Come away for a while. Sink into a comfortable seat. Resist all rush and hurry. Rest your weary body. Ready yourself to receive from the Lord.
Breathe deep ~ be calm ~ find a place of stillness and peace.
God is with us ~ we are on holy ground.
Seeking the supernatural in the natural.
Experiencing the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Each time we make space for God’s glorious Presence, He enlarges our appetite for it ~ a holy hunger develops.
The new year could be a time ~ of deliberate listening ~ to those Holy echoes in mind and heart ~ whispers on the wind ~ as God imparts His life to us ~ in a journey without end.
In the awareness, attention is required, a stilling of the soul, a watching and waiting, every sense attuned and alert.
I have heard prayer whispers intermittently throughout this year, and they are speaking to me more as I re-read them.
Now I sense a call, not just to ‘Come’ and approach His throne of grace but to linger, lean hard, and listen… the word He has given me for 2014.
And the first thing to heed is how God makes Himself known to us in myriad ways as the poem below describes.
earthquake and volcano’s fiery outpour
waves lapping gently on the shore
wind ripping leaves straight off the trees
the soft caress of a mid-summer breeze
Grey fog and mist obscuring the view
an irredescent-coloured rainbow hue
a wake-up trumpet’s strident sound
peace and stillness in the air around
The One who has tasted salty tears
brought joy and comfort to your years
stamped upon all your enemies and foes
walked Earth with sand beneath my toes
Who felt forsaken on the cross
as I defeated sin, death and loss
cried out in nail-pierced agony
to secure your forgiveness and set you free
The Lion of Judah’s victory roar
as I keep you safe for evermore
blood and water, Spirit and Life
to heal, restore and deliver from strife
Songs of praise without an end
your beloved and closest Friend
echoes throughout human history
whispers on the wind ~ Holy mystery
I would be honoured if you would join me in learning how to listen better to God in 2014 as I aim to keep a prayer journal, share ‘Prayer Whispers’ and poetic inspirations here and write longer blog posts about my discoveries on Words of Joy.
May you be filled with a sense of awe and wonder and be greatly blessed in seeking and sensing His Presence in the year ahead. You can also join in with #oneword365 here.
Happy New Year to you!