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Monday, October 27 2014

Dear Friends:

I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of questions I want answered. I have needs that are not met. I have desires of my heart that I’m still yearning for. I need more wisdom and guidance for life! Can you relate?

I NEED to hear from God. I am desperate for His voice of love and wisdom. Without it, I don’t have peace, confidence, acceptance or assurance, and I sure don’t have anything to give anyone else. 

"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." Jeremiah 33:3

This verse should take our breath away! Do you get it? The Creator of the Universe, the One who put the constellation in the sky; the One who knows you by name and has your name engraved on the palm of His hand…The great I AM, is giving YOU permission to call to Him and He promises He will answer! 

But you say to me, “Angel, I don’t hear Him.” 

I used to say that too, until I learned how to hear His voice. Sounds kind of funny doesn’t it? It’s like learning a new language that is different than our native one. His voice is subtle and often we mistake it for our own. You know that ‘brilliant’ idea that came from out of the blue or the one that you’ve never thought of before? Or when something that has seemed so complicated suddenly makes perfect sense with no further explanation. What about when someone’s name comes to your mind when you weren’t consciously thinking of him? But we tend to ascribe them to our ‘brilliant’ brains or an ‘ah ha’ moment. They are actually God’s still, small and wonderful voice.

One of the best definitions regarding hearing God’s voice is from Mark Virkler. He says, “God’s voice is a spontaneous thought that lights upon the mind that has the character of God.” Isn’t that wonderful!

Think of it this way, God’s character is based on love and the marker of His presence is peace. The thoughts that light upon your mind that are Godly will propel you into new things, will bring peace to your soul, will illuminate dark places, and will bring good to other’s. That’s how you will be able to discern His voice.

Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” Hebrews 4:7

Once again, scripture assures us that He is talking and we can hear. However, there is also a warning and clue on why we might not be able to hear His voice. That clue is a hardened heart. For a hardened heart is also a heart not at peace.

What is a hardened heart? It is one that has turned away from God. It is one that does not give God the credit. It is one that relies on oneself. It is one that takes the credit for the brilliance. It is one that doesn’t feel a need for God. A heart that goes at life on it’s own. No need for counsel. That is a hardened heart. That is a lonely heart.

Today, do you hear God’s voice? Listen carefully.

It’s the still small voice in your head or heart. It is subtle yet powerful. It will always have the character of love (encouraging, uplifting, edifying, convicting, but never condemning) and it will bring peace and help you move forward. 

TODAY, this day, turn your internal ‘ear’ to the heart of God’s love and listen. He is speaking. Will you hear Him? Practice hearing. He will speak as loud as you need Him to. It will revolutionize your world.

Blessings~ Angel

Posted by: Angel H Davis AT 07:41 am   |  Permalink   |  Email

Benefits of Weariness


WOW! How weary I am. And so are many of you. I know because I hear your cries: in my office, on the phone, online, in church, at the grocery store, you name it! So much of what I hear from people today is about how tired, weary, and worn-out they feel.

Then again, you may not feel weary;  instead you may feel anxious, depressed, scared, lonely, angry, or any mixture of these emotions. Perhaps these are more your prominent feelings.


However you may feel, it’s too easy to look for the source or to find blame: social media; busy schedules; technology; work/family demands; the causes are endless. Of course, these have validity, and we can certainly manage them in more appropriate and successful ways.


Yet, as I sit with God today, in my quiet time, and look over my journals, what I see is the benefit of weariness—the benefit of our broken feelings and situations.

 I see, time and time again, over the years (yes, I am rebellious and slow-learning, and God is very, very patient), God working in me and through me, enabling me to receive His antidote to this tough life and all of its problems. 


It is so simple; and yet it is so hard.


It is HIM: Jesus; always more of Him.


“But,” you say, “Angel, I have to know what to do with my children,” or, “Angel, these bills are piling up,” or, “Angel, you don’t have a CLUE of how bad it really is.”


And I will say, “You are right, I don’t. And you are correct, these things need to be taken care of.” 


BUT FIRST, we have a larger need. Oh, the catch is it doesn’t appear like the larger need. Our core need, before bills, children, purpose in life, change in our feelings, is to be convinced, truly convinced and accepting of God’s love for us and our identity as His children.


And your heart and head may rebel like mine did.


“BUT, I need to know the answer to my problem.” 

And Jesus says:

“I am the answer.”

“I am so tired.”

And Jesus says:

“I know. Let me restore you.”

“I am afraid.”

And Jesus says:

“I know, and my love will take care of that.”


That just doesn’t seem like much; doesn’t seem like enough, when we are about to be evicted or our kids are in harm’s way. That support just doesn’t seem practical enough for our human brains to rest on.


Perhaps then we’ve hit on the real source or problem of our weariness: ourselves. You and me believing that if we work hard enough, try enough, worry enough, take enough time to figure it out, talk enough to that person, ignore it long enough—whatever your “enough” is—WE can fix it. The true problem is that it’s all about US!


We want to stay in the driver’s seat and be our own savior. Or we look to other humans to be that for us. If we believe our answer lies in us or other humans, we are likely to stay in that “out of control” anxious space, and the weariness or depression or addictions are bound to take over. There can only be one driver in our car of life.


The benefit of our struggle is to be wooed into the true solution. Life’s struggles are an invitation to know God more intimately. As we allow Jesus, who is ALIVE, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever, to become more real for us, more tangible, as we take Him at His word (Hebrews 13:5), as we choose to focus on Him and His promises, instead of the problems or feelings we are having, then we start to experience the reality of His presence with us.  With this, we begin to experience the peace He promises.

Why? Because our problems have been solved? The bills have all been paid? The feelings change?

NO…  peace comes from HIS presence. And in that place of peace we can see clearer, hear more accurately, and receive wisdom and direction.


As we “bend our knee” to Jesus’ love, dare to take Him at His word (John 3:16), choose to look to Him and depend on Him, and keep (John 17) depending on Him, then His life-blood starts to flow through us. It revives us, directs us, and transforms our thinking and feelings. Then life and all of its troubles, which are many (John 16:33), become manageable, doable.


Breath comes; rest comes; peace comes.


In this place new life springs forth. New ideas emerge and joy is eventually restored.


Struggling today? Rejoice in it, because it is calling you back home. Home to His heart of love (Romans 8:38-39), the place of true peace and rest. 

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