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Spiritual Guidance – A More Excellent Way
Spiritual guidance is heard like soft music in the night by those who have learned to be still and listen.
It will not shout nor condescend, but instead, it will beckon and woo the heart to search for simpler paths, the kindhearted life of humility, and less self-opinionated sourness.
It seeks out peace, making way for new beginnings and the removal of the cynical filters of mistrust, dismissing attitudes and cold love.
When a heart is open to the whispers of “The Counselor”, life becomes a sweet gift as each day unfolds itself like a blooming flower, from bud to full mature glory, peeling away the layers of hiding, hurting, helplessness and the hoarding of secrets.
Light comes into dark places whether invited or not. It either exposes or… illuminates hearts.
The Voice Of truth will not be mocked or twisted. He will allow time for a heart to hear and obey, but will not permit passive resistance to change when He is speaking of new directions and desires to straighten out crooked paths.
….. Follow the Light of Christ, prodding you to obey and fall upon the rock. Broken and honest people are His Favored ones.
“The way you counsel and correct me makes me praise you more, for your whispers in the night give me wisdom, showing me what to do next,” Psalm 16:7 TPT.
“For the Holy Spirit makes God’s fatherhood real to us as he whispers into our innermost being, ‘You are God’s beloved child!'” Romans 8:16 TPT.
Oh How I Love To Risk!
I’m truly an introvert by nature, however…
….. the tenderness and the kindness that God has shown to me often compels me to risk and reach out to people that I sense are afraid, maybe hurting, or simply need a kind word for their service at a checkout register or for holding a door open for me.
The past three days I’ve “risked”. I’ll share one soft and specific moment.
I had the honor of talking to a downtrodden young businessman in a coffee shop parking lot.
As I asked him if he was okay, I engaged in his pain. It opened the door to encourage him and after he had shared his upsets and fears, I asked him if he would be willing to allow me to pray for him.
He gently said, “Yes.” As I carefully (and without heavy wording) spoke to the Heavenly Father about this young man, the peace of the heavenly kingdom overshadowed the fears and stress. There’s it was…. HOPE.
It came in a package of peace. The young man’s eyes had softened, they glistened with tears and there was a slight grin on his face, wondering how I knew he needed comfort.
I reached out and hugged him, telling him that I’m the crazy Mom of two sons close to his age and that I just sensed he needed to know that there is a God calling out to him, ready to help. (RISK!)
He didn’t scoff, snark or roll his eyes. He stood there…. feeling loved…… and a door in his heart opened.
Go ahead! Risk authenticity and gentle kindness friends!
I’ve yet to be turned away….
By the way… I cried all the way home, saying repeatedly to the LORD, “Thank you… Thank you for the stirred up courage and compassion. Thank you for heaven coming down and touching us both. An honor dear Father. A phenomenal honor.”
“Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men,” Matthew 4:19.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the U.S.A and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.