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5 Tips to Live with Him – WOGSlinkup

5 Tips to Live with Him – Word of God Speak Linkup

Today I want to bring you up-to-date with what I have learned in the past while. Here are 5 tips to live with Him.

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1. Go to a Conference

I am back from my trip out to Alberta. The first reason for going was the Inscribe Fellowship Fall Conference in Edmonton. What a delightful time! We had fabulous speakers with so many wonderful ideas. Linda Hall gave our plenary talks and following her journey in her writing career was fascinating. Listening to how she listens to God and knows when it is time to change and not be afraid of that change. Embracing the change. We all need to be ready to do that when God calls. I was grateful to win the art award for a painting in my book The Kingdom of Thrim. We had a surprise visit from Janette Oke to present the new Janette Oke award.

This conference is a wonderful way to live with Him.

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2. Embrace what God leads you to do

The other reason I went out west was to meet with my publisher, Colleen McCubbin of Siretona Creative. We had a splendid time as well! At first we thought I would do book signings but God had a different plan. At the last minute we were open to author visits in Christian schools in Calgary. I haven’t had so much fun except when my grandchildren visit. I met and talked to 12 classes in three different schools. I read my new story, The Kingdom of Thrim, and answered questions from the students. Then I taught them a scripture using a unique action method. They had a great time and learned the scripture.

I am learning to live with Him.

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3. Go on a retreat

Following my 9 days of travel, I came home and turned around to go to a women’s retreat in our county run by the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church. The facilitator was Sandy Stevens from Embrace The Bride. Not only is she a dynamic speaker, she is so in tune with the Lord she had everyone reaching to listen to Him. I can say I believe everyone was touched by the Holy Spirit and came away changed and revived.

What an eye opener – a fantastic way to learn to live with Him.

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4. Don’t be afraid to try new things

And one other marvellous thing that has happened in the last month is – I can hear. Yes finally the doctors along with the audiologist have prescribed hearing aids. What a difference it has made in my life. I can hear people speaking in church, in small groups, at the conference, movies and my husband. The last one was very important. Our communication was becoming a source of frustration for both of us as I couldn’t hear him and he had no patience with me.

Recent research has suggested that the brains of people with hearing loss shrink faster than those of their peers whose hearing has not diminished (Page 9, Listen to Your Ears, Cheryl Morehouse).

I want to stay functional mentally as long as possible. If you think you might have a hearing problem get checked out. Usually consultation is free. And in Canada we get a $1000 grant every 5 years.

5. Read wonderful writings of saints – my favourite is Oswald Chambers

His words have touched my soul and my heart in the past few days. Everything he has said has confirmed what I learned at our women’s retreat.

If you are in a valley right now – take heart.

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It is in the sphere of humiliation that we find our true worth to God, that is where our faithfulness is revealed. Most of us can do things if we are always at the heroic pitch because of the natural selfishness of our hearts, but God want us at the drab commonplace pitch, where we live in the valley according to our personal relationship to Him (Oswald Chambers October 2 My Utmost for His Highest).

And if you want to totally be with Him and be in His will remember these words.

We need to know Him to live with Him. (tweet this)

We can ever remain powerless, as were the disciples, by trying to do God’s work not in concentration on His power, but by ideas drawn from our own temperament. We slander God by our very eagerness to work for Him without knowing Him (Oswald Chambers, October 3, My Utmost for His Highest).

For those who have had a vision but it doesn’t seem to be coming together.

It is when we are in the valley, where we prove whether we will be the choice ones, that most of us turn back. … are we willing to have the vision “batter’d to shape and use” by God? The batterings always come in commonplace ways and through commonplace people (Oswald Chambers October 4, My Utmost for His Highest).


Sunday Stillness – A Weekend to Remember

A Weekend to Remember

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This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending  Women’s Day Together in Haliburton. Our guest speaker was Ali Matthews, award winning singer/songwriter. What a treat! Not only does this warm, wonderful woman speak about our relationship to God, she sings it.

Her voice and her words have the ability to transcend us from our natural humanness to a spiritual connection with God.

I was blessed by her words and her songs. We appreciated having Rick Francis, her musical partner, come with her. He travelled with extreme back pain but soldiered on to give a great performance. They both stayed at my house which blessed me even more.

And just to make the weekend more complete Ali gave the message and did the music for our pastoral charge. That meant we started our drive at 8am, visited three churches lugging in and out the guitars, and finished at 12:45. Whew! I appreciate the work our pastor does even more.

Ali forgot her binder in our first church but she continued through without notes, doing an excellent job. She sang without a mike or plug in for their guitars. What a job! (I drove back to get it for our next church.)

Her message pushed us to think about the abundance we have in our lives here in Canada. She encouraged us to think seriously about sponsoring a child from World Vision. Ali has three sponsored children herself. Fifteen little ones were sponsored during her visit to Haliburton.

Doesn’t that make you smile!

To top off the weekend my friend, Kimberley Payne, joined me both at the conference, where she gave a very inspired and uplifting talk about being Fit for Faith – with our bodies, and for our Sunday Marathon at the three churches. Thank you, Kimberley.

One more added blessing – we attended the wedding of our pastor’s daughter. Joy and more joy to see his family and friends together to celebrate such an event.

Now I have to admit that on Monday and Tuesday I didn’t do much except to recover. But the memories, love and closeness to God will remain with me always.

A funny story with a God moment.

During the evening after we returned from the wedding Rick, Kimberley, my hubby and I were sitting relaxing and talking when our little dog, Snowball, brought something into the room. She looked up at me and I said, “Where did you get that?” It was a set of post-it notes.

I don’t even know where she found them. I put them aside on the table so she wouldn’t get them again.

The next morning I hear how this story continued. Ali had been upstairs working during this time. She said to Rick when he came back upstairs, “I do wish I had a post-it note as I would like to mark my place in my Bible”. Rick says, “I know where to get some”. He brings back the post-it notes. Ali says, “Oh my goodness, thank You, Lord – You know something before I even have need of it and they are exactly the colour I envisioned.”

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How great is our God! Even in the little things.

Tweetables:

Ali Matthews, a wonderful speaker/singer for any conference. (tweet this)

Blessed beyond measure this weekend with Ali Matthews. (tweet this)

 Today is Sunday Stillness – others join me to link their posts about what God is teaching them. Enjoy.