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By Danielle Wynn, Director of Youth & Children’s Ministry, Jubilee Church Wirral
Can you hear it?
It’s God’s voice. He is speaking to you.
The creator is speaking. Will you listen?
Samuel didn’t get it at first. Samuel heard God’s voice but thought it was Eli calling him. Three times he went to Eli in 1 Samuel 3. Three times he thought it was Eli speaking to him. Finally Eli realised it was the Lord calling Samuel. The Lord wanted to show him something. He needed Samuel’s attention so He could reveal something very important to him. Read the rest of the chapter to find out what…
God speaks to us in many different ways. I often ask the Lord for a dream if I am in a dilemma and unsure what to do. Time and time again he provides answers in this way. Weighing it with His word helps us to understand what He is trying to say. God also speaks to us through reading His word. How many times have we read a verse and it felt exactly right for the circumstances at the time? These moments can be life changing.
God can also speak through nature, and through other people too. There are many ways to hear the voice of God. But are we ready to hear and see what He might be trying to say?
Are you listening to the Lord? Do you take time out and stop and say “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening” as Samuel did?
We can all too often get caught up in what’s going on around us. Families, friends, jobs, news….the list of distractions is endless! If we aren’t deliberate about taking time to stop, regularly, and listen to the Lord, we can miss out on so much He has to say to us. Spending time with our amazing God is NEVER fruitless!
As our youth leaders and young people prepare to attend Newday this year, please pray that this time would be an opportunity to stop….and listen.
Please pray that our young people would have their eyes open, ears ready to hear and hearts ready to listen to what the Lord wants to say to them.
In the month of remembrance, Chris on remembering what Jesus sacrificed for us and how we need to act on it.
Helen on the importance of Friends and what God has to say about them in the Bible.
Andrew on evangelism, how we are all evangelists whether we like it or not, and how to evangelise easily.
Dawne on the parable of the lost sheep and the lessons we can take from it as followers of Jesus and members of His flock.
Yvonne on loss and how God has helped her deal with the loss of her mum and the impending departure of her eldest son to his first job
Nicki on serving at Newday and the impact it has had on all three Frodsham children and many, many others
Simon on the frustrations of not being able to get to sleep properly, and the Bible verses that help him stand firm against sleeplessness.
Gerry on how easy it is to be drawn into gossip. “If you can’t say anything positive, don’t say anything at all” isn’t just good advice, it’s Biblical wisdom.
Sylvia on being an encourager: “God knows our troubles. When we open up to Him, He’ll use other people to encourage us through His word.”
Lynne on doing what God wants us to do even when we really don’t want to do it – and why it’s important
Chris on the power of our words and how having a relationship with Jesus can give us the power of the right word at the right time.
Helen on why Psalms have taken the place of Proverbs as her favourite book of the Bible
Andrew Greenhalgh on being much better at giving advice than at taking it – and what happens as a result.
Chantal Robertson on how God and the gospel of Christ has never changed over time – even though the way we package it has.
Nicki on how she was planning to work in the marketing and advertising industry until God led her in a different direction.
Dawne challenges us to look at life with the enthusiasm, joy and exuberance of her Macedonian dog Floki and find joy in the everyday.
Jen on how taking the Alpha Course because she had nothing better to do on a Tuesday afternoon led to a life-changing wheelchair for her daughter Daisy and many others.
Gerry on how her ideas of what love truly is have changed over the years, and how love can be so much more than a feeling.
Matt Wilson on how God is weaving a tapestry – and knows what that looks like. He can see the big picture. Our part is to trust him with the threads he has given us.
Denise Griffiths on resolutions and why she has resolved not to make the usual New Year’s resolutions such as giving up chocolate, eating healthier or doing more exercise!
Vernon on the transience of life, and how, through all suffering, God’s steadfast love has the capacity to satisfy us every morning.
Andrew Greenhalgh on how he ended up going to church on Christmas morning for the first time at the age of 11 – and what it has taught him.
Helen on how preparations for Christmas vary from family to family and country to country. And what happened to Helen’s Lindt advent chocolates?