Wandering The Path

Spiritual Reflections from Debi Moses

Come Walk with Me

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“…Do not be afraid; only believe.” Mark 5:36

cathedralperspIt was on a bright June morning in San Antonio, Texas that my “walk” began. I was traveling with my husband, and he was off to his day of meetings. Old habits are hard to break and as usual, my credit cards and I took our customary trek toward  the Mall. “Something” made me lose my bearings as I found myself headed in another direction. The standard trip to the MALL had been canceled.  Although I looked forward to my excursion, the draw I felt to travel another path surpassed the need to drag out my credit card.  (Shocking, I know.) That “Something”was the Holy Spirit, tugging at my heart and encouraging me to follow.

The steeples of San Fernando Cathedral, framed by bright blue skies, guided my way.   I had driven by this 275 year old church many times, but had never taken the time to step upon its sacred grounds.  This day, would change my life.  As I approached the Cathedral, my heart quickened at the possibility of what lay ahead.  At the entrance of the Cathedral, a peace fell upon my soul.  Tears came to my eyes as I put myself aside and listened to the Holy Spirit and the plans of my precious Father. I was being offered a life that would never be the same if I chose to follow this path.  There really was no choice. The  pull was so strong that I knew acceptance of His simple, direct plan for my life was the only way.

On this life changing summer morning as I followed the sultry four mile path back to the hotel, there was no fear of being lost.  I was walking toward a new life.  As my soul soared I called upon my Lord and kept my heart open to the next destination He had planned.  All I had to do was heed Jesus’ words, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”  God has a plan for each of us who will stop, listen, and take those first few steps onto His path.  Let’s put on our walking shoes, leave our credit cards behind, and step out together in the belief that we have nothing to fear, only joy to embrace.

Points to Ponder1.  Have you ever felt the tug of the Holy Spirit on your heart?  What was the cause?   Have you felt  a slight nudge?  Are you ready to feel His pull?

2.  What do you truly believe?  Why?  Can others see your “beliefs” in you?

3.  Are the words “only believe” easy for you or do you need “real” proof?  Where could you find this evidence?

Pray with Me

Dear Holy One, Your words “only believe” give us such freedom. As we feel Your tug on our hearts, allow us to trust with certainty that You, dear One, will guide us on our journey as we put our fears aside.

Your Believing Companion

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Silence Just Silence

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“He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with His singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV

It was in the silence and the hush that I was able to hear God. He whispered to me through the wind in the trees.  He called my name. My heart and soul were opened to a new life of experiences waiting for me. When the doors were first opened for me to attend a silent retreat, I had only one concern, “Exactly what did they mean by silent?”  Surely they didn’t mean all day and night. When I posed this question, I found that was exactly what was meant, even during meals. I’m friendly, I like to talk. It doesn’t really matter who you are. I’ll talk to anyone or anything who will listen, and in most cases, they don’t have to listen, just nod occasionally.

I felt the tug on my heart strings as I put my fears behind me and dropped the registration form in the mailbox. I “practiced” silence and turned off the radio in the car, and then the TV during the day.  I have never been an avid TV watcher, but I did enjoy the “View” and “General Hospital” on occasion.

Before I knew it, silence was my haven.  I craved the peace that came from the elimination of those “barking dogs”.  You know the sounds of every day life that drown out all the important sounds, the little signals of God as He tries to speak to you. I embarked on the journey of “being” only with my Father.

To sit, listen, and breathe were my only requirements.  Not with my pen and notebook in hand but with gracious peace and joy in my soul.  I became one with God.  I truly learned that weekend what Zephaniah meant when he said, “He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)  I could feel God’s quiet love as it surrounded me, and feel Him as He rejoiced with me in my “being”.  This quiet silence was a gift from God, and I accepted it with open arms as I sat still and felt His love.  Would you like to join me in the silence?  It’s quite nice here.

Points to Ponder

1.  Is the silence comforting?  How deeply are you willing to examine yourself to see the quiet side of you?  How could you start in a small way?

2.  When have you felt God’s love?  Describe to yourself what that experience was like?  Did you become quiet?

3.  Why did He choose you to love and still your heart?  How did this understanding of God’s love make you feel?

Pray with Me

Dear Lord of the silence, I know You are here loving me as I sit in the stillness. In the quiet I feel your presence and know you are waiting for me to listen and just be. Guide me to open my heart, so I may hear the soft words of love that you are whispering in my ear.

Sitting and waiting on You

What’s that Ringing? – God’s Call – I Samuel 3:10

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Gods Call

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“…speak; for thy servant heareth.”  I Samuel 3:10

“Enough already! I’m awake. See my feet are on the floor. They’re even moving.” These are words I said to my mom when I was waking up each morning for school. Words I heard from our sons when I “blessed” them with their morning wake up call for school.  These are the very words I have been saying as I listen to God’s call.

I often awaken at 5:00 a.m. Not that I am disciplined, it’s my bladder’s schedule. Most days I set my alarm fifteen minutes early in order to have the necessary 20 minutes snooze time. I guess this explains why I have had such a difficult time waking up and hearing God.

I have always believed my life to be one of a woman who loved and honored God. Yet lately I feel no longer complete.  It’s as if my skin doesn’t quite fit.  Why did these stirrings start?  These strange feelings little by little caused me to realize something was “off kilter”.  I began to consider that reading and studying His word were not all there was to living with my Lord.  What caused this to happen?  Could it have been the Holy Spirit?  At first I thought, “No, she doesn’t have time for me.”  Yet on a frosty January morning, when my world was in that twilight between sleeping and waking, I felt my heart and thoughts running, trying to catch Him, hoping to get answers to my questions. Finally I fell down exhausted at His feet and heard God’s call,   “You are home dear one, you are home. Thanks for answering my call.”

My Lord didn’t text me.  I found Him on the pages of my Bible.   He was in the flowers in my garden and present in every bird that flew over head. My Father’s voice is in the barks of my precious puppies, Lucy and Charlie, sitting by my side as I write.

I am ready to reach out and grab the joy that is offered as I sit beside God with my heart open, ready to listen to the awe-inspiring plans He has for me. When Samuel, in I Samuel 3:10 finally recognized it was God who was speaking to him, he said, “your servant heareth”.  He was ready to listen to the plans God had for him.  I hear my “God” alarm now and I am ready to listen too.  What about you?  Is yours ringing too?

Points to Ponder

1.  Has the Lord come and stood over you when you were confused?  How did it make you feel?

2.  Why didn’t you realize He was there for you?  In what way could you be more aware or attentive at these times?

3.  You feel such joy because you recognize you are His in a whole new way.  How might you share this?

Pray with Me

 Dear Father God, Samuel was a small child and knew about You.   I have been your student for many years yet still could not hear Your voice calling my name.  Now that I am awake lead me as I daily walk with You. Help me to make Your word my own as I live and breathe.
Breathing in You

Wandering the Path

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“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
Proverbs 3:6 NKJV

Welcome to “Wandering the Path!”  It is great to have someone join along the winding pathway of life.  The true road I desire to walk is side by side with my Savior.  Proverbs 3:6 tells us if “we acknowledge Him in all our ways, He will direct our paths.”  It’s not a promise that the way will be straight or without missteps, but it is an assurance that my precious Lord will hold my hand and guide me.   It is my hope that through our journey as sisters of faith we will navigate our ways together.

In the weeks to follow, I hope to share my musings on this path with you. I have memories of falling down steps, out of beds, and even down a mountain, and they still haunt me. My longing is to travel the path perfectly, without missteps or mistakes, but even with God’s help I know I will stumble. Walking the path with the One who loves me unconditionally as my guide is my heartfelt desire.  I invite you to join me as we stroll down the avenue of life with God on our right arms.

Your companion and friend,