God Told Me To Tell You To Adopt The Baby

When praying one morning a young woman who I had known came to my mind. God then plainly spoke to my heart and asked me to tell her not to be afraid to adopt. I had known that she and her husband struggled with the fact they could not conceive. I am a woman who is rarely afraid of speaking to people about my relationship with God, but I felt uncomfortable approaching her with this message. So as it is with my relationship with God, I told Him I would do what He asked, if He would place her before me.

The God that He is, determined to use me to to speak to her her, placed her before me while I was shopping at a local retail store. There she was, so I said to God, “I got this loud and clear.” I asked her if I could speak to her privately away from the store. She seemed hesitant, but she said, “well lets walk out to my car, I am looking for something to match this scarf.” When we got outside, I said, “Well I know you are  going to think I am crazy, but in prayer God asked me to tell you not to be afraid to adopt.” She immediately began to cry and asked me to get into the car so we could continue our conversation. There she told me that no one knew she and her husband had been approached about adopting a child, who was still in the womb of a woman who could not keep her baby.  She said they had not discussed this with anyone. She said no one knew not even their parents. They where having a hard time with it all. I told her that I told God if He placed her before me I would speak His word to her. I had not interned to shop at the store that day but in fact God lead me there. I told her that this child must be very important to God as He specifically chose her and her husband to be the guardians of the child’s life.  She said “I am sorry for the tears, but I am overwhelmed. I must go home and tell my husband.”  The child was a beautiful little girl with eyes as blue as the sky. She is about 9 years old now and she is loved beyond imagining.

Sometimes we are called to do the extraordinary. Fear can keep us from doing the work God needs us to do on His behalf. While I was not afraid, the thought of calling someone with such a message was a little intimidating, because as being a human goes, judgment is not easy. Yet God, knew I would do what He asked of me from past experience. He just needed to set things up. There are days that the ordinary walk with God ,in corporation with His will, makes a difference, though we may not see it. We just have to listen and trust Him.

Elizabeth 

Shawnee, Oklahoma

 

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Don’t Be Scared – You Are His!

There are days in my life that I wonder where You are taking me. And to be honest, I get scared. How am I going to get through?

You revealed Your truth to me this morning as I spent time with You. You never change. Your Word never changes. And as You told Your children, the Israelites, in the book of Isaiah, Your Spirit whispered to my soul.  Your truth tells me, “But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior” (Isaiah 43:1-3 NASB).

Heavenly Father – You are all I need to get through anything!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

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Stand In Truth With Fellow Believers

Search my heart, O Lord, if I ever disrespect or criticize my friends who walk with You! I’ve seen it happen many times—even to those in ministry. Fellow believers start out loving one another and knowing Your truth, but then power and greed take over and they forget their calling. Or jealousy and competition destroy Your purpose for their lives.

Lord, You stir my heart through John’s letter to Gaius. Courageously, he took a stand against Diotrephes when he saw that Your missionaries were not being treated with love. Lord, I long for the same courage. Your truth tells me, “Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth” (3 John 8).

Lord, no matter where a person is in their own faith walk—whether a new believer, a lifetime Christian, a missionary, or someone who is just now seeking You—I am called to evangelism in love. I am to support and uplift others! Lord, I will encourage my Christian friends who continue in the truth and walk in the light and love that come from You, to whom they all belong.

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

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Thinking About Having An Affair?

It takes just one look. One look away from Your unfailing love to change the course of a life. Heavenly Father, I hear about it. I see it. It’s everywhere—even in the lives of Your followers. Adultery is tearing families apart.

David, Your chosen king, Your anointed one, was no exception. One glance at Bathsheba, and he had to find out who she was. He simply had to have her. And the rest history— adultery, an innocent man’s death, and the loss of David and Bathsheba’s child. A life in chaos.

Heavenly Father, when I think about the story of adultery, I have to go back to where sin started—the garden of Eden. Adam and Eve took their eyes off Your love and protection and were enticed to choose something hyped up to be better than You. Oh, the deception!

From there Your children, the Israelites, time and time again committed adultery against You—choosing the love of idols and pagan worship over Your love. And I, too, know that if I do not seek You, Your wisdom and love, I could fall into the same deception that would bring chaos into my life.

You are our one true love. And Satan, who targets our souls, looks for our weaknesses and uses them to tempt us to destroy our spiritual walk with You. Out of his deception we develop adulterous hearts! But You, God, are forgiving and loving to those who repent and seek after Your heart. Your truth tells me, I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more (Hebrews 8:12).

You know that Your children are not perfect—that we will fail if we take our eyes off of the One who paid the price for our sins, Jesus. I want to become one with You and righteous in Your sight. I will be faithful to my true love—You.

Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion. Hebrews 3:15

 

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father. This is a devotion from the I Seek Truth devotional book. 

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Your Rain Will Come And I Will Stand Strong

Knowing You are right, why is it still so difficult to stand against the sinful tide of our culture? Why do I desire to blend in so badly or fail to speak up for the one truth everyone needs to know to be saved from certain death? It is simply my unbelief. Like Noah, I am waiting for Your promise to be fulfilled. But unlike him, doubt creeps in and robs my resolve as I wonder if it’s ever going to rain.

You point me to Noah. He showed me a different way. Through intimate relationship with You, God, I can walk with integrity and purpose, even in a world bent on evil. I can be the one who stands with You, who delights in Your approval alone.

Lord, I know the rain will come and I will jump with joy. You never fail. So “strengthen my feeble arms and weak knees” (Hebrews 12:12). Let me be the one who stands out from the crowd and stand in the gap to pray for others (see Ezekiel 22:30), and stand close to You. 

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

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KƏn-‘trōl – Let It Go!

I can’t count how many times I have run ahead of You to help You out. I think that I hear Your direction, but I’m really hearing mine. And then I make a disaster out of my issue by taking control and cause more pain in my life.

You point me to Sarai. When she was finally fed up with waiting on Your promise to have a child, she essentially did what I do and took matters into her own hands. Lord, when I think of Sarai’s choice to take control of her situation and how she manipulated her husband and hurt Hagar, it reminds me of the impact that my choices have on the lives of others when I am not seeking You. Lord, I don’t want my actions to cause pain, confusion, and hurt to anyone. And I especially don’t want to hurt You!

I love how You continue to show me through Sarai that even in the midst of her self-made fiasco You are sovereign and You are patient. You didn’t turn Your back on her or Abram, but You revealed Your mighty plan. You will do the same for me. Your truth tells me,
Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and indeed I will give you a son by her. Then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her” (Genesis 17:15–16 NASB).

Surrendering to Your plan is not always easy. The path is difficult and uncomfortable at times. But as You did with Sarah, Abraham, and Hagar, You know the good You have planned for me if I will trust You to take me there.

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

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