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  • Listening to God

    Sometimes we talk too much
    To hear what God would say.
    Other times we're preoccupied
    With activities of the day.
    Oh, how we need to just be quiet,
    And listen with our hearts
    To what the Holy Spirit speaks-
    The truth that He imparts.
    He speaks to us through nature,
    Where we see His mighty hand.
    He speaks through our circumstances,
    And through our fellowman.
    Through a still small voice within,
    We hear what He would say,
    As we look to Him for guidance,
    Along our pilgrim way.
    But, we need to always examine
    That which we have heard,
    Making sure it's in accordance
    With His Holy Written Word-
    For God never directs contrary
    To what is written there.
    The law He gave so long ago
    Still applies to all everywhere.
    Father, thank You that as we listen,
    Your Spirit leads us right,
    Impressing the message on our Hearts
    That's written in black and white

    By Connie Campbell Bratcher

    The article " Jack's Worn Out Heart" can be read by clicking the picture to your left.

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