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Wondering why you can’t hear God?

by Lisa Manning on October 4, 2014

 Wondering why you cant hear God?Some of you are wondering why God doesn’t talk to you anymore. You may need to examine what you are doing with the words He has already spoken to you.

Luke 8:18 Therefore, carefully consider how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken away from him.

“When we understand and act on what we know to be the truth, then we will receive more truth; but when we ignore what we know is true, even that will be taken away, or simply leave us. For example, muscles that are exercised grow strong, while those left unused become weak. Abilities put to use grow more effective, while neglected ones often fade. This passage teaches us that obedience to what God has already told us ensures we will be given more.” Those who do not listen and obey will eventually cease to hear His voice above the noise. (adapted from Community Bible Study, Gospel of Luke)

  • Are you listening and just disregarding what God has been telling you?
  • Do you consider it and then decide against it?
  • Is there a “nagging” in your head about something God has asked you to do that you are ignoring…but it won’t go away?
  • Or, do you listen, HEAR and then put into action the things you know God has asked you to do?

I have been a wedding planner for almost 20 years.  One May, many years ago, I had 7 weddings and one of them was a distance away from the house.  As is often my practice, after the wedding, I took her wedding gown with me to have cleaned, preserved and shipped back to her.  My husband helped with this particular wedding.  We got home, unpacked and then I immediately began preparing for the wedding the next weekend.  Months later, she called to tell me she hadn’t received her wedding gown…worth several thousands of dollars.  I called the company to find out they had never received it either.  I knew I had taken several gowns to the UPS store and wondered if perhaps someone saw the box (clearly marked Wedding Gown) and decided to run with it.  I was tormented for days. I couldn’t sleep trying to figure out how I was going to pay thousands of dollars back to Melissa.  I must have prayed a million times.  Throughout those few days, I had a nagging feeling that I needed to go clean my bonus room.  It just wouldn’t go away!  Instead, I prayed for God to help me find that gown!  Finally, after 3 days of exhaustion from not sleeping and the stress of this, I decided organizing the bonus room would be good therapy.  

Guess what I found?  The Wedding Dress!!!  My husband had diligently packed away our suitcases, including our garment bag that held the wedding gown.  I could have saved myself a LOT of stress if I had just followed that leading the first day.  I called Melissa and confessed.  She laughed (thankfully) and I fixed it.  

God often speaks to us through those little “nagging” thoughts.  I don’t love that word but I cannot find another that more accurately expresses a feeling that just won’t go away.  

You need to listen and obey to keep the lines of communication open with God.

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Suicide of a Friend

by Lisa Manning on August 12, 2014

Dove 1 Suicide of a FriendThe night the phone rang, my husband watched as I slid down the wall.  “No, No, NO!”  It was our pastor’s wife calling to tell me a beloved member of our worship team died.  She was one of the most beautiful women I knew, inside and out.  She loved Jesus with all of her heart.  Her worship was amazing!  It was as if Jesus was standing right in front of her.

Suicide.  She committed suicide.  She had an adoring husband, 3  young children, a father and sister who she was close to and many friends.  Yet, inside she was tormented.  Everyone knew she was struggling and for months, they had tried to help.  Each of us examined every conversation that happened over the past few months to see what we could have missed.  We mourned a wonderful woman of God with the biggest heart ever.

Unless you have experienced true depression, you can never understand suicide.  I know the death of Robin Williams is opening some wounds for people who have suffered a loss because of it.  I have had 2 friends commit suicide and it is still heartbreaking to me to think about the churches overflowing with people who loved them when they themselves felt unloved.  A woman from our church prayed for God to give her something, anything to help her understand.  She awoke in the night thinking she needed to read Psalm 55.  Here is what the verse says:

4 My heart is in anguish within me;
    the terrors of death have fallen on me.
5 Fear and trembling have beset me;
    horror has overwhelmed me.
6 I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
    I would fly away and be at rest.
7 I would flee far away
    and stay in the desert;
8 I would hurry to my place of shelter,
    far from the tempest and storm.”

I truly believe my friend went to heaven because she had one of the most pure love for Jesus I have ever seen.  Those verses really give me a sense of what someone is thinking when they are considering suicide.  They don’t, however, give the full picture, the HOPE that we can find in Jesus.  They don’t express the LOVE & CARING that others have for you.  They don’t make you understand the unconditional ACCEPTANCE that God, our Father, has for you.

If you are struggling, please turn to someone and ask for help.  You don’t have to do this life alone. 
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Sometimes, during worship on Sunday morning, I look up and still see my friend smiling at the piano as the sun shines on her hair.  The vision makes me want to do better, to be a better woman.  Then, like a dove, the vision is gone. 

Hope.  Love.  Caring. Acceptance.  It is waiting when you ask.

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T-Tapp 60 Day Challenge 2014

August 8, 2014

Last September,  I started a weight loss journey. The first part was mostly food related.  From September 27th to January, I lost 17 pounds. Certainly,  I  was happy about that but I still had more to lose and I needed to tone my body. Enter T-Tapp. January 24, I opened an email to learn that […]

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Freebie: Packing List

August 5, 2014

Once again, I am packing for a trip.  Our family travels somewhere at least once a month so I seem to always be packing or unpacking.  Many years ago, I made a packing list that has been a tremendous help to our family.  This morning, someone asked me to share it with her.  I thought […]

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Lessons in Attitude

June 26, 2014

I inadvertently stumbled upon a You Tube soundtrack yesterday that has me captivated.  The man who wrote/reads the book Lead the Field has some amazing insight into our Attitude.  We (myself at the top of the list!) can learn a lot!  Here are some of the point: 1) It is our attitude at the beginning of […]

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The Potentially Most Tragic Day of My Life

June 22, 2014

I have wanted to write this post for a week an yet, it has taken me this long to do so. Despite the passing of time, my emotions are still swirling. Perhaps that is by design as I never want to forget the events of that Sunday afternoon. When my husband and I had children, […]

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He Didn’t Have to Be

June 15, 2014

I was in first grade when my mom got a new boyfriend.  He was tall, dark and handsome!  Curiosity abounded, especially because he made me laugh.  Their relationship was a whirlwind and it wasn’t long before we were all together in one house and a new baby was on the way.  My mother had been […]

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I Have An Ugly Couch!

June 2, 2014

In 2000, we purchased our first home.  The apartment we had been living in was fully furnished so we needed to buy furniture for the new condo.  Both my husband and I agreed that we loved the couches of friends (Mike & Becky!) because they were super comfortable.  As we searched, we looked for that style […]

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How to Love a Porcupine

March 17, 2014

Let’s Start with Transparency:  I struggle to love porcupines.  They bother me.  I do know, however, that in the past, I could quickly become a porcupine if given the right circumstances.  With that being stated, let’s begin. Each of us has a porcupine (or two…or ten!) in our lives.  You know the person.  If you […]

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The Great “I AM” – Surviving the Colorado School Shooting

March 13, 2014

A day in December 2013 was honestly was one of the scariest days of my life. Sure, there was a day in October 1976 when, as a 6th grader I was riding my bike to school and was struck by a car. Up until that point that was the worst thing imaginable. Yet, I was […]

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