. 

June 5, 2018
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God, thank you for all our blessings. Amen

June 5, 2018
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Yes Jesus set us free and let our lives be for you.We love and worship you. Amen 

June 5, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Yes praise God amen

June 5, 2018
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Lorena Amador
Lorena Amador

Amen

June 5, 2018
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Stacie Chambers-Franklin
Stacie Chambers-Franklin

Perfect! Needed this! So much! Thank you!

June 5, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father, give me the opportunity to listen to Your voice and lead me. Thank You for been there for me, in Jesus name I pray. Amen .

 

 

June 5, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Beautiful devotional and prayer! I love my quiet time with Abba Father!

June 5, 2018
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardleedited: June 5, 2018

Amen! Thank you, Pastor Dion! It is so important for me to re-charge my "inner" battery for the day, that's why I find it best to seek the Lord early in the morning and on & off throughout to stay connected. Lord, please let me always hear Your gentle still voice and not be distracted by the hustle and bustle of a hectic day, in the name of Jesus I ask and pray, Amen!

June 5, 2018
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

I feel so much better after my time alone with God--spiritually, mentally, even physically! God's strength and power flow down and through me when I make time just for Him.

June 5, 2018
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

Lord, thank You for all You do for me! Please continue to heal my body and my life. Help me do what You want me to do, in Jesus' Name, Amen.

June 5, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

June 6, 2018
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Speak to me Lord, for I am listening. Teach me and I will learn. Lead me and I will follow. I want to live everything that You have for me here Lord. Break these chains off of me today and set me free to serve You in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

June 6, 2018